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Second report for the site on the Concorso d'Eleganza in Villa D'Este, on the side of the Como lake. At the difference of the past year, the weather conditions was not conducive to a photo report : freezing temperatures and light drizzle quickly replaced a morning shy veiled sun.
However, beyond the photographic considerations, the Concorso d'Eleganza is one of the major event of the year, where is gathered some of the most beautiful collections models of many different ages. The best of show of the 2013 edition was without any surprise the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic 1938, owned by R. Lauren, but the other attraction of this contest was the presence of the very first automobile bearing the Sant'Agatha's bull, the famous Lamborghini 350 GTV, signed by Scaglione.
The winner of the class A was the 1928 Mercedes Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik and the mention of honour was the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca (3-Position) Drophead Coupé, by Gurney Nutting. The other cars of the class were a 1929 Hispano Suiza H6B Cabriolet De Ville Hibbard & Darrin, a 1930 Isotta Fraschni 8A Torpedo Castagna, a 1937 Mercedes Benz 540K cabriolet A and a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith Erdmann & Rossi.

In this section, the winner is the grand prize winner of the Concorso, the 1938 Bugatti T57SC Atlantic, and the second place is given to the 1936 Mercedes Benz 500K Spezial Roadster. The group B was constituted with a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer Boattail by Jarvis, a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider Zagato, a 1937 BMW 328 Sport Cabriolet Wendler and a 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Open Tourer.
This class was dedicated to cars from 1949 to 1964 and the winner was the 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast Berlinetta Pininfarina, the first car of the serie. The challenger was the 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet by Franay. The four others components of the C class was a 1951 Jaguar Mark VII Coupé Farina, a 1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon Fastback Mulliner, a 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS Coupé Letourneur & Marchand and a 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé Park Ward.
In order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the famous brand from Newport Pagnell, a class is dedicated to the winged emblem. The winner is the 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Saloon by Touring, fitted with a rare 'Special Series' engine (third SU HD8 carburetor, a higher compression ratio (9:1) and larger valves). The second place is for the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Coupé, Zagato. The class D was completed with a 1948 2 Litres Sports "Spa Replica" Roadster, a 1962 DB4 Cabriolet and the well known 1970 DBS V8 from the TV series "The persuaders", signed by Tony Curtis and Roger Moore under the bootlid.
An italian category obviously, with masterpieces from the Maserati Officina and the Ferrari Scuderia, won by two Maranello cars, with the first place for the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti and the second rank for the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Spyder California Scaglietti. The four cars left were a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta Touring, a 1952 Maserati A6G 2000 Cabriolet Frua, a really sexy 1955 Maserati A6G / 54 Spider Zagato and a 1956 Maserati A6G / 54 GT Spider Frua.
The class winner of the group was the 1956 Jaguar XKSS Spider and the mention of honour was attributed to the 1954 Siata 208S Spider Motto. Three other cars were part of the F class, with a 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, a 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster and a 1965 AC Cobra 289 Roadster?
An eclectic group, with european cars, from 1953 to 1980, and the winner car was the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta converted into a Stradale version by Pininfarina for the 1965 Geneva Motorshow. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour De France Berlinetta Scaglietti reached the second place. The other cars were a 1953 Fiat 8V Coupé Rapi, the 1978 Lancia Sibilo Coupé Bertone and the 1980 BMW M1 by Giugiaro.
2013 is also a year of commemoration for Lamborghini which celebrates its 50th anniversary and a special class was dedicated to the Sant'Agatha brand. Some exceptional models were presented in Villa D'Este, like the winner of the class, a 1965 350 GTS Spider Touring or the mention of honour with the first Lamborghini ever produced, the 1963 350 GTV signed by Scaglione. Other cars were a special 1964 350 GT modified in 400 GT, the 1966 4000 GT 2+2 Flying Star II by Touring and a wonderful light blue 1972 Miura SV by Bertone.
Some race cars for this last production group, with more than 30 years between the older and younger car. The winner of the I class was the 1965 Dino 166P / 206P Spider, and the second place was for the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Scaglietti.
The tray was completed by a 1933 MG Magnette K3 Sports Roadster, a 1938 Fiat 508 CS Mille Miglia Savio and a 1955 Bandini 750 Siluro.
As always in the Concorso, a special class is dedicated to the Concept cars and prototypes. Many of the models presented here were unveiled during the last Geneva Motorshow but it's always a great moment to discover them in exterior, failing to say under the sun! A "Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes" was awarded to the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring. The other concepts were the Mc Laren P1, the Subaru Viviz, the Aston Martin CC100, the Pininfarina Sergio, the Zagato TZ3 and the heartbreaker Infinty Emerg-E.
Some cars were exhibited out of any classes, placed on the Villa D'Este gardens, in particular a Concept car from Pininfarina, inspired by some Coupé Haut de Gamme from BMW. The result is astonishing and is call Gran Lusso coupé. Zagato, after the Z4 Coupé in 2012, took advantage of the event to unveil the convertible version of the Z4. At last, let's note a wonderfull and classy Bentley 8L, a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Convertible and a well known Alfa Romeo 6C 2500.
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