Exclusive Florida gathering attracts stunning classic showing

| 12 Feb 2014

There was a superb turnout of classics at Cavallino Sports Sunday, held recently at Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The exclusive event was limited to around 700 guests and C&SC was among them to meet the owners and their cars.

One of the showstoppers was Dennis Nicotra's recently bought 1956 Ferrari 250GT Boano (main image). The last of nine pre-production alloy-bodied Boanos, chassis 0447GT was sold new to Guido Cantelli, the conductor of La Scala opera. Following his death in a plane crash the 250GT was sent to Luigi Chinetti to be sold in America where it has remained ever since.

Also garnering a lot of attention was Mitch and Wendy Gross' 1925 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre. The couple have owned the ex-George Eyston twin-cam powered Aston for nearly a decade and it was fresh from a full restoration.

Similarly racy but from another era was Barbara and Leonard McCue's 1953 Nash Healey which has seen action at Lime Rock and Pittsburgh. Leonard said:  "I've raced just about everything there is with wheels and the Nash Healey is the most fun I've ever had!"

Lloyd Gillespie took along his 1955 Jaguar XK140 fixed-head fresh from a 5000 hour restoration while Milli Ricciavdelli brought a simply stunning 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet bought at the RM/Sothebys Art of the Automobile sale in New York last year.