The week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is automotive enthusiasts heaven on the Monterey Peninsula. The world’s finest cars come out to play at different events to be raced, displayed at shows, or enjoyed along the streets of Carmel. Each year during Monterey Car Week we give out our Preservation award to deserving cars at both The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and this year’s winners were nothing short of automotive art:
The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering 2019 Winner
Our preservation award winner at this year’s Quail Motorsport Gathering was this exquisite 1931 Bentley 4-Liter for being one of the most original and correct vintage Bentleys around today. The car features coachwork by Vanden Plas, was used in Bentley brochures and magazines for company publicity, and was the last open tourer built by W.O. Bentley. The 4-Liter remains in highly original condition and is highly deserving of our award.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Pre-War Preservation Winner
Our Pre-War award winning car this year was this 1907 Renault XB Labourdette Transformable Landaulet owned by Steve and Marilee Hamilton. This Renault Type XB is powered by a 3-liter, four-cylinder engine and is built upon a long chassis, one of three available options for the model. Designed “specifically for city use” with its enclosed rear compartment, this Transformable Landaulet still runs like a Swiss watch despite being over 110 years old!
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Post-War Preservation Winner
Our Post-War award winning car this year was this 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Coupé owned by William & Christopher Sharples! The DB5 is most famous for its role in the James Bond film Goldfinger, but the car is also remembered for its fabulous pairing of a 3.9-liter six-cylinder engine with a 5-speed transmission. With this model being a DB5 “Vantage”, it is one of only 65 Vantage Coupes to be produced by Aston Martin in period. With single family ownership history since new, this elegant DB5 has racked up nearly 72,000 miles in its lifetime with only minor touch ups made to the paintwork, while remaining in highly original condition.