At the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France the BMW “Best in Show” award at the Villa d’Este Concorso di Eleganza

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The great absentee, the public, will return. Probably already starting from the next edition, that of 2022. The planetary aristocracy of the car, especially vintage, but not only, was not lacking at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (fifty cars divided into eight categories) , inserted in its autumn location albeit after a year of precautionary absence due to the pandemic. The BMW group, which has supported the glorious event on Lake Como (“first time” in 1929) for five decades, wanted to contain the risks again this year, limiting access to the exhibition despite the availability of an exclusive 10-hectare park. . Collectors from around the world met in Cernobbio, exhibiting dream models presented together with cars with the Elica insignia, including the new and futuristic concept i Vision Circular, expression of the sustainability of the next cars. The prototype anticipated at the IAA in Munich is fully recyclable.

Weather fears prevented a lasting exposure of the vehicle, which was kept cautiously under cover on Sunday. A fate shared with the most expensive car in the world, the 23 million euro Rolls-Royce Boat Tail.

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No fear, however, for the concepts Pininfarina Battista, Bugatti Centodieci, Vision 2030 by Giugiaro and Hispano Suiza Carmen “Boulogne” (actually now a former prototype). All models already seen, with the exception of the reconstruction of the first Lamborghini Countach, the LP 500 from 1971, which made its debut at the Concorso di Eleganza in its canary yellow livery. For BMW, the exhibition constitutes the link between the cars of yesterday and tomorrow, an opportunity to anticipate both highly selected potential customers and the wider public of mere mortals how cars have changed and how they can become. And also how they will appear. This is the case of the limited series signed by Jeff Koons which will be presented next year and at Villa d’Este only in a closed room. The artwork on wheels is based on the Series 8.

The main prizes of the show went to two Italian cars. The BMW trophy reserved for the “Best of Show” went to the Ferrari 250 GT TDF (Tour de France) designed by Pininfarina, also first in the “Big Band from the 40s to the magnificent 80s” class: Five Decades of Endurance Racing ”(Honorable mention for the 1949 Osca MT4 Torpedo Torpedo by the Israeli Elad Shraga). The 1956 coupe is equipped with a 2,953cc V12 engine and was presented in competition by American Brian Ross.

The model that won at Cernobbio is the second in production order and had already made its debut in the 1000 Miglia on the day of its registration. The Lancia Dilambda from 1930 with a 4.0-liter V8 engine presented by the Italian Filippo Sole won the Coppa d’Oro thanks to the judgment of the participants.

In the other classes they won the 1934 Lancia Astura Torpedo GS of the Swiss Anthony MacLean (Twentieth Century Style: from Torpedo Touring to Roadster Corsaiola, honorable mention for Maria Cristina Trevisani’s 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC Zagato spider), the 1938 Delage D8-120 S cabrio of the Swiss Fritz Burkard (Spazio, Ritmo and Grazia, honorable mention for the same Dilambda by Filippo Sole), the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy, the 1955 Gullwing Coupé of the American David MacNeil (Showroom Showdown: The Battle Between Great Britain and Germany for Supremacy in Luxury, Honorable Mention for the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible of the British Ian Maxwell-Scott), the 1953 Fiat 8V Coupé Vignale of the Belgian Jan de Reu (Granturismo all’Italiana: Looking for the Recipe for the Perfect GT, honorable mention for the 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Supergioiello coupe of the Americans Jonathan & Wendy Segal), the Ferrari 250 GT California SWB spyder designed by Pininfarina of the 1 960 of the Destriero Collection (A Passion for Perfection: 90 Years of Pininfarina, honorable mention for the Ferrari 275 GTB / 4, Berlinetta of 1967 by Andrea Recordati), the Lamborghini, Countach LP 400 S Prototype Walter Wolf Special of 1978 (The birth of Supercars: Italian extreme cars, honorable mention for the 1989 Ferrari F40 Coupé, also awarded as the most iconic car with the Vranken Pommery trophy) and the 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i Coupé (The New Generation: Hypercar 1990s, honorable mention for the 1995 McLaren F1 coupe also designated as the car with the most intriguing design).

The Fiva trophy for the best-preserved car of the post-war period went to the 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50 High Speed ​​Open Tourer, the ASI trophy was awarded to the 1968 Howmet TX Coupé, while the recognition of the Aci di Como has been attributed to the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible Touring Superleggera. The 1935 Fiat 508 CS Balilla Aerodinamica was awarded for its restoration by the BMW Group Classic, whose number one, Helmut Käs, took over from Ulrich Knieps as president of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

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