American oilman turned racing driver Charles Nearburg just took home the coveted Louis Vuitton Classic Concours Award, bestowed by the French luxury goods giant, for his unbelievably beautiful 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

Vuitton has been handing out the award in Paris since 2005 to the “Best of the Best,” as judged by a jury of specialists selected by the legendary luggage maker.

Ferrari 250 GTO, winner of the Louis Vuitton Classic Concours Award for 2012

To even enter the running, a car first has to be judged “Best of Show” at one of the world’s top classic car events, including the Cavallino Classic, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Quail Motorsports Gathering and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, among others.

Criteria include elegance, coachwork, mechanics, authenticity, rarity and historical importance, all of which the 250 GTO has in spades.


In addition, Vuitton hands out an award for best concept car, which this year was won by the pulchritudinous but suspiciously French Peugeot Onyx.

The idea being that the Onyx is a sort of GTO of the future.

We’ll see how that works out…

[via Sports Car Digest]