Round-Up: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013

By Paul Joseph

The 2013 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance came to a close in California yesterday, following a 7-day celebration of automobiles and car culture.

Comprising five auctions, three days of vintage car racing and eight exhibitions, the prestigious event culminated with the annual Concours d'Elegance, with this year's coveted 'Best in Show' award won by the 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Comvertible Victoria.

The giant open touring car is powered by an L-head V12 engine and features flowing fenders, closed in the rear to encompass 140-plus-inch wheelbase. Though Packard built over 35,000 Twelves from 1933 to 1939, this is the only model with custom bodywork by coachbuilder Raymond Dietrich.

Amongst the other highlights of the week was the sale of the a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T Spider for $27.5 million, the biggest amount ever received for a road-going car as well as the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction

Alongside the N.A.R.T Spider, eyes were also firmly fixed on the 2012 Pebble Beach Best of Show-winning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster, which sold for $8,250,000.

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was founded in 1950 and has grown to become one of the world’s most prestigious automobile events.

By Paul Joseph