Stunning display of Latin classics at Concorso Italiano

| 18 Aug 2012

Concorso Italiano turned the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch into a sea of (mainly) red on Friday 17 August as thousands of Latin classics and cars with Italian connections put on a sensational display.

As well as swathes of modern Ferraris and Maseratis, the classic turn-out was superb, as was the huge number of visitors that thronged around the event.

In one rank alone there were 10 Ferraris Daytonas lined up back to back with more than 15 Dino 246s.

Elsewhere, six Maserati Boras were cheek by jowl.

Attracting most attention on the Maserati field was 'Red' Fred's well-used 1961 3500GT.

The interpretation of Italian at Concorso can be rather liberal with Scott Takasugi's 1980 Volvo Bertone Coupé in a prime spot, a large showing of Pinin-style Cadillac Allante's and a couple of modern Bugatti "interpretations", one wearing a Delayahe badge, the other Santasiero.

Some of the more interesting concepts on display included Gary Kaberle's 2008 Alfa Bat 11, but C&SC's star of the show, the unique 1967 Jaguar Pirana – a sleek one off collaboration with Bertone based on a 2+2 E-type – seemed to be overlooked by many visitors.

There were great stories behind many of the cars on show. Dave Buchanan from Menlo Park showed his De Tomaso Vallelunga which can list previous owners as Dino Martin and Mazda MX-5 mastermind Tom Matano.

Powered by a Ford Kent, the precursor to the Mangusta has been owned by the Candy Store car club president for four years and his restoration was completed just over two years ago.

Octogenarian Harry Hart bought his 1951 Siata Gran Sport 30 years ago for $1500 having gone into a San Jose dealership for a Ferrari 166 or 212 and being persuaded of the advantages of the similar-looking but lesser-engined four-pot. 

A very early car with the engine placed well forward – after 15 or so it was moved back for better balance - it is completely standard and was second in class at Pebble Beach in 1991.

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Nice collection of Lancias included Lambda

Alfas and Fiats were out in force

A trio of Apollos proved popular with the locals

Gary Luke has had his 1965 ASA for seven years

Malcolm Barksdale's 1966 Lamborghini 350GT

The 1961 Ferrari 250GTE of Ken and Marie Thomas

Intriguing 1954 Fiat Stanguellini of Pete Vasquez

Jim and Karyn Silva's 1953 Arnolt MG

No Italian car day would be complete without a Lamborghini Miura

C&SC's favourite of the eight Alfa Romeo Montreals we spotted

Gorgeous Dino in green stood out among the black and red examples

Wonderful line-up of Maserati Ghiblis

Astonishing number of 308 and later (mainly 430 and F355) Ferraris on show