The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best prize, which was awarded on Thursday 8th February at a ceremony in Paris, went to a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. The same car won the Best of Show at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille Concours d’Etat last September.
The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best prize designates the most exceptional collector car in the world so it is one of the most avidly sought-after distinctions in the world of the motor car. This year eight of the most beautiful collector cars that had won the major international concours fought for the title among them an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider from 1939 (Amelia Island), a 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Roadster (Pebble Beach), a 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo (Villa d’Este), a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet (Goodwood) etc.
The jury, which included figures like Jean Todt, Nick Mason, Ralph Lauren and Henri Ford III, nominated the Bugatti Type 57SC winner of the Best of Show at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille Concours d’Etat in 2017. This car is one of the four Type 57 Atlantics produced, only three of which still exist. In 1936, it was delivered to Englishman Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, the third Baron Rothschild. Today, it is jointly owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum (USA) and the Walton family (Rob and Melani).
Patrick Peter, organiser of Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille: “I would like to thank the founders of the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best, Sir Michael Kadoorie (president of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels), Christian Philippsen, William E. “Chip” Connor and Bruce Meyer. The other seven contenders were quite simply stunning, which confirms to us that our concours held for only the fourth time last September has found its place among the best. The concours has become a not-to-be-missed event among collectors who bring cars from the four corners of the earth. This prize is a great encouragement for the whole Peter Auto team in its quest for excellence with Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. With this aim in mind we’ve decided to hold the event every two years in July in alternation with Le Mans Classic so that the concours can take advantage of optimal conditions. Rendezvous on 7th July 2019!”