But despite stiff competition from the French, German and American marques, it was the 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder, with sensuous coachwork by Scaglietti, that ultimately won the fifth edition of the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, presented at The Peninsula Paris. According to Jay Leno, “For 2019, we selected the Ferrari due to its extremely detailed history, including its racing heritage. Of course, it’s also an incredibly beautiful vehicle.”

An award-winning 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder.

The rare Ferrari had also garnered Best of Show at the 2019 Cavallino Classic and 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Photo: Courtesy of the Peninsula Hotels.

When new, the Ferrari racer was displayed at the 1959 New York International Auto Show. After mechanical trouble it was later abandoned—unrepaired—in a New York customs facility. Purchased for around $1400 in 1963, it eventually landed in the collection of current owner Andreas Mohringer of Salzburg, Austria, who commissioned a ground-up restoration by noted restorer Paul Russel and Company near Boston, Mass.

The rare Ferrari garnered Best of Show at the 2019 Cavallino Classic, a Ferrari-only concours in Palm Beach, Fla., and the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, Italy. It was also the newest car among the eight-under consideration for the Best of the Best award.

An award-winning 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder.

The example is the recipient of a ground-up restoration by noted restorer Paul Russel and Company. Photo: Courtesy of the Peninsula Hotels.

Whether observers of the collector-car scene can divine anything from the result, it may suggest that more recent cars—from the 1950s and 1960s—and those with competition history, are receiving the well-deserved attention traditionally given to prewar automobiles. Whatever the trend, it’s evident that the allure of a classic Ferrari is something any automotive enthusiast finds impossible to resist.