Text: Jacky FAVRE - Photos: Christelle SOMMEREISEN - Jacky FAVRE
Unmissable, the new edition of the Concours d'Elegance Villa d'Este, vintage 2013, hasn't failed in its habit. The 2012 edition had spoiled us with Ferrari with a tribute to the 50 years of the 250. This year there are two anniversaries being celebrated: Lamborghini (50years) and Aston Martin (100 years). But that has not prevented a nice tray for the Prancing Horse brand since 9 models were there to represent. Only? But enough to make a full report. Because obviously exclusivity has made them very desirable. I will introduce them in order of appearance in the competition.
The first is a 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast by Pininfarina. It embodies the elegance of the 60s. If some details may surprise, it's simply because it's the first in the series. I had the chance to enjoy it for 3 days. First the garage of the Villa and in its place of competition, in the parade front of the jury and lastly the Sunday in front of Lake waiting for the public.
The following is a Ferrari 212 Export, which brings us back in 1951. It is a Barchetta coachwork by Touring. Freshly restored, I was surprised by the large stitching on the leather gives a nice look from afar, but personal opinion, only from afar.
It becomes inevitable to the simple idea to talk about automotive beauty: the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California in 1961. Under its dress Blue Night sculpted by Scaglietti, it conceals the 3.0 V12 to sound so nice.
The following Ferrari come a long way, as connoisseurs know of the brand before its restoration it was changed in pretty a special way. The fact remains that the 250 GT SWB stands out from its sister by a profusion of chrome. The hue Vinaccia reduce this side a small "bling-bling" of the 60s.
The Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France are many and varied. This year, two different copies were present. This dates from 1958. Its two-tone dress is beautiful.
The following deserved alone the displacement because of its rarity, beauty and quality model with which it was presented. The Ferrari 250 LM Stradale is unique. A second model was created later by the factory on the basis of normal LM. The red interior contrasts perfectly with the outside white and blue. The race atmosphere gave way to luxury, with for example electric windows! Let me remind that we are in 1964.
The second Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France wears a beautiful blue dress. This version 1956 is powered by the same engine as the 3.0 model 58.
This is my favorite of the weekend: The Dino 166P/206P. This "Baby P4" is not new, it has some sequelae, but it is not bad either. Its small size, the red color associated with the yellow rims would look like a toy, and yet it is nevertheless designed for racing. Its unstable idle and firm orders seem a punishment for its driver. I admit, on this one, I just released pictures level ...
The last Ferrari was discovered at Geneva Motorshow in 2013. This is the concept Sergio produced by the firm Pininfarina, in tribute to the man who led the Italian body for a long time. It was very well received in his presentation, I was delighted to see it in a setting that corresponds to it better.
The weather has been kind on the weekend and it allowed us once again to discover or rediscover some fabulous cars. The others models are visible here.