Eight best-of-show winning vehicles have been nominated for the third annual Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award, which will be presented February 8, 2018, during Retromobile in Paris.
The award previously was presented at The Quail Lodge, a Peninsula hotel, during Monterey Car Week in northern California.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award to Paris in 2018, which I trust will further promote this distinguished honor on the concours circuit,” said The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, co-founder of the award and chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels.
“Concours d’Elegance originated in Paris in the 17th century, and we are delighted to bring the modern equivalent back to this beautiful city; a fitting venue for such a distinct honor,” Kadoorie said in a news release.
“The award recognizes excellence in masterful craftsmanship, attention to detail, tradition and ingenuity, and we look forward to celebrating the world’s most exceptional motor car at this prestigious event.”
The eight finalists for the award are the:
• 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Spider by Touring that took Concours de Sport honors at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours.
• 1951 Ferrari 212 Export cabriolet by Vignale that won the Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup at the 2017 Cavallino Classic.
• 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic that won the top award at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance event in France.
• 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo by Bertone that was best of show at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
• 1933/35 Lancia Astura Aerodinamica coupe by Castagna that won top honors at the British Royal Conc0urs of Elegance.
• 1957 Ferrari 250 GT cabriolet by Pinin Farina that received the Cartier Style et Luxe concours prize at Goodwood.
• 1929 Mercedes-Benz S roadster by Barker that was best of show at the Pebble Beach Concours.
• 1964 ATS 2500 GTS coupe by Allemano that won at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in 2017.
A panel of 24 automotive experts will vote to decide the best of the best. The panel includes care designers, the head of the Royal Automobile Club, Ralph Lauren, Henry Ford III, Jay Leno, the owners of Goodwood, drummer Nick Mason, the managing director of Retromobile, the chairman of Tata Motors of India, a member of the royal family of India, automotive historian Adolfo Orsi Jr., and the head of the FIA.