Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017

Villa d’Este castle, now a 5 star resort with its breath-taking scenery of the lake Como in Italy, has been the host to the most elegant and flamboyant historic car show in Europe since 1929. This year, 51 cars attended the concours event with 7 Ferraris among them in 3 of the 8 classes. Just like last year, Nicolas Jeannier of has provided us with some of his great photos.

In Class E – (Post-War)  The Grand Tour Continues: The next 40 Years There was this unique 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Speciale s/n 0407GT of Martin Gruss. This car is instantly recognizable with its big round Ferrari logo on the grill. She also attended the Cavalcade Classiche tour in Italy a couple of weeks back but has been residing in the US since 1957.

Three Ferraris In Class F – (Post-War) Fast and Flamboyant: Playboys’ Toys. The 2016 best in class winner of Pebble Beach, 250 GT Spyder California Prototipo 1957 s/n 0769GT of Robert Bishop (US). This prototype was sold new by Chinetti in the US. Robert bishop acquired this Classiche certified, first California Spyder from another famous collector, Brandon Wang through Gooding’s auction at Monterey for $6.6M in 2012.

This beautiful 1967 Ferrari 365 California  s/n 9849, now owned by William Heinecke from UK was also another car that was sold new by chinetti in US. You might have seen her in sliver or dark blue before she turns to this gorgeous white.

Third Ferrari in this category was this 365 GT4/BB 1976 s/n 18959. She is probably the only BB in Verde Germoglio (yellow green). It was first ordered and owned by a German farmer until recently that was acquired by another German, Mr. Gert Purkert.

Last and surely not least group of Ferraris were in the Class H – (Post-War) Shaped by Speed: Racing through the Decades

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB Competizione 1960 s/n 2159GT of  Tim Bergold (Destriero Collection of Monaco) was originally delivered in the same color in Switzerland where she achieved significant results in many races and the car has spent all her life in Europe. It was a rare scene when she showed up at Pebble Beach last year.

This gorgeous 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione s/n 13855 was commissioned by NART to Sport Auto Modena in 1972 and has been owned by Max Lustenberger of Switzerland for the last 20 years.

and finally the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder N.A.R.T. s/n 15965 that actually started life as a normal Daytona but was commissioned by NART to Michelotti to be rebuilt in 1974 to this unconventional look and went on display at 1975 Geneva motor show. Rarely raced back in the day and was actually withdrawn from 1975 Le Mans however upon its return to Europe in 2001 and Ferrari confirming it as a Daytona Competizione later in 2002 while returning to it’s group 4 racing configuration, she has attended the tracks regularly. Michel Abellan also from Switzerland has been her custodian for the last 11 years.


Many thanks to Nicolas Jeannier for all his fabulous images.

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