The award-winning cars at the 2022 Concours d’Elegance – Robb Report

Nothing sets the tone quite like a sense of place, and the world’s greatest motoring competitions are all about the milieu: the classic Italianate lakeside enclave of Villa d’Este, the rugged Californian coast from Pebble Beach, the aristocratic French garden of Chantilly Arts & Elegance. And then there’s the Concours d’Elegance at Hampton Court, a destination as grand as King Henry VIII’s 16th-century castle on which it resides.

A title sponsored by A. Lange & Söhne, the competition runs rows of classic and antique cars through the large, immaculate fountain garden, a neat array of shaped trees, a circular driveway that straddles a reflective water feature and the facade of Hampton Court Palace, the building that housed the legendary king.

1938 Delage D8-120 S “de Villars” wins Best in Show.

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Art Deco won big in the 2022 edition, with the ornately sculpted 1938 Delage D8-120 S “de Villars” winning Best in Show, and the 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia in Returning aeronautical theme after a 2016 win to grab the Spillway Bridge Design Award. The Delage was first sold new for US$7,299, making it one of the most expensive cars in the world at the time. It was first shown at the Concours de l’Auto de Printemps in 1938, where it won Best in Show. After several exchanges of hands, it won the European Classics section and Best in Show at Pebble Beach in 1996. The Hispano-Suiza was originally commissioned by André Dubonnet, heir to the Dubonnet aperitif fortune, and used the Xenia’s platform as a showcase for the patented four-wheel independent “hyperflex” suspension system he invented with the help of engineer Antoine-Marie Chedru. Sporting superb coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik, the elegant two-seater belongs to the Mullin Automotive Museum and is perhaps the ultimate expression of 1930s design optimism.

The 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia at the Concours d'Elegance

The 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia won the Bridge of Weir Design Award.

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Other cars hired include King Charles’s recently crowned personal Aston Martin DB6 Volante, which won the Platinum Jubilee award. The sleek roadster was converted to biofuel and used as a getaway car at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. A radical three-seat, mid-drive 1966 Ferrari 365P Berlinetta Speciale ‘Tre Posti won Ferrari’s 75th Anniversary award.

King Charles' Aston Martin DB6 Volante

King Charles’ Aston Martin DB6 Volante, which runs on biofuel, won the Platinum Jubilee award.

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However, it wasn’t all vintage glitz and old-school circumstances: other notable entrants included a Parabolica-themed McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, a stylishly reimagined 2005 Porsche Carrera GT by Zagato and a Ferrari 250 GT Europa. 1955 weathered with cracked paint. and rusty metal trim.

1966 Ferrari 365P Berlinetta Speciale Tre Posti

A 1966 Ferrari 365P Berlinetta Speciale ‘Tre Posti won Ferrari’s 75th anniversary award.

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The godfather high-end watchmaker from Saxony is run by CEO Wilhelm Schmid, a self-proclaimed gearhead whose mint Porsche 356 sat casually parked near the brand’s hospitality tent. The watchmaker has presented its 1815 Chronograph Hampton Court Edition flyback chronograph, a one-of-a-kind watch with intricate details that will be auctioned by Phillips in November 2022 at the Geneva Watch Auction XVI, with all proceeds benefiting the Prince’s Trust.

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