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.

Highlights from Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2015: A show of Elegance and Tradition Exterior High Quality
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Highlights from Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2015: A show of Elegance and Tradition Exterior High Quality
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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.

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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.

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Isotta Fraschini Named Best of Show at 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Highlights from Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2015: A show of Elegance and Tradition Exterior High Quality
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 2015 Charitable Donations Top $1.8 Million

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 17, 2015) — An Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet that once turned heads and garnered top prizes in the classic era glided to victory at the 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

The competition drew 219 cars from 16 countries and 29 states to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.8 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, these charitable funds will benefit 100 local charities.

The winning car has an extremely long 145-inch Italian 1924 Tipo 8A chassis, which was acquired in the early 1930s by Swiss Carrosserie Worblaufen to be used as the basis for a new sport cabriolet. The finished car was displayed at the 1932 Geneva Auto Show and won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur at Cannes in 1933. After being shown, the car passed through the hands of just three owners prior to being purchased by current owner Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky.

Asked what he loved most about the massive cabriolet, Patterson chose to focus on its small details. "I love the cigarette lighters," he said. "You should see them! I wondered a while ago if they worked, and I’ve got a blister on my finger to show they do."

The car’s win at Pebble Beach marked the second win for Patterson. His 1933 Delahaye D8S De Villars Roadster was named Best of Show in 2010. "I won here in 2010 with an all-white car, and now I’ve won with an all-black car. I don’t know if I’ve run out of colors or what," he joked.

There were many strong contenders for Best of Show this year, including a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton owned by Doug Magee Jr. of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; a 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet owned by Sam & Emily Mann of Englewood, New Jersey; and a 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé owned by Grant Kinzel of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Concours Chairman Sandra Button said the win by the Isotta Fraschini wasn’t a surprise given its provenance: "From the moment that Cesare Isotta and the Fraschini brothers founded their company, they 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."
Ferraris were featured in great numbers this year, along with classic era duPonts, antique Popes, British prewar sports cars and postwar Cunninghams. Special classes celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 and the 75th anniversary of the Lincoln Continental, and Mercury Customs were displayed for the first time.

Complete List of 2015 Winners

Best of Show

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet
Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky

Best of Show Nominees

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton
Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet
Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé
Grant Kinzel, Calgary Alberta, Canada

Most Elegant Awards

J.B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Figoni & Falaschi Pillarless Berline
Don Williams, Danville, California

Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible
1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet
Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

Most Elegant Open Car
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton
Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
Jon Shirley, Medina, Washington

Special Awards

Alec Ulmann Trophy
1929 Hispano-Suiza H6B Hibbard & Darrin Cabriolet de VIlle
H. Hulsbergen, Freienbach, Switzerland

Ansel Adams Award
1923 Mercer Series 6 Sporting
Kirk M. Pumphrey, San Jose, California

Art Center College of Design Award
1955 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Coupé
Jack Croul, Corona Del Mar, California

Briggs Cunningham Trophy
1953 Cunningham C-5R Roadster
The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc., Naples, Florida

Chairmans Trophy
1926 Renault 45MC Manessius Cabriolet de Ville
George F. Wingard, Eugene, Oregon

Charles A. Chayne Trophy
1902 Panhard et Levassor Type B1 Saloon
Merle & Peter Mullin, Oxnard, California

Classic Car Club of America Trophy
1931 duPont Model H Merrimac Sport Phaeton
Richard Riegel, Bedford Hills, New York

Dean Batchelor Trophy
1951 Mercury 1CM Bob Hirohata Custom Coupe
Jim and Sue McNiel, Orange, California

Elegance in Motion Trophy
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Touring Spider
The Keller Collection at the Pyramids, Petaluma, California

Enzo Ferrari Trophy
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Berlinetta Competizione
Big Fork Holdings, LLC., Menlo Park, California

FIVA Prewar Trophy
1921 Stutz K Bearcat
Wayne Carini, Portland, Connecticut

FIVA Postwar Trophy
1956 Jaguar D-type Roadster
Roger Hoffmann, Point Reyes Station, California

French Cup
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Vanvooren Cabriolet
Margie & Robert E. Petersen Collection, Los Angeles, California

Gran Turismo Trophy
1952 Cunningham C-4R Competition Roadster
The Simeone Automotive Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lincoln Trophy
1933 Lincoln KB Dietrich Five Passenger Convertible Sedan
John P. Shibles, Sea Grit, New Jersey

Lorin Tryon Trophy
General William Lyon, Newport Beach, California

Lucius Beebe Trophy
1952 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV Hooper Sedanca de Ville
Ion Tiriac, Monaco

Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence Award
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster
Miyabi Collection, Honolulu, Hawaii

Mille Miglia Pre-War Trophy
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Touring Coupé
David B. Smith, Medina, Washington

Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy
1931 Invicta LS Carbodies Coupé
Richard & Susanne Stephens, Woodside, California

The Phil Hill Cup
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Spyder
Les Wexner, New Albany, Ohio

The Revs Program at Stanford Award
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton
Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Road & Track Trophy
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
John Atzbach, Redmond, Washington

The Tony Hulman Trophy
1948 Talbot-Lago T26C Grand Prix Racer
Denis Bigioni, Pickering, Ontario

The Vitesse – Elegance Trophy
1946 Delahaye 135 MS Pourtout Coupé Aérodynamique
Neal & Susan Ryan, Smithtown, New York

CLASS WINNERS

Class A-1: Antique
1st: 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton, Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

2nd: 1910 Speedwell Model 10-L Burr Landaulet Town Car, Mike & Sharon Silvera, ,

3rd: 1903 Thomas Model 18 Shelden Rear Entrance Tonneau, Ronald & Sandra Hansen, Fillmore, California

Class A-2: Pope

1st: 1912 Pope-Hartford 27 Pony Tonneau, Kirk and Ross Bewley, Sacramento, California

2nd: 1909 Pope-Hartford Model S Toy Tonneau, Chris Kidd and Barry Hon, Monrovia, California

3rd: 1904 Pope-Toledo Type IV Rear Entrance Tonneau, Gary & Sheryl Hunter, Arcadia, California

Class B: Vintage

1st: 1920 Stutz Series H Bearcat , Stanley & Merle Bauer, Beverly Hills,

2nd: 1923 Mercer Series 6 Sporting, Kirk M. Pumphrey, San Jose, California

3rd: 1923 Duesenberg A Millspaugh & Irish Five Passenger Touring, Gregory & Claudia Vanley, Los Angeles, California

Class C-1: American Classic Open

1st: 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton, Aaron & Valerie Weiss, San Marino, California

2nd: 1938 Graham Model 97 Saoutchik Convertible, Edgar Masters, Copake Falls, New York

3rd: 1936 Cadillac 90 Fleetwood Convertible Sedan, Dave & Linda Kane, Bernardsville, California

Class C-2: American Classic Open Packard

1st: 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria, Laura & Jack B. Smith Jr., Elkhart, Indiana

2nd: 1933 Packard 1005 Twelve Convertible Victoria, Jean & Don Ghareeb, Birmingham, Alabama

3rd: 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Sedan, Tony & Jonna Ficco, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Class C-3: American Classic Closed

1st: 1930 Stutz MB Weymann Monte Carlo, Joseph Cassini III & Margie Cassini, West Orange, New Jersey

2nd: 1932 Packard 904 Deluxe Eight Dietrich Stationary Coupe, N. Gene & Sally A. Perkins, Greenwood, Indiana

3rd: 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Stationary Coupe, Samuel Lehrman, Palm Beach, Florida

Class D: duPont

1st: 1931 duPont Model H Merrimac Sport Phaeton, Richard Riegel, Bedford Hills, New York

2nd: 1929 duPont Model G Merrimac Special Sedan, Lammot J. du Pont, McLean, Virginia

3rd: 1929 duPont Model G Waterhouse Roadster, Kelly Kinzle, New Oxford, Pennsylvania

Class G: Duesenberg

1st: 1934 Duesenberg J Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe, Harry Yeaggy, Cincinnati, Ohio

2nd: 1934 Duesenberg J Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe, General William Lyon, Newport Beach, California

3rd: 1931 Duesenberg J Derham Tourster, Lee R. Anderson Sr., Naples, Florida

Class H-1: Rolls-Royce Prewar

1st: 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Brewster Special Permanent Newmarket, Orin & Stephanie Smith, Vero Beach, Florida

2nd: 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Figoni & Falaschi Pillarless Berline, Don Williams, Danville, California

3rd: 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Brewster Newport, Peter & Marijane Thornton, Key Largo, Florida

Class H-2: Rolls-Royce and Bentley Postwar

1st: 1952 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV Hooper Sedanca de Ville, Ion Tiriac, Monaco

2nd: 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. Mulliner Sports Saloon, Destriero Limited, Monaco, Monaco

3rd: 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud James Young Coupé, G. Bradford Klein and Victoria Hansen, Los Angeles, California

Class I: Mercedes-Benz

1st: 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Tourer, The Keller Collection at The Pyramids, Petaluma, California

2nd: 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Tourer, Thomas & Rhonda Taffet, ,

3rd: 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster, Miyabi Collection, Honolulu, Hawaii

Class J-1: European Classic Early

1st: 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufern Cabriolet, Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky

2nd: 1932 Austro Daimler ADR8 Keibl Karosseriewerk Limousine, The Nethercutt Collection – Helen & Jack Nethercutt, Sylmar, California

3rd: 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas Four Seater, Private Collection, N/A, N/A

Class J-2: European Classic Late

1st: 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet, Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

2nd: 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Vanvooren Cabriolet, Margie & Robert E. Petersen Collection, Los Angeles, California

3rd: 1939 Bentley 4¼ Litre Park Ward Sports Coupé, Robert Mirvis, Los Angeles, California

Class K-1: British Prewar Sports Cars Early

1st: 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Vanden Plas Sports Tourer, Private Collection, N/A, N/A

2nd: 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Vanden Plas Tourer, Christian Philippsen, Moncaco,

3rd: 1932 Invicta S Carbodies Tourer, Steve Hamilton, Carson City, Nevada

Class K-2: British Prewar Sports Cars Late

1st: 1937 Jaguar SS 100 Roadster, Jaime & Cecilia Muldoon, Guadalajara, Mexico

2nd: 1938 Alvis Speed 25 Offord & Sons Open Two Seater, James B. Sprague, Washington, NA

3rd: 1934 SS Cars SS1 Tourer, Colin & Anne Stewart, Blairgowrie, Scotland

Class L-1: Prewar Preservation

1st: 1906 Pierce Great Arrow 40-45 7 Passenger Touring, Leonard-Steven Schuster, New York, New York

2nd: 1927 Hispano-Suiza Type 49 H.J. Mulliner Sport Saloon, Dr. Marco Gastaldi, , Monaco

3rd: 1904 Pope-Hartford Model B Rear Entrance Tonneau, Doug Magee, Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Class L-2: Postwar Preservation

1st: 1956 Jaguar D-type Roadster, Roger Hoffmann, Point Reyes Station, California

2nd: 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Coupé, Jonathan & Wendy Segal, San Diego, California

3rd: 1965 Porsche 356SC Karmann Coupe, William E. "Chip" Connor, Reno, Nevada

Class M-1: Ferrari Grand Touring

1st: 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I, Peter S. Kalikow, New York, New York

2nd: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California, Marc Fisher, Greenwich, Connecticut

3rd: 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Pinin Farina Coupe Aerodinamico Prototipo, Lee & Joan Herrington, Bow, New Hampshire

Class M-2: Ferrari Competition

1st: 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Berlinetta Competizione, Big Fork Holdings, LLC., Menlo Park, California

2nd: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Alloy Boano Coupe, James H. Fuchs, Brookfield, Wisconsin

3rd: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California Competizione, Audrey & Martin Gruss, Palm Beach, Florida

Class M-3: Ferraris in the Pebble Beach Road Races

1st: 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Spyder Series I, Thomas R. Peck, Irvine, California

2nd: 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Spyder, Les Wexner, New Albany, Ohio

3rd: 1955 Ferrari 857S Scaglietti Spyder, Les Wexner, New Albany, Ohio

Class M-4: Ferrari Preservation

1st: 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Scaglietti Berlinetta Lusso, Private Collection, N/A, N/A

2nd: 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Pininfarina SWB Coupe, Rick & Angie Workman, Windermere, Florida

3rd: 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Scaglietti Berlinetta, John & Heather Mozart, Palo Alto, California

Class N: Designs by Carrozzeria Touring

1st: 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Touring Coupé, David B. Smith, Medina, Washington

2nd: 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Touring Spider, The Keller Collection at the Pyramids, Petaluma, California

3rd: 1962 Pegaso Z-103 Touring Panoramica Coupe, Wicked Machine Works, ,

Class O-1: Postwar Early

1st: 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé, Grant Kinzel, Calgary Alberta, Canada

2nd: 1946 Delahaye 135 MS Pourtout Coupé Aérodynamique, Neal & Susan Ryan, Smithtown, New York

3rd: 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Saloon, John Grono, Singapore,

Class O-2: Postwar Late

1st: 1954 Fiat 8V Supersonic Ghia Coupe, Marc Behaegel, Gent, Belgium

2nd: 1954 Fiat 8V Zagato Coupe, David Sydorick, Beverly Hills, California

3rd: 1957 Siata 208S Motto Spyder, Jan De Reu, Knokke, Belgium

Class O-3: Postwar Racing

1st: 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, Kazuo Maruyama, Tokyo, Japan

2nd: 1955 Porsche 550RS Spyder, Ugo Gussalli Beretta, Brescia, Italy

3rd: 1959 Lister Costin Roadster, Jeff Lotman, Los Angeles, California

Class P: Postwar Cunninghams

1st: 1951 Cunningham C-2 Roadster, T. G. Mittler, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2nd: 1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupé, James W. Taylor, Gloversville, New York

3rd: 1952 Cunningham C-4R Competition Roadster, The Simeone Automotive Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Class R: Mercury Customs

1st: 1951 Mercury 1CM Bob Hirohata Custom Coupe, Jim and Sue McNiel, Orange, California

2nd: 1949 Mercury 9CM Sam Barris Custom Coupe, John Mumford, Portola Valley, California

3rd: 1950 Mercury OCM Wally Welch Custom Coupe, Justin Mozart, Palo Alto, California

Class S: Shelby GT350 50th Anniversary

1st: 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, John Atzbach, Redmond, Washington

2nd: 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 Prototype, Mark Hovander, Seattle, Washington

3rd: 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, Bobby Rahal, Chicago, Illinois

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