75 years of Ferrari at Concours of Elegance

| 29 Jul 2022
Classic & Sports Car – 75 years of Ferrari at Concours of Elegance

To celebrate 75 years of the Ferrari marque, the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will present a collection of rare and historic Modena machinery.

The event promises nearly 1000 display vehicles and more than 70 concours contenders on 2-4 September. 

The very first car to bear the name ‘Ferrari’ was the 1947 125S, but it was the 166 and 195 ‘Inter’ models that represented the first proper road cars sold to the public – and they will be represented at this concours.

Classic & Sports Car – 75 years of Ferrari at Concours of Elegance

This Ferrari 195 Inter will star at Concours of Elegance – as will a 166

On show will be one of just three Ferrari 195 Inters bodied by Touring, following last year’s 1950s-class winning Farina convertible.

Perhaps even more exciting for enthusiasts of Ferrari’s early years will be the 250GT Europa, one of just 34 that marked not just the beginning of one of the most successful and famous series for the Italian maker but, with civilised Pinin Farina coachwork, was also the brand’s first true GT.

A 1963 Ferrari 250GTO will also be on display, and in a rich, dark blue rather than the typical blazing red.

Classic & Sports Car – 75 years of Ferrari at Concours of Elegance

See a one-of-34 Ferrari 250GT Europa at the Concours of Elegance 2022 © Brian Henniker/Gooding & Company

This car, like many of the other 36 GTOs made, has a curious history.

It was bought by Mamie Spears Reynolds, an American racing driver, gold-mine heiress and at one point wife to Luigi Chinetti Jnr, the son of the key American importer for Ferrari.

Chassis 4219GT enjoyed competition success at Sebring and Daytona, and remained on America’s sunny west coast until it was imported to the UK in the 1990s. 

In raw competition specification, there will also be an example of the near-300bhp 250GT SWB ‘SEFAC’, so-named for its factory-works modifications at Scuderia Enzo Ferrari Auto Corse.

Classic & Sports Car – 75 years of Ferrari at Concours of Elegance

Just 20 Ferrari 250GT SWB Competition cars were made

One of just 20 made, the car on show, chassis 2735, was the Ferrari most-raced by Stirling Moss, and also had Graham Hill behind the wheel in 1961. It was restored in 2007 and, also in a dark blue, is bound to attract attention.

As well as the 1966 ‘Tre Posti’ 365P Berlinetta Speciale, as we revealed in May, many other highlights, Ferrari and otherwise, will be announced in the coming weeks as the 10th Concours of Elegance draws closer.