BEST OF SHOW
A 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo wins the coveted title at the
71st Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Written by Bridget Williams / Photos by Kimball Studios
This year, 220 cars from 19 countries and 33 states pulled onto the competition field of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and the car named Best of Show was the 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo, owned by Lee R. Anderson Sr.
"This rare Duesenberg marries American might with European style," said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. "It did well in some early rallies and concours. Then, its history took a turn, with chassis separated from body. The story of its resurrection is one of pure passion." An American car last won Best of Show in 2013, when a 1934 Packard Twelve took the top spot. However, Duesenberg has long been the winningest American marque at Pebble Beach, with six prior wins.
"My goodness, we're overwhelmed," Penny Anderson exclaimed after the confetti settled. "We just can't believe we won Best of Show! We've met so many people through the years, enjoyed all the people that participate. It's just a joy and an honor to be here."
Lee Anderson echoed Penny's sentiment. "We've been doing this for years, and we've come close in the past, but we've never won actually, so Penny is right, it's overwhelming. All the preparation—the story behind this car is just amazing. There's only one Figoni Duesenberg, ever ever, and it's this one right here. So, it's like all these things coming together to make a real champion. We're so excited."
This year's race for Best of Show featured other strong contenders, including Fritz Burkard's 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni & Falaschi Teardrop Coupé, Sam and Emily Mann's 1930 Duesenberg J Graber Cabriolet, and Merle and Peter Mullin's 1951 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Stabilimenti Farina Cabriolet.
The Pebble Beach Concours raised more than $2.67 million for charity this year, bringing the event's total charitable donations to over $35 million. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these funds will benefit more than 95 local charities, impacting the lives of more than 10,000 children annually in Monterey County.
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, concluded its 18th annual Pebble Beach Auctions realizing over $105 million in sales. Several star cars set new world records, including the 1990 Ferrari F40, which sold for $3,965,000, and the 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, which achieved $3,167,500. The weekend's top sale was a stunningly elegant 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante, which earned a final sale price of $10,345,000.
The 72nd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will take place on Sunday, August 20, 2023, and will celebrate famed coachbuilder Joseph Figoni and Pegaso. Additional 2023 features include Invicta, Mercedes-Benz S / SS / SSK, McLaren, Alvis, and American Dream Cars of the 1950s. sl
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Best of Show: A 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo.
Winner of Class B: McFarlan was a 1923 McFarlan 154 Twin Valve Six Knickerbocker Cabriolet owned by The Nethercutt Collection/Helen & Jack Nethercutt, from Sylmar, California
Winner of the Class C: American Classic category was a1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Custom De Villars Cabriolet, owned by Mary & Ted Stahl and Mark Hyman, from Chesterfield, Michigan
Winner of the FIVA Prewar Trophy was a1900 De Dion Bouton Tricycle owned by Rob Kauffman/RF Motors, from Charlotte, North Carolina
Best of Show Nominee: a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni & Falaschi Teardrop Coupé, owned by The Pearl Collection/Fritz Burkard, from Switzerland
Winner of Class L-2: Postwar Preservation was a1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe, owned by Audrain Collections, from Newport, Rhode Island
Winner of the Gran Turismo Trophy was a 1969 Autobianchi 112 Bertone Concept Car, owned by ASI Automotoclub Storico Italiano, from Turin, Italy
Winner of Class o1: Postwar Racing was a1953 Aston Martin DB3S Race Car, owned by Wayne & Ruth Gray, from Fife, United Kingdom
Winner of Class O-1: Postwar Rain was a 1953 Aston Martin Tyron owned by Wayne & Ruth Gray of Fife, Scotland
Winner of The Phil Hill Cup was a1955 Jaguar XDK Le Mans Race Car, owned by The JSL Motorsports Collection, from Redwood City, California