The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will take place on August 16, 2015, at the spectacular southwestern side of the Monterey Peninsula, located 120-miles south of San Francisco, CA. Today we have a preview of the featured marques that will make up a large part of the 65th annual edition of the Concours and a video.
The duPont, built by E. Paul duPont in Wilmington, Delaware (1922-’25 in Moore, PA) is the featured classic car this year. During the eleven years the company was in operation, spanning from 1919 to 1931, only about 537 cars were produced by the luxury car automaker. Some 30 remain in existence, and many of the cars are owned by duPont family members.
Perhaps one of the most well-known and attractive duPonts was owned by the late Richard Riegel Jr. He bought the 1931 Model H Sport Phaeton with exceptional coachwork by Merrimac, which is on view here in 1962. Later after driving and enjoying it for over 30 years he had it restored and entered it in the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It went on to win a First in Class award and received the prestigious Most Elegant Open Car trophy.
His son Dicky Riegel is bringing the Sport Phaeton back this year, and other duPont family members have entered six more of the cars.
- 1931 duPont Model H Sport Phaeton by Merrimac.
Concours Chairman Sandra Button announced earlier in the year that the featured marque will be the Ferrari. Last year Jon Shirley’s 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe, was awarded the Best of Show award at the event, the first postwar car to do so in nearly 50 years.
A number of the various Ferrari classes in 2015 focus on preserved and unrestored cars along with racing cars that participated in the Pebble Beach Road Races in the early 1950s. A special part of the event will feature Ferrari’s running exhibition laps on the original road race course on Friday.
- Jim Kimberly’s 1949 Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia Sterling Edwards in one of the Road Races.
- The Kimberly 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta at the Concours d’Elegance in 1999.
- 1904 Pope-Toledo Type VI Rear Entrance Tonneau at the Concours in 1997.
For early car fans, the vehicles produced by the Pope Manufacturing Company will be the subject of a feature class. Colonel Albert Augustus Pope first built electric and then gasoline-powered automobiles and motorcycles between the years of 1897 and 1915. The Colonel’s empire built the Pope-Waverley, Pope-Toledo, Pope-Tribune and the Pope-Hartford during that period. A representative cross-section of the cars will be on display.
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta Speciale the 2008 Pebble Beach Best In Show winner.
A fourth special class will feature the designs of Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring. The noted coachbuilder was first established in 1928 and has remained in business until today. The firm has long been known for producing elegant and innovative coachwork.
In addition the following will be also featured: The postwar Cunningham C3 sports cars by Briggs Cunningham and his postwar racing cars, historic Mercury custom cars from the late 1940s to early 1950s, British prewar sports cars, the 75th anniversary of the Lincoln Continental will be observed and the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 Mustang will also be celebrated.