Double victory for the Cavallino at the 2019 Concours d’Élégance Suisse
The Ferrari 250 GT Europa Vignale (chassis no. 0295EU) won the Best of Show award of the fourth Concours d’Élégance Suisse held on June 22nd and 23rd in the scenery of Lake Geneva. Presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1953, the metallic red car with black roof was unanimously awarded not only the highest distinction of the Concours but also the President’s Choice Award. On this occasion, the qualities highlighted naturally included authenticity, history and pure aesthetics with unmistakable style by the great Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.
Hosted in the magnificent setting of the Château de Coppet, former residence of the French-Swiss author Germaine de Staël, the event showed a variety of more than 90 rare vintage cars spread over 17 classes of excellence on display.
There was also a second Best of Show award, that went to an 1935 Hispano Suiza K6 cabriolet by Brandone, which won as well as the first prize in its class “Automobiles d’avant-guerre, les grandes routières”.
This edition, which saw nearly 3,000 visitors attending the two-day event, marked a turning point in the judging process with two juries that worked together in deciding upon the most impartial assessment. On the one hand, the Jury of Authenticity continued its mission of appraisal according to traditional criteria, and on the other hand, the newly created Jury of Elegance brought together highly influential personalities from the world of automobile design. In total, the committed jury was composed of 28 members representing ten different nationalities and chaired by Mr Achim Anscheidt, Design Director at Bugatti. His 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.
Among the five Prizes of Exception, the one for the best preserved vehicle was won by a 1974 Lancia Stratos, while the award for the automobile that respected most rigorously the restoration criteria was dominated by a stunning 1952 Ferrari 342 America, coachbuilder Vignale, owned Mr. & Ms Dennis & Susan Garrity (USA).
Similar to Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza last May, this year the Concours also created and developed a new trophy, called Best of Sound, which rewards the most outstanding engine symphony. Wearing headphones provided by one of the event’s partners, Jury members in turn listened to 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.
The special Bugatti class “110 ans de la Marque, L’élégance sportive” was won by a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 C Stelvio, while the 1933 Bugatti Type 54 Grand Prix won first prize in the other class to celebrate the great anniversary of the brand “110 ans de la Marque, L’âge d’or des Grands Prix”.
Bentley’s 100th were honoured with two categories as well and were marked by the victory of the eagerly awaited 1951 Bentley Mark VI Cresta II, with bodywork by the French workshops Facel Metallon. The example won the class “Bentley since 1919, The cars from Crewe”.
For Citroën’s 100th anniversary, a spectacular 1965 Citroën DS19 M convertible won first prize in the class called “Le centenaire de Citroën, La Déesse d’André Lefèvbre” as a tribute to the talented engineer who began his professional life alongside Gabriel Voisin, and who spent the rest of his long career with André Citroën.
The next edition of this focal point for the culture of automotive elegance, founded by Mathias Doutreleau is fixed for June 19th to 21st 2020.
Photos by Amy Shore courtesy of Concours d’Elégance Suisse