The 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance included competitors from 27 states and 12 countries, all hoping that their prized automobiles would win one of the 24 general classes. Participants also contended for the prestigious Elegance Awards, which, as the name implies, honor the most elegant convertible, closed car, open car and sports car.
Special Awards, including the Most Elegant Awards, are generally selected by special committees of Honorary Judges. While most Special Award Trophies are perpetual and are maintained at Pebble Beach, winners are presented with a suitably inscribed sculpture created from the Pebble Beach Concours Trophy except as noted.
58th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Most Elegant Award Winners
Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible Trophy, sponsored by Elegant Set, is awarded to the most elegant convertible present. The trophy is named for a woman who was involved in founding the Pebble Beach Concours.
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Pinin Farina Cabriolet, Larry Klein, Santa Rosa, California
J.B. and Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car Trophy, sponsored by Rolex, is awarded to the most elegant closed car present. The trophy is named for the couple who won the top award, Best of Show, a record-setting six times. J. B. & Dorothy Nethercutt established the standards of authenticity and quality to which all Concours entrants now aspire.
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, Jon & Mary Shirley, Medina, Washington
Most Elegant Open Car Trophy, sponsored by Joseph Brilando / The Candy Store, is awarded to the most elegant open car present. An open car has no side windows, though it may have side curtains, as compared to a convertible, which generally has roll-up windows.
1934 Packard 1108 LeBaron Sport Phaeton, The Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar, California
Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car Trophy, sponsored by William E. Connor & Associates, is awarded to the most elegant sports car present. The trophy is named for a respected automotive designer, instructor, and historian who was Chief Honorary Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California, The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky
[Source: Pebble Beach Concours]