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It's hard to believe, but a Ferrari has never taken the title of Best in Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance before—until now, that is. A 1954 Ferrari 375 MM coachbuilt by Scaglietti has rolled away with the trophy at this year's event, one of just five road-going models ever made.
The car was originally ordered by film director Roberto Rossellini, and started its life as a Pininfarina-built competition Spyder. An accident later sealed the 375's fate though, damaging the body beyond repair but leaving the chassis suitable for new clothes. Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena wrapped an elegant coupe body around the chassis, the first passenger car it designed for the famous Italian marque.
Later owners included Mario Savona of Palermo, and Charles Robert of Paris. Since then, the car was discovered by its current owner, Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington, in an underground garage in Paris—later restored in 1995 to the condition it now enjoys. This particular Scaglietti 375 MM is no stranger to Best in Show awards, having taken several trophies home during the 1990s. It is, however, its first Best in Show at Pebble Beach, and indeed the first post-war car to take the coveted title since 1968.
Its success might have been easy to miss, as other Ferraris have dominated the headlines at the famous Concours event. Once again, a Ferrari 250 GTO has taken the record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction; a 1962 example with chassis number 3851 GT pulled in a staggering $38,115,000 at the Bonhams Quail Lodge event. Over at RM Auctions, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale managed $26.4 million, another 275 once owned by Steve McQueen brought over $10 million. In the end, all ten of the ten most expensive cars sold over the weekend wore the famous prancing horse badge.
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