Estoril Classics 2019 Part III – The Concours d’Elegance

One of the most enjoyable parts of the Estoril Classics event is the ACP Concours d’Elegance. Now, it’s certainly not a massive affair, but there’s always something neat parked at the Casino’s gardens.

Before going any further though, a note: the weather was…unstable…to say the least. One minute the sun was shining bright and the next it looked like night had fallen. This makes some pictures which were taken seconds apart seem like they were snapped on completely different days, so bare with us on that aspect.

We’ll take a look at the more modern stuff first and then get into the pre-war cars afterwards. In the small but badass category, the Renault 5 Turbo 2 and the BMW 2002 Turbo were especially noteworthy. If you’re as much into rare Lancias as we are, you’ll be glad to see two Zagato specials: a beautiful Flaminia Super Sport and preciously tiny Appia. A 300SL Gullwing with racing pedigree and fantastic looking Roadster were also very welcome additions to the event, as were two Speedsters, two Maserati Sebring (a Series I and a Series II) and a seldom seen Facel Vega FV2B.

Renault 5 Turbo 2Renault 5 Turbo 2 (2)Renault 5 Turbo 2 (3)BMW 2002 TurboBMW 2002 Turbo (2)Lancia Flaminia Super Sport ZagatoLancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato (2)Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato (3)Lancia Appia ZagatoLancia Appia Zagato (2)Lancia Appia Zagato (3)Mercedes-Benz 300SL GullwingMercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (2)Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (3)Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (4)Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (2)Mercedes-Benz 300SL RoadsterMercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (3)Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (4)Porsche 356 SpeedsterPorsche 356 Speedster (2)Porsche 356 Speedster (3)Porsche 356 Speedster (4)Maserati Sebring Series IIMaserati Sebring Series II (2)Maserati Sebring Series II (3)Maserati Sebring Series IMaserati Sebring Series I (2)Maserati Sebring Series I (3)Facel Vega FV2BFacel Vega FV2B (2)Porsche 930 TurboPorsche 930 Turbo (2)Porsche 930 Turbo (3)Porsche 930 Turbo (4)Porsche 930 Turbo (5)Porsche 911Porsche 911 (2)Porsche 911 (3)Porsche 911 (4)Oldsmobile F-85 Turbo JetfireOldsmobile F-85 Turbo Jetfire (2)Jaguar XK120Jaguar XK120 (2)Jaguar E-TypeJaguar E-Type (2)Jaguar E-Type (3)Lancia Aurelia B20Lancia Aurelia B20 (2)Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce SpiderAlfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider (2)Bentley S2Bentley S2 (2)Ferrari 208 GTS TurboFerrari 208 GTS Turbo (2)

As far as pre-war cars, the undisputed star of the show was the absolutely massive Hispano-Suiza H6C Torpedo (sadly shown here with its rain, mini tent cover thingy on). Equipped with an 8L straight 6 and fitted with a competition style body, this particular example was ordered by legendary con artist and refined bamboozler Artur Alves dos Reis. If you don’t know who that is, take a moment to Google it because Alves dos Reis was responsible for one the biggest frauds ever committed and the way he pulled it off was as simple as it is fascinating. Reis, as one does when one as hundreds of thousands of [semi]fake bills printed, ordered himself two Hispano-Suizas but ended up never taking delivery of either one because by the time the cars were completed, the jig was up and he was in jail.

Hispano-Suiza H6C TorpedoHispano-Suiza H6C Torpedo (3)Hispano-Suiza H6C Torpedo (5)Hispano-Suiza H6C Torpedo (2)Hispano-Suiza H6C Torpedo (4)

Besides the H6C, a couple of other rarities caught our attention, namely the Caramulo Museum’s stylish Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, a gorgeous Mercedes 320 Cabriolet A Special, a very nice 3 Litre Bentley Tourer and of course, we couldn’t possibly overlook the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport, a stunner from a time when Alfa wasn’t even making its own bodyworks yet and, in the case of the 1750 GS, leaving that job in Zagato’s very capable hands.

Bugatti Type 57 StelvioBugatti Type 57 Stelvio (2)Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet A SpecialMercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet A Special (2)Bentley 3 Litre TourerBentley 3 Litre Tourer (2)Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GSAlfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS (2)

In order to make it a particularly nice send-off, we’ll finish part III of the Estoril Classics 2019 coverage with some fetching Rolls Royces. There were some great examples on the lawn; the Silver Ghost was, of course, notable but the rolling chassis stole the show simply because it exists.

Rolls-Royce 40 45HP Silver GhostRolls Royce rollig chassisRolls Royce 20 25HP Drophead CoupeRolls RoyceRolls Royce (2)Rolls Royce 20 25HP CoupeRolls Royce 20 25HP Coupe (2)Rolls Royce TwentyRolls Royce Twenty (2)

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