The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

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An integral part of Monterey Car Week,  The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, saw a large number of new car launches, including the Lamborghini Lanzador electric 2+2 concept car, Maserati’s MCXtrema track-only electric race car, Bugatti Chiron Super Sport ‘Golden Era’ and W16 Mistral, the Rolls-Royce Spectre electric super coupé, Acura’s first all-electric SUV the ZDX, and Automobili Pininfarina’s B95 electric ‘hyper-barchetta’ race car and more.   Lotus revealed its Type 66 racer for the first time, with help from Jenson Button, and gave the all-electric Eletre SUV its US reveal, while Gordon Murray showed the Niki Lauda version of the T.50s, and Ford revealed its new Porsche 911 GT3-rivalling Mustang GTD.  Tickets to attend the event cost in excess of $1000.

Photo Tom Neal Courtesy Rolex

Despite all this modern machinery, the concours was for classic cars with entrants themselves voting for the Best of Show, which was this year awarded to  Anne Brockinton Lee’s 1956 Ferrari Superamerica ‘Superfast 1’.  Fresh from multi-year restoration, sporting sleek futuristic bodywork and a one-off engine – a 4.9-litre Lampredi V12 with twin ignition and 24 spark plugs – it is one of just four special-bodied prototypes for the 410 Superamerica and the only 410 Superamerica prototype by Pininfarina.

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