Want to know which is the most beautiful car in the world? Concours d’Elegance like the one at Pebble Beach are a good place to look. And this year’s winner is the classic Alfa you see here.
The 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta was selected from among 209 cars to win Best of Show this year, along with the Charles A. Chayne Trophy and the J. B. & Dorothy Nethercutt award for the Most Elegant Closed Car (which the same car won under previous ownership in 2001). And from the looks of it, the recognition was most richly deserved.
“This Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring has all that one would wish for in a car—speed, style and, frankly, sex appeal,” said Concours chairman Sandra Button. “The Touring styling is simply magical, and to top it off it makes all the right noises!”
This is the third time that an Alfa has won the top prize in Monterey, and each time it’s been an 8C 2900B with bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring: another Berlinetta in 2008, and a Spider in 1988.
That puts the classic Alfa right up there with the late-’20s Mercedes-Benz 680S (like the Barker Tourer that won last year) and the early-’30s Daimler Double Six as the most decorated models in Pebble Beach history. The only model to have won Best of Show more is the Bugatti Type 57, examples of which have taken the top prize six time.
This Alfa is owned by one David Sydorick, a longtime entrant from Beverly Hills. “As a Zagato collector, I broke the rules and bought a Touring-bodied car because this Alfa Romeo is very special,” said Sydorick. “It is a piece of automotive architecture mounted on a Grand Prix chassis that has technology that was top of the line for prewar cars. It’s a wonderful combination. It’s beautiful from top to bottom.”