Isotta Fraschini Named Best of Show at 65th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
August 17, 2015
An Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet that once turned heads and garnered top prizes in the classic era glided to victory at the 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.
The competition drew 219 cars from 16 countries and 29 states to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The winning car has an extremely long 145-inch Italian 1924 Tipo 8A chassis, which was acquired in the early 1930s by Swiss Carrosserie Worblaufen to be used as the basis for a new sport cabriolet. The finished car was displayed at the 1932 Geneva Auto Show and won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur at Cannes in 1933. After being shown, the car passed through the hands of just three owners prior to being purchased by current owner Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky.
There were many strong contenders for Best of Show this year, including a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton owned by Doug Magee Jr. of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; a 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet owned by Sam & Emily Mann of Englewood, New Jersey; and a 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé owned by Grant Kinzel of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Ferraris were featured in great numbers this year, along with classic era duPonts, antique Popes, British prewar sports cars and postwar Cunninghams. Special classes celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 and the 75th anniversary of the Lincoln Continental, and Mercury Customs were displayed for the first time.
Best of Show
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky
Best of Show Nominees
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet - Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey
1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé Grant Kinzel, Calgary Alberta, Canada
AUTOMOTIVE MASTERPIECES will celebrate the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, First conducted in 1950, with a special virtual exhibition in 2020: 70 years of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In the same year a special virtual exhibition will be dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Pebble Beach Road Race (1950-1956).
21 cars participated in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in recent editions have already joined the lab.
2 cars participated in the Pebble Beach Road Race in past editions have already joined the lab.
Follow the work in progress virtual exhibitions keeping you up-to-date with behind-the-scenes census!