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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2024: All Winners

Cernobbio, Italy – The stunning backdrop of Villa d’Este hosted another extraordinary edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where historic cars and concept vehicles enchanted the audience and judges alike. This year, the “Best of Show” title was awarded to a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 bodied by Figoni, while the public bestowed the “Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este” upon a 1995 McLaren F1.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Figoni 1932 - Best of Show

Trofeo BMW Group – “Best of Show by the Jury”

Máté Boér Photography

The 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, owned by the Belgian HM Collection, won the judges’ hearts with its timeless elegance and captivating history. Bodied by Figoni, this two-seater spider is one of ten built on a short-wheelbase chassis, featuring an 8-cylinder, 2.3-liter engine producing at least 142 HP. Today, this masterpiece is valued at over 3 million euros.

McLaren F1 1995 - Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este

Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este – “Best of Show by Public Referendum”

Máté Boér Photography

The audience at Villa Erba crowned the 1995 McLaren F1, brought to the event by British owner Tony Vassilopoulos, with the “Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este”. This hypercar, capable of reaching 384 km/h, remains the fastest naturally aspirated road car in history. The winning model, ordered in a two-tone gray by Motokatzu Sayama, is valued at around 20 million euros.

Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2024: All the Winners

Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award For Concept Cars & Prototypes by Public Referendum

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, 2022
Owner: Stellantis Europe S.p.A.

CLASS A – The Dawn of the Performance Age

Class Winner: Bentley 4 ½ Litre Blower, Two Seater Drophead Coupé, Gurney Nutting, 1930 (The Lee Collection, United States)

Mention of Honour: Bentley 3 Litre, Open Tourer, Van den Plas, 1927 (Michael Dacre, United Kingdom)

CLASS B – Shaped by the Wind: The Evolution of Aerodynamics

Class Winner: Cadillac V16, Coupé, Fleetwood, 1934 (Donald Ghareeb, United States)

Mention of Honour: Delahaye 135 M, Cabriolet, Faget & Varnet, 1948 (Teresa & David Disiere, United States)

CLASS C – “The Best Car in the World” for 120 Years: Rolls-Royce Celebrates an Historic Birthday

Class Winner: Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Continental, Fixed Head Coupé, Freestone & Webb, 1933 (Lord Bamford, United Kingdom)

Mention of Honour: Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Torpedo Grand Luxe, Van den Plas, 1914 (Terence George Bramall, United Kingdom)

CLASS D – “Faster!”: The Arms Race on the Road

Máté Boér Photography

Class Winner: Ferrari 335 S, Spider, Scaglietti, 1957 (Brian Ross, United States)

Mention of Honour: Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Berlinetta, Scaglietti, 1960 (Bernard Lezaire, Netherlands)

CLASS E – The Best of Italian Grace and Pace: Maserati at 110

Class Winner: Maserati A6G/54, Berlinetta, Zagato, 1956 (Roberto Quiroz, Mexico)

Mention of Honour: Maserati 3500 Spider Vignale Prototipo, Spider, Vignale, 1959 (Phil White, United States)

CLASS F – Gentleman Drivers: Style for the Fortunate Few

Class Winner: Ferrari 275 GTS, Spider, Pininfarina, 1966 (Christopher Stahl, Germany)

Mention of Honour: Mercedes-Benz 300 SC, Coupé, Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen, 1955 (Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani, Qatar)

CLASS G – Time Capsules: Cars that the Outside World Forgot

Class Winner: Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, Spider, Figoni, 1932 (Private Collection, Belgium)

Mention of Honour: Bugatti Type 35C, Grand Prix, Bugatti, 1928 (Auriga Collection, Germany)

CLASS H – The Need for Speed: Supercar Stars of the Video Generation

Class Winner: McLaren F1, Coupé, McLaren, 1995 (Tony Vassilopoulos, United Kingdom)

Mention of Honour: Lamborghini Diablo GT, Coupé, 1999 (Jose Cobian, Mexico)

Máté Boér Photography

Additional Trophies Awarded

  • Presidents’ Trophy: Ferrari 335 S, Spider, Scaglietti, 1957 (Brian Ross, United States)
  • BMW Group Classic Trophy: Bentley 3 Litre, Open Tourer, Van den Plas, 1927 (Michael Dacre, United Kingdom)
  • Rolls-Royce Trophy: Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Torpedo Grand Luxe, Van den Plas, 1914 (Terence George Bramall, United Kingdom)
  • Vranken-Pommery Trophy: Bugatti Type 35C, Grand Prix, Bugatti, 1928 (Auriga Collection, Germany)
  • ASI Trophy: Fiat Dino Aerodinamica Berlinetta, Pininfarina, 1967 (Lee Hower, United States)
  • Auto & Design Trophy: Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, Coupé, Touring Superleggera, 1960 (Andreas Halvorsen, United States)
  • Il Canto del Motore Trophy: Lamborghini Countach LP400, Coupé, Bertone, 1976 (Christine Schams, United Kingdom)
  • Automobile Club Como Trophy: Ruf CTR “Yellowbird”, Coupé, Porsche, 1987 (Alois Ruf, Germany)
  • Poltrona Frau Trophy: Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport – Prototype, Cabriolet, Graber, 1953 (Kaspar Fleischmann, Switzerland)

The 2024 edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este once again confirmed the timeless excellence and beauty of vintage cars, alongside the innovation and cutting-edge design of the latest concepts, creating an unforgettable event for all car enthusiasts.

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Tribute to Marcello Gandini with the Prototype Unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show: A Unique Model Exuding Elegance and Personality

From May 24 to 26, the BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will host the legendary Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The most spectacular cars from different eras and around the world will compete in various categories to win prestigious awards. Among these are the coveted BMW Group Trophy awarded by the Jury, the traditional Coppa d’Oro based on public votes, the Design Award for concept cars and prototypes, and the special ASI Trophy for the best-preserved post-war vehicle.

The presence of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) at this unmissable international event is highlighted by the display of the Citroën GS Camargue prototype from the ASI Bertone Collection. This car enriches the theme dedicated to Marcello Gandini – the recently deceased master of car design – set up in the park of Villa Erba on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Also at Villa Erba, as part of the “Amici & Automobili” event, the ASI-affiliated Veteran Car Club of Como will accompany the Camargue with a precious selection of historical cars from its members.

The Citroën Camargue was first presented at the Bertone stand at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, where it was met with great enthusiasm from both the public and the press. Built on the innovative Citroën GS platform, which was launched in 1970, the Bertone coupé, styled by Marcello Gandini with the assistance of Marc Deschamps, retains the compact sedan’s layout and dimensions. The car features distinctive front and rear overhangs – the front being much more pronounced to enhance the car’s dynamic look. Lower and wider than the GS, the Camargue boasts a wedge-shaped front typical of Gandini’s style, contrasting with a truncated rear end supporting a broad, panoramic canopy with amber-tinted glass, paired with a chic metallic champagne-colored body. Despite its striking and original design, the Bertone proposal did not reach commercial production due to Citroën’s economic crisis during those years, which led to its merger with Peugeot in 1974.

The format of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este includes a double location in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como. On Saturday, May 25, the exclusive Hotel Villa d’Este’s park will host the display of all competing cars, the jury inspection, voting, parade, and the awarding of the Coppa d’Oro and special prizes. Simultaneously, Villa Erba will host the “Amici & Automobili” meeting with an exhibition of historical cars from clubs and enthusiasts.

On Sunday, May 26, the event will continue at Villa Erba with a festival celebrating automotive passion: all cars in the competition will be displayed in the park until the concluding parade, where the Design Award, class prizes, and honorable mentions will be awarded.