A vintage car show is always about head turning beauty with an ambience of sheer elegance, enveloped by rich tradition and heritage. There are plenty of vintage car shows happening around the world every month, but if we talk about the top ranking shows, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is surely at the top of list. This year the famous vintage car show celebrated its 65th anniversary with the same elegance, as always.
The head turner and winner of the ‘Best of the Show’ was a stunning 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet. This was not the first time for the Italian company made 145 inch long car has garnered a medal, but earlier in 1933 won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur at Cannes, after being displayed at 1932 Geneva Auto Show and getting huge appreciation, as Mr. Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky, the proud owner of the car was saying. Incidentally, ‘Best of the Show’ feat was not new for Mr. Patterson, as his 1933 Delahaye D8S De Villars Roadster won the same prize in 2010.
This year in the ‘Best of the Show’ category the 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet had some tough and serious contender, such as a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton, a 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet and a 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé, but at the end the accolade for winner was reserved for the massive shiny black Cabriolet.
This year a total number of 219 cars from 16 countries and 29 states around the USA gathered at the prestigious show at the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. There are so many vintage models, from various makers; each and every piece delivering messages of beauty, history, heritage and glamour, but the show stopper was the cabriolet which is powered by a huge 8.0 liter engine beneath the hood, and this car was owned by three other persons earlier. Mr. Patterson, the fourth proud owner of the car was saying about his next event he is planning for the car, which is Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este. He hopes, like Pebble beach in Italy too he and his Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet will conquer the stage.
Concours Chairman Sandra Button said truly, that the Isotta Fraschini car’s win wasn’t a surprise. She said, “Cesare Isotta and the Fraschini brothers were known for building prestigious cars. And this particular car is very stylish and very powerful. Even when resting on the ramp, it seems to be in motion, and it is filled with emotion. There is a lot of passion in this car.”
This year in the most elegant category, a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Figoni & Falaschi Pillarless Berline won the most elegant closed car award, while the most elegant convertible award was won by a 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet. A 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton won the most elegant open car prize, and there was a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta too, which took home the most elegant sports car award.
No matter what, Ferraris always impress everyone everywhere they go, and in this year’s show, there were great number of these Italian made beauties. This is not the end, there were various other prestigious cars like classic era duPonts, antique Popes, British and American prewar sports cars which has been the subject for talk of the town for long time and we saw postwar Cunninghams too. Apart from that, we have seen some old era Ford Mustang too, which remind us about the glorious journey this car has had always.
In the Special classes celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 and the 75th anniversary of the legendary Lincoln Continental, and the old beauty Mercury Customs were displayed for the first time in the show. Last but not the least; Lamborghini has unveiled the 750 hp Aventador Superveloce Roadster in the show. So, at the end of the story we can say, it was like a glorious reunion of vintage and upcoming automotive era.