2009 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Results and Photo Gallery

The 2009 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este took place April 24-26th on the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba on Lake Como in Cernobbio, Italy.

An Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta Touring claimed victory in the coveted Trofeo BMW Group, awarded “Best of Show” by the judges at the Concorso. And it was not only the Jury who were won over by the 1938 Alfa – the two prizes awarded by public voting, the tradition-rich Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este and the Trofeo BMW Group Italia, also went to the car owned by American Jon Shirley. In the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for concept cars and prototypes, the public voted for the Aston Martin Lagonda One – 77.

As in recent years, the car enthusiasts from all around the world were treated to glorious sunshine on Saturday. Although the sun was replaced by grey skies and continuous rain on Sunday, nothing could dampen the spirits of the more than 2,600 visitors who flocked to the grounds of Villa Erba in Cernobbio.

“The great response from the public despite the poor weather shows how this event has become a firm fixture on the calendar of car aficionados from both this region and countries around the world,” said Karl Baumer, President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Director of BMW Group Classic. “The weather on Sunday could have been better for the 80th anniversary of the Concorso, but a sunny Saturday with this selection of cars provided a more than worthy setting for our anniversary Concorso,” added Jean-Marc Droulers, President of Villa d’Este S.p.A.

2009 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Award Winners

<strong>Best of Show – Public Referendum and Committee</strong> 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, Jon Shirley, United States

Best of Show – Public Referendum and Committee, 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, Jon Shirley, United States

<strong>Concorso d'Eleganza Design Award</strong> Aston Martin Lagonda One-77 Coupe, Dr. Ulrich Bez, United Kingdom

Concorso d'Eleganza Design Award, Aston Martin Lagonda One-77 Coupe, Dr. Ulrich Bez, United Kingdom

<strong>Class A - Prewar Open Cars</strong>, 1938 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Boneschi, Klaus Edel, Germany

Class A - Prewar Open Cars, 1938 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Boneschi, Klaus Edel, Germany

<strong>Class B - Prewar Closed Cars</strong>, 1938 Bugatti 57S Atalante, Gil Noble, United Kingdom

Class B - Prewar Closed Cars, 1938 Bugatti 57S Atalante, Gil Noble, United Kingdom

<strong>Class C - Prewar Sports Cars</strong>, 1936 Auburn 852SC Speedster, Andrew Pisker, United Kingdom

Class C - Prewar Sports Cars, 1936 Auburn 852SC Speedster, Andrew Pisker, United Kingdom

<strong>Class D - International Prestige, Closed</strong>, 1949 Alfa Romeo, 6C 2500 SS Coupe Touring, Giuseppe Spiller, Italy

Class D - International Prestige, Closed, 1949 Alfa Romeo, 6C 2500 SS Coupe Touring, Giuseppe Spiller, Italy

<strong>Class E - Modena's Thoroughbreds</strong>, 1964 Lamborghini 350 GT Coupe Touring, Paul Roesler, United States

Class E - Modena's Thoroughbreds, 1964 Lamborghini 350 GT Coupe Touring, Paul Roesler, United States

<strong>Class F - International Prestige, Open</strong>, 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Pinin Farina Cabriolet, Peter McCoy, United States

Class F - International Prestige, Open, 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Pinin Farina Cabriolet, Peter McCoy, United States

<strong>Class G - Racing Cars from the Early Fifties</strong>, 1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta Zagato, Jan De Reu, Belgium

Class G - Racing Cars from the Early Fifties, 1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta Zagato, Jan De Reu, Belgium

<strong>Class H - Italian Style Becomes International</strong>, 1970 Iso Grifo Targa Bertone, Alexander Wiesner, Germany

Class H - Italian Style Becomes International, 1970 Iso Grifo Targa Bertone, Alexander Wiesner, Germany

<strong>Trofeo "FIVA" - To the Best Preserved Car</strong>, 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC Cabriolet Castagna, Gabriele Artom, Italy

Trofeo FIVA - To the Best Preserved Car, 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC Cabriolet Castagna, Gabriele Artom, Italy

<strong>Trofeo Rolls-Royce - To the most elegant Rolls-Royce </strong>, 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Sports Saloon Hooper, Norbert Seeger, United States

Trofeo Rolls-Royce - To the most elegant Rolls-Royce , 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Sports Saloon Hooper, Norbert Seeger, United States

<strong>Trofeo Auto & Design - To the most exciting design</strong>, 1938 Bugatti 57S Atalante, Gil Noble, United Kingdom

Trofeo Auto & Design - To the most exciting design, 1938 Bugatti 57S Atalante, Gil Noble, United Kingdom

<strong>Trofeo Girard-Perregaux - Special Prize </strong>, 1950 Abarth 205 A Berlinetta Vignale, Mark Gessler, United States

Trofeo Girard-Perregaux - Special Prize, 1950 Abarth 205 A Berlinetta Vignale, Mark Gessler, United States

<strong>Trofeo BMW Group Classic - To the most sensitive restoration </strong>, 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Pinin Farina Coupe, Kenneth Roath, United States

Trofeo BMW Group Classic - To the most sensitive restoration , 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Pinin Farina Coupe, Kenneth Roath, United States

<strong>Trofeo Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza and Trofeo Automobile Club di Como - To the car driven from farthest away</strong>, 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sportsman Coupe Gurney Nutting, Frans van Haren, Netherlands

Trofeo Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza and Trofeo Automobile Club di Como - To the car driven from farthest away, 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sportsman Coupe Gurney Nutting, Frans van Haren, Netherlands

2009 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Photo Gallery

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B won Best of Show at the 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B won Best of Show at the 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este


Celebrating 50 Years of Mini Coopers1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS

Bugatti Celebrates 100 Years Bugatti Celebrates 100 Years

1950 Abarth 205 A Berlinetta Vignale won the Trofeo Girard-Perregaux at the 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

1950 Abarth 205 A Berlinetta Vignale won the Trofeo Girard-Perregaux at the 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

75 Years of BMW Roadsters75 Years of BMW Roadsters

Alfa Romeos at 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Alfa Romeos at 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este


1969 BMW 2800 Spicup BMW Gina Concept at Concoro d'Eleganza

1955 Maserati A6G/54 GT

1955 Maserati A6G/54 GT

View from above the 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'EsteView from above and beyond the 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

1954 Aston Martin DB 2/41955 Jaguar D-Type
1952 Porsche 356 Glockler1956 BMW 503
1972 Momo Mirage1953 Bentley Continental Type R

1959 Ferrari 400 Superamerica

1959 Ferrari 400 Superamerica


1935 SS Cars LTS SS 11969 AC 428 Frua

[Source: Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este]

Comments

  1. says

    Jamie
    Hands down, the 1950 Abarth 205 A Berlinetta Vignale has my vote, any way you slice it.
    That little car is gorgeous. I believe I have the Road & Track Salon story on it in my clippings.
    Cheers!
    Paul

    • says

      That 205 is the Ex Scott Emsley car. Emsley restored the car after it had been burnt and crushed! He did a beautiful job and had the car for many years before reluctantly selling it recently. There is only one other 205 known and it is being restored now. You can see pictures of both on my Abarth page:
      http://www.ferrariexperts.com/abarth.htm

      -cliff reuter

      • says

        Cliff
        Thanks so much for the info. That is exactly what I remember from the R&T feature.
        Thanks also for your website link. That could be a huge resource for me in my illustration research … that is a great site!
        Cheers!
        Paul

  2. Terry Midkiff says

    The side profile of the little Abarth looks quite similar to the Maserati A6G/54. Must be the Vignale influence. I want both…

  3. tazio nuvolari says

    What? A car is burnt and crushed and then restored, from what, piece of scrap metal? Is not the term recreation more appropriate?
    Tazio Nuvolari
    Laguna Beach, CA

  4. Peter Linsky says

    If memory serves, the old car, badly deteriorated, had been stored in the basement of a San Diego (?) warehouse which burned. The upper floor collapsed into the basement, crushing the body shell. Although horribly damaged, the remains were salvaged and rebuilt at great expense by Scott. “Re-creation” suggests crafting a replica. Since the aluminum alloy body was beyond repair, a new body was built, but the drivetrain and other components are largely original. The car was shown in a special Abarth display at Pebble Beach. The most interesting thing about the 205 is how tiny it is, a fact not immediately apparent in photographs. The giveaways are the size of the wheels and tires compared to the body, and the size of the driver if one is present. It’s very difficult to build a really beautiful small car, but this is one of the best.

    Peter Linsky
    Founder, The Abarth Register (1973)

  5. scott emsley says

    Tazio Nuvolari’s statement above is entirely misleading. Although my (then) Abarth 205 was very badly damaged in the fire of a private museum in San Diego, 100% of the aluminum body and fabricated steel chassis and substructure was saved. All of its original components: drivetrain, suspension, aluminum body, seats, dash/gauges. steering wheel, hardware, etc. etc. were restored. In essence, the fire annealled the aluminum which allowed handwork to do the required restoring. No filler was used. A remarkable piece of aluminum restoration and paint work by Nihle Parker.
    Scott Emsley

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