Eight in contention for Best of Best honors

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This 1972 Monteverdi is one of four post-war cars nominated for the Best of the Best honors | Peninsula Classics photos

Eight Best of Show winners from major 2018 concours d’elegance events are finalists for The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award. The winner is to be announced February 7, 2019, at The Peninsula Paris during Retromobile.

Two of the eight finalists are owned by David and Ginny Sydorick, who won at the Cavallino Classic with their 1956 Ferrari 250 GT coupe by Zagato and at Pebble Bech with their 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta by Touring.

The nominees are:

•  Amelia Island — 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ convertible by Murphy and updated by Bohman, owned by Harry Yeaggy

  Cavallino Classic — 1956 Ferrari 250 GT coupe by Zagato, owned by David and Ginny Sydorick

•  Concorso d’eleganza Villa d’Este — 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder by Scaglietti, owned by Andreas Mohringer

•  Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace — 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S ‘Boat Tail’ roadster by Barker, owned by Bruce McCaw

•  Pebble Beach — 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta by Touring, owned by David and Ginny Sydorick

•  The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering — 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200CSpider by Pinin Farina, owned by Anne Brockinton

  Salon Prive — 1933 Bugatti Type 55 roadster by Jean Bugatti, owned by Robert Bishop

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•  Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance — 1972 Monteverdi 375L High Speed by Fissore, owned by Colin Mullan (see top photo)

A panel of 26 people will select the car to receive the Best of the Best accolades. New to the panel this year are jeweler Laurence Graff and architect and motorcycle enthusiast Peter Marino.

Among the other judges are car designers Chris Bangle, Peter Brock and Ian Callum, auto executives Henry Ford III and Ratan Tata, and collectors that include Ralph Lauren, Jay Leno, Nick Mason, Rana Manvendra Singh and the Earl of March (founder of the Goodwood festivals).   I took out ‘such as’ in two place since you already have ‘among’ 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I really like the 1972 Monteverdi. I vaguely remember that the car might have been pictured in Playboy magazine around that time.

  2. RE: Monteverdi. Many years ago a California resident ordered a new Monteverdi-the wait was about 1 year. The ship arrived at the dock in Long Beach. The buyer and friends were there to watch the unloading process and welcome their jewel. As the arm swung out from the ship to gently deposit the cargo on the dock, the straps broke and that gorgeous car fell smashed on the dock. 😖😖Obviously there was insurance, but also another whole year😞😞

    • DUESENBERG ! Some bias towards imports from Europe maybe? Only the DUESENBERG is American and is definitely the one that stands out! Pampered Garage queen Ferrari’s and Mercedes are nice and all that but nothing compares to a historic Duesie that has seen the roads of America.

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