The winner impressed the Jurors with its ideal symbiosis between the engineering excellence of a Bugatti 57S and a convertible body imbued with exciting elegance. The coachwork specialist Vanvooren located in Courbevoie near Paris created this elegant body whose perfectly balanced proportions subtly accentuate calm, knife-edge lines. Vanvooren refrained from any form of opulence or flamboyant ornamentation in favour of svelte, aesthetic clarity.
CORRIERE D'ELEGANZA XIIConcorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022
Dear Friend of the Concorso,
The grand winner of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022 has been declared. The Trofeo BMW Group for the Best of Show goes to the Bugatti 57 S from 1937, brought to Lake Como by Andrew Pisker from Monaco.
A well-honed tradition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is the conferment of the third great prize on the Sunday afternoon. In the class of Concept Cars & Prototypes, the public selected the Bugatti Bolide (2020) as the winner. This torpedo epitomises uncompromising sportiness through the pronounced aesthetic design of its contours. The visual appearance with an impressive acoustic accompaniment attracted a long round of applause as the projectile paraded past the guests.
Achim Anscheidt, Design Director at Bugatti, was behind the Concept Car, devoting all his attention to every last detail.
Against the backdrop of marvellous summer weather throughout the Sunday, the level of excitement continued to rise inexorably. The Jury had completed its final tours of appraisal and meticulously reviewed all the Historic Cars.
The owners had to respond to probing questions before the great parade could begin at 14.00 on the second day. Alongside the two main prizes, the Jury also had the duty of announcing the winners and Mentions of Honour for each of the seven classes. You will find all the details below.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was held for the first time in 1929 and notwithstanding its venerable tradition, this year also ushered in an innovation. Under the slogan Wheels & Weißwürscht, a wealth of fans, clubs and communities from all marques came together for an enjoyable and very special gathering in the parkland of Villa Erba nearby. BMW also celebrated the 50th anniversary of BMW M in these grounds with a dedicated exhibition and a host of guests. This format is already well established in Munich and naturally Weißwürste, or veal sausages – a delicacy from Munich unknown in Italy – were accompanied by a great selection of Italian culinary delights. Entry was free of charge for all participants and visitors.
Late on Sunday evening, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022 draws to a close with a magnificent gala dinner for the participants. This is a farewell but at the same time, some initial dates are scheduled for the coming year. We are already looking forward to this: The next Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will take place from 19th to 21st May 2023. Naturally, we will be delighted to keep you informed with the latest news – that’s a promise!
With our warmest good wishes,
Your Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Team
TROFEO BMW GROUP
Best of Show by the Jury
Bugatti 57 S, 1937 (Andrew Pisker, Monaco)
CONCORSO D’ELEGANZA DESIGN AWARD FOR CONCEPT CARS & PROTOTYPES
By Public Referendum
Bugatti Bolide, 2020 (Achim Anscheidt)
TROFEO BMW GROUP CLASSIC
For the most sensitive restoration
Cord 812 Phaeton, 1936 (The JBS Collection Jack B. Smith Jr., United States)
Class Winners and Mentions of Honour for the Class Winners by the Jury
THE GOLDEN AGE OF ELEGANCE: THE ART DECO ERA OF MOTOR CAR DESIGN
Class Winner: Bugatti 57 S, 1937 (Andrew Pisker, Monaco)
Mention of Honour: Cord 812 Phaeton, 1936 (The JBS Collection Jack B. Smith Jr., United States)
KOMPRESSOR! THE SUPERCHARGED MERCEDES-BENZ
Class Winner: Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet, 1936 (Hans Hulsbergen, Switzerland)
Mention of Honour: Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial-Roadster, 1936 (Richard Workman, United States)
CELEBRATING 150 SEASONS AT VILLA D’ESTE: HOW GRAND ENTRANCES WERE ONCE MADE Class Winner: Chrysler Boano Coupé Speciale, 1956 (Stephen Bruno, United States)
Mention of Honour: Siata 208S, 1953 (Jan De Reu, Belgium)
THE CAVALLINO AT 75: EIGHT DECADES OF FERRARI REPRESENTED IN EIGHT ICONS
Class Winner: Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale Tre Posti, 1956 (RQ Collections, United States)
Mention of Honour: Ferrari 250 GT Zagato, 1956 (David Sydorick, United States)
BORN FOR THE RACETRACK: “WIN ON SUNDAY, SELL ON MONDAY”
Class Winner: Porsche 356 B Carrera Abarth GTL, 1961 (Robert A. Ingram, Unites States)
Mention of Honour: Maserati MC12, 2004 (Frank Gelf, Germany)
CLASS F 50
YEARS OF MEAN MACHINERY: BMW’S M CARS AND THEIR ANCESTORS
Class Winner: BMW 3.0 CSL, 1972 (Michael Ulbig, Germany)
Mention of Honour: BMW 320 Gruppe 5, 1978 (Mast-Jägermeister SE, Germany)
BREAKING THE SPEED BARRIER: PIONEERS THAT CHASED THE MAGIC 300 KPH
Class Winner: Porsche 959 Sport (Andreas Gundermann, Germany)
Mention of Honour: Citroën SM, 1971 (Thierry Dehaeck, Belgium)