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Villa d'Este

Concorso d'eleganza 2009


 
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For a traditional week end in April the glorious grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba in Cernobbio on Lake Como were turned into a unique platform for the most beautiful automobiles from the past and the boldest concept cars of the present. First held in 1929 at the same location, the Concorso d’Eleganza ranks as one of the world’s most famous event of its kind.
For eight years now the Concorso d’Eleganza has been held under the patronage of the BMW Group.

 

 


 

1 - Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1938

Some fifty historic cars in utmost condition were registered for the Concorso d’Eleganza and competed in eight different categories, according to the year of production and body style. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1938 presented by Jon Shirley of the United States, accumulated the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este best of the show with the Trofeo BMW Group, the Trofeo BMW Group Italia as well as Class Winner for the Prewar Closed Cars.
Only 40 8C 2900 B were produced by Alfa Romeo and delivered as chassis with engine ready to be fitted with a body manufactured by selected coachbuilders. The engine is a 8 cylinder 2905 cc.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1938
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1938
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Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1938

 

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2 - Aston Martin One 77

Eight automobiles competed for the Roll of Honor 2009 Design Award for Concept cars and Prototypes. The Aston Martin One 77 was selected by Public Referendum on occasion of its World Premiere appearance. Only 77 cars are to be produced at around 1,2 million Euros a piece; the car is hand made with carbon fiber structure and body panels allowing a total weight around 1500 kg . The 7,3 liter V12 engine produces 700 bhp and over 750 Nm.

Aston Martin One 77 Aston Martin One 77
Aston Martin One 77 Aston Martin One 77

 

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Aston Martin One 77 Aston Martin One 77 Aston Martin One 77

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3 - Bugatti 100 Years - Bugatti Veyron, Type 13 Brescia 1914 and Type 57 Atalante 1935

Besides these registered entries, several historic cars and prototypes were presented during the Event.
Bugatti had a special exhibit of historic vehicles together with four one off Veyron with a unique finish dedicated each to a famous Bugatti racing drivers of the glorious times of the marque Jean Pierre Wimille, Achille Varzi, Malcolm Campbell and Hermann zu Leiningen.
Besides the blue Veyron one off JP Wimille with a W16 engine producing 1000 hp, we show the Type 13 Brescia 1914, 4 cylinder 1500 cc engine producing 40 hp at 4200 rpm and a Type 57 Atalante 1935 with an 8 cylinder 3257 cc engine producing 135 hp at 5000 rpm.

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Type 13 Brescia 1914

Bugatti Type 13 Brescia 1914 Bugatti Type 13 Brescia 1914

Bugatti Atalante Type 57 1935

Bugatti Atalante Type 57 1935 Bugatti Atalante Type 57 1935

Bugatti Type 57 S Atalante 1938

Bugatti Type 57 Atalante 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante 1935
Bugatti Type 57 Atalante 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante 1935

 

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bugarri 100 years bugatti 57 s atalante 1938 bugatti 57 s atalante 1938 bugatti type 13 Brescia 1914

 

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4 - Morgan 100 years

Morgan celebrated its 100 years with a new two seater built on the Morgan Aeromax platform.

morgan aero supersports morgan aero supersports
 

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5 - Zagato Perana Z One

Carrozzeria Zagato showed its latest prototype Perana Z One to illustrate the 90th anniversary of a family tradition.

Zagato Perana Z One Zagato Perana Z One
Zagato Perana Z One Zagato Perana Z One

 

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Zagato Perana Z One Zagato Perana Z One Zagato Perana Z One

 

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6 - Lexus Infiniti Essence Hybrid Concept

Infiniti introduced its Essence Hybrid Concept for its first 20 years as a manufacturer of premium automobile. The coupe is offering a glimpse at what customers can expect in the future. The Infiniti Essence is a 600 hp coupe with a petrol/electric hybrid propulsion at rear wheels.

Lexus Infiniti Essence Hybrid Concept Lexus Infiniti Essence Hybrid Concept
Lexus Infiniti Essence Hybrid Concept

 

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Lexus Infiniti Essence Hybrid Concept Lexus Infiniti Essence Hybrid Concept

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7 - BMW GINA Concept

BMW exposed several historic cars as well as its latest Concept GINA Light as guest of honor. Besides original design the BMW GINA concept has a practically seamless outer skin made of an elastic textile material that is stretched over a moveable frame.

BMW GINA Concept BMW GINA Concept
BMW GINA Concept

 

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bmw gina concept Lexus Infiniti Essence Hybrid Concept

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8 - BMW 3/15 PS DA4 saloon and 1937 BMW 328

Within the historic cars exhibition we selected the 1931 BMW 3/15 PS DA4 saloon and the 1937 BMW 328 with a streamline body by Wendler that allowed a top speed of 175 kph.

BMW 3/15 PS DA4 saloon

BMW 3/15 PS DA4 saloon BMW 3/15 PS DA4 saloon

BMW 328 1937

BMW 328 BMW 328

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9 - Chevrolet Corvette Mantide ZR1 Restyled by Bertone

Stile BERTONE introduced its latest work that is a one off super car based on a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1; The futuristic styling has been developed in aerodynamic wind tunnel and the body is made of carbon fiber for a lighter weight. This car was produced on special order by a customer whose identity has not been revealed.

Chevrolet Corvette Mantide ZR1 Restyled by Bertone Chevrolet Corvette Mantide ZR1 Restyled by Bertone
Chevrolet Corvette Mantide ZR1 Restyled by Bertone Chevrolet Corvette Mantide ZR1 Restyled by Bertone

 

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10 - Ital Design Mindset electric car Concept

The MINDSET is a project of new concept of electric car. Its original design is a lightweight, powerful and efficient commuter for everyday use. This electric car is equipped with lithium ion batteries allowing a range of 180 km with a top speed governed at 140 kph. A supplementary petrol engine driving a generator is to be offered as a range extender and will boost the range to 800 km. 0 to 100 kph quoted in 7 seconds. The Mindset is made is Switzerland.

Ital Design Mindset electric car Concept Ital Design Mindset electric car Concept
 

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Now, lets review some of the most impressive historic cars entered in the different classes.

 
 

Class A – Prewar Open Cars

Class Winner : Lancia Astura Cabriolet Boneschi 1938 introduced by Klaus Edel from Germany. 8 cylinder engine 2972 cc.

 

Lancia Astura Cabriolet Boneschi 1938 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Boneschi 1938
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lancia astura cabriolet boneschi 1938

 

Mercedes 500K Cabriolet Spezial A 1936

Mention of Honor went to the Mercedes 500K Cabriolet Spezial A 1936 presented by Alexander Schaufler from Austria. This car has a 8 cylinder engine of 4984 cc and the body was built at the Daimler Benz plant in Sinddelfingen.

Mercedes 500K Cabriolet Spezial A 1936 Mercedes 500K Cabriolet Spezial A 1936
Mercedes 500K Cabriolet Spezial A 1936 Mercedes 500K Cabriolet Spezial A 1936

 

 
 

Class B – Prewar Closed cars

 

The Class Winner is the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta Touring presented above as overall winner of Coppa d’Oro. The mention of Honor goes to the Bugatti 57S Atalante 1938 introduced by Gil Nobble of the United Kingdom. This car has an 8 cylinder 3257 cc engine.
This Bugatti also won the Trofeo Auto and Design for the most exciting design selected by the Jury.

In the same Class, we find the Rolls Royce Phantom I Sedan Town Car 1933 of Walter Steinemann from Switzerland. The engine is a 6 cylinder 7668 cc.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta Touring

Bugatti 57S Atalante 1938

Bugatti 57S Atalante 1938 Bugatti 57S Atalante 1938

Rolls Royce Phantom I Sedan Town Car 1933

Rolls Royce Phantom I Sedan Town Car 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom I Sedan Town Car 1933
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Rolls Royce Phantom I Sedan Town Car 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom I Sedan Town Car 1933

 

 


Bentley 8 liter Sportsman Coupé 1931

Also worth mentioning is the Bentley 8 liter Sportsman Coupé 1931 with body by Gurney Nutting and engine of 6 cylinder 7983 cc. that car won the Special Prize of the Jury Trofeo Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza.

 

Bentley 8 liter Sportsman Coupé 1931 Bentley 8 liter Sportsman Coupé 1931
Bentley 8 liter Sportsman Coupé 1931 Bentley 8 liter Sportsman Coupé 1931

 

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Bentley 8 litre speedster coupé 1931

 


 

The Rolls Royce Phantom I Sports Saloon Hooper 1925 entered by Norbert Seeger in this Class won the Trofeo Rolls Royce for the most elegant Rolls Royce by the Jury. The engine is a 6 cylinder 7668 cc.

Rolls Royce Phantom I Sports Saloon Hooper 1925

Rolls Royce Phantom I Sports Saloon Hooper 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I Sports Saloon Hooper 1925


 

 
 

Class C – Prewar Sports Cars

The Class Winner is a Auburn 852SC Speedster 1936 entered by Andrew Pisker from United Kingdom. This car is propelled by an 8 cylinder engine 4558 cc.

 

Auburn 852SC Speedster 1936

Auburn 852SC Speedster 1936 Auburn 852SC Speedster 1936
Auburn 852SC Speedster 1936 Auburn 852SC Speedster 1936

 

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Auburn 852SC Speedster 1936 Auburn 852SC Speedster 1936

 

Mention of Honor went to the S.S. Cars Limited, S.S. 90 Prototype 1935 entered by Christian Jenny of Switzerland. SS Cars Limited will later become Jaguar. The engine is a 6 cylinder 2663 cc.

 

S.S. Cars Limited, S.S. 90 Prototype 1935

S.S. Cars Limited, S.S. 90 Prototype 1935 S.S. Cars Limited, S.S. 90 Prototype 1935
S.S. Cars Limited, S.S. 90 Prototype 1935 S.S. Cars Limited, S.S. 90 Prototype 1935

 

In the same Class, Peter Livanos presented the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider by Touring 1933 with 6 cylinder engine of 1752cc.

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider by Touring 1933

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider by Touring 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider by Touring 1933
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider by Touring 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider by Touring 1933

 

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet by Stabilimenti Farina 1934

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet by Stabilimenti Farina 1934 was entered by Peter Livanos. The engine is a 8 cylinder 2332 cc.

 

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet by Stabilimenti Farina 1934

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Class D – International Prestige Closed Cars

The Class Winner is the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupé Touring 1949 entered by Giuseppe Spiller. The engine is a 6 cylinder 2443 cc.

 

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupé Touring 1949

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupé Touring 1949

 

Mention of Honor goes to the Ferrari 250 GT Europa Coupé Pinin farina 1955 entered by Kenneth Roath from the U.S.A. The engine is a 12 cylinder 2953 cc. This car also won the Trofeo BMW Group Classic for the mostsensitive restoration elected by the Jury.

 

Ferrari 250 GT Europa Coupé Pinin farina 1955

Ferrari 250 GT Europa Coupé Pinin farina 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Coupé Pinin farina 1955

 

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Class E – Modena’s Thoroughbreds

The Class Winner is the Lamborghini 350 GT Coupé Touring 1964 entered by Paul Roesler from the U.S.A. This is one of the first production Lamborghini. The engine is a 12 cylinder 3464 cc.

Lamborghini 350 GT Coupé Touring 1964

Lamborghini 350 GT Coupé Touring 1964 Lamborghini 350 GT Coupé Touring 1964
 

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti 1960

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Europa CouFerrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti 1960

 

In the same Class we found the Maserati A6G/54 GT Berlinetta Zagato entered by Stefan Hamelmann from Germany. The engine is a 6 cylinder 1985cc.

 

Maserati A6G/54 GT Berlinetta Zagato

Maserati A6G/54 GT Berlinetta Zagato Maserati A6G/54 GT Berlinetta Zagato

 

We found also in that Class the Lamborghini Miura S Coupé Bertone 1969 entered by Stefano Cammareri from Italy. The engine is a 12 cylinder 3929 cc.

 

Lamborghini Miura S Coupé Bertone 1969

Lamborghini Miura S Coupé Bertone 1969 Lamborghini Miura S Coupé Bertone 1969
Lamborghini Miura S Coupé Bertone 1969 Lamborghini Miura S Coupé Bertone 1969
 

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Class F – International Prestige Open Cars

 

The Class winner is the Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet 1 Serie by Pinin Farina 1958 entered by Peter Mc Coy from the U.S.A. The engine is a 12 cylinder 2953 cc.

 

Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet 1 Serie by Pinin Farina 1958

Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet 1 Serie by Pinin Farina 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet 1 Serie by Pinin Farina 1958

 

Mention of Honor went to the Aston Martin DB 2/4 Cabriolet by Bertone 1954 entered by Carlo Bianhi from Switzerland. The engine is a 6 cylinder 2922cc.

 

Aston Martin DB 2/4 Cabriolet by Bertone 1954

Aston Martin DB 2/4 Cabriolet by Bertone 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Cabriolet by Bertone 1954
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Aston Martin DB 2/4 Cabriolet by Bertone 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Cabriolet by Bertone 1954
 
 

 


 

Class G – Racing Cars from the early Fifties

 

The Winner of the Class is a Fiat 8V Berlinetta by Zagato 1953 entered by Jan De Reu from Belgium. The engine is a 8 cylinder 1996 cc.

 

Fiat 8V Berlinetta 1953

Fiat 8V Berlinetta by Zagato 1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta by Zagato 1953
Fiat 8V Berlinetta by Zagato 1953

 

Mention of Honor was given to the Ferrari 410 Berlinetta Speciali Scaglietti 1955 introduced by John Hunt of the United Kingdom. The engine is a 12 cylinder 4962 cc.

 


Ferrari 410 Berlinetta Speciali Scaglietti 1955

Ferrari 410 Berlinetta Speciali Scaglietti 1955 Ferrari 410 Berlinetta Speciali Scaglietti 1955

 

Also in that Class we had the Abarth 204 A Berlinetta Vignale entered by Mike Gessler from the U.S.A. the engine is a 4 cylinder 1089 cc. This car won the Trofeo Girard-Perregaux for special prize of the Jury


Abarth 204 A Berlinetta Vignale

Abarth 204A Berlinetta Vignale Abarth 204A Berlinetta Vignale

 

In the same Class we find the Maserati A6 GCS Barchetta by Fantuzzi 1955 entered by Umberto Fantuzzi from Italy. The engine is a 6 cylinder 1985 cc.

Maserati A6 GCS Barchetta by Fantuzzi 1955

Maserati A6 GCS Barchetta by Fantuzzi 1955 Maserati A6 GCS Barchetta by Fantuzzi 1955
Maserati A6 GCS Barchetta by Fantuzzi 1955 Maserati A6 GCS Barchetta by Fantuzzi 1955

 

The Jaguar D Type open 2-seater 1955 was entered by Gary W. Bartlett from the U.S.A. The engine is a 6 cylinder 3781 cc.

 

Jaguar D Type open 2-seater 1955

Jaguar D Type open 2-seater 1955 Jaguar D Type open 2-seater 1955
Jaguar D Type open 2-seater 1955 Jaguar D Type open 2-seater 1955
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Jaguar D Type open 2-seater 1955 Jaguar D Type open 2-seater 1955


 
 

Class H – Italian Style becomes International

The Winner of the Class is the Iso Grifo Targa Bertone 1970 entered by Alexander Wiesner from Germany. The engine is a 8 cylinder 5354 cc.

 

Iso Grifo Targa Bertone 1970

Iso Grifo Targa Bertone 1970
Iso Grifo Targa Bertone 1970

 

Mention of Honor went to the Momo Mirage 2+2 Coupé by Frua 1972 entered by Peter S. Kalikow from the U.S.A. The engine is a 8 cylinder 5735 cc.

 

Momo Mirage 2+2 Coupé by Frua 1972

Momo Mirage 2+2 Coupé by Frua 1972
Momo Mirage 2+2 Coupé by Frua 1972
 

 

A Jaguar XK120 Supersonic1954 by Ghia Torino was entered by Michel Garçon from france. The engine is a 6 cylinder 3442 cc.

Jaguar XK120 Supersonic1954 by Ghia Torino

Jaguar XK120 Supersonic1954 by Ghia
Jaguar XK120 Supersonic1954 by Ghia

Rolls Royce took the benefit of the Concorso d’Eleganza to show the Rolls Royce Hyperion Cabriolet, a one off car prepared by Pinin Farina at the request of a client on the base of a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé.

 

Rolls Royce Hyperion Cabriolet

Rolls Royce Hyperion Cabriolet
Rolls Royce Hyperion Cabriolet
Rolls Royce Hyperion Cabriolet
Rolls Royce Hyperion Cabriolet
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Rolls Royce Hyperion Cabriolet Rolls Royce Hyperion Cabriolet

 

Also part of the show was this Ghia GILDA Strealine X Coupé 1955 with turbine engine and a top speed of 225 kph.

Ghia GILDA Strealine X Coupé 1955

Ghia GILDA Strealine X Coupé 1955 Ghia GILDA Strealine X Coupé 1955
Ghia GILDA Strealine X Coupé 1955 Ghia GILDA Strealine X Coupé 1955

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