Following calendar year marks the 100th anniversary of Joseph Figoni’s coachbuilding business, and we are energized to announce that Figoni and his get the job done will be celebrated at the 72nd Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, to be held on Sunday, August 20, 2023.
Added 2023 functions contain Pegaso Invicta Mercedes-Benz S, SS, and SSK and American Sporting activities Vehicles of the 1950s—with more to be announced in the early slide. A formal get in touch with for entry applications will go out later in the fall, and they will be owing in early January 2023.
Joseph Figoni started his coachbuilding business in 1923, intending to generate sporting and lightweight bodies in his individual unique design and style. He was previously a very well-identified Parisian coachbuilder when he joined forces with businessman Ovidio Falaschi in 1935 to create Figoni et Falaschi. Figoni rose to global prominence soon right after, when a rotating turntable at the 1936 Paris Auto Salon featured his breathtaking streamlined Delahaye Roadster with absolutely enclosed fenders on a limited competition chassis. Now Figoni is maybe most known for his legendary Teardrop Coupé, which debuted on a Talbot-Lago T150 C-SS chassis at the New York Automobile Show in 1937.
With that design and style, Joseph Figoni realized an elegance and stability of proportion that has rarely been matched, according to Peter Larsen, writer of a number of volumes on French coachbuilding and a member of the Pebble Seaside Motor vehicle Collection Committee. He states Figoni’s layouts stand out simply because, paradoxically, they exhibit ‘great simplicity coupled with a voluptuous complexity of lines.’
‘There are and have been about the years, various designers who have had pics of Figoni types hanging on their walls,’ states Larsen. ‘I consider that the organic cohesiveness of the bodies, the elegance of their inherent logic, is something that can encourage folks across decades.’
Concours Chairman Sandra Button famous that Figoni’s patterns have taken the best award at Pebble Beach on two separate instances: ‘It would be uncommon to have a year at the Concours that failed to element at least a person of his creations—and there are typically much more. But this centennial celebration need to be a thing genuinely exclusive.’