The 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featured an incredible array of Alfa Romeos, Duesenbergs, Packards, Ferraris, V16 Cadillacs, GM Concepts, Lancias, 20+ Liter cars, among many other special automobiles.
The thorough process of putting together the finest selection of cars for the Pebble Beach Concours is unrivaled, signifying that the mere acceptance into the event places an automobile among the very best of the best.
Then the judging process occurs, singling out the best in each class, and finally the Best of Show.
While widely known that the 58th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judges awarded “Best of Show” to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, the individual class winners also deserve their fair share of praise.
Class Winners are selected based on originality, authenticity, and proper and excellent preservation or restoration. Class Awards, representing the spirit of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, are sculptures created from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Trophy, mounted upon elegant ebony-black bases.
58th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Class Winners
Class A-1 Antique through 1915
1914 Peugeot Type 150 Phaeton, Bill Johnston & Ron Elenbaas, Richland, Michigan
Class A-2 London to Brighton Veterans
1904 De Dion Bouton Henri Binder Tonneau, Barry G. Hon, Dana Point, California
Class C-1 American Classic Open
1931 Pierce-Arrow 41 LeBaron Convertible Victoria, Tom & Julie Williams, Los Altos Hills, California
Class C-2 American Classic Open Packards (Best of Show Nominee)
1934 Packard 1108 LeBaron Sport Phaeton, The Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar, California
Class C-3 American Classic Closed Prewar
1933 Duesenberg SJ Murphy Beverly, Joseph & Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey
Class C-4 Cadillac V-16
1934 Cadillac V-16 452D Fleetwood Convertible Sedan, David E. & Linda Kane, Bernardsville, New Jersey
Class E-1 Lancia Prewar
1933 Lancia Astura Castagna Torpedo, Guido Lamperti, Carate Brianza, Italy
Class E-2 Lancia Postwar
1952 Lancia Aurelia B53 Giardinetta, Oscar Davis, Elizabeth, New Jersey
Class H Rolls-Royce Prewar
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca, Don & Janet Williams, Danville, California
Class I Mercedes-Benz Prewar
1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Cabriolet B, The William Lyon Family, Newport Beach, California
Class J-1 European Classic Open 1922-1934
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Castagna Cabriolet, Bud & Thelma Lyon, Kensington, New Hampshire
Class J-2 European Classic Open 1935-1940 (Best of Show Nominee)
1935 Hispano Suiza K6 Brandone Cabriolet, Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey
Class J-3 European Classic Closed (Best of Show)
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, Jon & Mary Shirley, Medina, Washington
Class L-1 Prewar Preservation
1905 Royal Tourist G Touring, John & Heather Mozart, Palo Alto, California
Class L-2 Postwar Preservation through 1967
1957 Ferrari 410 Super America Series II Pinin Farina Coupe, Chris LaPorte, Beecher, Illinois
Class M-1 Ferrari Grand Touring
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I, Peter & Kacey McCoy, Beverly Hills, California
Class M-2 Ferrari Competition
1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spyder Series II, RADM & Mrs. Robert Phillips, Arlington, Virginia
Class N Lamborghini
1964 Lamborghini 350GT Touring Production Prototype, Paul J. Roesler, Mill Valley, California
Class O-1 Postwar Sports
1953 Siata 208S Spider Motto Roadster, Elliott Dolin, Malibu, California
Class O-2 Postwar Touring
1948 Delahaye 135MS Faget-Varnet Cabriolet, Cathy Jerry Gauche, Houston, Texas
Class P General Motors Woodies
1947 Chevrolet Fleetwood Ionia Station Wagon, David E. Walters, Princeville, Hawaii
Class R General Motors – Powered Sports Cars
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti Coupe, Cliff Hansen, Zephyr Cove, Nevada
Class S 20+ Liter Club
1913 Benz 200HP Snutsel, Pere et Fils Racer, George Wingard, Eugene, Oregon
Class V Open Wheel Race Cars
1935 English Racing Automobiles B Series, Gregory Whitten, Medina, Washington
[Source: Pebble Beach Concours]
While I think the judges made a sound decision with the Alfa, I am surprised the Delahaye wasn’t one of the finalists. It is so unusually beautiful.
How bout the Lancia Woody? Sweet!
the Delahaye wasn’t a real 2-seater – it had a back seat that they covered with fake luggage. also understand it wasn’t period correct with the flashy colors and extra chrome (post war car).
We did hear that the owner had to fight with the restorers to get it how she liked it.