Former Microsoft President’s 1954 Ferrari 375 MM named Best In Show at 2014 Pebble Beach

former microsoft presidents 1954 ferrari 375 mm named best show 2014 pebble beach concours
The results of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are in, and they’re comprised of several firsts. Drumroll please.

For the first time in the 64-year history of the event, a Ferrari has been named ‘Best In Show’ at the Pebble Beach Concours.

Taking home the illustrious prize is the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe owned by former Microsoft President and board member and avid car collector Jon Shirley, from Medina, Washington. Not only is this the first Ferrari to win, it’s also the first post-WWII car to win the event since 1968.

This, however, isn’t the first Best In Show prize for Shirley and his Scaglietti. It has won several Best In Show awards, this one, however, was the first to be bestowed by Jay Leno.

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As for the car, it’s spectacular – and one of only five of its kind still on the roads(ish) today. However, this silver beauty has not lived a plush life, quite the contrary.

When it was first constructed for none other than infamous film director Roberto Rossellini, it was a competition Spyder built by Pininfarina. After a severe accident, however, the original body was scrapped and Carrozzeria Scaglietti constructed the form we see today on the original frame.

After passing through the garages of several collectors, it was eventually discovered by Shirley in a Paris suburb underground parking structure in 1995. Shirley had the vehicle restored … and restored once again several years later after several damaging road rally trails.

(Photo credit: Autoblog)