Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pebble Beach Concours d^Elegance August 2016
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 21, 2016) — The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.

When the award was announced, it took Mattei a moment to grasp the accomplishment: 'I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach—and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!' His Lancia won its class before competing for Best of Show, and it was also named the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible.

The cabriolet was once owned by guitarist Eric Clapton, who declared it to be 'the most fun I've had off stage and out of bed.' Pininfarina later purchased the car for its collection and it remained there for decades.

'This Lancia is a true combination of speed and style,' said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. 'Pinin Farina took a fantastic car and added many spectacular attributes, including a power top, curved side glass windows and the unusual basket-woven trim. This car is sport and luxury embodied.'

Mattei purchased the Lancia in 2009 and spent about six years restoring it. Asked what he found most compelling about the car, Mattei referenced the car's mechanical sophistication and its ability to exhibit two different personalities: an aggressive stance with the top up and a more relaxed and elegant style with the top down.

The Pebble Beach Concours competition drew 228 cars from 16 countries and 30 states to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.75 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these charitable funds will benefit over 80 local charities.

There were many strong contenders for Best of Show this year. Final nominees included a 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet owned by the Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection and shown by Anne Brockinton Lee of Sparks, Nevada; and a 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III of West Orange, New Jersey.

The 67th Pebble Beach Concours takes place on Sunday, August 20, 2017, and features will include Isotta Fraschini, Lincoln Centennial, and American Dream Cars of the 1960s. The 68th Pebble Beach Concours will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018, and will include a special class for Significant Cars of India.

BEST OF SHOW

1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Richard Mattei, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Best of Show Nominees

1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet
Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection / Anne Brockinton Lee, Sparks, Nevada

1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria
Joseph & Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey

MOST ELEGANT AWARDS

J. B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Bertone Prototipo
Corrado Lopresto, Milan, Italy

Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Richard Mattei, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Most Elegant Open Car
1932 Auburn 12-160A Speedster
Ted Reimel, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Vignale Spyder
William E. 'Chip' Connor, Hong Kong

Galleries
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1931 Miller Championship Race Car  
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