Claiming a place in classic car history, Salon Privé became the first event of its kind to run two completely separate Concours celebrations within the same event. Taking place on Saturday September 2, two days after the long-standing Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance (see separate story), the inaugural Concours Masters event paid tribute to Ferrari’s 70th year.
With more than 50 of Maranello’s finest lining up on the prestigious lawns of Blenheim Palace, the first Concours Masters was a brand-new take on the traditional Concours, designed to add an exciting dimension to the Salon Privé celebrations. Each year the “Masters” will focus on the anniversary of a historic automotive marque or a particular coachbuilder.
A more relaxed version of a traditional judged Concours, the event’s overall Owner’s Choice Award was won by the ex-Walt Disney 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta “Tour de France” by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. The very first of the second series 14-louver design, it was featured in the motion picture The Love Bug, and won the hearts of the judges with its full Ferrari Classiche certification and simply stunning period-correct condition.
Running a very close 2nd was a 1953 Ferrari 250 Inter-Europa Coupe by Vignale. One of four bodied by Vignale and one of just 22 first-series 250 Europas, it’s one of the rarest road-going ’50s Ferraris ever. Beyond receiving its runner-up Owner’s Choice Award, this special Ferrari also took home the Best Interior Pre-1970 Award and a trophy for Outstanding Coachwork. The overall and class-wining cars are listed below:
2017 Concours Masters – “Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari” results
Owner’s Choice – 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta TdF
Ladies Choice – 1952 Ferrari 342 America
Chairman’s Award – 2004 Ferrari Enzo
The Marquis of Blandford Award – 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodynamico
People’s Choice – 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Survival of the Fittest – 1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe
Most Sensitive Restoration – 1971 Ferrari Din 246 GT
Piu Elegante ’50s – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
Piu Elegante ’60s – 1961Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodynamico
Outstanding 12-Cylinder – 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
Wind in Your Hair Pre 1970 – 1966 Ferrari 365 California
Wind in Your Hair Post 1970 – 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider
Outstanding Coachwork – 1953 Ferrari Inter-Europa Vignale Coupe
Best Supercar Award – 1996 Ferrari F50
Best Hypercar Award – 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
Streamlining Award – 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
La Dolce Vita Award – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Spirit of Racing – 1991 Ferrari 642 F1
Guests to the event’s Gala Dinner, held within Blenheim Palace’s Great Hall, were treated to a talk by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, who discussed “My time with Enzo.” For complete information, please visit www.salonpriveconcours.com