The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance returned to the fairways of the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Delahayes were featured in great numbers this year, along with Chapron Coachwork, Bizzarrini, Lamborghini Miura and Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars from 1930–1937. Special classes celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 victory at Le Mans and the 100th anniversary of BMW.
The field of 228 classic cars from 16 countries and 30 states entered for the Pebble Beach Concours 2016 were viewed by a capacity crowd from the early hours through until the presentation of the category awards culminating in the “Best of Show” in the late afternoon. Staged on the 18th fairway of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links beside the Pacific Ocean, the event takes the form of a garden party with attendant displays and classical music.
With a high quality of entrants, the large number of rare classics presented a challenge to the many judges. This year, they chose a 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet owned by Richard Mattei of Paradise Valley, Arizona. 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 it down.
“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.”
Pebble Beach Concours 2016 – Best in Class Winners
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