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1953 Ferrari 250 GT Europa by Vignale wins the Best of Show award of the fourth Concours d’Élégance Suisse (CES) as well as the Jury President’s Choice Award


1953 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Vignale s_n 0295EU – Kevin Cogan

1953 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Vignale s_n 0295EU – Kevin Cogan

 

Coppet, June 25th 2019

The fourth Concours d’Élégance Suisse(CES) award ceremony – held on Sunday June 23rdin Coppet, near Geneva – saw an international multi-disciplinary Jury award 42 prizes including its highest distinction, the Best of Show prize. The latter went to the 1953 Ferrari 250 GT Europa de 1953, chassis No. 0295EU with coachwork by Vignale, which also won the Jury The President’s Choice Award (Prize of Exception) 



Aesthetics in the spotlight at the CES

The magnificent setting of the Château de Coppet, former residence of the famous French-Swiss author Germaine de Staël, hosted a fourth edition that was all about sunshine, prestige and variety, with more than 90 vintage cars spread over 17 classes of excellence. The vehicles vied with each other in terms of both technical and aesthetic attributes in order to win over a rigorous and committed jury – composed this year of 28 members representing 10 different nationalities and chaired by Mr Achim Anscheidt, Design Director at Bugatti. The latter’s presence notably reinforced the competition’s new mission of giving greater importance to aesthetic aspects and deliberately incorporating them within the adjudication process, thereby making it even fairer and comprehensive. 

This important choice was explained in more detail by the founder of the Concours, Mathias Doutreleau, former director of the Californian Concours The Quail : “It is a real joy to see that the orientation chosen for our Competition, and the importance we have decided to devote to aesthetic elegance, are recognised by the most eminent personalities in the world of vintage cars and prestigious automotive design. We are particularly pleased to see the enthusiasm of the participants, the jury and even the public for the new Best of Sound award implemented by BOSE. Let's hit the road toward a fifth amazing edition!" 

2019 Jury President Mr Achim Anscheidt added: “With my first participation at the CES as the President of the Jury, I was honoured and thrilled to find a new balance between the fascinating knowledge of the automotive heritage specialists and the experienced eye for expression and style shown by my fellow designers. Together with the marvellous setting by Lake Geneva, the event is developing into a delightful highlight within the culture of automotive elegance.”   

Swiss collections emerge from the shadows and scoop up awards 

The Swiss collections distinguished themselves by winning more than half of the prizes awarded by the Concours, all classes and prizes combined. The 1938 Delahaye 135 convertible with coachwork by Tüscher won the first prize in the Delahaye class, 125 d’élégance et de portivité.

On the other hand, it was a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 C Stelvio that won first prize in the class: 110 ans de la Marque, L’élégance sportive, while the 1933 Bugatti Type 54 Grand Prix won first prize in the class: 110 ans de la Marque, L’âge d’or des Grands Prix. 

Bentley's 100thanniversary was marked by the victory of the eagerly awaited 1951 Bentley Mark VI Cresta II, with bodywork by the French workshops Facel Metallon, winner of its class: Bentley since 1919, The cars from Crewe. Another famous Bentley, the 1932 8-litre Drop Head Coupe Thrupp & Maberly, won first prize in its class: Bentley, since 1919, From Cricklewood to Derby.  For Citroën's 100thanniversary, a stunning 1965 Citroën DS19 M convertible won first prize in the class: Le centenaire de Citroën, La Déesse d’André Lefèvbre – a talented engineer who began his professional life alongside Gabriel Voisin, and who spent the rest of his long career with André Citroën. 

One should also note the excellent result of the 1935 Hispano Suiza K6 cabriolet by Brandone, which won the second Best of Show award, as well as the first prize in its class: Automobiles d’avant-guerre, les grandes routières.

The irresistible and rare Ferrari 250 GT Europa by Vignale, presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1953, was unanimously awarded not only the highest distinction of the Concours, the Best of Show 2019, but also the President’s Choice Award. On this occasion, the qualities highlighted naturally included authenticity and history, but also pure aesthetics.

 

Best of Sound by BOSE 

The Concours also witnessed a brand-new and unusual adjudication process, since the CES has created and developed a new trophy, Best of Sound, which rewards the most outstanding engine sound. Wearing BOSE headphones, Jury members in turn listened to the symphonies of the engines of all the vehicles presented, before finally agreeing on that of the 1961 Ferrari GT 250 Berlinetta from the Modena Cars Collection. The recorded sounds will be archived, creating an extremely important audio archive. 

A promising outcome

The Concours d’Élégance Suisse thus ends on an extremely positive note. This fourth edition attracted exceptional participation, in terms of the quality of the vehicles in competition, aficionados and collectors from all horizons, but also and especially of the public – with nearly 3,000 visitors attending the two-day event. Although the exhibition was already open to the public on Saturday June 22nd, record attendance was recorded on Sunday June 23rd.

It was in the midst of all these spectators that the judges conducted their assessment, making the engines roar and sometimes even going as far as passing under the vehicles to capture all the details necessary for the adjudication process.

The Organising Committee and the Co-Founder of the Concours d’Élégance Suisse, Mathias Doutreleau, would like to thank all the sponsors, the volunteer teams that helped to ensure the smooth running of the Competition as well as all media partners. The fifth edition of the Concours will take place from June 19th to 21st 2020.

 

Images Peter Singhof
www.ClassicCarPhotography.de

 

Concours d’Elégance Suisse 2019


Class results

 

Best of Show 2019

1st Prize
Ferrari 250 GT Europa from 1953 coachbuilder Vignale, owner Mr. Kevin Cogan (USA)

2nd Prize
Hispano Suiza K6 Cabriolet from 1935 coachbuilder Brandone, owner Mr. et Ms Richard & Ariane Magides (Switzerland)

 

Best of Sound Award

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta from 1961, owner Collection Modena Cars (Switzerland) 


Delahaye ... 125 ans d’élégance et de sportivité

1st Prize
Delahaye 135 Cabriolet from 1938, coachbuilder Tüscher, owner Mr. Robert Temperli (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Delahaye 135 M from 1937 coachbuilder Chapron, owner Mr. Robert Temperli (Switzerland)

 

110 ans de La Marque ... l’âge d’or des Grands Prix

1st Prize
Bugatti Type 54 Grand Prix from 1933, owner Mr. Greg Manocherian (USA)

2nd Prize
Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix from 1936, owner Dr. Conrad Ulrich (Switzerland)

 

110 ans de La Marque ... l’élégance sportive

1st Prize
Bugatti Type 57 C Stelvio from 1938 coachbuider Gangloff, owner Mr. Christoph Ringier (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Bugatti Type 49 Faux Cabriolet from 1932, owner Mr. Hans Matti (Switzerland)

 

Bentley since 1919 ... From Cricklewood to Derby

1st Prize
Bentley 8 litre Drop Head Coupefrom 1932 coachbuilder Thrupp & Maberly , owner Mr. Mathias Palm (Germany)

2nd Prize
Bentley 4 litres 1/4 Sports Tourer to Malcolm Campbell Design, coachbuilder Vanden Plas from 1936 , owner Mr. Philip Cornet (Switzerland)

 

Bentley since 1919 ... the cars from Crewe

1st Prize
Bentley Mark VI from 1951 coachbuilder Facel Metallon, owner Mr. Alexander Bäggli (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback series A from 1953 coachbuilder H. J. Mulliner, owner Mr. Christoph V. Albertini (Switzerland)

 

Le centenaire de Citroën ... L’attraction d’André Lefèvbre

1st Prize
Citroën Traction 15 Six Cabriolet de 1949 coachbuilder Worblaufen, owner Mr. Hans Berchtold (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Citroën Traction 11 Coupé from 1935, owner Mr. Hans Berchtold (Switzerland)

 

Le centenaire de Citroën ... La Déesse d’André Lefèvbre

1st Prize
Citroën DS 19M Décapotable from 1965, owner Dr. Alex Zimmermann (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Citroën DS 23 Break familiale from 1973, owner  Dr. Oliver Jecht (Germany)

 

Les Carrossiers suisses

1st Prize
Rover 2000 TC Coupé from 1967, coachbuilder Graber, owner Ms Heidi Heinz (Germany)

2nd Prize
Bugatti Type 43 A Roadster de 1927, coachbuilder Gangloff, owner Mr. Lionel Decrey (Switzerland)

 

Ferrari ... Forza i V12 !

1st Prize
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France from 1958 coachbuilder Scaglietti, owner Dr. Wolfgang Dietz (Germany)

2nd Prize
Ferrari 342 America from 1952 coachbuilder Vignale, owner Mr. & Ms Dennis & Susan Garrity (USA)

Automobiles d’avant-guerre ... Les sportives légères

1st Prize
Jaguar S.S. 90 Prototype from 1935 coachbuilder SSCars LTD, owner Mr. Christian Jenny (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC from 1931 coachbuilder Zagato, owner Mr. Gianluigi Trevisani (Italy)

 

Automobiles d’avant-guerre ... Les grandes routières

1st Prize
Hispano Suiza K6 Cabriolet from 1935 coachbuilder Brandone, owner Mr. &  Ms Richard & Ariane Magides (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Avions Voisin C23 Charente from 1932 , Collection Hervé (Switzerland)

 

Le design (aéro)dynamique

1st Prize
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS from 1948 coachbuilder Touring, owner Mr. Albert Streminski (Germany)

2nd Prize
Hudson Hornet Coupé from 1950, Collection Rebellion Motors (Switzerland)

 

Playboys & Gentlemen

1st Prize
Ferrari 250 GT Europa from 1953 coachbuilder Vignale, owner Mr. Kevin Cogan (USA)

2nd Prize
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupé from 1954, owner Mr. Hans Kleissel (Germany)

 

When size doesn’t matter

1st Prize
Aston Martin DBSC from 1966 Coupé, Sports Classics Geneva (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Cabriolet from 1965, owner Guillaume de Jenlis (Switzerland)

 

Le V6 Dino ... Un pour tous, tous pour un !

1st Prize
Lancia Stratos from 1974 , owner Mr. Yves Boitel (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Ferrari 246 GT Dino from 1972 coachbuilder Pinin Farina, Collection Drive Vintage (Switzerland)

 

Futures classiques ... le plastique, c’est fantastique !

1st Prize
Lamborghini Countach LP 500 S from 1982, Collection Rosso Miura (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Daimler Double-Six Rapport Fourté Estate from 1981, coachbuilder Rapport Avon, owner Mr. Georg Dönni (Switzerland)

 

Sir Alec Issigonis ... the visionary designer

1st Prize
Mini 1000 Stripey from 1975, coachbuilder Leyland, owner Ms Lalou Sandra Rüttimann-Zahnd (Switzerland)

2nd Prize
Mini Morris Traveller from 1964, owner Mr. François Moser (Switzerland)

Prizes of Exception

The Best Preserved Award

The Award recognises the automobile with best state of

Lancia Stratos from 1974, owner Mr. Yves Boitel (Switzerland)

 

The Best Restored Automobile

The Award recognises the automobile that most rigorously respected the restoration criteria

Ferrari 342 America from 1952 coachbuilder Vignale, owner Mr. & Ms  Dennis & Susan Garrity (USA)

 

The Best dressed crew

The Award recognises the crew with the most stylish outfit

Mini 1000 Stripey from 1975, coachbuilder Leyland, Ms Lalou Sandra Rüttimann-Zahnd (Switzerland)

 

The Jury President’s Choice Award

The Award recognises the President of the Jury’s best choice

Ferrari 250 GT Europa from 1953 coachbuilder Vignale, owner Mr. Kevin Cogan (USA)

 

Julius Baer Innovation Award

Citroën ID 19 Luxe de 1957, from a private collection (Switzerland)



Ferrari Models in Attendance

Model

Colour

Entrant

Chassis #

Concours Field

 

 

 

342 America Vignale Cabriolet

Blue Met’

D. & S. Garrity

0232AL

250

Dk Red Met’-Black

K. Cogan

0295EU

250 GT LWB TdF Berlinetta

Silver

Private Collection

1035GT

250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Grey Met’

Modena Cars

2321GT

365 GTB4

Bronze Met’

?

16037

365 GTS4

Blue Met’

S. Kidston

15239

512 BB

Black

?

38297

Dino 246 GT

Blue Met’

Collection Drive Vintage

04584

Dino 246 GTS

Red

P. Bianchi

04672

Trade Displays

 

 

 

312 F1

Red

Modena Cars

0003

Dino 246 GT

Rosso Dino

Modena Cars

?

Dino 308 GT4

Blue Met’

Modena Cars

13852

GTC4 Lusso

Black Met’

Modena Cars

223732

812 Superfast

Silver

Modena Cars

227293

Portofino

Dk Green Met’

Modena Cars

242918

F40

Red

e-Motion

88951

LaFerrari

Red-Black

e-Motion

203507

612 Scaglietti

Grey Met’

Garage Auto-Rallye

135771

 

Keith Bluemel          06/2019.