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Maserati Alfieri

Maserati Alfieri

Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

 

Cernobbio, 19 March, 2014

The Concorso d’Eleganza is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2014. The world’s most tradition-rich event for historic cars and motorcycles has been held in the same location since 1929, developing over the decades into a quite unparalleled occasion. Nowhere else do exclusive classic vehicles share the stage with trailblazing concept cars and prototypes in such stylish surroundings; the Concorso offers a compelling reminder of the enduring fascination engendered by motor vehicles on two wheels and four. Indeed, every year car and motorcycle aficionados from around the world flock to Lake Como to scrutinise the beauty of years past and compare those gifts with the design of the future. Over three days (23 – 25 May 2014) the Concorso d’Eleganza celebrates both the history of mobility and its future amid the beguiling grounds of the Villa d’Este luxury hotel and Villa Erba in Cernobbio. This year the BMW Group has contributed two fascinating concept vehicles to proceedings.


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While the majority of the awards for the classic vehicles are bestowed by an international jury during the three-day event, the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este on Saturday and the BMW Group Italia Trophy on Sunday are decided by public vote. The public also determines the destiny of the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for the finest concept vehicle at the event. As the brand’s centenary would seem to demand, the list of entrants in 2014 includes a prototype from Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati.  

Maserati Alfieri.
The concept car designed to mark the centenary of Maserati continues the stylistic heritage of the brand and offers a glimpse into the company’s future design direction. The 2+2-seater is an exciting and fully functioning prototype, and is named Alfieri in recognition of the most noted of the Maserati brothers. Alfieri Maserati was a talented engineer and set up the Officine Alfieri Maserati in Bologna 100 years ago. The Maserati Alfieri was created by a small group of young designers, headed by Marco Tencone, at the Maserati Centro Stile in Turin. The project was originally the brainchild of Maserati design chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti. The concept car recalls the company’s many years of racing experience and tradition of building exclusive GT cars. The Alfieri is powered by a Maranello-built 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine developing 460 hp and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque.  

100 Years of Maserati.
The centenary of the famous brand with the trident logo will be celebrated at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 with a special category of competition. The list of entrants will include a Maserati 450 S. The 1956 racer is the second of only nine examples of the car ever made. Also on show will be a Maserati V4 Zagato from 1929 with its 16-cylinder engine. It is the sole surviving example of what was at the time the fastest racing car in the world.  

Founded in Bologna in 1914 by five brothers – Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore and Ernesto – as the Società Anonima Officine Alfieri Maserati, the company started out building only racing cars. Its first series-produced model, the Maserati A6, arrived in 1946. In 1957 Juan Manuel Fangio lined up for the Formula One World Championship at the wheel of a Maserati 250F, and promptly piloted the car to his fifth world title.  

110 Years of Rolls-Royce.
In December 1904 the Rolls-Royce company, formed just a few months earlier, presented its models for the first time at the Paris Motor Show under a brand name which to this day remains a byword for automotive luxury around the world. 110 years on, the rotunda at Villa Erba will host a fascinating showcase devoted to the Spirit of Ecstasy, the winged figure atop the radiator of Rolls-Royce cars which has been part of the marque’s history since 1911 and has established itself as a globally recognised symbol for Britain’s automotive heritage. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will also honour the 110-year anniversary of the marque with the presentation of selected rarities from the Rolls-Royce past. These models, dating back to various periods in the company’s history, embody in their own individual ways the “strive for perfection” maxim declared by co-founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce as their brand philosophy and guiding principle.  

Concorso di Motociclette.
Since 2011 the Concorso di Motociclette has also been an established part of the three-day programme. In the parkland of Villa Erba visitors will be able to feast their eyes on an exhibition of extremely valuable and historically important motorcycles. This year these include a pair of four-cylinder motorcycles from the USA, both the work of designer William Henderson and both considered dream motorcycles of the 1920s. A group of five motorcycles from England, Italy and Germany likewise promise to be a popular draw – a quintet that moved the world land speed record for motorcycles on from 200 to 279 km/h (124 – 173 mph) between 1929 and 1937. Also sure to attract considerable attention are the first export models from Japanese brands Yamaha and Honda, not to mention one of the few motorcycles ever to bear the Maserati badge, a Maserati T4 Regolarità.

BMW Group Classic at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014.
No other beauty contest for cars and motorcycles worldwide can match the eritage and tradition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Since 1999 the event has been held under the patronage of the BMW Group, and this will be the tenth occasion that BMW Group Classic has hosted the exclusive event on the banks of Lake Como. This year’s Classic Weekend begins on Friday, 23 May 2014 with the arrival of the participants. The public days on Saturday and Sunday give the assembled car and motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to admire a line-up of rare and extraordinary models against the impressive backdrop of the Villa d’Este luxury hotel. The Concorso di Motociclette takes place at midday on Sunday in the grounds of Villa Erba.  

The support programme at the event is more attractive and wide-ranging than ever. On the evening of the first day of the event, for example, the parkland of Villa Erba will be transformed into an evocative open-air cinema. Entry is free to enjoy the Hollywood remake of the classic movie The Great Gatsby on a big screen. A special class of competition at the Concorso d’Eleganza is also devoted to the theme. One of the vehicles entered is from the legendary brand Duesenberg, one of only 20 surviving examples of a classic model built between 1919 and 1926. And the Roaring Twenties also set the tone for numerous other items on the programme. For example, the parades of historic vehicles on both Saturday and Sunday will be accompanied by models dressed in Roaring Twenties style.

#

Car BUILDER

TYPE

BODY

COACHWORK

CHASSIS #

YEAR

NAME COUNTRY

CLASS A: ROLLS-ROYCE
CLASSE A: ROLLS-ROYCE

02

Rolls-Royce

Silver Ghost

Roi des Belges

Barker

 

1908

Mark de Ferranti UK

04

Rolls-Royce

Phantom II

Boattail

Gurney Nutting

 

1934

Anthony Bamford UK

06

Rolls-Royce

Wraith

Sedanca de Ville

Park Ward

 

1938

Norbert Seeger LI

08

Rolls-Royce

Silver Cloud I

Enclosed Estate

Harold Radford

 

1959

Marcello Fratini IT

10

Rolls-Royce

Silver Cloud III

Drophead Coupé

Mulliner

 

1963

Paolo Bianchi IT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS B: THE GREAT GATSBY
CLASSE B: IL GRANDE GATSBY

12

Hispano Suiza

H6 B

Sedanca Landaulette

Chapron

 

1922

Alexander Schaufler AT

14

Duesenberg

A Straight 8

Roadster

Millspaugh & Irish

773

1923

Peter Heydon US

16

Rolls-Royce

Phantom I

Saloon

Hooper

 

1928

Knud Sassmannshausen DE

18

Packard

640 Custom Eight

Roadster

Packard

 

1929

Roland D'Ieteren BE

CLASS C: GONE WITH THE WIND
CLASSE C: VIA COL VENTO

20

Alfa Romeo

6C 1750 GS

Spider

Zagato / Aprile

108 14331

1931

Corrado Lopresto IT

22

Mercedes-Benz

500 K

Cabriolet A

Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen

113717

1935

Winfried Ritter DE

24

Lancia

Astura Type 233

Cabriolet

Pinin Farina

33-5313

1936

Orin Smith US

26

Bugatti

Type 57

Coach

Gangloff

57546

1937

Johan van Puyvelde BE

28

BMW

328

Coupé Streamline

Wendler

85048

1937

Bernhard Knöchlein DE

30

Lancia

Aprilia Type 239

Spider

Pinin Farina

39-2454

1938

Maria Teresa Orecchia IT

CLASS D: VILLA D'ESTE STYLE
CLASSE D: VILLA D'ESTE

32

Alfa Romeo

6C 2500 SS

Berlinetta Aerlux

Touring

915823

1949

Heiko Seekamp DE

34

Cisitalia

202 B

Cabriolet Lusso

Vignale

148SC

1950

Sergio Lugo AR

36

Ferrari

195 Inter

Berlinetta

Ghia

0101S

1950

Renaat Declerck BE

38

Ferrari

212 Inter

Berlinetta

Vignale

0163EL

1951

Peter S. Kalikow US

40

Ferrari

250 Europa

Berlinetta

Pinin Farina

0305EU

1953

Jan de Reu BE

42

Alfa Romeo

6C 2500 SS

Berlinetta Villa d'Este

Touring

 

1951

Giuseppe Fontana IT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS E: FROM ST. TROPEZ TO PORTOFINO
CLASSE E: DA ST. TROPEZ A PORTOFINO

44

Alfa Romeo

1900 C SS

Cabriolet

Ghia Aigle

1959

1954

Stephen Bruno US

46

Lancia

Aurelia B24

Spider America

Pinin Farina

 

1955

Fritz Kaiser LI

48

BMW

507

Roadster

BMW

70048

1957

Jeffrey Lotman US

50

Mercedes-Benz

300 SL

Roadster

Mercedes-Benz

8500285

1958

Christian Kramer DE

52

Ferrari

250 GT California

Spider

Scaglietti

1203GT

1959

Sarah Allen UK

54

Ferrari

250 GT

Cabriolet

Pinin Farina

1881GT

1960

Francesco Carozza CH

CLASS F: LE FUORISERIE
CLASSE F: LE FUORISERIE

56

Hudson

Italia Prototype H01

Coupé

Touring

 

1953

Jan Dyck BE

58

Ferrari

250 GT SWB

Berlinetta

Bertone

1739GT

1959

William Heinecke TH

60

Alfa Romeo

6C 3000 CM Superflow IV

Coupé

Pinin Farina

1361.00128

1956/
1960

Steven Tillack US

62

Mercedes-Benz

230 SL

Coupé

Pininfarina

 

1964

Russel Hook US

64

Fiat Abarth

2000 Scorpione

Coupé

Pininfarina

 

1969

Shiro Kosaka JP

66

Fiat

132 Aster

Coupé

Zagato

 

1972

Patrick Bischoff CH

CLASS G: MASERATI
CLASSE G: MASERATI

68

Maserati

V4 Sport

Spider

Zagato

4002

1929

Lawrence Auriana US

70

Maserati

A6GCS

Berlinetta

Pinin Farina

2056

1953

Matteo Panini IT

72

Maserati

A6G/54

Berlinetta

Allemano

2125

1956

Jonathan Segal US

74

Maserati

A6G/2000

Berlinetta

Zagato

2186

1956

Claudio Scalise AR

76

Maserati

150 GT Prototype

Spider

Fantuzzi

03 

1957

Andreas Mohringer AT

78

Maserati

Quattroporte 1st Series

Saloon

Frua

 

1965

Ermanno Keller IT

CLASS H: GENTLEMAN DRIVERS
CLASSE H: PILOTI PER DILETTO

80

Fiat

8V

Berlinetta

Rapi

106-000011

1953

Gabriele Artom IT

82

Mercedes-Benz

300 SL Alloy

Coupé Gullwing

Mercedes-Benz

5500486

1955

Bernardo Hartogs BR

84

Talbot Lago

America

Coupé

Talbot Lago

 

1957

Michael Kaufmann AT

86

Ferrari

250 GT Tour de France

Berlinetta

Scaglietti

0677GT

1957

Destriero Collection MC (Timm Bergold)

88

Ferrari

250 GT Interim

Berlinetta

Scaglietti

1519GT

1959

Paul Pappalardo US

CLASS I: DA CORSA
CLASSE I: DA CORSA

90

Jaguar

XK 120

2-Seater Sports

Jaguar

 

1952

Kurt Engelhorn CH

92

Jaguar

D-Type

Open 2-Seater

Jaguar

XKD402

1954

Peter Neumark UK

94

Maserati

450 S

Roadster

Fantuzzi

4502

1956

Albert Spiess CH

96

Ferrari

500 TRC

Spider

Scaglietti

0658MDTR

1957

Claudio Caggiati IT

98

Ferrari

250 GTO

Berlinetta

Scaglietti

4675GT

1963

Lionshead West Collection US

100

Porsche

904 GTS

Coupé

Porsche

904-026

1964

Kriton Lendoudis GR

102

Shelby American

427 Competition Cobra

Roadster

AC Cars Ldt.

 

1965

Gary Bartlett US

CONCEPT CARS & PROTOTYPES

 

#

Car Builder

Type

Body

Engine

Year

Name Country

C02

F.LLi Frigerio

"Berlinetta SS"

Coupé Gran Turismo

4 Cyl. / 1962

2013

Vittorio Frigerio IT

C04

Infiniti Motor

Infiniti Q30 Concept

Crossover Crossover

4 Cyl. / 2000

2013

Shiro Nakamura JP

C06

Italdesign Giugiaro

Giugiaro "Parcour"

Coupé

10 Cyl. / 5200

2013

Wolfgang Egger
IT

C08

Volvo

Volvo Concept "Estate"

Sports wagon

4 Cyl. / 2000

2014

Maximilian Missoni
SE

C10

Maserati

Maserati "Alfieri"

Coupé

8 Cyl. / 4700

2014

Harald Wester
IT

C14

Zagato

Aston Martin DBS Zagato Centennial

Coupé

12 Cyl. / 5935

2013

Andrea Zagato
IT