The curtains have drawn on the 68th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California, with the highly-coveted Best of Show awarded this year to David Sydorick of Beverly Hills, California, for his 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta.
“This Alfa Romeo 8C 2.9 has all that one would wish for in a car—speed, style and, frankly, sex appeal,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “The Touring styling is simply magical, and to top it off it makes all the right noises!”
The competition for this year’s Best of Show ribbon was strong, with the Alfa Romeo up against a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé owned by Robert Kudela of Chropyne, Czech Republic and a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection from Palm Beach, Florida.
But Sydorick’s black 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C proved the clear winner. In addition to winning its class and Best of Show, the classic Italian beauty also took home the Charles A. Chayne Trophy and was named the J. B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car.
“As a Zagato collector, I broke the rules and bought a Touring-bodied car because this Alfa Romeo is very special,” said Best of Show winner David Sydorick. “It is a piece of automotive architecture mounted on a Grand Prix chassis that has technology that was top of the line for pre-war cars. It’s a wonderful combination. It’s beautiful from top to bottom.”
To be eligible for the Best of Show award, cars must take first place in their entry category. Winning a class is an incredibly tough endeavor given the intense competition put up by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance entrants. Only the most beautiful, the most immaculately restored automobiles are invited to the Concours, and once there, they are judged not only on their beauty, style and of course, elegance, but also their historical accuracy.
But the event is not only about the judging. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a multi-day showcase of some of the rarest cars from across the globe along with displays, driving tours, auctions and events. It’s also the venue for the world premiere of some of the most anticipated concept cars and supercars, and this year’s unveilings were once again worth the wait.
Among the highlights for many were the new electric concept cars by Audi and Mercedes-Benz. The Audi PB18 e-tron and The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow, inspired by the record-breaking 1937 “Silver Arrow” W125, offer horsepower and acceleration speeds that rival the likes of the Aventador SVJ, the latest supercar from Lamborghini that also premiered at the Concours. To learn more about these cars and some of the others that were unveiled last week at the Concours d’Elegance, check out this article.
Another first – not only for the Concours d’Elegance, but for the car industry as a whole – was the record-breaking sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Selling for $48.4 million dollars at the RM Sotheby’s auction, the Ferrari became the most expensive ever car sold at auction. The seller was Greg Whitten, the 15th original employee of Microsoft, who said he bought the Ferrari eighteen years ago for one-tenth of this weekend’s selling price.
The Ferrari was one of many rare vehicles sold at various auctions throughout the week, which collectively achieved around $368 million in sales – a 12% increase over last year.
This year’s Concours saw 209 cars from 17 countries gather on the greens of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, with the event raising $1.8 million for the Pebble Beach Company Foundation. These funds will benefit more than 80 Monterey County charities, estimated to positively impact the lives of over 10,000 local children.
If you missed it, you can watch a full replay of Sunday’s rally and judging here. Or if you’re short on time, here is a quick video about the winning automobile and a salute to the best of the Pebble Beach event in photos. Below you will find a listing of the top awards, plus a link to view the complete list of winners.
Best of Show
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. David & Ginny Sydorick, Beverly Hills, California
Best of Show Nominees
1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine, Lehrman Collection, Palm Beach, Florida
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé. Robert Kudela, Chropyně, Czech Republic
Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible
1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet, Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky
J. B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, David & Ginny Sydorick, Beverly Hills, California
Jules Heumann Most Elegant Open Car
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster York Roadster, John & Heather Mozart, Palo Alto, California
Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car
1970 Ferrari 512 S Modulo Pininfarina Coupe, MJJV Cars, Rye, New York
Click here to view a complete list of winners from the 86th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, including special awards and classes.
The classic car world’s most prestigious event will return next year with the 69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on its usual third Sunday in August. The 2019 event will celebrate the centennials of two automobile greats: Bentley and Zagato.