Yesterday I hung around Oakland for a bit with my good friend. We made a trip out to the Blackhawk auto collection out in Danville, CA. Definitely worth the trip; several of the pieces in the collection were either Pebble Beach Concours entrants or winners. Worth the $15 to get in.

This greeted us at the door. This is a 1939 Aero Model 50, a Czech-built car. One of three custom convertibles out of twenty fitted with bodies from Czech coach builder Josef Sodomka. We need more coach builders.

Oh hey, a Jaguar XKSS. One of 16 built. This one wasn't Steve McQueen's, but still. This was the seventh car built.

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Couple of Maseratis

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This is an ISO Griffo Prototype. Italian beauty with an American heart.

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This one-off Jaguar SS 100 was a first class winner at the 1992 Pebble Beach Concours.

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This Rolls Royce had a beautiful paint job. It was sort of taupe on tan with orange pinstripes with matching hubcaps.

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The number of vents on this Mercedes SSK puts the TVR Sagaris to shame.

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Does your Bentley have an adjustable leaf spring suspension system? Didn't think so.

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Talbot Lago! 1 of 1. If you had $6,500 in 1951, you could have bought this.

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This Bugatti Roadster was another Pebble Beach winner.

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Another 1 of 1 car, this Delahaye won it's class at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours.

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Here's some rumble seat with matching luggage action for you.

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Oppo needs more purple one-off Rolls Royces

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This was a 1948 Cadillac with custom coach work from France.

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A bunch of Ferrari racers with four cylinder engines, surprisingly

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They had a series of 1950's Chrysler concept cars with 1950's model names, like "Fire Arrow".

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Exhaust pipes built in to the rear fenders.

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Checker print interior

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I thought this was a GT40 in Gulf livery, but it was just a Mirage...

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This was a Jaguar/Cunningham lightweight racecar prototype

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My first BMW 507! I didn't realize these had tiny V8's in them

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Thee were two Lancia Blue Ray prototypes. Very interesting designs.

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Double hood vent, bubble top, triple headlight, double bubble windshield craziness.

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D Type! This is the second one I've ever seen.

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Zagato DB4

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More shots of the Ferrari race cars

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This was a Jaguar C-Type, never heard of them before.

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and finally an old BMW 328 that was so old it wasn't called BMW yet and the roundel was green and white. The name said Frazer Nash