A 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick of Beverly Hills, California won Best of Show at the 68th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held Sunday, August 26, 2018 on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.
“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.”
The Alfa Romeo won its class before competing for Best of Show, and took home two other awards: Charles A. Chayne Trophy and J. B. and Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car.
This particular 8C 2900B (chassis 412020) Lungo Berlinetta with Superleggera coachwork was revealed at the 1937 Paris Auto Salon, then appeared at the 1937 Milan Auto Show and at the 1938 Berlin Motor Show. It was also featured in many period magazines and in the Alfa Romeo sales brochure, where it was called the “Coupe Leggero.” It differs from the later 8C 2900 Berlinettas by having a more steeply raked aerodynamic front grille and no running boards. The car is believed to have remained in Germany through the 1950s. It was brought to the United States in 1956. This Alfa Romeo was first restored in the 1990s and was named Most Elegant Closed Car at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The current owner has now restored the car to its 1938 Berlin Motor Show specification.
There were many contenders for Best of Show at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In the final circle, the winning 8C Alfa Romeo was joined by a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection of Palm Beach, Florida and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé owned by Robert Kudela of Chropyne, Czech Republic.
The Pebble Beach Concours 2018 gathered 209 cars from 17 countries and 31 states on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. This year, the Concours also raised $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 69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance returns to its usual third Sunday of August next year; it takes place on Sunday, August 18, 2019, and will celebrate the centennials of Bentley and Zagato.
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, Pebble Beach Concours 2018 – Best of Show Winner Photo Gallery (photos: Richard Michael Owen)
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