Ferrari scoops Cartier Style et Luxe

| 3 Jul 2011

A Ferrari 340 America topped this year's Cartier Style et Luxe concours after marque specialist David Cottingham's elegant Barchetta won over the judges' hearts at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Touring-bodied beauty (above) was a star of the Fifties Finesse - Radical Car Couture class at the prestigious annual concours d'elegance, which was judged by celebrities including adventurer Bear Grylls (below) and Fiat design boss Lorenzo Ramaciotti.


This year's Cartier Style et Luxe featured seven classes with standouts including Sir Norman Foster's recreation of Buckminster Fuller's amazing 1934 Dymaxion, which wowed the crowds in the Extreme Lines - Pre-War Streamlined Specials class.

Also vying for attention in the streamlining genre was a 1936 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Sedan and Tom Rollason's 1939 Aston Martin Atom but it was left to Kees Smit's magnificent 1937 Tatra T77 (below) to take home the silver.

Also celebrating streamlined style was the Boat-tail Beauties - Nautically Inspired Coachbuilt Curios class which featured a 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster and 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Tourer. 


The Park Ward-bodied Derby beauty (below) had been tipped to win - thanks to its fabulous, boat deck-inspired finish - but the class honours went to marque rival Bentley: William Ainscough's 1931Bentley 4½-litre Supercharged Roadster.

The People Power - European Motoring for the Masses class was picked up by a humble 1961 Renault 3 (the economy version of the firm's iconic, Citroën 2CV-challenging Renault 4 that was launched 50 years ago). 

Other rarities on the People Power front included the 1958 DAF 600 Luxe and a 1951 Volkswagen Type 1, on loan from Volkswagen AG.

Another car getting a look in for its 50th anniversary front was, of course, Jaguar's E-type with six E-types (or E-type-based) examples on display in the Fabulous at 50 - The Incomparable Jaguar E-type class,  including the William Towns-styled 1972 Guyson E12 (below).

Also looking radical was Eagle E-type's 2011 Eagle Speedster but the class was won by marque specialist Peter Neumark's 1961 E-type Roadster (below, left).

Scooping the A Door to The Future - Replacing the Humble Hinge class was Clive Joy's gorgeous 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale (below), fresh back from Lake Como, Italy where the Alfa was the judges favourite at Villa d'Este (and the people's favourite at Villa Erba day on).