Salon Privé – arguably the most luxurious motor show on the planet – has cemented its name in classic car history even further by becoming the first to run two completely separate Concours celebrations within the same event.
Staged on Saturday September 2nd – two days after the long-standing and revered Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance – the inaugural Concours Masters event centred around Ferrari’s 70th birthday (a landmark we at Motor-Vision also celebrated earlier this year).
The idea is that each year will focus on the anniversary of an historic automotive marque or a particular coachbuilder.
This time though, more than 50 of Maranello’s greatest cars lined up on the lawns of Blenheim Palace and boy, was it pretty.
Perhaps the most drool-worthy was the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’ by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, which was once owned by none other than legendary mouse scribbler Walt Disney.
This car bagged the Owner’s Choice award partly due to its full Ferrari Classiche certification and stunning period-correct condition.
Not far behind it in second was a 1953 Ferrari 250 Inter-Europa Coupe by Vignale. Considering it is one of four bodied by Vignale and only 22 first-series 250 Europas were ever made, it’s one of the rarest road-going 50s Ferraris in existence.
Aside from coming runner-up in the Owner’s Choice award, it took home the Best Interior Pre-1970 award and a trophy for Outstanding Coachwork.
The Ladies’ Choice was a stylish 1952 Ferrari 342 America, while an immaculate 2004 Ferrari Enzo was gifted the Chairman’s Award.
Another key award winner was one of 17 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico models, which is regarded by enthusiasts to be the finest restored example in existence, took home the Marquis of Blandford Award.
Salon Privé managing director Andrew Bagley said: “Making our place in Concours history, this year’s inaugural Concours Masters event paid tribute to one of the most important sports car manufacturers in the world – Ferrari.
“I am indebted to the amazing Salon Privé team, Chubb Insurance our sponsor once again, the wonderful owners of these magnificent Ferraris, all of which have travelled from around the world and, most importantly, the Marlborough family and Blenheim Palace for helping make the event such a success.”
Full list of winners:
Owner’s Choice: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta TdF
Owner’s Choice Runner-up: 1953 Ferrari 250 Inter-Europa Vignale Coupe
Ladies’ Choice: 1952 Ferrari 342 America
Chairman’s Award: 2004 Ferrari Enzo
Marquis of Blandford Award: 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico
People’s Choice: 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Survival of the Fittest: 1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe
Most Sensitive Restoration: 1971 Dino 246 GT
Piu Elegante ’50s: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
Piu Elegante ’60s: 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico
Piu Elegante ’70s: 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
Passione Award: 1971 Dino 246 GT
Most Exciting Design: 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
Best Interior Pre-1970: 1953 Ferrari 250 Inter-Europa Vignale Coupe
Best Interior Pre-2000: 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
Best Interior Post-2000: 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Tailor-Made
Spirito Award: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB4/C Daytona Competition
Sinfonia Award: 2004 Ferrari 575M GTC
Best Competition Car: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB4/C Daytona Competition
Best Challenge Car: 2017 Ferrari 488 Challenge
Outstanding 4-Cylinder: 1956 Ferrari 500 TR
Outstanding 6-Cylinder: 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Outstanding 8-Cylinder: 1990 Ferrari F40 GT
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