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Class G â€“ GT man has arrived. Interpretations of opulence
As mentioned before this year concours took the theme well into
the 1970s and class G was one of these classes. Whereas many
of the convertibles and coupes of the previous eras featured some
sportive genes the cars of this class featured a more luxurious
approach to the theme.
The two winners of the class could not be more different, on one
side the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Convertible and on the other
side the Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona. Unlike the previous models
the Daytona was not a race car in the common sense anymore
apart from some specially developed Competition versions but a
more refined cruiser taking the design from Pininfarina into the
The rival of Ferrari in the 1960s in the GT class was also Aston
Martin and just like Ferrari developed more into the luxurious
market Aston did as well. Originally designed by Touring the DB4
started the GT line highlighted by the DB5 as known from the
James Bond movies. Presenter Simon Kidston introduced the car
at Como as â€śJames Bond on holidaysâ€ť as the DB5 was also
produced in a convertible version. Today on of the rarest Astons
the DB5 was the last car before the name â€śVolanteâ€ť was
introduced for the open versions.
One of the strangest car in Como was the Panther Six of 1976. In
this F1 season the Tyrell P34 surprised the world with the 6-wheel
concept that was also shown on this design study of Panther
featuring a huge 600hp engine and a top speed of 320 km/h.
Apparently two examples were built and the car in Como was
surrounded by many people all day long.
A little bit less exciting was the Rolls-Royce Camargue, the
coupĂ© was certainly well in the theme of the luxurious GT cars
but not few did not really see a concours car in its lines.
Class H â€“ How fast is fast enough, mid and rear-engined
supercars from the disco era
What was shown in the earlier years of Formula 1 with the
revolution from the front to the rear-engined design started in the
sports cars of the 1960s and 1970s as well.
The first car arguable called supercar by the press was the
Lamborghini Miura SV that should change the way people see a
sportscar. The low Bertone designed V12 defined the sports car
for the years to come. Up to the present day Lamborghini is the
more aggressive opponent of Ferrari based on the vision of
Ferruccio Lamborghini to compete against the prancing horse.
Without the race heritage the former tractor manufacturer had to
impress the enthusiasts with a more radical approach to the
theme and today the Miura is one of the most iconic cars of its
era. The appearance of Lamborghini in the 1970s is also
underlined by the colours usually seen on these cars, many of
them in bright yellow, light green or orange contrasting the
common Italian red. The Miura on display was a final SV version
and shown first at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971 and a very rare
right hand example and the deserving winner of the class.
Following the Miura was the even more radical design of the
Countach. The early LP400 was the purest of the designs before
spoilers were added in the later versions. Named after the position
of its engine (longitudinale postoriore = longitudinal rearward) the
LP400 has become a real collectors car in recent years showing
the interest of the market in the 1970s sports cars. This can also
be seen by the Porsche 911 2.7 RS with the â€śducktailâ€ť, the
spoiler characteristic for this version of the 911. Just as the
Countach the 2.7 RS just hit the Million Dollar at the recent
But certainly BMW did show one of their own creations as well as
the M1 perfectly fits into this category. Although not as exotic as
the Countach the M1 became famous as a race version in the pro
series when famous racers drove against each other in the single
marque race class.
The class was rounded off by the AMX/3 by Bizzarrini.
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