Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California Wins Coppa d’Oro Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

  • May 21, 2023

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held on May 20, 2023, in Cernobbio, witnessed the declaration of the event’s most prestigious award. The highly coveted Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este for 2023 was bestowed upon the remarkable Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California from 1961, proudly owned by Jonathan Hui of the Keybridge Collection in Hong Kong.

The 250 Series was pivotal in establishing Ferrari’s reputation, providing a sporty and economical foundation for the brand’s immense success. The 250 GT California Spyder is an absolute legend within this iconic series. Interestingly, its first owner was none other than the renowned French writer Françoise Sagan, who achieved legendary acclaim with her debut work, “Bonjour tristesse,” in 1954. Sagan, known for her zest for life, famously remarked, “Whisky, gambling, and Ferraris are better than housework,” highlighting her love for luxurious living and fast cars.

Concorso d'Eleganza winners 2023
Winner of Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este 2023. Photo credit: Concorso d’Eleganza

In addition to the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este, the event featured a magnificent parade of historic automobiles on the terrace of Villa d’Este. Alongside, the first set of “Special Prizes” was awarded, recognizing exceptional models.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este “Special Prizes” 2023 were awarded to the following cars (accompanied by the respective model, year of manufacture, and owner):

TROFEO BMW Group Classic
For the most sensitive restoration by the Jury
Rolls-Royce, SilverWraith, 1949
Yohan Poonawalla, India

TROFEO Rolls-Royce
For the most elegant Rolls-Royce by the Jury
Rolls-Royce, Sports Phantom Prototype, 1928
Alexander Schaufler, Austria

TROFEO Vranken-Pommery
For the best iconic car by the Jury
Porsche, 901 Prototyp “Quickblau”, 1963
Alois Ruf, Germany

TROFEO ASI
For the best-preserved post-war car
Aston Martin, DB2 Coupé, 1950
Stephan Hofmann, Germany

TROFEO Auto & Design
For the most exciting design by the Jury
Ford, GT40, 1968
Rob Walton, United States

TROFEO il Canto del Motore
For the best engine sound by the Jury
Porsche, 917 K, 1970
Christophe Count d’Ansembourg, Belgium

TROFEO Automobile Club Como
For the car driven from farthest away
Alvis, Speed 25 SC, 1937
James Sprague, United States

Concorso d'eleganza 2018

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este continues to celebrate automotive excellence, showcasing extraordinary vehicles and honouring their passionate owners. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is a significant celebration of the captivating world of Historic Cars. Among all such events, it holds a leading position, known for its rich traditions and heritage dating back to its inception in 1929 during the golden era of aristocratic automobiles.

Since its rebirth in the 1990s, the Concorso has consistently elevated its standards yearly, setting new benchmarks for excellence in classic vehicles. The event’s essence lies in its picturesque setting, exuding Lake Como’s timeless beauty, complemented by impeccable hospitality and seamless organization. The prestigious program held at Villa d’Este adds a touch of grandeur, while the enthusiastic audience adds to the vibrant atmosphere.

The Concorso not only captivates the attendees but also garners the international attention of car lovers worldwide. Its fame stems from the elegance, originality, and exceptional preservation of the exquisite automobiles showcased throughout the event. These valuable and awe-inspiring vehicles genuinely embody the spirit of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Photo credit: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este


como-lakeElena Markova | Editor-in-chief
I’m a globetrotter based in Como and a big admirer of the lake and its surroundings. Thanks to my love of adventure, I have visited over 60 countries.
I am passionate about travelling, reading, and discovering something new.

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