Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: the beautiful, the weird, and the fantastic


Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este: the beautiful, the weird, and the fantastic

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: the beautiful, the weird, and the fantastic

There aren’t many moments we feel as proud as when we see a car we curated being used as intended, especially when the car in question is an old Ferrari. You can then imagine that showing up at this year’s Ferrari Cavalcade and seeing four cars very close to our hearts eating up the miles in Italy was almost tear moving. Four very special Ferrari’s we found new caretakers for were back in their birth country, and they didn’t skip a beat while driving up the dolomites.

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We are of course talking about 3409GT, 5061GT, 06601, and 14857. One of our favourite collector pieces we have ever sold, chassis 3409GT, is a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta we imported from the United States and have had the chance to sell twice in Germany. Born as a steel version in May 1962 and delivered in native Italy through Crepaldi in Milan, it was imported to California in 1970, and received a state-of-the-art restoration at Paul Russell and Company. It received several awards, naley Best in Show and Best in lass at the Lime Rock Concours and Amelia Island Concours, and won Platinum Award at the Ferrari Classiche Concours d’Eleganza at the Finali Mondiali in 2016. We bought the car from America in 2018 and sold it to one of Munich’s and Germany’s most important Ferrari collections at the time. We sold it once more, in 2020, to its current caretaker who has enjoyed driving it this summer, a lot.
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5061GT is a rare 330 America, often mistaken for a 250 GTE but actually a completely different animal. Fifty of them were ever made, and it is believed that a lot less are still alive today. But more than its excellent power delivery, it is the specification of this very car that made it one of our favourite to handle: take a moment to appreciate its Azzuro Acrilico body on its Blu leather interior. Absolutely stunning. We found a new home to 5061GT a few years ago and it’s been the current owner’s favourite car he ever owned.
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We have a soft spot for the 275 GTB, arguably Ferrari’s prettiest and most complete car from the 60’s. We had the chance of handling an early 275 GTB/2, chassis 06601, which we’ve sold in 2019 to a great friend who’s been using it since at every Cavalcade Classiche. Sold new through Luigi Chinetti in New York in 1964, it wasn’t until in the early 2000’s that this 275 came back to Europe. We curated the car from a collection in South Germany and found a new German home for it.
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And least but not least, we recently handled the stunning Daytona Spider chassis 14857, finished in Grigio Ferro over a Pelle Rossa interior. The new owner didn’t waste time and had the car up and ready for its first big outing.
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The Daytona Spider and the 330 America are maintained by our Engineering department and received an inspection before and after the Cavalcade. Our mechanics listen to the needs of these technological masterpieces and make sure they perform flawlessly so that no bad surprises invite themselves during the event. We transport the cars from our storage in Munich to Italy and back, and make sure the customer drives his car with the mind at peace.
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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: the beautiful, the weird, and the fantastic

Rainy or not, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will always be a must-attend event for us. It is the event where you discover cars you’ve never known existed before, enjoy their history, the quality of their restoration, their weird and beautiful design elements, and of course, it is an event where you get to meet people from all over the world, united by this fascination for the exotic and the rare automobiles from all possible decades.

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We loved every car at the venue in Villa d’Este, and in Villa Erba as well. Present at the venue were four Le Mans winners, such as the 250 Testa Rossa Fantuzzi from 1959 and the 1968 Ford GT40 in Gulf colors. The winners were announced one after the other, with the winner of Class A (Pre-War high speed luxury) being the Chrysler Custom Imperial CL, and the winner of Class B (Pre-war Weekend Racers) being the Delahaye 145 Coupe Chapron. The Duesenberg SJ Speedster took both Best of Class of this year’s Class C (Incredible India) and Best of Show award. The Ruf-restaured Porsche 901 Prototyp finished in the iconic color of “Quickblau” was the judges’ favourite in the Porsche Class (Class D). The weird yet stunning Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale took the title of Best in Class in the Grantursimo Class (Experimenting with the post-war European GT). The gorgeous Maserati A6G/54 took a well-deserved win in the “Made in Italy” class, just in front of the Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta Vignale. The MacNeil-owned 250 GTO, freshly restored, won the Best in Class award in the Class G (A century of the 24 Hours of Le Mans). The stunning Ferrari 250 GT California from Hong Kong won bon the Coppa D’Oro and the Best in Class in “Here comes the Sun: “Topless” done differently!”.

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Congratulations to all the owners and to BMW Classic for organizing one of the top events of the year. We’re counting the days until next year’s edition!

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