La Ferrari 250 GT TDF Coupè Pinin Farina del 1956 è “Best of Show” al Concorso di Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021


E62 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta TdF s/n 0507GT 1956 Coupé Pinin Farina  Brian Ross (US)

E62 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta TdF s/n 0507GT 1956 Coupé Pinin Farina Brian Ross (US)

 

Cernobbio, 3rd October, 2021

The public has reached a decision and conferred the award with the greatest heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021. This year, the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este goes to the Lancia Dilambda Serie I from the year 1930. The exquisite one of a kind owned by Italian classic-car enthusiast, restorer and Lancia expert Filippo Sole attracted the largest number of votes from the guests in the park of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. Its impressive body contours, stylish two-tone paint livery and the eightcylinder engine designed with a host of technological innovations gave the luxury twodoor coupé the style to capture the hearts of the public.



The victorious car is an outstanding exemplar of the exceptionally elegant, exclusive and historically important automobiles traditionally represented at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The design of the car stood out as particularly innovative owing to its four-litre V8 engine combined with the compact construction and the cylinder-bank angle reduced to 24 degrees. It delivered more than adequate power for a luxury automobile of that era with a peak output of 100 hp. The motor car presented at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021 was styled at London-based coachbuilder Carlton Carriage as a unique one-of-one drop head coupé.

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The second event day at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021 reached its first highlight with the award for the darling of the public. The conferment of the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este recalls the early days of the contest held in Cernobbio, Northern Italy. As early as 1929, awards were bestowed for the first time on automobiles with particularly elegant designs in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como. At the time, vehicle manufacturers and famous coachbuilders entered their latest new launches to compete for the award conferred on the most beautiful design. From the 1980s onwards, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has been renowned for looking back through the prism of history at the vehicles of yesteryear. Today, the competition is therefore regarded as the world’s most traditional and exclusive beauty contest for historic vehicles. Since 1999, the BMW Group has been committed to this highlight for friends of classic cars from all over the world, initially as main sponsor and since 2005 as joint organiser with the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este.

The American artist Jeff Koons was one of the most celebrated admirers of the rare treasures on four wheels presented in the park of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021 was furthermore privileged to feature a contribution from him that exemplifies the close connection between high-end automobile design, innovative technology and contemporary art. At an exclusive event in a Closed Room, he joined Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design, to present the project “The 8X Jeff Koons”. The unique bespoke motor car based on the BMW M850i Gran Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 11.0 – 10.9 l/100 km in compliance with WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 252 – 248 g/km in compliance with WLTP) represents the embodiment of precision, refinement and sophisticated artisan craftwork. Koons combined it with artistic elements from Pop Art and geometric patterns that are inspired by the powerful and dynamic lines of the luxury sports car.



The first “Special Prizes” were also already awarded at the start of the second event day. Prizes were given for the best-preserved classic cars from the pre-war and post-war era. An award was also conferred on the car driven from farthest away. Moreover, the Jury of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este made up of international experts bestowed “Special Prizes” overarching the classes for the outstanding iconic classic car, the most fascinating design and the most careful restoration.

TROFEO BMW GROUP - Best of Show
Ferrari, 250 GT TDF, Coupé, Pinin Farina, 1956 Brian Ross, United States

COPPA D’ORO VILLA D’ESTE (Perpetual Challenge) - Best of Show by Public Referendum
Lancia, Dilambda Serie I, Drop Head Coupé, Carlton Carriage, 1930 Filippo Sole, Italy

CONCORSOD’ELEGANZA DESIGNAWARD FOR CONCEPTCARS & PROTOTYPES
By Public Referendum
Automobili Pininfarina, Battista, Hyper GT, Automobili Pininfarina GmbH, 2019



Special Prizes

Trofeo FIVA -
For the best preserved pre-war car
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50 High Speed, Open Tourer, Barker, 1920, Jürg Haas, CH

Trofeo ASI - For the best preserved post-war car
Howmet TX, Coupé, Bob McKnee, 1968, Egon Zweimüller, AT

Trofeo Automobile Club Como - For the car driven from farthest away
Aston Martin DB5, Convertible, Touring Superleggera, 1965, Ian Maxwell-Scott, GB


Special Prizes by the Jury

Trofeo BMW Group Classic
- For the most sensitive restoration
Fiat 508 CS ”Balilla Aerodinamica“, Coupé, Fiat, 1935, Mark Geessink, NL

Trofeo Vranken Pommery - For the best iconic car
Ferrari F40, Coupé, Pininfarina, 1989, Christiano Michelotto, IT

Trofeo Auto & Design
- For the most exciting design
McLaren F1, Coupé, McLaren, 1995, Ahmad Gozal, AE


CLASS A | TWENTIETH CENTURY STYLE: FROM TOURING TORPEDO TO RACY ROADSTER
Class Winner

Lancia, Astura Torpedo GS, Open Tourer, Viotti, 1934 Anthony MacLean, Switzerland

Mention of Honor
Alfa Romeo, 6C 1750 GTC, Spider, Zagato, 1931 Gianluigi Trevisani, Italy


CLASS B | DEVELOPING THE THEME: SPACE, PACE AND GRACE
Class Winner

Delage, D8-120 S, Cabriolet, de Villars, 1938 Fritz Burkard, Switzerland

Mention of Honor
Lancia, Dilambda Serie I, Drop Head Coupé, Carlton Carriage, 1930 Filippo Sole, Italy


CLASS C | SHOWROOM SHOWDOWN: BRITAIN AND GERMANY BATTLE FOR LUXURY SUPREMACY
Class Winner

Mercedes-Benz, 300 SL Alloy, Coupé Gullwing, Mercedes-Benz, 1955 David MacNeil, United States

Mention of Honor
Aston Martin, DB5, Convertible, Touring Superleggera, 1965 Ian Maxwell-Scott, Great Britain


CLASS D | GRANTURISMO ALL’ITALIANA: FINDING THE PERFECT GT FORMULA Class Winner
Fiat, 8V, Coupé, Vignale, 1953 Jan De Reu, Belgium

Mention of Honor
Alfa Romeo, 6C 2500 Supergioiello, Coupé, Ghia, 1950 Jonathan Segal, United States


CLASS E | BIG BAND ’40s TO AWESOME ’80s: FIVE DECADES OF ENDURANCE RACING
Class Winner

Ferrari, 250 GT TDF, Coupé, Pinin Farina, 1956 Brian Ross, United States

Mention of Honor
Osca, MT4 Siluro, Torpedo, Osca, 1949 Elad Shraga, Israel


CLASS F | A PASSION FOR PERFECTION: CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF PININFARINA Class Winner
Ferrari, 250 GT California SWB, Spyder, Pininfarina, 1960 Timm Bergold, Monaco

Mention of Honor
Ferrari, 275 GTB/4, Berlinetta, Pininfarina, 1967 Andrea Recordati, Italy


CLASS G | THE BIRTH OF THE SUPERCAR: LATIN STYLE LANDMARKS
Class Winner

Lamborghini, Countach LP 400 S Prototype Walter Wolf Special, Coupé, Bertone, 1978 Shinjiro Fukuda, Japan

Mention of Honor
Ferrari, F40, Coupé, Pininfarina, 1989 Cristiano Michelotto, Italy


CLASS H | THE NEXT GENERATION: HYPERCARS OF THE 1990s
Class Winner

Isdera, Commendatore 112i, Coupé, Isdera, 1993 Phillip Sarofim, United States

Mention of Honor
McLaren, F1, Coupé, McLaren, 1995 Ahmad Gozal, United Arab Emirates


This year, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is being held from 1st to 3rd October 2021 for the first time as a particularly exclusive edition. Owing to the course of the pandemic, the activities are concentrated in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. In parallel with the Public Referendum held today and the decisions about the award of the “Special Prizes”, the Jury also appraised nearly 50 exhibited classic cars presented and nominated in eight award classes from a period of more than eight decades of automobile history. This year, the distinguished Jury of experts was once again headed by the former Chief Designer of the FIAT Group, Lorenz Ramaciotti – indeed for the 25th year in succession. The Jury will announce the results of its deliberations on the winners of the individual vehicle classes on Sunday. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will conclude with its apogee when the Trofeo BMW Group is bestowed and the winning automobile has the honour of being crowned as “Best of Show”.