Cars are only original once. While more often than not, it’s desirable to have the best or cleanest example of any given marque when it comes to the game of Concours, when it comes to race cars, there’s no way to replicate the decades of earned patina and the battering that comes from racing door to door. The cars lucky enough to still sport their war wounds can’t be duplicated, and few cars survive with their origins and history still visible on the surface.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an automotive charitable event, considered the most prestigious event of its kind. It is the finale of a week long festival of classic car events in the Monterey area of California. French for “a competition of elegance,” the Concours d’Elegance is an event open to both prewar and postwar collector cars in which they are judged for authenticity, function, history, and style.