It’s Britain vs Italy in the Concours Virtual

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1955 Bentley R Type Fastback Judges' Winner Concours Virtual

The latest round of the Concours Virtual Presented by Hagerty in aid of UNICEF produced a Post-War Grand Tourers battle between Britain and Italy.

In the 1945-1959 class five coachbuilt Ferraris, including three by Vignale and two by Touring, were up against rivals from Jaguar and Bentley. In the 1960-1969 class another five Ferraris, plus cars from OSCA, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Abarth, competed against vehicles from Aston Martin, Roll-Royce, Alvis, Jaguar, and Jensen.

The judges gave victory in the earlier class to a 1955 Bentley R Type Fastback (top), while the people’s vote went to a 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale.

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1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale Judges’ Winner Concours Virtual

The 1960s class was won by the 1961 Geneva Motor Show Jaguar E-Type Coupe. The public again backed a Ferrari, picking a 1961 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico.

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1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico Peoples’ Winner Concours Virtual

A third class was a tribute to Sir Stirling Moss and featured cars from his exploits at Bonneville, on rally stages, in Formula 1, and endurance racing. It’s no surprise that the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR 722 that Moss drove to victory in the Mille Miglia took the honors.

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Judges’ Winner & Peoples’ Winner Concours Virtual

The Concours Virtual Presented by Hagerty attracted entries from 200 of the world’s most incredible cars, divided into 17 different classes and judged by a group of 40 experts including Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and Goodwood chief the Duke of Richmond. The online event aims to raise £100,000 ($131,000) for UNICEF and finishes on 9 August so there’s still time to have your vote count.

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