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Best of Show at Pebble Beach: Bentley’s first time but Zagato, with its 100 years of history, is there.

The coveted Pebble Beach “Best of Show” Award 2019 went to famous Hong Kong-based collector Sir Michael Kadoorie with his superb 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer. It is the first time a Bentley wins the most prestigious award of the show. Only two cars were made with this particular configuration by English coachbuilder Gurney Gutting (back in the days manufactures would often commission the body or interiors to external bodyworkers).

The car was restored to the best standards in 2004 and purchased by the current owner in 2010. Powered by an 8.0-liter inline-six, capable of reaching a top speed of over 100 mph in its day, this special Bentley features a lower chassis compared to its six-liter “sister” that was built in the same period. The car was a direct competitor of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II, making its debut in 1930. It features a dual cowl and a detachable rear windscreen. It participated in numerous rallies and tours during the 30s.

The Sir Michael Kadoorie 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sport Tourer,  goes to the award ceremony where, as usual, is noisily celebrated. Photos by Joey Capparella

This victory surely adds prestige to the on-going Bentley’s 100th-anniversary celebrations. The English manufacturer was highly present during Monterey Car Week and especially at Pebble Beach, where scarce and legendary models of the brand gathered from all around the world.

Pebble Beach 2019 featured six different classes, including Bentley cars, each one dedicated to different Bentley eras and models. In total, fifty-four Bentleys entered the field.

In the Class dedicated to the 100 years of Carrozzeria Zagato, this magnificent 1962 David Mac Neil DB4GT Zagato prevailed, which also fought for the absolute prize.

The competition for the top place was, as expected, extremely fierce. The selected finalist cars for the Best of Show were: a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni & Falaschi Teardrop Cabriolet owned by Richard & Melanie Lundquist, a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Erdmann & Rossi Special Cabriolet owned by The Keller Collection at the Pyramids, and a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Coupé owned by David F. MacNeil. All selected cars were first in class in their respective categories.

 

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