Since 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours
d’Elegance has hosted the most exclusive
exhibition of show cars in the world,
including vehicles powered by alternative
sources, whether steam, electric, or
a variety of hybrid technologies.
The annual charity event, of which
Christie’s International Real Estate is a
sponsor, is held on the Pebble Beach Golf
Links in California and is, as the name
states, a “competition of elegance”—
open to collector cars that are judged for
authenticity, function, history, and style.
Lotus is coming from a different direction.
Whereas Pininfarina (see page 56) has
unassailable style on its side, the British
manufacturer has legendary engineering.
New investment is in place, spearheaded
by bold plans for 130 examples of the Evija,
simultaneously the company’s first ever
EV and first true hypercar. The $1.84m
Lotus promises to deliver an output of
2000PS and a 250-mile (402 km) range.
Shaped by its extreme aero requirements,
the Evija is all ducts and voids, with scoops
channeling air through the impressive
bodywork to twin rear vents.
Garlands include Jules Heumann Most
Elegant Open Car and Strother MacMinn
Most Elegant Sports Car. But Pebble
Beach isn’t just about celebrating the
vehicles of yesteryear. It also presents
some of the world’s most anticipated new
cars. Recent unveilings include the
Genesis Mint Concept, a city runaround
that proves “luxury doesn’t have a size,”
and the Aventador SVJ Roadster 63
Limited Edition, billed as “the most
exclusive open-top Lamborghini ever.”
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
A CELEBRATION OF STYLE, SPEED, AND POWER