Was this Alfa Romeo the best car at Villa d’este 2018?

Italy’s recent Villa d’este Concours at Lake Como offered a plethora of exotic metal, with a 1968 Tipo 33 claiming title as the public’s favourite exhibit

If ever you’ve despaired at the onslaught of modern, technology-laden ‘white goods’ that current auto manufacturers dare to call ‘soulful’, your faith will soon be restored by viewing images from the annual Villa d’este Concours – and 2018’s event was a cracker.

Ranking among the most exclusive automotive events on the classic car calendar, Villa d’este recreates the ambience of Pebble Beach on the lush shores of Italy’s Lake Como. The lush backdrop beautifully complements each vehicle’s attributes, which accounts for much for the event’s popularity since the very first staging way back in 1929.

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Showcased vehicles this year included a 1934 Bugatti 59, 1958 Ferrari 335 Sports Spider, 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept and 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. All adhered to the motto of the 89th edition of the event – ‘Hollywood on the Lake’.

Covering all eras of vehicle and film history, from silent-era heroes to celebrated cultural icons such as James Bond’s Silver Birch Aston Martin DB5 and the BMW 507 enjoyed by Elvis Presley, the prestigious showcase provided an automotive feast unseen anywhere else.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Coupé

Claiming multiple awards, including the prestigious Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este title as decided by public vote, was a 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Coupé. Such accolades were in keeping with the model’s reputation as being as one of the world’s most beautiful vehicles, even after half a century in existence.

Initially introduced at the 1967 Turin Motor Show, only 18 examples were crafted – yet not all made it into private ownership. Five of these were chassis concepts for the Carabo, Iguana, 33/2 Speciale, Cuneo and Navajo, making the coupé one of the rarest sights in the car world. The Franco Scaglione-penned model remains infamous for making photographers do funny things…

The Alfa Romeo will weaken the knees of any driver lucky enough to climb behind the wheel, too. There’s an intricate 2.0-litre V8 in the rear, identified by intake trumpets visible through the rear window. Performance is courtesy of Alfa’s competition department, known at the time as ‘Autodelta’; the eight-cylinder masterpiece churns out 230bhp, which was certainly impressive in period.

The Tipo 33 wasn’t the only crowd-pleaser, however. With 50 of the most prominent and exquisite classics competing in eight categories, there was something for everyone. The outright Best in Show was awarded to that 1958 Ferrari 335.

Of course, it’s not only the classic enthusiast that the Villa d’este Concours caters for these days. In keeping with the event’s grand ambience, contemporary manufacturers have been slyly rocking up with special concepts in pursuit of the coveted Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes. This year’s champion was the Ferrari SP38.

Full list of 2018 winners

Trofeo BMW Group

Best of Show by the Jury
1958 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti, owned by Andreas Möhringer, Austria

Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este

Best of Show by Public Referendum at Villa d’Este
1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale Coupé Scaglione, owned by Albert Spiess, Switzerland

Trofeo BMW Group Italia

By Public Referendum at Villa Erba
1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale Coupé Scaglione, owned by Albert Spiess, Switzerland

Trofeo BMW Group Ragazzi

By Young People’s Referendum at Villa Erba (up to the age of 16)
1970 Lancia Stratos Coupé Bertone, owned by Phillip Sarofim, US

Concorso D’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes

By Public Referendum at Villa Erba
2018 Ferrari SP38 Coupé, designed by Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari SpA, Loris Kessel

Class winners and mentions of honour

Class A | The Titans: Dirt, Dust and Danger

Class Winner
1934 Bugatti 59 Grand Prix Bugatti, owned by Marc Newson, Great Britain

Mention of Honour
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Open Two-Seater Zagato, owned by Jack Roderick, Great Britain

Class B | From Manhattan to Mayfair: The Golden Age of Motoring Opulence

Class Winner
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom Brougham de Ville Brewster & Co, owned by Frédéric Leroux, France

Mention of Honour
1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster Fleetwood, owned by Frederick Lax, US

Class C | Shaped by the Wind: Grandes Routiéres of the Art Deco Era

Class Winner
1936 Lancia Astura Serie III Cabriolet Pinin Farina, owned by Anthony MacLean, Switzerland

Mention of Honour
1937 Bugatti 57 Atalante Coupé, owned by Albert Wetz, Luxembourg

Class D | New World, New Ideas: The Story of the GT

Class Winner
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, Pinin Farina, owned by David MacNeil, US

Mention of Honour
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Cabriolet Vignale, owned by Peter Kalikow, US

Class E | Speed meets Style: The Flowering of the Sports and the Racing Car

Class Winner
1958 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti, owned by Andreas Mohringer, Austria

Mention of Honour
1964 Porsche Carrera GTS Coupé, owned by Dr. Klaus-Otto Räker, Germany

Class F | 80 Years of Automotive Archaeology

Class Winner
1913 SCAT 25/35 HP Landaulet, owned by Corrado Lopresto, Italy

Mention of Honour
1971 Lamborghini Miura P 400 SV Coupé Bertone, owned by Andrej Friedman, Switzerland

Class G | Hollywood on the Lake: Stars of the Silver Screen

Class Winner
1970 Lancia Stratos Coupé Bertone, owned by Phillip Sarofim, US

Mention of Honour
1964 Aston Martin DB5, owned by Harry Yaeggy, US

Class H | When Sex Was Safe and Racing Was Dangerous: Formula One!

Class Winner
1985 McLaren MP4/2B Monoposto, owned by Gerhard Berger, Austria

Mention of Honour
1954 Maserati 250F Monoposto Fantuzzi, owned by Guillermo Fierro-Eléta, Spain

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Special Prizes

Trofeo Fiva

For the Best-Preserved Pre-war Car
1936 Lancia Astura Serie III Cabriolet Pinin Farina, owned by Anthony MacLean, Switzerland

Trofeo ASI

For the Best-Preserved Post-war Car
1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale Coupé Scaglione, owned by Albert Spiess, Switzerland

Trofeo Automobile Club Como

For the Car Driven From Farthest Away
1928 Bentley 4½ Litre Dual-Cowl Torpedo, Jarvis & Sons, owned by Mauritius van Son, Switzerland

FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle Award Partner of UNESCO

1913 SCAT 25/35 HP Landaulet, owned by Corrado Lopresto, Italy

Special Prizes by the Jury

Trofeo BMW Group Classic

For the Most Sensitive Restoration by the Jury
1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster Fleetwood, owned by Frederick Lax, US

Trofeo Rolls-Royce

For the Most Elegant Rolls-Royce by the Jury
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom Brougham de Ville Brewster & Co, owned by Frédérick Leroux, France

Trofeo Vranken Pommery

For the Best Iconic car by the Jury
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta Scaglietti, owned by Ann und Chris Cox, US

Trofeo Julius Baer

For the Car Which Showcases Exceptional Craftsmanship From its Time
1949 Bentley MkVI Coupé HJ Mulliner, owned by Fred Kriz, Principauté de Monaco

Trofeo Auto & Design

For the Most Exciting Design by the Jury
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Coupé Bertone, owned by Andrej Friedmann, Switzerland

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