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Ferraris Shine in Light of Villa d’Este 2014


Generally, when you leave the shores of Lake Como on Sunday, you already have in mind your visit for the following year. The hotel room is pre-booked, and dates recorded in your diary. Still waiting for the opening of registration, then more forward, the publication of the list of some 60 cars carefully selected who will have the honor to compete for numerous awards. Discovering the entry list for 2014 , we could reasonably expect a good competition.

As usual, 9 classes accounted for the 51 different competing models for the many awards. Obviously, many Ferrari naturally found their place in the various classes, with more or less success.

Class D – Villa d’Este style:

  • 195 Inter coupe Ghia, s/n 0101 S. Torino Motor Show car in 1951, and long time in the USA with a Chevy engine, before returning to Europe.
  • 212 Inter Coupé Vignale, s/n 0163 E. Car sold in Portugal in 1952, nicknamed “the Portuguese taxi”. Unfortunately, no reward for this car here, but Cavallino will have a complete feature in an upcoming issue.
  • 250 Europa Coupé Pininfarina, s/n 0305 EU. Sold new in Italy in 1953, then in the United States for many years before returning to Europe in 2002. See the complete history in Cavallino 198. Deserved victory for this car with style perfectly in the spirit of this class.
  • Class E – From St Tropez to Portofino:
  • 250 spyder California LWB Scaglietti, s/n 1203 GT. Magnificent 17th car of the first series, delivered new in Italy in January 1959, then in the USA, before returning to Europe in the early 2000’s. It perfectly symbolized the theme and logically won the trophy in this class. This car is featured in Cavallino 201.
  • 250 Cabriolet série 2 Pininfarina, s/n 1881 GT. Delivered new in Italy in 1960, always seems to have remained in Europe. Now in Switzerland.

Class F – Le Fuoriserie:

  • 250 SWB Bertone s/n 1739 GT. One of the only 3 Ferraris bodied by Bertone. Special order for Dr. Enrico Wax, and presented at the Geneva motor show in 1960. Long time in the collection of the late Lorenzo Zambrano. She received an honorable mention in this class.
  • Class H – The Gentleman Drivers:
  • 250 GT LWB TdF Scaglietti, s/n 0677 GT. 6th of 9 “14 louvers.” Many victories in 57 with O. Gendebien, such as the Tour of Sicily, 12 hours of Reims, the Tour Auto, and an incredible performance (3rd overall) in the Mille Miglia, which it now uses as its color scheme. An impressive track record for the winner of this class!
  • 250 GT Interim Scaglietti, s/n 1519 GT. 5th of only 7 units built. Many races with the Swiss driver JP Schild, including a third place in the Tour Auto 1959. Recently restored in the color scheme of that time, red with white stripe.
  • Class I – Da Corsa:
  • 500 TRC, s/n 0658 MDTR. Car delivered to Luigi Chinetti in 1957, many races in the USA. Returned to Italy in 1992, still in the Caggiati collection. Car often seen in historical events (including Mille Miglia).
  • 250 GTO, s/n 4675 GT. The car left the factory in May 1963. Accident at theTour Auto 63, then rebodied in 64′ style. Numerous races in Europe, then for long time in the Matsuda collection. Restored and certified by Classiche in 2011-2012.

Finally, we may be surprised by the choice for major trophies, although the Alfa 6C 1750GS Aprile by Corrrado Lopresto was beautiful, as well as the Maserati 450 S. In concept cars, the Maserati Alfieri, presented at the Geneva motor show to celebrate the centenary of the brand, totally deserved to be rewarded. But no matter… The 10 Ferrari presented with their variety of styles (open or closed, road or competition), coachwork (Bertone, Ghia, Pininfarina, Scaglietti,Vignale) had significantly seduced many tifosi !

Once again, the Concorso Eleganza Villa d’Este confirms that it’s definitely a major international event dedicated to the vintage car in a wonderful landscape and incomparable atmosphere. And even the weather, despite pessimistic forecasts was (almost) perfect.

See you next year, of course !

Source: Information and Image from Etienne Vanaret