The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (Cernobbio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy) and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (Monterey, California, USA) are renowned as competitions of automotive magnificence. Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto 2019, on April 13th and 14th 2019, brought the philosophy and atmosphere of these two competitions to the grounds of Nijo Castle, a former Imperial villa and one of Japan’s most prominent World Cultural UNESCO Heritage Sites.
Here, 54 ultra-rare and legendary cars, selected by the Concorso Chairmain Mr. Corrado Lopresto, all built between 1930 and 2018, had been sub-divided into 9 classes with a special focus on Zagato and Lamborghini, and examined by a prestigious International Jury Committee. Their great artistic and historical value had been presented for all to see and the event officially ended with the Award Ceremony, in which a variety of honors and awards had been assigned to the best ones.
The “Best of Show” award of the Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto 2019 went to the Lamborghini 350 GT Zagato, by unanimous vote of the International Jury Committee. The car, owned by Mr. William Pop, an important American collector, had to win its class (Race and Prototypes) before being eligible for “Best of Show”. The rarity of the car, along with the impeccable condition in which it was presented, enabled it to achieve not only the “Best of Show” but also the “Best Zagato” Trophy, since the event organizer was celebrating also the 100th Anniversary of Carrozzeria Zagato in Milan.
The “Best Lamborghini” Trophy went to the 1971 amazing Miura SV, in Verde Miura with mustard yellow interior, owned by a Japanese collector. Another bull from Sant’Agata Bolognese has been awarded with the “CHAPAL Desirable to drive”: Japanese-owned orange 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 with black interior.
A red 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato from Luxembourg won the “People Choice” trophy, and another Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato of 1931 from Belgium won the “Best Alfa Romeo” and “FIVA” Awards. The “Elegant closed” trophy has been assigned to a silver Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato from 1966, part of a Japanese collection. The “Elegant open” trophy went to a blue Belgian-owned 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S.
After the Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto 2019, a special motoring adventure, driving from Kyoto to the western most of Japan, has taken place, where some Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto Participants enjoyed beautiful scenery of “Seto inland sea”, “Hot Springs” that offer Japanese-style healing and relaxation, “Traditional Japanese Cuisine” with its variety of fresh ingredients, and very attractive Japanese “Culture & History” on several each location.