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Greenwich Concours d'Elegance 2017 - A Celebration of International Motorcars PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
1971 Ferrari 365 - Photo by Luxury Experience Luxury Experience is proud to bring you the experience of the exceptional international motorcars at the 2017 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance held in Greenwich, Connecticut. A few of the exciting entries included Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, BMW, Bugatti, Delahaye, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lancia, Lotus, March, Morgan, Porsche, Riley, Siata, and Stanguellini. Prepare to drool over these exceptional and rare motorcars.

 

 


The annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance is a 2-day celebration of American and International Motorcars and Motorcycles. Due to the number of the high-quality entries at the show, we decided to bring you the experience of the show by separating them into groups: American Motorcars, International Motorcars, and International Motorcycles.  


In addition to the wide diversity of entries, there was an impressive presentation of Bugatti motorcars, which we bring you below.  
 


Bugatti - 1920s - 2006   


Bugatti, based in Molsheim, France has been an exceptional brand since founder and designer Ettore Bugatti (1881 - 1947) founded his company in 1909, and has long held our attention when it comes to exceptional motorcars.   


We begin by taking you through the decades to bring you the beauty of Bugatti by showing a small sampling of a few of the many highlights of excellence.    

 

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1923 Bugatti T23 Brescia Roadster


From the "roaring twenties" we are proud to present a fire engine red, 1923 Bugatti T23 Brescia Roadster owned by Christopher H. L. Owen, which was certainly a stunner.  

 

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1925 Bugatti Type 35A/51 Grand Prix Roadster


We selected two motorcars from 1925, which show the diversity of the brand, the 1925 Bugatti Type 35A/51 Grand Prix Roadster part of a Private Collection, and the 1925 Bugatti Type 30 Skiff Torpedo Type Vizcaya owned by Peter Charles.  

 

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1925 Bugatti Type 30 Skiff Torpedo Type Vizcaya


Bugatti has a long history of racing attested to by the 1926 Bugatti Type 37 owned by Sarah Breault, which proudly wore its racing history at Watkins Glen with its number 3.   

 

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1926 Bugatti Type 37 


Moving to the 1930s, it is interesting to note that the 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix, owned by Birdcage LLC c/o Marc Robinson, was the winner of the 1931 Belgian Grand Prix.

 

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1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix


Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee, another exceptional Bugatti that caught our attention was the yellow and black 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio owned by Myron Schuster.  

 

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1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio


We end our Bugatti highlights in 2006 with the ultra-luxurious blue and black 2006 Bugatti Veyron owned by Robert W. Kerekes, that was in a class by itself. A few of its interesting details include a top speed of 253 mph (431 km/h), curb weight: 4,162 pounds, 1,001 horsepower, 9.0L V126 engine, a wheelbase of 106.7 inches (2,710 mm), a length of 175.7 inches (4,462mm), a width of 78.7 inches (1,998 mm), a height of 47.4 inches (1,204 mm), and it has 10 radiators. Bugatti produced the Veyron (16.4) from 2005 until 20011.  

 

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2006 Bugatti Veyron and Edward F. Nesta


International Highlights - 1930s - 2015   


The 2017 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance had an illustrious presentation of exceptional motorcars, way too numerous to include all of them within Luxury Experience, however we are proud to present a sampling of the excellence on display.   


Hailing from Coventry, England, the green 1934 Riley Ulster Imp Roadster bearing race number 447, owned by Michael Virr certainly captured our attention. Be sure to look at the photo of the engine!  

 

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1934 Riley Ulster Imp Roadster


We also loved the navy 1937 Delahaye 135M Competitive Short Wheel Base owned by Myron Schuster. Delahaye, founded by Emile Delahaye was based in Tours, France and produced luxury motorcars from 1894 - 1954.  

 

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1937 Delahaye 135M  - Debra C. Argen


Also, very nice from the 1930s was the extremely rare black 1938 Aston Martin 2 Litre Short Chassis owned by Robert Burt.

 

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1938 Aston Martin 2 Litre Sort Chassis 


We enjoyed seeing the gorgeous fire engine red Italian 1954 Siata 200CS Coupe owned by Walter Eisenstark, which was one of the rare motorcars we had the opportunity to experience. He told us that the Italian manufacturer based in Torino (Turin) made only 11 of these vehicles, and only 6 of them still exist.

 

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1954 Siata 200CS Coupe - Walter Eisenstark and Edward F. Nesta

 

As race fans, a bright red Italian Formula One race car, the 1954 Lancia D50A (r) emblazoned with the number 31 owned by Peter Giddings of Peter Giddings Racing was also an exceptional entry, as it is the only surviving original Lancia D50A.  

 

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1954 Lancia D50A (r)


Interesting to note about the British 1955 Austin-Healey 100 M Lemans' Roadster owned by Jonathan Ressler, is that of the 640 factory built cars, less than half survive. "This car is entered into the "Worldwide 100M LeMans Registry" Categorized as an FC Top, Gold Level "Registry Confirmed Factory Built 100M."  

 

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1955 Austin-Healey 100 M Lemans' Roadster


Fans of small cars would have loved seeing the red and white mini, German 1957 BMW Isetta 300 Coupe owned by Jorge Soriano. Interesting to note is that the car has a motorcycle engine and the door opens from the front rather than from the side. Jorge has owned the Isetta for 15 years and started restoring it 8 years ago.   

 

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1957 BMW Isetta 300 Coupe and owner Jorge Soriano

 

Marc F. Evans has owned the very rare British 1957 Lotus Super 7 Series 1 for the past 40 years, and raced it for 35 years including racing it in the Bahamas, before he "retired" it 5 years ago. What makes this an exceptional entry is that there were only 20 made. Another point of interest is that it was designed with a removable windshield to allow the owner to drive it for road use or race use by simply removing the windshield and changing to racing tires. Mark's son, Jack, also has racing blood and used to race a 1963 MG at Limerock.   

 

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1957 Lotus Super 7 Series 1


Interesting to note about the blue German 1957 Porsche Speedster Two-Door Open owned by Lake C. Underwood II, bearing racing number 37EP and sponsors Castrol, Shell, and Koni on its side, is that the owner's father, Lake Sr., with Briggs Cunningham and Sterling Moss, raced it.   

 

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1957 Porsche Speedster Two-Door Open

 

What made the Italian 1959 Lancia Appia GTE owned by John Kristoff so spectacular is that it is one of the first Appia GTEs produced. 

 

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1959 Lancia Appia GTE


The history of the entries is often a vital part of what makes a vehicle interesting. For the sensational black and red Italian 1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior Monopartite Race Car, chassis no. 00113 bearing race number 80, owned by Tim LaGanke, is that it is, "one of the most important Stanguellini FJ's to race in the USA. Its extensive history includes the 1960 Vanderbilt Cup win, driven by Harry Carter."   

 

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1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior Monopartite Race Car 


Red, black and sleek, the British 1964 Morgan +4 owned by James F. Munsel caught our attention, as did the bright orange with navy and white stripes bearing race number 777, the 1965 Beach MK4 B2 owned by Richard Kresch. What is interesting to note about this car is that it originally competed in SCCA as a D Sports Racer.

 

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1964 Morgan +4 

 

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1965 Beach MK4 B2

A hunter green Italian 1965 Lamborghini 350GT Coupe owned by Blake Stevenson with the word, Superleggera, written in script below the Lamborghini emblem, was another spectacular entry. It has a celebrity pedigree as it was formerly owned by Hollywood producer, Randy Simon, who used it in his action films. The engine was so clean you could eat off it, but who would want to spoil it?

 

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1965 Lamborghini 350GT Coupe

 

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1965 Lamborghini 350GT Coupe engine


Another Italian beauty was the sloping graceful curves of the red 1971 Ferrari 365 GT B/4 Daytona Spyder owned by Marc Lemchen with its large white racing numbers, 556.   

 

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1971 Ferrari 365 GT B/4 Daytona Spyder 

 

When it came to "wow appeal" the fire engine red Italian 1975 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Coupe owned by Natasi Racing excelled at jump starting our hearts. Get ready to start your engines!  

 

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1975 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Coupe 


We had to restrain ourselves from sliding into the pulse racing, electric blue British made 1979 March 79B Formula Atlantic Single Seat Race Car owned by David Porter, and taking it out on Route 95 for a spin.  

 

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1979 March 79B Formula Atlantic Single Seat Race Car 


Brace yourself for our last two highlights to leave you dreaming, the sleek silver rocket, the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder owned by Brian Miller, and the red Italian 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, owner anonymous, which called to us to like a siren at sea. The Ferrari LaFerrari, a limited production hybrid sports car, was not only exceptionally attractive, but also extremely exclusive with a 7-figure price tag! We can only dream about the experience of what it would be like to drive.   

 

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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

 

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2015 Ferrari LaFerrari 


Until next year, take time to enjoy the ride!   


Read more of our coverage of the 2017 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Greenwich Concours d'Elegance 2017 - American Motorcars, and the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance 2017 - A Celebration of International Motorcycles.     


Greenwich, Connecticut residents Genia and Bruce Wennerstrom founded the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in 1996, and although Genia and Bruce have passed on, Genia in 2011, and Bruce in 2015, the Wennerstrom Family continues to carry on the tradition of the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance that their parents started.   


For more information about attending, or entering your motorcar, motorcycle, or yacht, for the upcoming Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, please visit the website: www.GreenwichConcours.com.  

 

Upcoming Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Dates:

 

June 2 - 3, 2018

June 1 - 2, 2019

 

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