It’s become a bit of a tradition for Robb Report to pick our favorite cars at the Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, the annual concours held at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif., since 2003. As he’s done in years past, automotive photographer Scott Williamson joined this observer to discover some of the best and most interesting cars—many of which are unique—among the 200-plus entrants on the field.

With a friendship going back 23 years, Williamson and I have come to nearly read one another’s mind, and this year was no different, except that remarkably, many of the cars we chose were also selected by the Quail’s judges to cross the ramp! Although we had our list dialed in by noon—well in advance of the official awards—you’ll simply have to trust us that we picked them independent of the official results.

Those in attendance might rightfully ask why a priceless jewel like the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, owned by Gwen and Tom Price, isn’t included here, and it’s only because we’re pretty sure that you’ve seen one of the 36 GTOs somewhere before. But it’s virtually certain that the one-off 1949 Lancia Aprilla—with Ghia coachwork—constitutes a new discovery, and after all, isn’t that what concours like the Quail are all about? Herewith, we present ten cars, with the promise of more than a few surprises.