Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 Corriere d’Eleganza XIV
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 – Corriere d’Eleganza XIV

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 Corriere d’Eleganza XIV

Dear Friends of the Concorso,

After some highly suspenseful days in Cernobbio on the shores of Lake Como, the results of the contest were announced late on Sunday. This year, the beauty pageant was held under the motto “The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and BMW Automobiles”.

It only emerged late on Sunday evening that the majestic Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B from the year 1937 had secured a straight one-two victory. The automobile received the impressive newly designed Trofeo BMW Group as the award for “Best of Show” and the legendary trophy named Coppa D’Oro to the rapturous sounds of applause during the glittering grand finale. The latter trophy is awarded by a vote in a Public Referendum and passed on to the next winner each year.

At the Concorso di Motociclette held in parallel, the Jury of experts bestowed the Trofeo BMW Group on the Koehler-Escoffier built in 1929 as “Best of Show”. The public voted a different winner in the form of the BMW R 68 (1953).

You will find many other impressions and a list of all the prizewinners below.

We wish you an enjoyable read.

Your Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Team

An outstanding winner: Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B impresses Jury and spectators

For the sixth time in succession, an automobile made in Italy has won the world’s most illustrious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Collector David Sydorick (USA) entered the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B for the contest. The automobile had originally been impressively bodied by Touring in Milan and it has now been restored to the highest standards. After the public had honoured the car with bestowal of the traditional Coppa d’Oro, the decision of the international Jury followed on Sunday to secure the certainty of a double victory for the exceptionally sporty, luxury Alfa Romeo by conferring the title “Best of Show”.

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An outstanding winner: Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B impresses Jury and spectators

A one-two triumph along the lines of the result this year is a rarity. But in this case, the choice falls on an automobile with many outstanding aspects. In 1937, when Carrozzeria Touring in Milan created only five of these impressive, generously dimensioned and stunningly elegant Superleggera bodies, the technical platform also contributed a series of superlative attributes. Alfa Romeo selected a slightly modified grand-prix chassis with a long wheelbase for the 8C 2900B. It featured independent suspension and a rear-mounted gearbox, ideally complemented by an all-alloy inline eight-cylinder engine with two overhead camshafts and a twin supercharger in a layout generating up to 180 hp. Financial considerations played no role in the creation of this technical and aesthetic masterpiece 82 years ago.

For collector David Sydorick, this was already the second time since 2015 that the title of “Best of Show” was conferred on one of his treasures at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. However, the 8C 2900B that he brought to Cernobbio this year holds a very special place in his heart: “I have won a lot of prizes with my automobiles, but this vehicle really fulfils all my desires. The Best of Show here at Villa d’Este is like receiving a knighthood. My wife and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks for this award,” commented David Sydorick on the evening of the award ceremony.

This year, on the occasion of the contest’s 90th anniversary, the Jury made up of some twelve international experts and experienced connoisseurs of automobile history were once again entrusted with carrying out a demanding mission. Under the chairmanship of designer and former Chief of Design, Lorenzo Ramaciotti, the Jury had to select the winners from 50 automobile entrants representing different eras and classes. Each of the vehicles was hugely fascinating in its own right. When the vehicles presented have such a high level of quality, selection is no easy task but the Jury mastered the challenge as demonstrated by the convincing results presented in the list below. For each automobile receiving an award, the list presents the model designation, the coachwork, the designer, the coachbuilder, the year of manufacture and the owner:

Trofeo BMW Group

Best of Show
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, Berlinetta, Touring, 1937, David Sydorick (USA)

Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este

Best of Show by Public Referendum at Villa d’Este
Perpetual Challenge
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, Berlinetta, Touring, 1937, David Sydorick (USA)

Trofeo BMW Group Italia

By Public Referendum
Lancia Astura Serie IV, Cabriolet, Pinin Farina, 1938, Filippo Sole (IT)

Trofeo BMW Group Ragazzi

By Young People’s Referendum (up to the age of 16)
Lamborghini Marzal, Four-Seater Coupé, Bertone, 1967, Albert Spiess (CH)

Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes

By Public Referendum
Bugatti La Voiture Noire, Coupé, Bugatti, 2019, Etienne Salomé and Achim Anscheidt

Special Prizes

Trofeo FIVA

For the best preserved pre-war car
Lancia Lambda Serie VIII, Four-Seater Torpedo, Lancia, 1928, Anthony MacLean (CH)

Trofeo ASI

For the best preserved post-war car
CD Panhard LM64, Coupé Aérodynamique, Chappe et Gessalin, 1964, Frédéric Leroux (FR)

Trofeo Automobile Club Como

For the car driven from farthest away
Maserati Mistral 4000 Spider, Spider, Frua, 1966, Oliver Ruppertzhoven (DE)

Special Prizes by the Jury

Trofeo BMW Group Classic

For the most sensitive restoration
Bugatti 57 S, Four-Seater Sports Tourer, Vanden Plas, 1937, Robert Kaufman (US)

Trofeo Rolls-Royce

For the most elegant Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce 40/50 H.P. Silver Ghost, Torpedo Phaeton, Kellner, 1914, Douglas Magee (US)

Trofeo Vranken Pommery

For the best iconic car
Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione, Berlinetta. Pininfarina, 1966, David MacNeil (US)

Trofeo Auto & Design

For the most exciting design
Ferrari 512 S Modulo, Coupé, Pininfarina, 1970, James Glickenhaus (US)

Trofeo The Rake

For the best dressed entrant
Delahaye 135M, Roadster, Carlton, 1938, Emma Beanland (MC)

Trofeo dell’Anniversario

For the best engine sound
Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione, Berlinetta, Pininfarina, 1966, David MacNeil (US)

Class Winners and Mention of Honour

CLASS A:

GOODBYE ROARING TWENTIES: THE BIRTH OF THE CONCORSO
Class Winner: Vauxhall 30/98 Type OE, Boattail Tourer, 1925, Peter Goodwin (US)
Mention of Honour: Lancia Lambda Serie VIII, Four-Seater Torpedo, Lancia, 1928, Anthony MacLean (CH)

CLASS B:

FAST FORWARD: A QUARTER CENTURY OF PROGRESS
Class Winner: Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, Berlinetta, Touring, 1937, David Sydorick (US)
Mention of Honour: Bugatti 57 S, Four-Seater Sports Tourer, Vanden Plas, 1937, Robert Kaufman (US)

CLASS C:

SMALL AND PERFECTLY FORMED: THE COACHBUILDER’S ART IN MINITAURE
Class Winner: Fiat Abarth Monomille GT, Coupé, Sibona-Basano, 1963, Shiro Kosaka (JA)
Mention of Honour: Abarth 205 Sport 1100, Berlinetta, Ghia, 1953, Bradley Calkins (US)

CLASS D:

A NEW DAWN: INTO THE ROCK’N’ROLL ERA
Class Winner: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, Coupé, Mercedes-Benz, 1954, Matthias Bonczkowitz (DE)
Mention of Honour: Siata 208 S, Spider, Motto, 1953, Jan de Reu (BE)

CLASS E:

SWINGING SIXTIES: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Class Winner: Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB, Spider, Pinin Farina, 1961, Tony Vassilopoulos (GB)
Mention of Honour: Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB Competizione, Berlinetta, Pinin Farina, 1960, William Loughran (GB)

CLASS F:

BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR: MUSICAL STARS’ CARS
Class Winner: Lamborghini Miura P 400 S, Coupé, Bertone, 1971, Luca Taino (IT)
Mention of Honour: Porsche 959, Coupé, Porsche, 1988, Giovanni Andrea Innocenti (CH)

CLASS G:

SPEEDING AGAINST THE CLOCK: ENDURANCE RACING LEGENDS
Class Winner: Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia, Barchetta, Touring, 1949, Brian Ross (US)
Mention of Honour: Osca MT4 1450, Barchetta, Frua, 1953, Hidetomo Kimura (JA)

CLASS H:

DARING TO DREAM: CONCEPT’S WHICH ROCKED THE MOTORING WORLD
Class Winner: Lamborghini Marzal, Four-Seater Coupé, Bertone, 1967, Albert Spiess (CH)
Mention of Honour: Vivant 77, Roadster, “The Beatles of Troy, Michigan”, 1965, Phillip Sarofim (US)

For the ninth year in succession: Historic Motorcycles fascinate the audience

The Concorso di Motociclette celebrated its premiere in 2010. It has now long been established as a fixed diary date among motorcycle collectors and the contest is now a permanent element of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
This year, a Koehler-Escoffier (1929) and a BMW R 68 (1953) earned the two winner’s trophies that are awarded by the Jury and in a Public Referendum.

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For the ninth year in succession: Historic Motorcycles fascinate the audience

Around 35 motorcycles competed in five classes. The audience enjoyed a particularly fascinating experience with Class A and its title: Still in Action – Motorcycles more than 100 Years Old. The oldest model, a Holcroft, was built as far back as the year 1901.

This year’s winner is rather younger, but is still a venerable old machine. The Koehler-Escoffier was produced in 1929 and is an impressive two-wheeler powered by a 980 cc V2 engine and styled with exceptionally sporty aesthetic contours. During the 1920s, this model celebrated a large number of good placings in motor sport. Although the machine was not an economic success, 90 years later the Jury conferred the title of “Best of Show” and the Trofeo BMW Group went to the French owner of the motorcycle, Dominique Boisson.

By contrast, it was the spectators who were able to confer the Trofeo Villa Erba, in a Public Referendum. A majority voted for the BMW R68 manufactured in 1953. This machine created a sensation in the year it was produced as the “100 Mile Racer”. A top speed of 160 km/h gave it the reputation of being incredibly fast at the time while its aesthetic styling provided a tentative departure from the design lines of pre-war years. This exciting mix undoubtedly impressed the guests.
There was also a lot of interest in the other classes. In particular, the entries in the class outside the awards “Teenage Dreams: Sporting 50 cc in Italy in the 1960/70s” evoked yearning memories in many observers and reawakened long-lost desires.

All the prizes and placings are listed in detail below:

Trofeo BMW Group

Best of Show by the Jury
Koehler-Escoffier, 1929, Dominique Boisson (FR)

Trofeo Villa Erba

Best of Show by Public Referendum
BMW R 68, 1953, Hans Keckeisen (DE)

Class Winners and Mention of Honour

CLASS A:

STILL IN ACTION: MOTORCYCLES MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD
Class Winner: Achilles 3½ PS, 1904, Horst Klett (DE)
Mention of honour: FN, 1905, Wolfgang Staab (DE)

CLASS B:

SOUND AND STYLE: THE NEW MOTORCYCLES OF 1929
Class Winner: MGC N3A “Écrémeuse”, 1929, Gilbert Redon (FR)
Mention of honour: DKW Super Sport 500, 1929, Zündmagnet Wurzen (DE)

CLASS C:

PROMENADE PERCY: SPORTSMANS’ WEAR
Class Winner: Moto Guzzi GTCL, 1938, Gordon de la Mare (UK)
Mention of honour: BS DBD 34 Gold Star, 1958, Collezione Plahuta (IT)

CLASS D:

50 YEARS AGO: TRENDSETTERS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS
Class Winner: Kawasaki Mach III, 1969, Sofie Verheyden (BE)
Mention of honour: Triumph T150 Trident, 1969, Collezione Venturi (IT)

CLASS E:

TWO-WHEELED GUARDS: TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE
Class Winner: Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide, 1965, Collezione Elvira dal Degan (IT)
Mention of honour: Moto Guzzi V7, 1968, Collezione Stefano Bartolotta (IT)

CONCEPT BIKES:

NEW DESIGN AND PROTOTYPES BY MANUFACTURERS AND INDEPENDENTS
Class Winner: No Judgement

A look back in time: The surprising new edition of the lost BMW Garmisch impresses experts and the public

Grand master of design Marcello Gandini took the opportunity to be present in person at this premiere. On Friday evening, the BMW Group presented the BMW Garmisch as the manifestation of an exceptionally exciting project. This masterpiece of design disappeared without trace shortly after the premiere. Although the vehicle has not been rediscovered in the meantime, it has now been recreated 49 years after it was originally produced.

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A look back in time: The surprising new edition of the lost BMW Garmisch impresses experts and the public

In 1970, Bertone presented an exciting study based on the BMW 2002 ti at the Geneva Motor Show. The car’s designer was Marcello Gandini, born in 1938, the creator of major automobile legends. His energetic assistance as a contemporary witness helped BMW to recreate this study lost in the mists of time within the space of less than a year. The work was carried out on the basis of just a few black-and-white photos along with Gandini’s memories. A lot of conversations and discussions ensued, 3D computerised designs were generated, and ultimately even a 1:1 model in order to produce a maximally precise reconstruction of the BMW coupé penned by Gandini’s masterful design genius.

When the recreated BMW Garmisch – named at the time in reference to the winter sport resort near the BMW location in Munich – rolled out in front of the premiere audience of the Concorso d’Eleganza on Friday evening, its original designer was also sitting in the car. Marcello Gandini and Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, talked to the audience at the premiere about the exciting challenge of producing this little-known design by Gandini a second time round. In future, this second special edition of the BMW Garmisch will occupy a position of honour in the BMW collection.