After a week of holidays around the Lake Como with my girlfriend, I had the pleasure to walk on the lawns of the Villa Erba during the public day.
Auction house Bonhams is gearing up for another annual sale held concurrently with the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance held in the tiny Connecticut town which has ten times as many hedge funds.
He said, I discovered Concorso dEleganza Villa d Este for the first time in 2007.
Bonhams will return to the concours this year once again with a Saturday preview and a Sunday auction, all housed on the southern tip of the park's cozy space.In its 20th year, the concours continues to draw classic car enthusiasts young and old with its promise of supercars young and old.But on Friday evening when my friends and I were leaving Villa dEste we fell on the Mini Concept, called the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept 2014.For the entrants, beyond meeting their code reduc mathon car collector friends and attending all the events around Villa DEste (dinners, receptions, etc) it is also the opportunity to get a prize.Tropez to Portofino : Al Fresco Motoring For Two.These were handmade in very small numbers at the Moscow factory more famous for its trucks, and serviced the top government officials of the time.The northeast's most popular concours event, Greenwich is split up into two days, with American cars crowding the small peninsula of Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Saturday; international cars take center stage on Sunday.This car gets bonus points for interior condition, including the the lacquered wood inserts, and for retaining the old-style strobe system.Share, facebook, pinterest, greenwich Concours Europa has become a tradition for car fans all over New England, the New York City area, and really the whole northeast corridor.The 512 BBi was a replacement for the Daytona, which was beginning to show its age, with 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer in 1973 being the first iteration of this model.
With its 100,000 m2 (park villa) the compound is vast and impressive.Still in this preservation point of view, two special prizes are given : the Trofeo fiva (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens for the best preserved pre war-car which came down to the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, and the Trofeo ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano for the.The heavy window tint is one of the more obvious departures from stock specification, but other than that this ZiL isn't obviously modified in any significant way.Class G Maserati : The First Century, paying tribute to the 100 years of Maserati (1914-2014) like the V4 Sport Spider Zagato, A6GCS Berlinetta Pininfarina, A6G/54 Berlinetta Allemano, A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato, 150 GT Prototype Spyder Fantuzzi, Quattroporte (1st Series) Saloon Frua.Most of the entrants are dressed with epoch look, to give a stronger feeling that we are traveling back in time.But Concorso DEleganza Villa DEste changed that.The magnificent cars gathered in the Villa dEste gardens, one of the worlds leading hotels, help you forget the rain.Thats why you can see the entrants (or their staff) cleaning the car until the last second, putting oil into the engine, adjusting their suit, tie and hat to be the best looking possible to win the Trofeo Roeckl prize (rewarding the best overall appearance.Simply because this is not just another common car event, but an event with a real soul.One of the most unexpected sights this year was this 195 sedan, recently brought over from Russia.
Words and Photos: Raphael Belly, full, gallery here.
Last weekend saw Greenwich Concours return to the greater New York City area for its 20th year, with American cars taking to the field on Saturday prior to Sunday's Concours Europa.