At the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last weekend the highly coveted gold ribbon that marks out the car that has been judged as the "Best of Show" was placed on the magnificent deep blue bodywork of a 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring berlinetta.
The Italian masterpiece fought off stiff competition from two hundred and nine cars drawn from seventeen countries that were entered in the world's most famous “Concours” and on display along the eighteenth fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California
Before being proclaimed "Best of Show" the Alfa Romeo triumphed in its class and it also received two other major awards: the "Charles A. Chayne Trophy" and the "J. B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car" prize.
This particular car, which was first seen in public at the Berlin Motor Show in 1938, differs from later 8C 2900B Touring models with its more steeply raked grille and lack of running boards, and recently received a full restoration to return it to its original specification.
This is the third time in the history of Pebble Beach that the Alfa Romeo brand has taken home the “Best of Show” award, and in fact each time it has been with the 8C 2900B model with Touring bodywork: first in 1988 with a spider version won and then twenty years later in 2008 a coupé grabbed the honours.
“This Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring has all that one would wish for in a car — speed, style and, frankly, sex appeal,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “The Touring styling is simply magical, and to top it off it makes all the right noises!"
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