It’s Britain vs Italy in the 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.
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.
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.
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.