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A nice overview of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2016!


The results for Vintage Cars and public referendum for modern “Concept Cars” of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016 are as following:

Trofeo BMW Group

Best in Show by the Jury

Maserati, A6 GCS, Berlinetta, Pinin Farina, 1954, Destriero Collection, MC


Het Concours d'élégance Paleis het Loo, Nederlands bekendste en meest prestigieuze klassiekerevenement, staat dit jaar onder andere in het teken van zestig jaar Dino. Daarnaast presenteert Renault een prachtig overzicht van de rijke autosporthistorie van het merk. Bezoekers krijgen op 2 en 3 juli aanstaande in de unieke paleistuinen weer een prachtig weekend voorgeschoteld, dat vanaf nu een jaarlijks karakter krijgt. 

Als een van de hoofdsponsors van het Concours d'élégance presenteert Renault in een eigen paviljoen een overzicht van de rijke racehistorie van het merk, die teruggaat tot 1898. Hierover later meer!

Een van de thema's dit jaar van het Concours d'élégance is 60 jaar Dino. Dit bijzondere merk is ontstaan in de jaren zestig, nadat de zoon van Enzo Ferrari op tragische wijze om het leven kwam. Enzo besloot zijn zoon te eren en zocht samenwerking met Fiat voor de productie van een sportwagen met V6-motor. De samenwerking leverde enkele bijzondere modellen op, waarvan de Fiat Dino Spider de eerste was. Later volgde een eigen versie van Ferrari, de Dino 246 GT. De motor van dit model wordt ook in de legendarische Lancia Stratos gebruikt. Pas halverwege de jaren zeventig verscheen het bekende Ferrari-logo op de motorkap van opvolger 308 GT4, die tot 1979 in productie bleef. 
Tijdens het concours is er een speciale presentatie van de Dino 206/246 GT, de 246 GTS, 208/308 GT4, Fiat Dino Spider en Coupé en de Lancia Stratos. Het internationale concours kent een eigen klasse voor de 206/246 GT en 246 GTS, die wordt beoordeeld door vooraanstaand Dino-kenner Matthias Bartz.

 Article by Nick Maltby - carsceneinternational.blogspot.co.uk

As a car enthusiast it was a privilege to be able to attend the 21st Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. It was also very rewarding.
If I was asked to nominate just one feature that impressed or excited me most then it would be the stunning array of Pegaso cars. These cars were amongst my favourites when I was a boy in the 1950s. But they are so rare that they had almost slipped from my memory. Those memories came flooding back when I saw the display at the Concours, there were a number of models which I had never seen before. Many congratulations to those who manged to get all those cars together for this occasion. The other thing that struck me was that I had never seen so many McLarens together at the same time.

The programme started on Thursday 10th March with a RM Sotherby's sale review and a Guardians of Porsche Wine Makers dinner. There were more corporate evnts on Friday, with the momentum building for the Concours itself on Sunday 13th March. 
I was able to visit on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday local car clubs and owners were able to display their cars on the first hole of the Golf club of Amelia Island.
Here is just a small selection of pictures taken plus the amazing cars we saw entering the auction room on the eve of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. You would have to be a real expert to understand why the cars achieved the prices they did; some seem excessive, others seem to be very good value. 

1911 Rolls 40-50 Royce Silver Ghost Tourer 2  
Range $M2.5 -3.5

1911 Stanley Steamer 
Sold for $286,000

The magnificent Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event is held every last weekend in May in Cernobbio on the beautiful Lago di Como in Italy. Probably the finest setting in the world to view a magnificent collection of historic and modern concept cars.
While the Saturday is reserved as a closed event at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este for participants, the media and invited guests, the Concours of Historic Cars is open to the public on Sunday in the park of the Villa Erba located close to the hotel. 

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