There was tension in the air at the 68th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Would the a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection of Palm Beach, Florida, a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé owned by Robert Kudela or the 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson, of The Patterson Collection from Louisville, Kentucky win or would the Touring Bodied Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B grab the Best of Show prize?
In the end, it was the stunning 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta that graced the ramp at the end of the day, receiving the grand prize of Best of Show, the Charles A. Chayne Trophy and it was also 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 longtime entrant David Sydorick of Beverly Hills, California. “It is a piece of automotive architecture mounted on a Grand Prix chassis that has technology that was top of the line for prewar cars. It’s a wonderful combination. It’s beautiful from top to bottom.”
This Alfa Romeo 8C differs from later 8Cs with its more steeply raked grille and lack of running boards. In 2001, this very car was named Most Elegant Closed Car at the Concours, but since Sydorick’s acquisition, it has received a full restoration and been returned to its 1938 Berlin Motor Show specification.
“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 Pebble Beach Concours gathered 209 cars from 17 countries and 31 states on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. This year, the Concours also raised an incredible $1.8 million for charity. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these funds will benefit over 80 local charities, impacting the lives of more than 10,000 children annually in Monterey County.
The week running up to the Concours was full of celebrities and a record number of new car and concept unveils. Here is a small video of some of the unveils and celebrity sightings.