The Aston Martin Bulldog won the Coppa d’Oro award at the Concorso D’Eleganza at Ville D’ Este on the shore of lake Como. Aston Martin built one Bulldog concept car and it was unveiled to the world in 1980, but due to fiscal hardship Aston Martin sold it in 1981 to a buyer in the Middle East and it went out of public view.
In 2020 it was found and purchased by car collector Philip Sarofim, and it received a 6,000 hour restoration.
With a wedge design and V8 power Aston Martin expected the Bulldog to have a top speed of 200 mph but it fell short of the glory at 192 mph.
“The next challenge is to get the car to 200 mph, and we will do that later this year at a location which we will announce shortly.”
A Bugatti Type 57S Vanvooren Cabriolet was named ‘Best of Show’ at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza on the shores of Lake Como. The Bugatti Type 57S featured in class A, ‘The Golden Age of Elegance: The Art Deco Era of Motor Car Design’ and is one of four Bugatti Type 57S cars built with a Vanvooren convertible body. One of its previous owners replaced the original engine with a V8 for test purposes. Following some extensive research, the original straight eight-cylinder engine was relocated.
“We are humbled that a Bugatti vehicle should win the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ Award among such renowned competition, as well as winning its class,” Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles said.
A Bugatti Type 59 Sports race car from 1934 and a Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet with Gangloff bodywork from 1937 were featured in class A with the 57S.
The Type 59 Sports was converted into a sports car and raced until 1937. It had five owners, including King Leopold III of Belgium from 1938.
The new Bugatti Bolide was one of seven prototypes on display and won the Design Award of the class. All 40 Bolides are now sold out and the track-focused hypercar is powered by a W16 engine that produces a factory-rated 1,600 ps (1,578 bhp).