Uovo to lead incredible Ferrari range at Concours of Elegance
Bespoke Uovo will spearhead line-up of rare and iconic Ferraris during this year’s Concours of Elegance in London, August 31-September 2
Hampton Court Palace near London will play host to a selection of rare Ferraris during the upcoming Concours of Elegance (August 31-September 2), with the main event to be spearheaded by the unique 166MM/212 Export Uovo.
Fronting a collection of exotic machinery from 1950 to present day, the Uovo remains an absolute one-off. It was designed and built for Count Giannino Marzotto as the ultimate sports racing car of its day.
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Designed to be both aerodynamic and lightweight, and inspired by the aeronautical training of designer Franco Reggiani, the Uovo stripped 150kg off contemporary Ferrari stablemates. Such was its attention to detail that crystal was used to craft a reflection-free windscreen. In addition, the bespoke body design gave the Uovo a competitive advantage on track, earning a considerable number of race wins including the 1951 Giro della Toscana.
Before its recent sale by RM Sotheby’s, the unique racer had been locked away from prying eyes and so was seldom granted an audience. This means the Concours of Elegance will present a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s most special Ferraris.
Joining the Uovo will be the Ferrari 500 TRC by Scaglietti, named after the FIA ‘C’ racing regulations with which it was built to comply. This particular example is the last TRC produced and also the last-ever four-cylinder Ferrari built by the factory. Furthermore, it comes with an impressive race history, including class wins at both the 1957 Sebring 12-hours and Le Mans 24-hours.
Not enough Ferrari for you? How about the chance to get up close with one of only 14 Pininfarina-designed 356 California Spyders? A direct successor to the 500 Superfast Coupé, and called California after its 250-lineage predecessors, the 365 Spyder was fitted with a sophisticated 4.4-litre V12 capable of producing up to 320bhp.
Also set for display is one of 165 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scagliettis, showcasing a 3.0-litre V12, whereas the Dino 246 GT will be represented to mark 50 years since the first production Dino hit the road.
Bring on the GTO
No line-up of Ferraris would be complete without the GTO lineage, and the Concours of Elegance will present one of the rarest ever; the 1983 288 GTO Prototype, known simply as the Ferrari GTO. One of only six built, this example is believed to be one of only three that remain.
To top off the heritage roster, an alloy-bodied Long Nose 275 GTB will be making an appearance. The 275 was designed by Pininfarina, built by Scaglietti, and was the first Ferrari to feature fully independent transaxle suspension, which the brand pioneered on-track.
If modern Ferrari offerings are more your scene, a 2018 GTC4 Lusso Tailor Made will also be displayed in the main Concours. Released earlier this year as the replacement for the FF, the car employs a 6.3-litre V12 and is capable of the 200mph-plus.
Concours of Elegance director Andrew Evans said: ‘The Concours of Elegance is all about bringing together the rarest and most exceptional cars in the world in one of the UK’s most beautiful settings. Clearly, Ferrari and its long lineage of icons will always hold a place in the Concours, but I’m absolutely thrilled by the quality we’ll have on display.’
He continued: ‘For Ferrari fans, it’s absolutely unmissable, but we’ll also have plenty of other things to see and do over the weekend: luxury watches from A Lange & Sohne, jewellery from Augustine Jewels, champagne from Taittinger and luxury attire from Henry Poole & Co.’
You can buy tickets and find out more about the event here.
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