MODENA, Italy, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A legendary Maserati has been chosen the winner of The Peninsula Classics 2016 Best of the Best Award, which was announced last night during a gala dinner in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. The winning vehicle, a pristine 1954 example of Maserati's A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina, was selected from a group of eight competitors, all of which have won top international Concours events. A panel of 24 distinguished judges, including entertainer Jay Leno, fashion designer Ralph Lauren, and Goodwood Festival of Speed founder Charles, Earl of March, took part in the voting. They ultimately crowned Maserati the champion during last night's gala event at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club.
The A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina was voted "Best in Show" at the 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, making it eligible to ultimately win The Peninsula Classics 2016 Best of the Best Award. The incomparable and stunning red coupe is owned by Destriero Limited as part of The Destriero Collection.
The announcement of the award during the week leading up to Monterey's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance weekend showcases Maserati's rich heritage of more than 102 years during a vibrant time of growth. With last year's debut of the Italian brand's first SUV, the Levante, as well as the recent release of the new MY18 GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertible, all eyes are on The House of the Trident in celebration of Maserati's timeless design and performance.
In addition to displays at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Concept Lawn and at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Maserati will also highlight their full line-up with vehicle test-drives from Villa Maserati, a pop-up installation at Seventh and Dolores in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. Vehicles available at Villa Maserati will be the Levante SUV, flagship Quattroporte, sport sedan Ghibli and the new MY18 GranTurismo coupe and convertible. Villa Maserati is now open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily through Sunday, 20 August.
Maserati: cars that are immediately recognizable for their extraordinary personality. Their style, technology and innate exclusivity – guaranteed to appeal to even the most discerning tastes – have made them an industry benchmark. The brand's ambassadors are the Levante (Maserati's first ever SUV), the flagship Quattroporte in GranLusso and GranSport versions, the Ghibli executive sport sedan and the GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertible sports cars. With the option of gasoline and diesel engines, rear or all-wheel drive, the finest materials and outstanding engineering, this is the brand's most comprehensive offering yet. A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining the concept of the Italian sports car and setting new standards in style, performance, luxury and safety.