In a week where the Ferrari marque could do no wrong, the 64th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance added yet another title to the Italian car maker’s list of accomplishments – Best of Show. For 2014, a 1954 Ferrari 375 Scaglietti Coupe took home the honors. Currently owned by Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington, this Ferrari is one of only five such examples in the world. It also has a special history, having been originally owned by famous film director Roberto Rossellini. Significantly, this is the first post war car to win best of show at Pebble Beach since 1968, and even more amazingly, the first Ferrari to ever win this award in the long history of Pebble Beach. The super rare sports car bested the three other finalists, which included a 1937 Rolls-Royce, a 1934 Packard, and a 1934 Hispano-Suiza. In an event where elegance and style typically trump race cars, regardless of how significant, the Ferrari’s win was certainly unexpected.
The dominant role Ferraris play in this event, as well as the collector car market as a whole, was further evidenced as the Concours attendees jockeyed for position to see the unheard-of gathering of 20 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas on the show field. Seeing two or three Testa Rossas together in one place is normally a news item. Only a couple days earlier at Bonhams auction, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold for a record breaking $38.1 million, further demonstrating the Ferraris popularity. And, multi-million dollar vintage Ferrari sales were common occurrences at Gooding & Company, RM Auctions, and Mecum. Perhaps next year, the name should be changed from Monterey Car Week to Monterey Ferrari Week.
After feasting on all these exotics, it just might be time to get back to the basics -- like a good old Buick.
Here are the finalists and the winner of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show.