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The eight classic cars in the running to be honoured with The Peninsula Classics 2022 Best of the Best Award have been announced.
Each of these cars has already been decorated with the highest awards at last year’s most prestigious concours events, making this grand final the ultimate prize in the concours world.
The 2022 winner will be crowned on 13 August 2023 at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in California, and will following in the footsteps of the one-of-nine 1956 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Competizione that claimed the prize last year.
Last summer’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance champion, a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Sports Torpedo wearing Figoni bodywork is one of two from this now defunct American marque to make the Best of the Best 2022 shortlist.
It is joined by one of the last Duesenbergs built, a 1934 J-531 LaGrande Convertible Coupé that was Best of Show at The Amelia 2022.
Two of the 2022 finalists made it onto the shortlist having first triumphed in the UK.
Best of Show at Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace last September, and now in the running for Best of the Best, is a 1938 Delage Type D8-120S Cabriolet, a one-off two-seater bodied by De Villars.
Another contender is the stunning 1938 Dubonnet Xenia Coupé, with a Hispano-Suiza H6B engine and unique bodywork by André Dubonnet, which claimed its place in the Best of the Best shortlist with victory at 2022’s Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.
Returning to The Quail for this grand final will be the 1956 Jaguar D-type that was The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering 2022’s Best of Show, while a second Ferrari is a Best of the Best finalist, this one the 1966 365P Berlinetta Speciale ‘Tre Posti’ with its three-abreast seating that was the winner at last year’s Cavallino Classic.
“The vehicles this year exemplify the very best in automotive excellence and design,” said William ‘Chip’ Connor, co-founder of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
“The accuracy of restorations are becoming more precise and exquisite each year, making it difficult to select just one.”
Judges for this year’s competition include Ralph Lauren, Jay Leno, Chris Bangle and Luc Donckerwolke. The Best of the Best was established in 2015 by The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, the aforementioned William E Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen.
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