Bu­gatti road­ster is Ble­heim’s best

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A 1933 Bu­gatti Type 55 Road­ster scooped the top gong at the 13th Sa­lon Privé Con­cours d’el­e­gance, which took place in the spec­tac­u­lar grounds of Blen­heim Palace on 6 Septem­ber.

The highly orig­i­nal and un­re­stored Type 55 took class hon­ours in the Pre-war Bu­gatti cat­e­gory on its way to be­ing crowned Best of Show, edg­ing ahead of the run­ner-up 1937 De­lage D8-120 – which was vic­to­ri­ous in the Pre-war Lux­ury Tour­ers group – and the third-placed Lam­borgh­ini Miura S, which came top in the Su­per­cars of the ’70s class.

A crop of Fer­raris also did well, with a 1964 250LM tak­ing the Peo­ple’s Choice award. No fewer than five class win­ners came from the Pranc­ing Horse, in­clud­ing a 1973 Dino 246GTS (Preser­va­tion at its Best), a 1964 250GT Lusso (Grand Tour­ers of the 1950s and ’60s) and a 1965 275GTB (Stream­lined Closed Sports Cars).

Greater va­ri­ety marked the spe­cial prizes, with a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Light­weight tak­ing the En­deav­our Award, a 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Tipo Le Mans get­ting the Spirit Award, and a 1994 Jaguar XJ220 win­ning the Most Orig­i­nal Post-war ac­co­lade.

This year’s event in­cluded a se­cond con­cours ded­i­cated to Porsche, the Owner’s Choice go­ing to a 1988 944 turbo Cup, the Chair­man’s Award to a 1968 912, and the Duke of Marl­bor­ough Award, as cho­sen by the event host, to a 1957 356A Car­rera Speed­ster.

Brab­ham Au­to­mo­tive was also on hand to show off its new BT62.

The Type 55 Bu­gatti beat a De­lage D8-120 and a Lam­borgh­ini Miura S to win Best in Show

Porsche con­cours at­tracted myr­iad mod­els

Fer­rari 250LM took Peo­ple’s Choice award

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