Who knows what you\u2019ll see at The Quail Motorsports Gathering—a laid-back and lavish respite from the packed Concours d\u2019Elegance, a celebration of everything wealthy and gleaming and beautiful: helicopters, French food, Negronis, fancy hats, many good dogs, and the occasional coach built Ferrari. This year at The Quail we saw a man building an AMG engine live, by hand, for our amusement; a gigantic balloon of a bellhop from the Peninsula Hotel, moored by black-shirted staff with ropes in hand; the revival of the nee-Fisker Karma, for some reason; and a pair of Ferrari F50s, one of which had the succinct vanity plate \u201cSWEET F50.\u201d And a 1964 ATS 2500 GTS—built by former Ferrari luminaries, after the great "Palace Revolt"—took home the Rolex Circle of Champions Best of Show, its owner receiving a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. There\u2019s more. A lot more, in fact. Read on to see what we thoroughly enjoyed at The Quail.1. 1938 Bentley 4.25 \u201cBlack Prince\u201dThirty-five years ago, Gary Wales found himself with a 1938 Bentley chassis and a ragged Park Ward sedan body, which he ditched for this labor of love: a singularly eccentric boat-tailed custom Bentley with three wooden fins, soaring fenders, and a tribute to Edward of Woodstock (1330-1376), the \u201cBlack Prince\u201d of Wales. Gary\u2019s tribute to English chivalry took just four months to build. The numbers-matching engine and transmission were pushed back 18 inches. The suicide doors curve around the spare wheel, something Gary was very proud of. It sports three types of mahogany (Honduran, Filipino, African), \u201cbecause I can,\u201d said Wales. A giant tachometer was pulled from a 1910s French biplane. It now weighs 1,000 pounds less than stock and can hit 130 miles per hour. \u201cI\u2019m a plastic surgeon for automobiles,\u201d he said, \u201cI make them pretty.\u201d2. 1967 MGC-GT SebringWith the cute little nickname \u201cMabel,\u201d this little MG took on some of the most grueling endurance races: the Targa Florio, 12 Hours of Sebring (twice), and the 84 Hours of N\u00fcrburgring. It was just two alloy-bodied factory racers ever built by the MG \u201cworks department.\u201d And in the hands of rally legend Paddy Hopkirk, it finished 9th in Italy and won its class in Florida. Originally painted Tartan Red, Targa Florio officials mandated that the car race in its national colors, so a hasty repaint in British Racing Green ensued. And in the interests of historical accuracy, the red still shows: when owner Henry Cammisasca restored the MGC to its 84 Hours of N\u00fcrburgring setup, he had to paint it twice. 3. 1964 Alpine M64This little be-finned wonder placed first in its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; having started in 36th place, it finished 17th overall—all while averaging both 100 miles per hour and 21 miles per gallon. Just a few weeks later it won its class, again, at the 12 Hours of Reims. Alpine ultimately built just three of these M64 race cars, but this one—chassis 1711—was the most successful, and spent 1964 and 1965 sweeping up hillclimb trophies. After half a century of sitting in a Bugatti collector\u2019s barn, it underwent restoration so it could race again. 4. Tatra 600 TatraplanA few years ago, the Pebble Beach Concours d\u2019Elegance focused its steely-eyed gaze toward the Eastern Bloc, giving Tatra its long-awaited recognition. This year, a lone Tatraplan sat on The Quail\u2019s fabled lawn, next to a pair of droptop Jaguars and a million-dollar Lancia Aurelia B24 cabriolet: finally, proof that even the smallest Tatra had arrived. The Tatraplan was Tatra\u2019s new postwar dream, with a four-cylinder engine and the hopes of newly Soviet-bloc Czechoslovakia riding on its streamlined back. It not only kept Hans Ledwinka\u2019s company afloat, but it also led the way for the mighty V8-engined 603, and its trial by fire at the Nurburgring. 5. Fiat JollyHappy happy joy joy, the Fiat Jolly is the most aptly-named car in existence: a car designed solely for ferrying the glitterati from one yacht to a beach to another yacht, martinis in hand. It is the only production car with wicker seats. It is a car that seems to only exist in pastels. And this baby-blue Jolly is no different, one of just 100 built by Ghia from converted Fiat 600s. Back then, it cost twice as much as a regular 600, which wasn\u2019t a problem for Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli, nor for Aristotle Onassis (who had three), nor for Yugoslavian dictator Josip Broz Tito. You know, happy people. In 2015, the auction house Gooding and Co. sold a Jolly for $170,000, a new record for Jollys everywhere. Money can buy happiness, and it\u2019s no longer cheap. 6. Ferrari 342 AmericaThe fun thing about The Quail is what you don\u2019t notice. You can walk down an entire row of sleek and gleaming rosso 250s: GTOs, Lussos, SWB Competiziones, and then coming across this—a soft grand tourer, gawky and tall by comparison, in a delicate pistachio shade. A non-red Ferrari is a beautiful thing. In the case of this 342 America Pinin Farina Coupe—just one of three built, featuring the Formula One V12 designed by Aurelio Lampredi, the America couldn\u2019t fit better than anywhere else: next to Ferrari\u2019s greatest V12s, in Carmel, California, America.7. 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE OTSThere are nicer Jaguars. You just have to walk over a few feet to see an XK120 that gleams. But at The Quail there are certainly fewer cars more interesting: just one of 12 ever built with left-hand drive, this XK120 came straight from Max Hoffman\u2019s Manhattan dealership, the same year Frank Lloyd Wright built Hoffman a spiral staircase full of Porsches. (The space was originally designed exclusively for Jaguars.) This one also came with a go-fast Special Equipment package—cams, compression tweaks, springs and sway bars, and lightweight flywheel, among others—adding to the rarity. It was found in 1973 in its present state, and has only improved with age. 8. Ken Okuyama Cars kode57When Ken Okuyama led Pininfarina, he designed the Enzo, the 599, the Maserati Birdcage, and James Glickenhaus\u2019s P4/5. Every car showed just how far Okuyama could push stylistic boundaries. Okuyama founded his own design consultancy in 2006, and after a flirtation with Tag Heuer and an open-wheel car, he came up with this: the Kode57, his most radical design yet. It is a 1957 Testa Rossa by way of Neo-Tokyo, a barchetta that\u2019s more like a cigarette boat. If you strip away all of the floating carbon-fiber bodywork, you\u2019ll find a naked 599 and its exposed V12 engine. Just five will be built, and three of them have been spoken for; each example takes six to twelve months to build, by a team of 20 craftsmen in Yamagata, Japan. Hey, we live in 2017—isn\u2019t it about time our cars started looking like it?9. Infiniti Prototype 9Imagine if Infiniti had existed in 1930. Imagine the brand had battled Silver Arrows and Auto Unions around the banked turn at Avus. Imagine if this mythical Grand Prix car was powered by electricity instead of supercharged straight-8 monsters. Clearly the designers in Japan were having fun when they came up with this gorgeous interpretation of a mythical past: a future by way of Art Deco, with hidden regenerative brakes and a next-generation Nissan Leaf motor that also makes room for old-school transverse leaf springs. The body is hand-hammered steel, the massive leather-wrapped steering wheel revolves around the gauges, and there are no seatbelts. Just like what Caracciola would have driven. 10. Jaguar XJR-15All of the young millennial punks gravitated toward this early-90s Jaguar. It\u2019s not hard to see why. The world\u2019s first carbon-fiber car predated the McLaren F1 by just two years, both designed by Peter Stevens, conceived by Tom Walkinshaw Racing as a roadworthy version of the XJR-9 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its 6-liter V12 engine sits right behind the driver\u2019s left ear, propelling it to 60mph under 4 seconds—dizzying, in 1990. So was the price: nearly a million dollars each for the 53 cars that were ever produced. A modern C- or D-Type for the Need For Speed set. 11. Audi Quattro S1Audi\u2019s S1 Quattro was a Group B terror, the car that set the format straight with all-wheel drive, a sequential gearbox, and close to 600 horsepower. The second evolution, shown here, added an incredible aerodynamics package that finally unlocked the Quattro\u2019s prowess, and allowed it to win the Pike\u2019s Peak Hillclimb with Walter R\u00f6hrl in 1987—the sixth year in a row an Audi Quattro won the grueling race.12. 1952 Siata 300BC Sport SpiderSiata was a tiny Italian company that started life originally modifying Fiats before building its own diminutive sports racers. This 300BC was one of Siata\u2019s earliest cars, just one of 50, and after it received a 1500cc engine instead of its stock Crosley 750cc engine, it debuted at the Torrey Pines Road Races—where its brakes failed spectacularly. Driver Jack McAfee not only wrestled it to survival, but also put up a good fight, enough for his competitors to protest that its swapped 1500cc engine was over class regulations. They paid for organizers to disassemble it. After a thorough inspection, they determined that it fit within the limits. But with all of the speculation with its race motor, says the owner, who knows whether it might\u2019ve made Smokey Yunick proud.