Blackhawk Collection at the Pebble Beach Concours

Blackhawk Collection at the Pebble Beach Concours August 2007
The goal of the Blackhawk Collection over the past two decades is to 'acquire automobiles of singular beauty and historic distinction, thereby assuring customers of the Blackhawk Collection that they are able to select from on the of the largest selections of automobiles for sale that are unrivaled in their importance as well as their condition.' They are one of the world's foremost companies that specialize in acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles.

This was the 16th year that the Blackhawk Exposition sale was a part of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The list included well over sixty rare and unique vehicles and sat in close proximity to the Pebble Beach Golf Links course and the Polo Grounds and Gooding Auction tent. A select few cars from their collection are brought to the event and offered for sale. Unlike the other auctions held during this time, a sale price is placed on the windshield of each car and perusing visitors are able to purchase the car of their dreams on the spot if they so desire. Haggling is probably involved, but the buyer does not have to worry about being out-bid. With so many auctions occurring during the week, this type of relaxed sale is a welcomed alternative.

The vehicles were spread out across the lawn with several of the more unique being housed under a tent. The collection of cars was vast and rather eclectic, ranging from trucks, to pre-War luxury, to one-off creations and prototypes, to modern supercars. A few were Best in Show winners at events such as Pebble Beach and Meadow Brook were on display, which does much to boost their appeal, especially with the Pebble Beach concours just a short distance away. In the supercar department, there were at least five Porsches, with one being the Porsche 930 S Turbo Flatnose factory prototype. Other supercars included Aston Martins, Bentleys, a BMW M1, and even a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe.

Seated on prime real estate surrounded by flowers and plant life, the one-off Voisin C20 welcomed guests to Blackhawk's display. In 2006, the car had been a part of the Pebble Beach Concours as Voisin was the featured marque. It is powered by a rare V12 engine with sleeve-valves and has an underslung chassis with 2-door saloon Demi-Berline style coachwork by Gabriel Voisin. This rare and unique vehicle, which is highly sought after by the discerning collector, found a new owner. Many of the cars put on display left under new ownership. Those that were not sold can be found on their inventory list found on the Blackhawk Collection's website.

The Blackhawk exhibit complements the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance rather nicely, as the vehicles on display could easily compete for Best in Class, or possibly even Best in Show, at the concours. Many of the buses that transported visitors dropped the guests in front of the Blackhawk display, as though whetting their appetites in preparation of the concours. It seems appropriate that one of the world's greatest concourses is paired with the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles.

1922 Renault Model 40 Type NN  
1927 Bentley Speed Six  
1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A  
1930 Duesenberg Model J  
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1931 Chrysler CG Imperial  
1931 Stutz Model DV-32  
1931 Voisin C20  
1932 Buick Series 50  
1932 Duesenberg Model J  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter  
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve  
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1941 Packard 110 Series 1900  
1949 Delahaye Type 135 MS  
1949 Mercury Series 9CM  
1950 Mercury Series 0CM  
1952 Buick Series 50  
1952 Frazer Nash 2.6-Liter Prototype  
1952 Jaguar XK 120  
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900  
1954 HRG 1500 Twin Cam  
1954 Lancia Aurelia Series IV B20  
1954 Osca MT4  
1955 Buick Roadmaster Series 70  
1956 Arnolt Bolide  
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2  
1956 Bentley S1  
1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Prototype  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1959 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato  
1959 Jaguar XK150  
1960 Aston Martin DB2/4 MKIII  
1961 Jaguar MKII  
1961 Jaguar XK150  
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injection Racer  
1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II  
1963 Aston Martin DB4  
1963 Bentley S2 Mulliner  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1966 Porsche 911S  
1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1968 Bentley T1  
1970 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera  
1973 Porsche 911E  
1974 Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0  
1977 Porsche 935  
1980 Porsche 930 S Flatnose Prototype  
1981 BMW M1  
2002 Bentley Continental R Mulliner  
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster  
2006 Jaguar XK  

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