Everyone who is no stranger to automotive culture knows that car shows make up a huge part of it. Many of them are super entertaining. However, Concours d’Elegance takes the competition to the completely new level. You can’t just sign up for participation. Each and every car owner is invited personally. A visit to Concours d’Elegance (French: competition in elegance) is like a walk through a car museum where each and every car is not only kept in the perfect state but even surpassed the shiny looks it had upon its make.
Although Concours d’Elegance takes origin in Europe, it found more fans and grew to be a tradition in the US. Annually, arguably the world’s most beautiful golf course, California Pebble Beach, sees sheer elegance and timeless designs. In this article, we review five last winners of Concours d’Elegance.
Model: 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria
Packard, American automobile marque, was known for producing opulent luxury vehicles refusing to play down the glamour and lower the prices even during tough economic times. The last automobile left the assembly line mid-50s. Ever since Packard cars have been sought after by vintage vehicle lovers. The model that won the competition in 2013, underwent much abuse as it was previously used as a taxi car in Puerto Rico. Its owners did impossible and were rewarded with the victory.
Model: 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe
2014 was a big year for Ferrari vintage models. Despite them being constantly praised, sought after, and bought at ridiculously high prices, old Ferraris never won Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance before. And it conquered the competition with flying colors being one of the very few cars built after the war that made it big at Pebble Beach. Since 1995, the car belongs to Microsoft’s former President, Jon Shirley.
2015 Isotta Fraschini
Model: Tipo 8A Cabriolet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet, vintage Italian beauty, is how everyone wishes to keep their looks past the 90th birthday. The company that produced this car had had its ups and downs until going bankrupt in 1999. Apparently, money-handling wasn’t easy. However, what they did immaculately is building luxury cars. After four European owners, this Isotta Fraschini saw the New World in 2014 and in 2015, won Concours d’Elegance
Model: Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
It was a long time coming for Richard Mattei, owner of the car. After buying 1936 Lancie in 2009, he spent the following years polishing the beauty and refining its looks. And all the efforts definitely paid off. In 2016, Richard Mattei, a first-time participant, won Concours d’Elegance and, among other features, added confetti to its cars shiny surface.
Model: S Barker Tourer
In 2017, it was more than just a victory for Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer. For Bruce McCaw, who bought the car three years prior to 2017 Concours d’Elegance, it meant that he paid enough homage to renowned British racer Lord Howe. McCaw’s team renovated the car in accordance with Lord Howe’s conception of how it must look. What is also impressive is that as opposed to other vehicles in Concours, many of which are never used for rides, this one even completed 70-miles the tour.