The 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti coupe takes Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, making it the first Ferrari to win the car world’s top honor.
The 375 MM, chassis number 0402 AM, started out as a Pinin Farina-bodied spider when its first owner, Italian film director Roberto Rossellini bought it, but when Rossellini ran the spider into a tree about a year after buying it, Sergio Scaglietti got the nod to rebody it as a coupe. Though Scaglietti had worked with Ferrari on racing cars in the years prior, this would be his first shot at a road car for Ferrari. Scaglietti decided to form the aluminum panels over a metal lattice work, taking a year to finish the one-off body.
Rossellini then kept the coupe, now painted gray, but still powered by its 330-hp 4,522-cc V-12, until the mid-1960s. It then passed through at least a couple of owners in Italy and France over the next few decades, eventually falling into disrepair and suffering from a half-hearted attempt to restore it, until current owner Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington, bought it in the mid-1990s and commissioned a full restoration. He then debuted the freshly restored car at the Ferrari Club of America’s meet in 1998 before presenting it at that year’s Pebble Beach concours, taking first in class and reportedly coming within a hair’s breadth of Best of Show that year. In the intervening years, he did come back to Pebble and take the top prize – in 2008 with a Touring-bodied 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta – but this year returned to complete what he started with 0402 AM more than 15 years ago.
The coupe again took Best in Class this year in the Ferrari Grand Touring class on its way to the overall win. Not only does the win represent the first for a Ferrari in the history of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it also represents the first win for a postwar car since 1968 – when a 1964 Maserati Mistral coupe won Best of Show – and only the second win for a postwar car since the concours began recognizing prewar cars in 1955.
The 4 finalists
Best of Show is chosen from among First in Class winners through a simple tally of the independent and secret ballots cast by the Chairman, the Chief Judge, the Chief Honorary Judge, the Chief Class Judges, the Honorary Judge Team Leaders, and select Class Judges. Since 2006, the final Best of Show Nominees have also been announced.
First, Second and Third in Class winners are selected by our Class Judges based on originality, authenticity, and proper and excellent preservation or restoration.
Special Awards are generally selected by special committees of Honorary Judges.
We offer four Elegance Awards for styling, design and presentation:
J.B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car is awarded to the most elegant closed car present. The Nethercutts won our top award, Best of Show, a record-setting six times, establishing the standards of authenticity and quality to which all Concours entrants now aspire.
Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible is awarded to the most elegant convertible present. Graham was involved in founding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Most Elegant Open Car is awarded to the most elegant open car present. An open car has no windows, though it may have side curtains, as compared to a convertible car, which generally has roll-up windows.
Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car is awarded to the most elegant sports car present. MacMinn was a respected automotive designer, instructor, and historian who served for years as Chief Honorary Judge of this Concours.
Additional Special Awards are as follows:
Alec Ulmann Trophy is awarded to the most exciting Hispano-Suiza present. Ulmann founded the Sebring races and was an important contributor to the hobby and to this Concours.
Ansel Adams Award goes to the most desirable touring car of its era. The well-known photographer served often as an Honorary Judge at this Concours.
Art Center College of Design Award goes to the car that showed the best use of new technology in its era, has groundbreaking style engineering, and is considered to have had the greatest impact on car design today.
Briggs Cunningham Trophy is awarded to the most exciting open car present. Cunningham was a great American sportsman and automobile constructor and collector.
Chairman’s Trophy is awarded to the most deserving car present as selected by the Chairman.
Charles A. Chayne Trophy is awarded to the car with the most advanced engineering of its era. Chayne, a former General Motors Vice President of Engineering, was a great supporter of this Concours.
Classic Car Club of America Trophy is awarded to the most significant classic car present.
Dean Batchelor Trophy is awarded to the most significant hot rod present during those years that hot rods take to our show field. Batchelor was a noted auto writer and historian who served for years as one of our Honorary Judges.
Elegance in Motion Trophy is awarded to the car deemed to be most elegant in motion. To qualify for this award, a car must have successfully completed the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.
Enzo Ferrari Trophy is awarded to the best Ferrari present. The Trophy is named for the Maestro himself.
FIVA Awards go to the best preserved and regularly driven prewar and postwar cars as determined by a special committee guided by FIVA regulations.
The French Cup is awarded to the most significant car of French origin.
Gran Turismo Trophy is awarded to the most significant car present that balances both artistic beauty and performance at the highest level and is most desired for inclusion in “Gran Turismo.”
Lincoln Trophy goes to the most significant Lincoln present.
Lorin Tryon Trophy recognizes an automotive enthusiast who has contributed significantly to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Tryon served as this event’s Co-Chairman for nearly three decades; his passion and expertise drew the most elegant cars to Pebble Beach year after year.
Lucius Beebe Trophy is awarded to the Rolls-Royce considered most in the tradition of Lucius Beebe, a bon vivant who served among our early judges.
Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence Award goes to the most significant Mercedes-Benz present.
Mille Miglia Trophy is awarded to the most significant car eligible to participate in the Mille Miglia.
Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy is awarded to the most significant car present of British origin.
People’s Choice Award Presented by MSN Autos goes to an automobile chosen by a tally of votes cast online by individuals prior to the Concours.
The Phil Hill Cup is awarded to a significant race car. Hill, a World Drivers Champion and a respected restorer, won the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Pebble Beach Road Races on multiple occasions.
Road & Track Trophy is awarded to the car that the editors of that magazine would most like to drive.
Tony Hulman Trophy is awarded to the most significant open wheel race car present. Hulman owned the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for decades, and the Indianapolis 500 often started with his command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.”
More than 250 classic cars lined the 17th and 18th holes of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links for the 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Every year on the third Sunday in August, the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world ,the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has grown into the top-ranking collector car show in the world. People from all over the globe come to compete in or simply enjoy the event at Pebble Beach.
With a total of 27 classes including feature and special classes, the cars of Maserati and the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa headlined the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Other high light was the around 20 Ferrari Testa Rossas situated near the 17th green and 18th tee.
- Mercedes-Benz recently-restored 540K Streamliner and its 1914 Grand Prix cars.
- Jaguar Lightweight E-type prototype and US-Spec F-Type Project 7.
- McLaren the new 650S Sprint
- Range Rover new Sport SVR
- BMW new i8 Concours Edition.
- Bentley new Continental GT3-R
- Gooding & Co held the official Pebble Beach auction (August 16 -17),
- RM Auctions’ Annual Monterey Sale (August 15 -16)
- Bonhams annual Quail Lodge Auction (August 14 -15) incl. 10 cars from the Maranello Rosso collection
- Mecum’s Monterey Sale (August 14 -16)
- Bruce, John & Gwen McCaw,
- Sir Jackie Stewart & Paul Stewart
- Sir Bamford
- Fred & Donna Kriz
- Pierre Mellinger
- Tom Shaughnessy
- Kurt Engelhorn
- Fred Guyton
- Ann Bothwell, Woodland Hills, California
- The (Tom) Keller Collection, Petaluma, California
- George F. Wingard, Eugene, Oregon
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