Bugatti wins the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza several times at Villa d’Este – –

During the 2022 edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza, which took place on the shores of Lake Como, a Bugatti Type 57S Vanvooren Cabriolet received the « Best of Show » distinction, one of four prizes awarded to Bugatti vehicles. Other winners include the Type 59 Sports racing car, which won the « FIVA Trophy » in the « Best Preserved Pre-War Car » category, and the Bugatti Bolide, winner of the coveted « Design Award ».

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Bugatti has won the Concorso d’Eleganza several times, winning the « Best of Show » prize, the « FIVA Trophy » and the « Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes »
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este brings together the most beautiful cars in the world every year at Lake Como, Italy. But even among the best in the world, there can only be one winner, and this year the honors went to a Bugatti Type 57S Vanvooren Cabriolet. The vehicle was one of four Bugatti vehicles shown and, in addition to winning first prize in its category, it was also named ‘Best of Show’.

Of the seven categories in total, it was in category A “The Golden Age of Elegance: The Art Deco Era of Motor Car Design” that the Bugatti Type 57S competed. The masterful technical performance of the Type 57S Cabriolet is signed Bugatti, while the elegant bodywork comes from Vanvooren, located in Courbevoie at the gates of Paris. The Cabriolet still captivates today with its proportions and clean lines. It is the first, among only four Bugatti Type 57S, to have been fitted with a convertible body by Vanvooren. In order to carry out tests, one of its former owners replaced the original engine with a V8. After a long search, the original straight-eight engine, missing for more than 40 years, has resurfaced – a modern miracle.

Alongside the Type 57, also in category A: a rare racing car from 1934, the Bugatti Type 59 Sports, and a Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet from 1937 with bodywork signed Gangloff. Originally a works racing car, the Type 59 Sports was transformed into a sports car in 1934/1935. It took part in car races successfully until 1937. The vehicle had only five owners, including the King of the Belgians Leopold III from 1938. Today it is one of the most important models of Bugatti race and is widely admired for its originality. The judges of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este were so impressed with the Type 59 Sports that they awarded it the « FIVA Trophy » in the « Best Preserved Pre-War Car » category.

The Stelvio Cabriolet was the first Type 57 in which Bugatti had a compressor installed. The name of the vehicle was chosen in reference to Passo dello Stelvio also known as Stelvio Pass, a famous alpine pass with winding and steep roads that it crossed without difficulty thanks to its powerful engine. The bodywork comes from Gangloff, a famous coachbuilder from Colmar located close to the Bugatti headquarters in Molsheim. The only model in this category to feature such details, the Cabriolet is distinguished in particular by its Art Deco bumpers.

In the “Concept Cars and Prototypes” category, the new Bugatti Bolide, one of the seven star prototypes presented, won the prestigious Design Award. An experimental study, the Bolide answers the question of what a vehicle would look like, reduced to simple fundamental innovations and centered around the emblematic 8.0-litre W16 engine. When the concept was first unveiled in 2020, the enthusiasm of customers around the world was so great that Bugatti decided to produce the Bolide in a small series of 40 units – all immediately reserved.

This extreme hyper sports car, cut for the circuit, has an unprecedented weight/power ratio. By combining the W16 engine producing a power of 1600 hp with the ultra high downforce of the Bolide, Bugatti has explored new horizons in the world of hyper sports cars.

The Bolide achieves performance close to LMP values, without compromising an optimal level of handling. Nevertheless, in line with the brand’s philosophy, the Bolide and its performance will be highly accessible to all who take the wheel, to create a unique Bugatti experience.

Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles, said: “The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of the finest and most important events for classic cars and luxury sports cars. We are proud to participate again this year by presenting four quite exceptional vehicles. We are honored that a Bugatti vehicle wins the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ award, despite highly renowned competition. It is also a great honor that a magnificent original Type 59 Sports wins the « FIVA Trophy » and that the « Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award » for the category « Concept Cars and Prototypes » is awarded to the Bolide. All these vehicles illustrate the values ​​of Bugatti, which have endured for nearly 90 years: design, performance, elegance and quality. »

The Villa d’Este, a setting for Bugatti
In the 16th century, Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio erected a palace to settle there. In 1873 it was transformed and became one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The majestic Villa d’Este, its Italian Renaissance-style garden and the sparkling waters of Lake Como today offer the assurance of an exceptional experience. For nearly 150 years, the hotel has hosted some of the greatest names in cinema, art, literature, politics and economics. Since 1929, it has hosted the Concorso d’Eleganza, whose Bugatti vehicles are loyal participants, often rewarded.

In 2013, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic won the coveted “Best of Show” award. The vehicle, owned by fashion designer Ralph Lauren, is one of only two original Atlantic vehicles still in existence. In total, only four vehicles were produced, one of which, infamously, is considered lost, while the third was restored after being involved in a serious accident. In recent years, the jury has also been seduced by a Bugatti Type 57S Sports Tourer from 1937 and a Type 59 Grand Prix from 1934.

Three years ago, Bugatti surprised the jury and the public with a unique piece: La Voiture Noire. The ultimate Grand Touring pays homage to Jean Bugatti’s defunct Type 57SC Atlantic and transposes the codes of Art Deco design into the 21st century. With La Voiture Noire, Bugatti won first prize in the “Concept Cars and Prototypes” category in 2019.

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