Photographer: David Paul Morris

The Most Beautiful Cars From the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Auction sales were down this year, but that didn't dampen the festive mood on the green on Sunday during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the annual car show in Carmel, Calif. Thousands attended the swank festival, which involved the evaluation of 229 show cars by 100 judges in the early morning fog along the Pacific Ocean. Photographs by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

This year, a 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet won the "Best of Show" title. The long, black, open-top car had body work by Italian design powerhouse Pininfarina and was once owned by Eric Clapton. This is the first-ever Best of Show victory for any Lancia at the prestigious Pebble Beach show. The winning car is always selected for complete perfection of restoration and rarity, for superiority above other cars in its class, and for its significance as a model at the time of its production.

  1. Causing a Scene
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    Causing a Scene

    Attendees and judges gather around a 1966 Ferrari 330 P4 Drogo Spyder during the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This year's show saw collectors clinking champagne and dropping around $344 million dollars at the vintage auto auctions surrounding the event. Sunday morning started at 5 a.m., when diehard fans crowded around cars as they slowly rumbled onto the grass amid dense fog rolling off the ocean. The mist burned off as the day wore on, and hordes of well-heeled enthusiasts from the Americas, Asia, and Europe gathered around noon.

  2. Helping Hands
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    Helping Hands

    Volunteers push a vehicle off the show ramp during the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. One of the stipulations of the show is that each car must be in working order and must be driven onto the grass to be judged. That's a tall order: Some of these cars are nearly 100 years old. (This one made it to the field, but needed help leaving.) As you can see, men often wear khakis and hats to the event; women wear lawn-party and cocktail dresses, with hats and heels to match.

  3. Top Dog
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    Top Dog

    Richard Mattei drives his 1936 Lancia Astura Pininfarina Cabriolet onto to the ramp after winning "Best of Show" during the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Mattei is a well-known Alfa Romeo collector from Paradise Valley, Ariz., and the title is the first he has won at Pebble. Thousands cheered as the car's victory was announced at the final hole of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links late Sunday afternoon.   

  4. All In the Details
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    All In the Details

    Interior detail of Richard Mattei's 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Cabriolet, the 2016 winner of the title, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Best of Show. Such a title adds to a vintage car's already impeccable pedigree and can elevate its value of by tens of thousands of dollars. 

  5. Modern Collectables
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    Modern Collectables

    A Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept car rests on the concept lawn during the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Aside from the vintage cars on the lawn, automakers brought new cars such as this to show to the thousands of people who bought $375 tickets to attend. Of note were the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupe concept and the Cadillac Escala concept sedan. This Bugatti, in concept form, has 1,500 horsepower and an 8.0-liter engine. It can hit 60 miles per hour in two seconds and has a top speed of 290mph.

  6. Ferraris Are (Still) Big
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    Ferraris Are (Still) Big

    A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider is shown shown during the Gooding and Co. auction. The car sold for $18.15 million in the weekend's third-highest sale. Elsewhere, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione Coupe (also from Gooding & Co.) sold for $13.5 million, while a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Coupe from RM Sotheby's sold for $5.72 million. All were among the 10 most expensive cars sold by any auction house during Monterey Car Week. 

  7. Front View
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    Front View

    The front of the high-priced 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider during the Gooding and Co. auction. In four days of sales, $344.9 million worth of cars, trucks, and motorcycles changed hands in five venues from Aug. 18-21 in Monterey, Calif. The totals were bolstered by some of the most exclusive cars ever to be offered at auction, with seven selling for more than $10 million apiece. The top seller was a deep-blue, 1955 Jaguar D-Type Roadster that RM Sotheby's sold for $21.8 million. 

  8. Bugatti Blue
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    Bugatti Blue

    A 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster set a world record for a Bugatti at auction during the Gooding and Co. auction. Gooding & Co. is the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it oversaw more than $129.8 million in total sales at the annual Pebble Beach Auctions, a two-day company sales record. Gooding sold 115 of the 138 lots it offered, an 83 percent rate, with an average value of $1,128,606 per car. 

  9. Famous Racer, Famous Driver
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    Famous Racer, Famous Driver

    A 1979 Porsche 935 driven by the late actor Paul Newman sold for $4,8 million at the Gooding & Co. auction. Newman drove the car at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. This was Goodling's sixth-highest-selling car for the weekend—and one of the most expensive Porsches ever sold. 

  10. Mercedes-Benz Poster Child
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    Mercedes-Benz Poster Child

    A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing at the Russo & Steele auction in Monterey last week. The car sold for $1.16 million, the auction house's top-seller. All told, Russo & Steele sold $10.3 million worth of cars at an average price of $94,454. 

  11. Sculptural Beauty
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    Sculptural Beauty

    Hood ornaments such as this one on a 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster were a big deal during the concours, coming in many varieties. Some looked like daggers, others were sculptures of champagne in ice buckets. Still others, such as this, put forth art deco depictions of women. The imposition of safety regulations against non-retracting protuberances on the fronts of cars made steel, gold, and silver hood ornaments like this one obsolete. 

  12. Bid Quick To Win
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    Bid Quick To Win

    A bidder holds up a paddle as he makes a bid for a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona during the Gooding and Co. auction. A similar 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider sold for $2,5 million during the sale at RM Sothebys. The star seller of the weekend for Ferrari was a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, which sold for $18 million. 

  13. American Pride
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    American Pride

    This year, Pebble featured a lineup of 16 of the famous Ford GT40s, the racer Ford created in the 1960s to beat Ferrari. The row included the race winners from 1966-1969 and all three cars from the famous 1-2-3 finish in 1966. It also included the car that famous drivers Jacky Ickx and Jackie Olivier drove in 1969. The wins came after years in which Ford strove to beat Ferrari. Pebble's lineup commemorated Ford’s victory, which took place 50 years ago.

  14. By The Water
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    By The Water

    Attendees look at a 1937 Delahaye 135 M Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet.

  15. Swank Driver
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    Swank Driver

    All told, more than 200 classic, vintage, and antique cars were displayed in the fog and grass on the 18th fairway. They competed in one of several dozen specialized categories, including Prewar Preservation and Postwar Touring, while their owners waited on the lawn, cleaning and shining their cars until khaki-clad judges arrived. Each car was eligible to win the Best in Show title for the festival, which has run more than 60 years. Formula One racing legend Jackie Stewart attended, as he does every year, and so did Jay Leno and comedian Adam Carolla.