With six prior 'Best of Show' titles, Duesenberg has long been the winningest American marque at Pebble Beach.
A 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo belonging to Lee R. Anderson Sr. was named 'Best of Show' at the 71st Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This year, 40 classic cars from 18 countries took part in the mega event. This was a noteworthy win, as it marked the return of an American brand to the top step at Pebble Beach after nine years. The previous American brand won the title here in 2013 – it was a 1934 Packard Twelve. As for Duesenberg, this win brings its total 'Best of Show' title tally up to seven, making it one of the winningest American carmakers at Pebble Beach.
This year’s race for 'Best of Show' featured other strong contenders, like Fritz Burkard’s 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni & Falaschi Teardrop Coupé, Sam and Emily Mann’s 1930 Duesenberg J Graber Cabriolet, and Merle and Peter Mullin’s 1951 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Stabilimenti Farina Cabriolet.
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, also made headlines, as it concluded its 18th annual Pebble Beach Auctions and raked in over $105 million in sales. Several cars were sold at record prices, including the 1990 Ferrari F40 (sold for $3,965,000) and the 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport (sold for $3,167,500). The most expensive sale, however, was claimed by a 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante, which was sold for a record $10,345,000.
Last year, a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier (belonging to The Keller Collection, California) was declared the 'Best of Show'.