It took 27 tries, but Peter Mullin and his wife Merle can now claim the ultimate honor in the collector-car world after the judges at the 61st annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance declared their 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne Best in Show yesterday afternoon.
The Voisin may not follow the typical formula for Pebble Beach Best in Show winners. It’s a closed four-door sedan painted gray. But what it lacks in flamboyance, it more than makes up for in the quality of its restoration, according to Concours Chairman Sandra Button, who described the Voisin as “an unexpected winner. However, the car’s remarkable attention to detail brought it forward during judging and it became a real crowd pleaser.”
The attention to detail comes from Peter Mullin, a French car enthusiast and chairman and namesake of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. “Winning with the Voisin is the most special, significant, rewarding thing that’s ever happened to me… outside of marrying my wife,” Mullin said. “There’s nothing like the Voisin interior. You can’t print the fabric in this car; you have to loom it. This interior is going to last a long time.”
Mullin’s Voisin, which also won the 1932-1937 European Classic class to be considered for the ultimate honor, won Best of Show over a field of 227 cars, including the other two finalists, a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C owned by Richard Stephens from Auburn, California, and a 1929 Bentley Speed Six owned by Daniel Sielecki from Capital, Argentina.