Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

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The public pronounces its verdict:
The Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este this year goes to the Aston Martin Bulldog.

A look back on Saturday

This year’s winner of the most traditional heritage award at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022 has been declared. The public has conferred the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este on the Aston Martin Bulldog from the year 1979 presented by American automobile collector Philip Sarofim. The one-of-a-kind coupé with a height of just 1.09 m and the wedge-shaped body is spectacularly angular with flat contours. In its time, the inimitable profile of the Bulldog was displayed on innumerable cover pages of international magazines. The 5.3 litre V8 engine with a turbocharger is mounted in the middle of the vehicle and was designed to achieve speeds in excess of the legendary 300 km/h barrier.

Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022 reached an initial climax with the award bestowed on the darling of the public. Ever since 1929, the spectators present at Lake Como have conferred the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este by Public Referendum. Now in its 150th season, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este is the perfect venue for the gathering of classic-car aficionados from all over the world. Since 1999, the BMW Group has been committed to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as its main sponsor. In 2005, the BMW Group joined forces with the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este as co-organiser of the world’s most traditional and exclusive heritage beauty contest for Historic Cars.

The premiere for the new BMW i7

The second event day will launch with a celebration by the BMW Group of the premiere for the new BMW i7 in the splendid Mosaic Garden of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. Together with Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG with responsibility for Customer, Brands and Sales, BMW Group Design Director Adrian van Hooydonk presented technology and exclusivity in a new dimension. The signature design elements of twin round headlights and BMW kidney grille were completely reinterpreted in the BMW i7 to create an advanced and strikingly contemporary appearance. The upper light elements made of exclusive crystal glass and the illuminated kidney contour are an iconic design statement. The interior compartment of the new BMW 7 Series is defined by an impression of generous proportions, modernity and wellbeing.

Parade of the Historic Cars

The Saturday afternoon was dedicated to the parade of the Historic Cars participating in the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022 on the terrace of the Grand Hotel. Bright sunshine, the shimmering blue of Lake Como and the noble façade of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este presented a marvellous backdrop for unique automobiles of timeless elegance and beauty.

“Special Prizes”

The first “Special Prizes” were awarded in this forum. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH, the most powerful vehicle was this year awarded a special prize with the Trofeo BMW M in recognition of the world’s most powerful letter. A prize was conferred on each of the best preserved classic cars from the pre-war and post-war eras. The participant in the contest driven from farthest away was also awarded a prize. Drawing on its superlative joint international expertise, the Jury of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este also selected the most iconic classic car and the most fascinating design, bestowing “Special Prizes” that spanned the various classes.

The list below presents today’s “Special Prize” winners. The model, coachwork designer, year of manufacture and owner are provided in each case:

Special Prizes

Trofeo BMW M
For the most powerful car
Ferrari F40 LM, Coupé, Michelotto, 1993
Stefan Näf, CH

Trofeo Vranken Pommery
For the best iconic car
Mercedes-Benz 710 SS, Rennsport Convertible, Mercedes-Benz, 1929
Eric van Lammeren, DE

Trofeo FIVA
For the best preserved pre-war car
Bugatti Type 59 Sports, Open Racecar, Bugatti, 1934
Fritz Burkhard, CH

Trofeo ASI
For the best preserved post-war car
Maserati A6 GCS MM, Barchetta, Fiandri / Fantuzzi, 1954
Ulrich Schumacher, LI

Trofeo Auto & Design
For the most exciting design
Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale Tre Posti, Coupé, Pininfarina, 1966
RQ Collections, US

Trofeo Automobile Club Como
For the car driven from farthest away
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, Roadster, Mercedes-Benz, 1960
Erich Oswald, DE


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