In the cabal that is Monterey Auto Week, an upstart appeared in 2009. It went by “Legends of the Autobahn“. It is a free event held just down the road from The Quail’s Motorsport Gathering, a prestigious event that is second only to Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
What is Legends? Essentially, it is a true grassroots car show that is organized by the BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Audi owners clubs. Participants drive their cars to the show (there are no trailer queens) and spectators gawk. You would think that you have seen every 1970s and 1980s German car already, but you will always be surprised at Legends. Take the jump and check out the exotica I saw this year.
I can understand why Volkswagen is excluded. It’s not prestigious enough and not many of its cars belong in the passing lane of the autobahn. But this W12 Phaeton I parked next to should definitely be allowed in the show.
This B-Class-based F-Cell Mercedes is completely foreign to me. Apparently, 70 are in California. I can’t tell if the owner of this car is being ironic.
Two red Merc SL convertibles– old and older.
I don’t know how this Syncro with Dutch plates snuck onto the field.
This E28 Alpina B7 Turbo was the fastest sedan in its day. With a whopping 320(!) horsepower, it catapulted to 100 clicks in 4.8 seconds.
When I was a kid in the mid-80s, I somehow got a hold of an AMG catalog. I wish I still had it. This black W126, surprisingly, does not belong to Ice-T.
Engine bay of Mercedes 500E, which was a collaboration with Porsche.
2.3-16 Cosworth engine bay.
Here are two very different BMWs.
Each of the featured manufacturers always brings in a car or two from their respective collections. Audi brought this Le Mans racer.
Porsche Dakar racer.
Mercedes brought this gorgeous and stately Pullman.
This 450SLC was the only W116 represented. I was surprised there wasn’t a single 6.9 450SEL.
If you make it out to Monterey Auto Week in the future, I highly recommend this laid back show. And best of all, it’s free!
Images source: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Jim Yu