Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2019

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The coveted Best of Show award went to this 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer, belonging to The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie of Hong Kong. The 8 Litre was an enlargement of Bentley’s famed Speed Six. The body features dual cowls and a detachable rear windscreen. It is one of two built on the short chassis, the other is now a Rolls-Royce.

Think of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as the Brigadoon of car museums. Much like the ephemeral Scottish town of the 1947 musical, it emerges from the mist of the Central California coast for one day each year to dazzle the fortunate folks who can procure a ticket, and then disappears again. Its composition changes each year, but the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Golf Links is always guaranteed to have around 200 of the most impressive old cars available. “Pebble” is the gold standard among restorers, collectors, and the enthusiasts who admire them.

Each year, Pebble includes its traditional classes of pre-and post-World War II cars, divided into open and closed categories, and whether they were produced by American or European companies. Special classes change each year, and for 2019 included one celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bentley’s founding, a class for the Lamborghini Miura, and the return of the hot rod class in the form of Historic Hot Rod Cover Cars.

Of course, the Best of Show award is always hotly anticipated and this year’s was no disappointment, with top honors going to a 1931 Bentley 8 Litre belonging to The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie of Hong Kong. Other nominees for Best of Show were a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS, owned by Richard and Melanie Lundquist of Palos Verdes Estates, California; a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K from The Keller Collection at the Pyramids in Petaluma, California; and a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT, property of David MacNeil from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The awards don’t stop there, with another four cars being honored with Elegance Awards, and Special Awards going to a further 23 cars. Here, we’ve attempted to give you a flavor of the outstanding collection of machinery present at motoring’s Brigadoon. To see details on all the award winners and get details about next year’s event, take a look at the Pebble Beach website at

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