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First Annual Manhattan Beach Concours d'Elegance

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If there's one thing about California car shows I've learned, it's that they like to leave early. The First Annual Manhattan Beach Concours d'Elegance was advertised for 10 am to 4 pm, but by the time I arrived at 12:30, many of the 75-odd cars had left.

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Put on by the Mira Costa High School Classic Car Club and the Da Vinci School Classic Car Club, the concours still have plenty of interesting vehicles as well as the usual suspects. However, of special note was a 1958 Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport coupe. This was one of the later examples of a custom-bodied 1900 coupe (available between 1950-59), with the Bertone BAT cars having been created a few years before.

The 1900 was Alfa's first postwar sedan, engineered with unit-construction and a twin-cam 1884cc four. The Berlina sedan was designed in-house and was not too remarkable, but custom-bodied coupes and cabriolets were handled by Italy's best coachbuilders like Touring, Pinin Farina, Zagato, Boano, Vignale, and Ghia, plus several other lesser-known design houses like Boneschi and Colli. The Super increased displacement to 1975cc. Interestingly enough, there was no information on the placard who designed this special Alfa - I would guess Zagato, but it doesn't have the "double-bubble" roof - anyone know?

Take a look at the slideshow for more pics of this Alfa and others including a DeSoto Adventurer, both 289 and 427 Cobras, Lamborghini 350GT, 1940 Oldsmobile, Isetta, and other assorted classics from around the world.