The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award for 2016 Awarded to 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina
Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., Aug 16: At a highly-anticipated private gathering during the famed Monterey Car Week, a 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina, from the Monaco-based Destriero Collection, was named winner of the prestigious second-annual The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
Now in its second year, The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award brought together eight of the world's finest race cars from the top international concours events to compete for the title of the most exceptional car in the world. The prestigious event is sponsored by The Peninsula Hotels, Graff Diamonds, and Rolex.
The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, parent company of The Peninsula Hotels, together with award co-founders Christian Philippsen, William E. "Chip" Connor II and Bruce Meyer, created the award that debuted in 2016. Philippsen is regarded as one of the world's most prominent classic automobile authorities, while Connor leads the world of international vintage car collecting as well as being a passionate amateur race car driver, and Meyer is a founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
"The 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta is a superb example of the beauty of Pinin Farina's designs, which are synonymous with the coachwork that epitomizes classic Italian sports cars. The sensitive retention of its originality allows this stunning motorcar to emerge as the most elegant preservation among its 1954 counterparts," said Sir Michael Kadoorie. "We are thrilled to award this exceptional vehicle with the second annual The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award."
Following tonight's announcement, the winning vehicle will be on display and recognized at the 15th annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on August 18, 2017.
The Peninsula Hotels, owned and operated by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, is proud to sponsor The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, a natural extension of the group's passion and appreciation for luxury, travel and the motoring lifestyle. With 10 hotels in cities throughout Asia, USA and Europe, The Peninsula Hotels aims to bring its heritage and expertise to celebrate the very best in the world of motoring.