2019 Cavallino Classic Best of Show
Wins Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award
1958 Ferrari 335 Sport Takes Top Honors
February 6, 2020
The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award is among the top automotive awards in the world. In its milestone development of the international motoring world’s top accolade for most exceptional classic car, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, launched the award in 2015 with co-founders William E. Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen. The award, sponsored by The Peninsula Hotels, brings together eight of the concours circuits’ elite Best of Show winners from around the globe.
The fifth annual Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award took place in Paris on February 6, 2020, with the winning Ferrari 335 Sport, owned by Andreas Mohringer, announced at an exclusive party held at the dramatic Peninsula Hotel Paris.
Eight stunning “Best of Show” winners from top Concours around the world were nominees for the coveted The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award. The cars in contention for the 2019 award were then carefully reviewed by 25 of some of the most accomplished personages in the fields of automobile design, industrial design, entertainment, technology and luxury retail. They have the knowledge and eye for quality to choose the Best of the Best.
The award, now in its fifth year, brought together the finest classic cars in the world to compete for the title of most exceptional car. “My fellow co-founders and I created this award because of our shared passion for motorcars; a passion which I believe lives in many of us from a young age,” said The Hon. Sir Michael. “This shared interest is what makes the award so special - it has the ability not only to unite friends through common interests, but also re-mind us of that first excitement at the wonder of motorcars.”
The nominated vehicles were:
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Autobahn-Kurier - Amelia Island
1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder, by Scaglietti - Cavallino Classic
1950 Abarth 205 Berlinetta, by Vignale - Cartier Style et Luxe
1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Skiff - Hampton Court
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Dual Cowl Tourer - Pebble Beach
1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, LeBaron - The Quail
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé - Salon Privé
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Foursome Coupé - Chantilly Arts & Elégance
It is a celebration of automotive excellence. The big reveal took place at The Peninsula Paris, on February 6, 2020. Those lucky enough to attend this year’s presentation once again were treated to a climatic revelation and in-person viewing - the content of dreams for automotive aficionados, and this after an elegant dinner amongst friends.
Our 2019 Best of Show at the Cavallino Classic was the winning 1958 Ferrari 335 Sport, s/n 0764, with body by Scaglietti, owned by collector Andreas Mohringer, and perfectly restored by Paul Russell and Company. We congratulate him and the Ferrari for this great win. For more on this exceptional Ferrari, see Cavallinos 220 and 221.
Media Coverage of the Best of the Best:
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