An incredible Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider has won the ’Best in Show’ award at this year’s Salon Privé under the watchful backdrop of Blenheim Palace. The stylish Italian is regarded by many automotive connoisseurs as the finest pre-war sports car built and often given the same respect as the legendary Ferrari 250GTO.
This particular Italian beauty boasts an enviable competition history, having won the Coppa Principe di Piemonte in July 1932 in the hands of none other than Tazio Nuvolari. The ‘Flying Mantuan’ also drove it in the prestigious Klausenrennen Hillclimb that year.
The ICJAG judging panel was back in action today at Blenheim Palace beginning with the Honorary Awards including the Duke of Marlborough’s Award. This time, it was then the turn of the inaugural Churchill Cup, selected by a panel of international automotive designers and finally, the much-coveted Best of Show.
Runner-Up to Best of Show:
1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta
Ferrari 166MM Touring Barchetta that won the Mille Miglia and Le Mans 24 Hours in 1949, while the third-place award went to a rare right-hand-drive 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso.
Third Place to Best of Show:
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet
Duke of Marlborough Award:
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT
1997 McLaren F1 GTR (28R)
Twenty-five years since the McLaren F1 won the Le Mans 24 Hours on its debut at La Sarthe, a Class was dedicated to the Gordon Murray-designed hypercar, and there was more McLaren success when a 1997 F1 GTR long-tail picked up the People’s Choice award. Chassis 28R was raced in the FIA GT Championship by GTC Gulf Team Davidoff and was the last of the F1 GTRs to be built.
1960 Ford GT40 Mk I
Salon Privé Chairman Andrew Bagley, meanwhile, chose to present the Chairman’s Award to a Ford GT40. Chassis number 1034 is the fourth of only 31 MkI road cars built, and the first to be delivered to a private owner – the three previous examples having been retained by Ford. It has recently been carefully and sympathetically restored to its unique period-correct specification.
1955 Jaguar D-Type
Two legendary sports racing cars from the 1950s were honoured via two of the judges’ special prizes. An ex-Equipe Nationale Belge Ferrari 500 TRC that won its class at Le Mans in 1957, and which has long been campaigned in historic events courtesy of David Cottingham, won the Passione Corsa Award, while the Preservation Award was presented to a delightfully patinated and the most original Jaguar D-type in existence today. Chassis number XKD509 was raced in America when it was new, and is now a remarkably original ‘time warp’ survivor.
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina ‘Bocca’ Cabriolet
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Barchetta
Most Exceptional Coachwork:
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon
1904 Napier L49
Coup de Coeur:
1943 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet
Winners of this year’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance which included some of the most beautiful and coveted cars from around the world can be found here.