The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award has named its first winner.
Earlier this year, The Peninsula Hotels announced the inaugural The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award in a milestone move to reinvigorate the tradition of celebrating the international motoring world’s top accolade for most exceptional classic car. This evening, the winner of the prestigious award was announcing as part of the 2016 Monterey Car Week celebrations. Claiming the top prize this year is a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS, Chassis No. 90106 Coupe aerodynamique “Goutte d’Eau”, Figoni & Falaschi. Owned by Peter and Merle Mullin and The Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation, the car was previously a “Best in Show” winner at Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe and has won prizes at every major concours in pre-war Europe.
Other finalists for the inaugural award include a 1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex: Concours of Elegance, 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, 1965 Ferrari 166 P / 206 SP Dino 0834: Cavallino Classic and 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Helping choose the winner this year was a panel of 24 prominent motorcar experts, designers and notable celebrities in the motoring world including the design director of Pininfarina, Fabio Filippini, Ralph Lauren, Jay Leno and Ian Callum of Jaguar Cars.
“I’m thrilled that Peter’s car won this year’s Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award,” said Jay Leno. “The judges were all in agreement that the Talbot deserved the award not only for its incredible look, but because Peter’s cars are always restored as originally intended to a precise level of historic time and detail, and that’s what makes the Talbot so special.”