Salon Privé 2020

Salon Privé 2020 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider by Zagato
Best of Show: A 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider by Zagato

by Gary Snell

Presented on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, the internationally renowned Concours d’Elegance, Salon Privé, again presented some of the finest classic cars and bikes along with a number of hypercars, next-generation electric cars and the world premier of 4 new automotive models. Accompanying the fantastic vintage cars and bikes were a number of luxury brands offering everything from jewellery and clothing to travel.

As always Salon Privé has a relaxed and spacious atmosphere which seems more inviting and engaging than similar events such as Pebble Beach.

This year’s Best of Show was a Zagato bodied 8C 2300 Alfa Romeo Monza Spider that was raced by Scuderia Ferrari and the famous Tazio Nuvolari. The runner-up  was none other than one of the most important Ferraris, the 166 MM Touring Barchetta that won both the Millie Miglia and Le Mans 24 Hours in 1949 beginning the mystique of Ferrari. 

The last day of the event features the UK’s most prestigious Car Clubs and the presentation of over a 1,000 cars of all marques on display on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace.

Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance 2020 – Award Winners 

Best of Show1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider
Best of Show Runner-up1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta
Best of Show Third Place1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Duke of Marlborough Award1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT  
Churchill Cup for Most Exceptional Design1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina ‘Bocca’ Cabriolet
Chairman’s Award1966 Ford GT40 MkI
People’s Choice1997 McLaren F1 GTR #28R     
Veterans at the Palace1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost   
Pre-War Touring1936 SS Jaguar 100 2.5 Litre
Celebrating 110 Years of Alfa Romeo1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider by Zagato
Post-War Sports Racers1949 Ferrari 166MM Touring Barchetta
Post-War Touring (Open)1973 Dino 246 GTS
Post-War Touring (Closed, Two-Seater)1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
Post-War Touring (Closed, Four-Seater)1960 Citroen ID19 LeParis
Passione Ferrari1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Milestones of Endurance Racing1988 Porsche 962
Milestones of Endurance Racing (12-cylinder)1974 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT12
Celebrating the McLaren F1 (Road)1995 McLaren F1 #037
Classics of the Future (Pre-2000)1991 Ferrari F40
Classics of the Future (Post-2000)2006 Pagani Zonda Roadster F
Most Opulent1904 Napier L49
Most Exceptional Coachwork1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon
Most Elegant1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina ‘Bocca’ Cabriolet
Spirit Award1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet
Coup de Coeur1943 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet
Best Interior1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Barchetta
Passione Corsa1957 Ferrari 500 TRC
Most Iconic1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S
Preservation Award1955 Jaguar D-type
Ducati Icons1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport
Exceptional Street Motorcycles1965 Norton Unified Twin
Exceptional Competition Motorcycles1980 Suzuki RG500
Duke of Marlborough Award (Motorcycle)1939 AJS 2A

Ex-Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider by Zagato Scoops
Best Of Show At Salon Privé

A sensational Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider by Zagato that was raced by Scuderia Ferrari during the 1930s has won the coveted Best of Show award at this year’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA. The Italian beauty boasts an enviable competition history, having won the Coppa Principe di Piemonte in July 1932 in the hands of none other than Tazio Nuvolari. The ‘Flying Mantuan’ also drove it in the prestigious Klausenrennen hillclimb that year.

The grounds of Blenheim Palace were graced by some of the most elegant and significant cars from across automotive history as the Concours d’Elégance attracted a record entry. The panel of specialist ICJAG judges presented Best of Show Runner-up to the famous Ferrari 166MM Touring Barchetta that won the Mille Miglia and Le Mans 24 Hours in 1949, while the third-place award went to a rare right-hand-drive 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso.