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Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance
June 24, 2001
Stanford, CA
Mercedes was the featured marque on this 35th Palo Alto concours. The legendary 300 SL "Gullwing". 1400 units were made from 1954 to 1957. Powered by a 3 liter, 240 hp in-line 6, the cars reached up to 150 mph. In 1957, a roadster version was introduced. 1800 units were shipped until 1963. $11,000 bought one. The gullwing doors were originally a side-effect of a space frame that required high door openings in order to achieve structural integrity.
Italian Imports
Ferraris have their own class at the concours. A 1973 365GTB/4, one of the fastest front-engine cars ever made. The number 365 refers to 365 cc per cylinder -- a 4.4 liter V12 engine aspirated by 6 Weber carbs, good for 175 mph top speed. A 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello. One of the fastest front-engine productions cars today - 199 mph top speed (more). 196? Maserati
American Muscle
Corvette -- the American sports car. Shelby Daytona Coupe 1957 Chrysler Crown Imperial  
British Imports
Aston Martin Roadster Brand new Lotus Esprit V8. 350 HP for $79,990. 1967 Austin Mini Cooper