The latest sports cars from Lotus, Devon Motor Works, Mercedes-Benz, and companies you probably never heard of were on display with vintage autos at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance auto show near Monterey, Calif.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.--The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is a great place to see a flawlessly restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. But the event also features plenty of the latest cars, too.
Attendees en route to the classic car show's awards ceremony Sunday were funneled past a stable of concept cars from many manufacturers at the prestigious golf course near Monterey, Calif. The sixtieth red Ferrari in a single day can seem a bit ho-hum as it rolls past, but there's still plenty to catch a car enthusiast's eye among the concept cars. The models range from thought experiments to real products.
This shot shows the Infiniti Essence, a luxury concept with a 600-horsepower 3.6-liter engine hybridized with a battery. Its drivetrain and styling are expected to be incorporated into future Infiniti models. The car features custom-fitted Louis Vuitton luggage.
Tesla Motors began delivering its Roadster Sport in July. The all-electric car can accelerate to 60mph in 3.7 seconds.
(Disclaimer: Stephen Shankland is married to a Tesla employee.)