It’s that time of year again, where the most elegant and historic cars from around the world gather at one location. Every year, Pebble Beach plays host to what is quite simply the finest exhibition of showcars in the world. Held each August on the 18th Fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is an annual gathering of rare and antique automobiles, international automotive luminaries and motorcar enthusiasts from around the globe.
The Concours d’Elegance is part of a multiple day auto extravaganza known as the Monterey Car Week. The festivities began in 1950 as a friendly race along Pebble Beach's 17 Mile Drive. Today the event has grown into a massive event that draws up to 85,000 attendees and includes car shows, car pageants, car rallies and car auctions.
At the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an absolutely gorgeous 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A took top honors as Best In Show, besting a classic 1914 Rolls Royce, 1937 Delahaye and 1953 Abarth 1100. The full history and details of this Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A are scarce, but the car features sport cabriolet bodywork, created by Carrosserie Worblaufen after the company acquired the car in 1931. Worblaufen started working on a droptop body style on the long-wheelbase, 145-inch chassis, and once the car was complete it was unveiled at the 1932 Geneva Motor Show. It also went on to win the Grand-Prix d'Honneur at Cannes in 1933.
The car is an outstanding piece of automotive history and has had only four owners. The car also lived a quite life in France and Switzerland before coming to North America in 2014. Today the car is owned by Jim Patterson of The Patterson Collection in Louisville, KY. Patterson is a regular Concours participant, and last won in 2010. His vehicle was also a blue ribbon winner, named best in its "European Classic Early" class.