The 10 best classic cars of Monterey’s The Quail event

It’s one of the most prestigious events of Monterey Car Week, and packed with interesting cars. These were ten of our favourites

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Welcome to The Quail 2018

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is one of the most prestigious of the Monterey Car Week events, with a curated mix of old and new cars and a few motorcycles too. All this alongside outdoor fine dining, all included in the not inconsiderable cost of entry.

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1987 ‘Yellowbird’ RUF Porsche 911 CTR1

Yes, the Yellowbird, the star of the famous ‘Faszination on the Nürburgring’ film, recently restored and now owned by LA super-collector Bruce Meyer. What a car!

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1978 Dome Zero concept car

Sat innocuously away from the main concours field in a little line-up of cars from the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Roots of Monozukuri exhibition was this stunning Dome Zero, one of just two built by the Japanese Dome company.

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Life-size Tamiya Sand Scorcher

You might remember this – or the much smaller, radio-control version from Tamiya at least – from your childhood. The full-size version (and its proportionally over-sized control unit) has been around a few years but it’s always great to see – and it was a huge hit at The Quail.

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Steve McQueen’s Baja Boot

The legendary Chevy-powered [Baja Boot] was famously campaigned by McQueen in the 1960s Baja 1000 desert race, but it’s now owned by collector and manufacturer Jim Glickenhaus. He’s not only building race cars and supercars, but also a modern version of the Baja Boot.

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1980 Ferrari Pinin concept

How great it was to see the famous 1980 Pininfarina concept car created to celebrate the design studio’s 50th anniversary. Enzo Ferrari considered making it into a production model, but the proposal was dropped. Still, it was the first four-door Ferrari ever built.

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1982 Lancia LC1

If you’re into race cars, then you’ll know an LC1 is a bit special – and this is one of the greatest, being the very car that won the 1982 Nürburgring 1000km completely against the odds. Not least because it had just a tiny four-cylinder 1.4-litre engine. It’s owned by serial Lancia collector John Campion.

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Ferruccio’s 1968 Lamborghini Islero

In among the line-up of Lamborghinis marking 50 years of the Espada and Islero was this relatively understated pale metallic blue Islero. Except that it turns out to have been Ferruccio Lamborghini’s personal car, with unique quilted-leather seat stitching and a (wait for it) wooden fuel cap, apparently specified by the man himself. No, we don’t understand either... Great car, though.

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1971 Honda TNIII Super Deluxe

No, we’re not sure what this was doing amid the fields of supercars and exotics – but we’re very glad it was there. And there are must be more surviving Isleros than there are these little two-cylinder air-cooled Hondas. This is extra special, being a Super Deluxe. It came with a radio and cigarette lighter as standard...

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1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C Spider

This is quite a machine, thanks to its unique coachbuilt bodywork crafted by Pininfarina. It’s part of the famed collection of the late Bob Lee, now looked after by his widow Anne Brockington Lee – and it ended up being voted Rolex Best of Show, although we’d already included it in our top ten by that point anyway.

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