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Concorso Italiano

Concorso Italiano August 2012
The 27th Edition of Concorso Italiano, as in years past, brought the best of Italy to the spacious greenery of the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, California. This year's feature attraction was the Cars of Bertone in honor of their 100th anniversary. The event also celebrated the 55th anniversary of the Fiat 500.

Concorso Italian showcases the passion of many enthusiasts for the Italian built automobile. They recognize them as Sculptures in Motion and engineering marvels. From the exotic to the utilitarian, the cars of Italy are always well represented. Senses are overwhelmed walking from row-to-row of exotic Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Ferraris. Italy certainly produced some of the finest, exotic, and sportiest automobiles.

The history of the Bertone Company dates back to November 1912. Honoring their work in the industry, the centerpiece at Concorso was the Bertone Nuccio concept car. This concept (which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show), is an 'extreme' sportscar that puts an evolutionary imprint on the concept that is built into Bertone's DNA: the mid-rear engined berlinetta. Formally, the Nuccio takes its layout from the low, muscular one-box design that is part of the company's historic tradition. At the same time, it displays a styling language of strong emotional impact that projects the brand's identity into the future.

Other cars in attendance in honor of Bertone were a Fiat Stangeullini Berlinetta, Lamborghini Miura S, Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale, and a Dodge Z-250. Sitting in close proximity to the Bertone Nuccio was another concept - the 1967 Jaguar Pirana one-off. The Pirana had futuristic styling, a sporty persona, luxurious amenities, and many safety features. It is elegant, refined and harmoniously balanced in every detail.

With the re-introduction of the Fiat 500 into the United States, the gathering of past-and-present Fiat 500s at Concorso have become even more profound. This year, Fiat introduced the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo at Concorso. The new Fiat offers 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, which places it above the 'base' model but 'below' the Fiat 500 Abarth. As Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand North America described 'the sweet spot.'

This years Best of Show honors was awarded to the 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa owned by Ken and Dayle Roath of Newport Beach, California. It wears coachwork by Pininfarina and was the display car at the 1956 Brussels Motor Show. It has been given a recent restoration and upon completion it was display at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este where it was awarded with the 'Trofeo BMW Group Classic' for having the best restoration.

Galleries

1929 Lancia Lambda  
1937 Lancia Aprilia Sport Zagato  
1953 Aston Martin DB2  
1953 Fiat Stanguellini  
1955 Lancia Aurelia  
1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Sprint  
1958 Lancia Aurelia  
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  
1960 Fiat 500  
1960 Lancia Appia  
1961 Ferrari 250 GTE  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1964 Aston Martin DB5  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT  
1965 Apollo 3500 GT  
1965 Lancia Flavia 1800  
1965 Maserati Mistral  
1965 Shelby Cobra 289  
1966 DeTomaso Vallelunga  
1966 Ferrari 330 GT  
1966 Ford GT40  
1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia  
1967 Ferrari 365 GT  
1967 Jaguar Pirana  
1968 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT S1  
1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce  
1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce  
1970 Fiat 500  
1971 Alfa Romeo GTV Veloce 1750  
1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal  
1971 Fiat 124  
1971 Fiat 850  
1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV  
1972 DeTomaso Pantera  
1972 Ferrari 246 Dino  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4  
1972 Lamborghini Jarama  
1972 Maserati Indy  
1973 Alfa Romeo GT Veloce  
1973 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce  
1973 DeTomaso Pantera II  
1973 Jensen Interceptor III  
1973 Lancia Fulvia  
1973 Maserati Bora  
1974 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4  
1974 Fiat X1/9  
1974 Maserati Bora  
1974 Maserati Merak  
1975 Ferrari 308 GT4  
1975 Fiat X1/9  
1975 Maserati Khamsin  
1976 Fiat 128  
1976 Lancia Scorpion  
1977 Lancia Scorpion  
1977 Maserati Khamsin  
1977 Maserati Merak  
1978 Ferrari 308 GTB  
1978 Ferrari 308 GTS  
1979 Ferrari 308 GT4  
1979 Ferrari 308 GTS  
1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6  
1983 Ferrari 308  
1984 Alfa Romeo GTV-6  
1984 Fiat Ritmo  
1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6  
1985 Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole  
1985 Ferrari Mondial  
1985 Fiat Bertone X1/9  
1985 Maserati Quattroporte  
1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6  
1986 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1986 Ferrari Testarossa  
1986 Fiat X 1/9  
1986 Lotus Esprit  
1987 Ferrari Mondial  
1987 Lamborghini Jalpa  
1988 Ferrari 328 GTB  
1988 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1988 Fiat Bertone X1/9  
1989 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1989 Ferrari Mondial T  
1989 Maserati 228  
1990 Ferrari F40  
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  
1990 Volvo 780  
1991 Alfa Romeo 164  
1991 Citroen XM  
1991 Lamborghini Diablo  
1992 Alfa Romeo 164  
1993 Cadillac Allanté  
1994 Ferrari 512 TR  
1995 Alfa Romeo 164  
1995 Ferrari 456 GT  
1995 Ferrari F355  
1997 Ferrari F355  
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello  
1999 Ferrari F355  
1999 Lamborghini Diablo  
2000 Ferrari 360 Modena  
2001 Ferrari 360 Spider  
2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0  
2001 Pontiac Firebird  
2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello  
2002 Maserati Spyder  
2003 Maserati Coupe  
2005 Ferrari F430  
2005 Maserati Coupe  
2005 Maserati Spyder  
2006 Chevrolet Corvette  
2006 Ferrari F430  
2006 Maserati Quattroporte  
2007 Bentley Continental GTC  
2007 Maserati Quattroporte  
2008 Maserati GranTurismo S  
2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia  
2009 Maserati GranTurismo S  
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia  
2010 Ferrari California  
2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce  
2011 Pagani Huayra  
2012 Bertone Nuccio Concept  
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