1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Coupe Wins Gran Turismo Trophy at Pebble Beach 2012

Each year at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Kazunori Yamauchi personally selects a car at the show to be awarded the “Gran Turismo Trophy” and included in a future Gran Turismo title.

The Trophy is responsible for introducing several of GT5’s most interesting cars, including the Lamborghini Miura P400 Bertone Prototype and Alfa Romeo TZ2.


This year’s winner is a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Coupe, owned by Jon & Mary Shirley of Medina, Washington. According to UltimateCarPage, it’s one of only two four-cylinder Mondial Coupes which were built to compete in the 1954 Tour de France automobile race, where the unusual blue color was popular for French cars at the time.

The 500 now joins the 2010 winner, a 1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto Coupe, and the 2011 winner, an asymmetric 1960 Plymouth XNR Ghia Roadster, as they await to be immortalized in upcoming Gran Turismo titles.

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Comments (148)

  1. hobanator24

    This is a great Ferrari. But there are still 2 classic Ferraris that I still would like to see. The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, and the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.

  2. rustyMercedes

    I would love to see this car in a DLC! The 4-cylinder Ferraris were some of the most beautiful cars of the 50s and those big inline-4s sound absolutely brilliant. I would much rather drive this in a video game than the Enzo.

  3. BigMoab

    Seeing a lot of people begging for Big fast super cars and not the great classic cars which made history and inspired designers of today to design the cars you call amazing or nice today, what a horrible world we live in. I would drive this Ferrari any day, Koenigsegg? Not interested in the slightest, classic cars are more fun to drive and enjoyable.

    1. SZRT Ice

      In real life yes. To drive a classic is not so much about performance. It’s the feel. And that can not be translated in the slightest in a video game. I used to valet for about 6 years off & on, & when u got in a classic, u felt “GQ”. U drove it slow, admired it’s interior, it’s supersoft suspension, it’s comfortable drive, it’s class, & it’s rarity. I won’t front, it’s cool to look at them in GT5, photomode all that, yeah, but we should have the best of it all, & GT is holding back on the hypercar realm.

      These cars are good to marvel @, but it doesn’t translate over in gaming the way that speed does. & in video games/simulators, I’d rather drive fast. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have classics, but we should have super/hyper class exotics too. Even TDU2 has 5 Zonda models, 2 Ascari’s, A Koenigsegg, A Gumpert Apollo, better/more Ruf’s, better/more Aston Martins, the SL 65 AMG Black series & Sterling moss, ONE Nissan GTR (Lol, J/k), & a whole list of desirable cars.

      “Well, if u want thes cars so bad, why don’t u go play TDU2?”
      I am & I do. But I’d still prefer them in GT5 with PD’s physic model & attention to detail (modelling). I’m a GT fan that’s tired of all the same & want PD to do something fresh, new, & radical. You guys are selfish. Only thinking ur opinion matters & quickly shutting down those of others when it contests ur own. I’m not the only person who wants these things in GT, but most don’t speak about it because the “GT Patrol Squad” quickly comes & playing crowd control, discouraging people & shutting their viws down every time.

      ::End Rant::

      P.S. The Koenigsegg is an sexy attractive young woman that #$%@’s all over this old b&%$#. Sorry, but this car is ugly imo, & there are some “cougar” classics out there, but this is not one of them. It looks like something out of a cartoon.

  4. SZRT Ice

    Aww! Look at you with your happy little ghost face! You’s a cute car ain’t you! Look at those cute wittle cheeks of yours!!! You wittle cutie pie you! You’re jus’ a smooshy-wooshy, cutie-wooty, ittle bittle, sweety-weeshy… ::boom:: [car explodes] ::Hops in a Koenigsegg and drives away smirking::

    1. DuskTrooper

      Meh, the vehicles from Koenigsegg are ugly and always seem to look the same. The classics will always beat the modern cars. Maybe not in speed, and maybe not in handling. But their history, on and off the track, are much more valuable.

    2. SZRT Ice

      Then get a book & research them. This is a game. & I won’t even comment on ur taste in what’s ugly, everyone is beautiful to somebody. We’re just on opposite sides of the fence.

    3. RB26 2jz

      Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait??????????? A Koeniggsegg is ugly? So if somebody handed you a Koeniggsegg you would hate it? Ok then… Good luck lookin sexier in anything else dude no homo… A Lambo vs Koeniggsegg, more girls, Ferrari vs Koeniggsegg, Koeniggsegg wins again

  5. JamesB

    And, whilst my rant mode is activated, get the feckin sounds right. Ive owned both a Lancia Delta integrale Evo and a 147 Gta and both sounded like true racing machines. In-game both sound like a vacuum cleaner. Hate to say it, but Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed wanks all over GT5 for sounds and exciting single player racing. And yes, I am a GT fanboy. Get it right Polyphony Digital, or risk losing long time lovers for ever!

  6. Thenextbob

    Lol kinda cute :) I would like it in GT5… but PD only thinks about the godamn GT6 :( In Brazil,PS3 games are expensive,and when is a new game?Almost 200 reais ( around 100 dollars) That’s boring :(

    1. DuskTrooper

      Probably. I often wonder why most of the cars over priced. I mean, a 1969 Camaro doesn’t cost 70,000. Nor does a 1966 Volkswagen 1200 cost 60,000.

  7. Teejay143

    try putting in ken blocks gymkhana ford fiesta in the game coz its fun!!!!! yeh the ferraris great but tbh who cares. about that whos gona use that unless they r 60 years old playin this game?

    1. Pit Crew

      Ford Fiesta…Ferrari…Putt Putt…VroomVroom…Grocery Getter…Race Bred winner… The Choice is Clear

  8. 275GTB

    I think Kaz needs an advisor to pick out classic cars. The two in GT5 are great but he Finally chooses a Ferrari and he even screwed that up by picking one of the least attractive ones made. I definitely like it better than the other two from the last two years but I agree, he could have picked a better Ferrrari. At least its a classic Ferrari. He should have picked a 250 GTO and Shelby Daytona Coupe in honor of Carroll Shelby and Pinin Farina! That is a no brainer. The man knows how to make a video game, he just doesn’t know how to choose a car to put in it.

    1. A_Higher_Place

      He picked it for how rare and unique it is, not because it’s pretty. Really, it’s pretty in it’s own little world.

  9. shmogt

    lol wait so this car won, but they haven’t even got the 2010 or 2011 winners done yet? At this rate hopefully this one makes it to GT48

  10. Xamado7V

    Spectacular looking car.

    A worthy winner of the award. : )

    I look forward to driving this in-game. I only hope they keep the Alfa TZ2 In GT6 as-well.

    1. dylansan

      He probably considers plenty of other factors like historical significance and uniqueness, not just looks.

  11. LeStique

    I wonder if Kaz is sometimes said, because he will most likely never be able to select a prosche for the trophy, even if he favored one at pebble beach.
    If he did, he would run into some trouble, implementing it in GT.

    On the other hand…I wish he would choose a prosche next time. I’d love to see one in game.

    Still glad this iconic car makes it into the next game. I’m hoping the game can deliver the feel of driving an old and prestigious car like this or the 300sl or the alfa or the miura or…

  12. praiano63

    It’s very nice to see all this historics cars coming in GT. It’ll be a pleasure to make a tune for all of them. I just hope the sound will stick also to the car. Personally i would like to see and drive the “Ferrari-250-LM-Scaglietti-Berlinetta-1964” the yellow one number 23. Check the rear tires , it seems to have some power to put down.. Fantastic.

  13. GTP_Fangio

    I hope we see this in a near update :)
    But then again, why is the steering wheel on the wrong side? That reminds me some brands like Alfa Romeo in GT5… Just Wrong

    1. Razor

      Dude, it’s on the right side because it might have been imported. Different countries have different standards. Live with it

    2. Pit Crew

      Steering wheel is on right side. Remember some countries Steering Console are configured differently than others. Left hand drive is not the Global Standard.

    3. Tweetman_277

      A lot of racing cars use a right hand drive configuration. Look at Le Mans. This years Audi prototype car is RHD. Goodness knows why; in Germany cars are left hand drive and all the drivers are German.

      There is clearly some very good reason to use Right hand drive in sports cars… Possibly weight distribution? I don’t know…

    4. vticoupe

      they are rhd because most tracks are raced clockwise (le mans), so you have more right corners and if the driver sits on the right side he has a better feeling for the corners. Thats porsches explentation. And if you look at porsches le mans cars they are all rhd

  14. Carlos Fandango

    “here the unusual blue color was popular for French cars at the time” – because it was the national racing color of France just as Germany had silver, Italy red and GB had British racing green.

    1. alonsof1fan91

      Germanys colour was white, not silver. Mercedes and Auto Union started to race silver cars. BMW and Porsche still use white as the main colour for their own race cars.

  15. hairystig

    If that drove past me I’d be like hmmm I wonder what that is? oh its an old Ferrari, why is it blue……..

    What I would not be like if it drove past me is, WOW! that is beautiful I wonder what it is.
    I feel its lacking the wow factor, at the end of the day its fantastically interesting but not much of a looker really, now im.sure it might have been considered good looking 50 yrs ago but afraid not so today and no amount of crumby blue paint is going to change that :-\ sorry.

  16. Tvensky

    Great looking car!

    I wish all Pebble Beach cars to include GT series!
    Almost all of them are FR, they all look insanely good, and they are historically important! I just cant wish for more! :)

    1. Razor

      I went to Pebble Beach last year, the cars were amazing there! They even happened to have 25 250 GTO’s! Including Ralph Laurens!

  17. JAHHAJ

    I don’t like it much but it’s better than the last two plus, it’s a classic Ferrari which makes it better.

  18. DuskTrooper

    Although light blue isn’t the best looking of colours for a Ferrari, it’s still a beautiful car nonetheless!

  19. Quakebass

    This pleases me – Not only are we getting a new classic Ferrari, but this particular version is from my home state!

  20. w115ter

    would it be really hard to maybe visit ford fair to get a concours winner , or failing that a trip to holland for a vw show stopper , next time visit europe !

    1. AnPrionsaBeag

      From Wikipedia: “Founded as Società anonima Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1930 by automobile designer and builder Battista “Pinin” Farina”

    2. AnPrionsaBeag

      From Wikipedia: “Farina officially changed his name to “Battista Pininfarina” in 1961.”

      This Ferrari is from 1954 so Jordan’s right.

    3. Tweetman_277

      And details are something Gran Turismo goes WELL out of it’s way to include. I love it for that as much as anything.

  21. flink racquet

    I’ll definitely put a wing on the back to increase downforce, maybe gold chrome paint too. Hopefully there is a decal editor too, needs a 2Fast 2Furious style robot down the side. Tight!

    1. Pit Crew

      Enzo Ferrari Rolls over in his grave at the prospect of seeing this car “Violated” with Chrome paint and a Wing…Chrome paint and a Wing… Sacreligious.

  22. HondaS800

    I know “to each his own” and all that but…How can anyone look at that car and not see it as pure beauty in automotive form?

    1. bmxmitch

      Hell yes. If this car sounds like a toaster too (like almost every car in GT5), it’s really a waste of time.

  23. KVelocity

    As long as it isn’t a 20 Million dollar car that handles like a horse with two broken back legs I’ll love it!

  24. SavageEvil

    Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, I can’t say this car is that good looking at all. Hey but shoot there are loads of eccentric autos on the road today, Prius and pretty much any supposed good for the environment car. I was admiring the tread pattern on this cars’ tires, that thing would have problems on today’s circuits. Can’t wait to toss this around a bit.

  25. A_Higher_Place

    Hopefully all the older/lower powered Pebble Beach cars all make it into an A-spec event for GT mode. Otherwise their use is limited.

  26. HuskyGT

    I would actually hope for an old V12 Ferrari, like a 250GT California or a 250GTE or something in the likes of that. This car will be an amazing addition, though.

  27. rickyw

    A beautiful car..these awards are pumping out some great machine’s for us to enjoy in the GT series. cant wait to get my hands on them :)

  28. Swagger897

    That my friends is quite possibly the UGLIEST REAR END ON A FERRARI….. It’s as if the man was like…”hmmm, ima a donna, what ama gonna doa a now eh?”. And it looks like a crap job exhaust and muffler on that….. Seriously, to me it’s like a copy of a Merk 300 with “their” California grille (inverted Aston Martin DB5 basically) you would imagine that the new Audi Union type C that was just found scattered across Russia would had of been there, but apparently the paint they used would be damaged by the sea breeze. I have never seen the interior of this but I’m sure google will have my back…. Also, does anyone know where I can see the score for this and the other two podium finishers??

  29. carfanatic45

    Im on my phone and the tittle of this article wasn’t loaded fully. I got so excited, I thought the car was coming to GT but then it said it won the Pebble Beach award. I was happy but dissapointed that the tittle wouldn’t load fast enough. CURSE YOU WI-FI!!!!

  30. Amac500

    Hmmm, I thought an AC Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe or a Ferrari 250 GTO would win. Looks like I lost that bet, but hey, FERRARI!

    1. DuskTrooper

      To each their own. I think the car looks thrilling to drive. It’ll probably handle similar to the that Alfa Romeo TZ2, which handled like an over-sized racing kart.

  31. TokoTurismo

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see this cute looking Ferrari in GT6. PD will propably have a chance to also record its engine too, so we can hear its ROAR on the track! :D

    I love beauty cars like these. :)

    1. DuskTrooper

      Roar? Nah.

      It won’t roar, it’ll just go vuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm. Like a vacuum cleaner.

    1. 275GTB

      Finally! A classic Ferrari! There should be several classic Ferrari’s in the new game if not DLC for GT5. I don’t know why he picked the Abarth and Plymouth the last two years. One looks like a spaceship that wouldn’t fly and the other looks like a desk clock with wheels. He needs to at least give us a 250 GTO, 750 Monza, 375 MM, and a 250 Testarossa! The Pebble Beach and classic race cars are the coolest cars in the game!

    2. 275GTB

      oh I am biased, lol. I love the game just like everybody else on here. I just enjoy driving the cool cars and I don’t mind driving cars that I don’t care as much about in order to afford to buy the cars I like to drive and have in the game. Everyone has a favorite car they wish they had in the game, it just seems like there are many more unpopular cars than cars people wish they could own in real life in the game. I don’t know anyone that wishes they had a Fiat or a 100 different Imprezza and GT-Rs. I just wish they could improve the car list quite a bit. The game is fabulous otherwise IMO.

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