1933 Delage Roadster Named ‘Best of Show’ at Pebble Beach Concours

Aug 19, 2010

A 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster beat out over 250 collector cars to be named ‘Best of Show’ at the 60th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 15.

A 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster owned by The Patterson Collection in Louisville, Kentucky, was named Best of Show at the 60th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held Aug. 15 on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Competitors from 33 states and 14 countries brought their prized automobiles to California’s Monterey Peninsula for judging in 29 classes.

In the end, the white, streamlined 1933 Delage with coachwork from De Villars took home the ‘Best of Show’ title.

“This Delage has a short wheelbase that makes it look more rakish, but it still has a long and elegant look,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “It did 110 miles-per-hour in its day; it could race and was stunningly beautiful. This car could do it all; it embodied style, speed and comfort.”

Delage added the sports version to the D8 range in 1930. To make the S more aerodynamic than its predecessors, a new radiator shell was used, which required a special hood and firewall that made the D8S even more visually distinctive.

Patterson’s D8S graced the 1933 Salon de Paris at the Grand Palais. It was owned during the 1950s by the Grand Hotel Velasquez in Madrid, Spain and was used as transportation for its more discerning guests.

“There are so many things about this car that are special,” said the car’s owner Jim Patterson, who founded Long John Silver’s restaurant and contributed to the founding of the Rally’s Hamburger chain. “We’ve won (with other cars) at a lot of concours, but never here. This win at Pebble is the ultimate. This is the one win that really matters.”

More than 250 cars and motorcycles were present, encompassing more than 100 years of the automobile, with the oldest car on the field being a 1902 Mercedes Simplex.

Special classes included a focus on the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, the centennial of the Indianapolis 500, Hot Rod lakesters and Bonneville racers, American Prewar Road and Racing Motorcycles and Ghia-designed vehicles.

Proceeds from the event’s raffles, auctions, sponsorships and ticket sales helped contribute more than $1 million to charity for the fifth consecutive year.

The Pebble Beach Concours occurs every year on the third Sunday in August. Featured marques for the 61st Pebble Beach Concours, slated for Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, will include Mercedes-Benz and 100 Years of the Automobile, Stutz Centennial, Ferrari 250 GTO and others.

To see more photos and read about the event, click here.