For this year’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance, presented by Aviva, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta from Zagato took home the most coveted Best in Show award. ICJAG judges and guests in Blenheim were impressed by the 250 GT TdF as it was part of a carefully selected group of class winners spanning 12 decades of motoring, from veteran cars to supercars.
The 250 GT TdF is owned by David and Ginny Sydorick and it is one of only five Ferrari 250 GT long wheelbase chassis cars designed by Zagato. Chassis 0515GT was originally built for Vladimiro Galluzzi, one of Ferrari’s best customers. It was extensively raced during the 1956 season, after which Galluzzi sold it to driver Luigi Taramazzo. During the latter part of 4958, the 250 GT TdF was retired from racing. The example is a lightweight model, powered by a V12 engine and has elegant bodywork designed by Zagato, complete with their signature twin bell roof.
The victory of the 250 GT TdF at the Concours d’Elégance presented by Aviva is a nice prelude to the 17th Salon Privé Week. Salon Privé is considered one of the most prestigious events of its kind worldwide and is a partner competition of Peninsula Classics’ Best of the Best Award. The group’s panel of ICJAG judges are highly respected and valued experts in their fields.
Second after the 250 GT TdF is Graber’s 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia, although he finished first in the pre-war Open Class. It is owned by Dr. Matthias Metz and is one of only 107 Mille Miglia models built by the factory. Chassis 815045 is now the only one of its kind as it is the sole survivor of four 6C 2300 B convertibles made by Graber. It is also the only one to bear the coveted ‘MM’ designation on the engine number.
Another two-award-winning Salon Privé this year is the 1931 Bentley 8-litre saloon by Freestone & Webb of The Gaskell Collection. He was third in the Concours d’Elégance and first in the Pre-War/Closed Class. Chassis YR5089 is a matching numbers example built on the shorter of the two 8 liter chassis. It also has a body that was probably designed especially for the Concours circuit at the time.
Another Ferrari won the highly coveted Duke of Marlborough Award from the 75th Anniversary Race Class. The 1965 365 P has a Fantuzzi-designed body and is built as a factory racer. He made his debut at the 1000km Monza with John Surtees and Ludovico Scarfotti behind the wheel and finished second overall.
In second place after the 365 P in the Ferrari 75th Anniversary Race Class is a very important 250 GTO. It was the second model to be produced by the factory and it also played an important role as a development vehicle for future series production GTOs. Manufactured in 1962, chassis 3387GT was powered by the classic 2953cc V12 engine from the 250 Testa Rossa. It had a factory horsepower of 296 horsepower and has a top speed of 274 mph. Chassis 3387GT also received the Chairman’s Award and the Most Iconic Award.
Mihai Negrecu’s stunning 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante ‘7 Liter RSW’, which competed in Salon Privé’s Supercar Icons Class, was awarded the Coup de Coeur / Matt Pearce Trophy. For years, the brand specialist RS Williams maintained the example and in 2004 it was upgraded to the ‘7-litre RSW’ specification. Power was boosted to 440 horsepower and torque was also upgraded to 520 lb-ft. The example was also put to good use, covering 10,000 miles in the UK and Europe in recent years.
The People’s Choice Award wins a 1907 Lorraine Dietrich 130 HP ‘Course’. It is a monstrous 16.4 liter and was raced in Grand Prix road circuits in its day. Remarkably advanced, it had three spark plugs for each of its four cylinders and each had a large 170mm bore. The example in Salon Privé is the only known surviving Lorraine chain drive gearbox, still with the original chains.
Another Concours trophy winner is Freestone & Webb’s 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupé. It claimed the Churchill Cup for the most exceptional design. It was produced as a car ‘for use in the UK and the Continent, mainly for high speed touring’. Chassis 42PY has a unique long hood line and bike style ‘helmet’ fenders, it also doesn’t have traditional running boards so it has a low and rake-like appearance.
Andrew Bagley, the president of Salon Privé, was delighted and impressed by the high standard of entries for this year, saying: “Salon Privé has once again turned heads for its Concours d’Elégance, with some truly exceptional cars presented for judgment.As we celebrate Ferrari’s 75th anniversary, it is extra special that our overall winner is a Maranello product, and a product that takes our breath away: the 250 GT TdF of David and Ginny Sydorick embodied perfectly captured the style and emotion behind the Ferrari brand, and was immaculately presented, as were all our trophy winners.”
A complete list of 2022 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by Aviva winners
Best of the show – 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta by Zagato
Churchill cup for the most exceptional design – 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupe by Freestone & Webb
The choice of the people – 1907 Lorraine Dietrich 130HP ‘Course’
Duke of Marlborough Award – 1965 Ferrari 365 P by Fantuzzi
Prize of the President – 1962 250 Ferrari GTO of Scaglietti
Class A, first class: 1903 Berliet 20hp Closed Swing-Seat Tonneau
Class B: 1932 Aston Martin lightweight ‘Le Mans Works Team Car LM9’
Class C: 1938 Alfa Romeo 6 C 2300 B Mille Miglia Cabriolet by Graber
Class D: 1931 Bentley 8 liter Sedan by Freestone & Webb
Class E: 1955 Fiat 8V Berlinetta by Vignale
Class F: 1954 HWM Cadillac
Class G: 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Class H: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta by Zagato
Class I: 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC by Pininfarina
Class J: 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti
Class K: 1953 Chrysler GS-1 Special Coupe by Ghia
Class L: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser
Class M: 1971 Citroen SM Espace by Heuliez
class no: 1961 Jaguar E-type Fixed Head Coupe
Class O: 1984 Lotus Turbo Esprit S3
Class P: 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Class Q: 2005 Maserati MC12
Spirit Award/The Margaret Bagley Trophy – 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ by Scaglietti
Most exceptional bodywork – 1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet from Vanvooren
Most Lush – Rolls-Royce 20hp 3-position Cabriolet from 1929 from Windovers
Coup de Coeur/The Matt Pearce Trophy – 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante ‘7 Liter RSW’
Best interior – 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe
Most Elegant – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider by Scaglietti
Most Iconic – 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti