Epitome of Elegance- The Cartier ‘Style Et Luxe’ delivers

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The Cartier ‘Style Et Luxe’ was the sweet icing on the cake at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Presented in seven classes, on display were amazing cars representing the finest of their type, whether in style or concept. For twenty years this event has added to amazing atmosphere that is the Goodwood FOS.

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This was the ultimate Concours D’Elegance. Such is the nature of this event, each class was judged by a host of famous faces including , Lord Bamford, Olympic Gold Medalists Sir Chris Hoy and Sally Gunnell, Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive, handbag designer Anya Hindmarchand and actor Rowan Atkinson,  plus other notable names from the world of sport, the arts and design.

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To be able to park on the lawn of Goodwood House, your car needs have a certain amount of pedigree. This year Magnificent models from Mercedes Benz and Maserati were the headliners in this Automotive feast for the eyes. The ‘Blown Away’ class was specifically held  just for Mercedes-Benz 500K models, with the winner being Winfried Ritter’s Cabriolet A model.

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This 1935 Mercedes 500K Cabriolet Bodied by Erdmann & Rossi featured a long wheel base. As with other Type W29 500K models, this cabriolet producing an impressive 160hp from its Roots supercharged motor. Remarkably this car was owned by the same German family until 1945, it was then confiscated by the Soviet Army as a war trophy and used by a KGB general in Moscow for many decades.

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The Height of Fashion Class – featured neumerous coach built maseratis from the 1950’s. With a race-bred chassis built by Gilco and drop dead gorgeous styling from Pininfarina this 1953 Maserati A6 CGS has got to be one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Powered by a short-stroke 2-litre inline six it develops 170hp. Just four examples of this sporting Maserati were build over two years.

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It comes then as no surprise that this amazing machine was awarded Best of Show. The Maserati, which is owned by Egon Zweimuller Jr, took victory in the coachbuilt Maserati-only Class 3: ‘The Height of Fashion’ as well. Just look at that achingly beautiful rear quarter view. Sublime.

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Maserati’s chief engineer Giulio Alfieri developed the two 2+2 prototype 3500GT, revealed at the Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva, March 1957. Maserati 3500GT was a 2-door coupé and convertible and the company’s first attempt at the Gran Turismo market and large-volume production.

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This breathtakingly beautiful 1955 Maserati A6G/54 2000 GT Zagato Coupe was a car that we could not stop starring at. This car has been styled by Allemano, Ghia, Pininfarina, Vignale and Frua. Out of 60 A6G cars built this is one of 20 Zagato-built coupes.

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This cream Masser convertible was also winning in the looks department.

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The clock on the transmission tunnel is an impeccable touch.

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The brown interior really suited the immaculate exterior.

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In the general vicinity of the ‘Style Et Luxe’, Chris Evans dream garage was put on show. His so called ‘Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Famous Five’ collection drew lots of attention and jealous looks from the crowd. Each year Chris auctions the chance to drive the cars in aid of Children’s charity- its so great to see these priceless cars being driven, used and enjoyed.

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His 250 GT looked in well-used condition.

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We loved the officials tags around the chrome gear stick.

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The F40 was a worthy member of the Magnificent Seven.

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Chris’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible is one of our favourites.

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Making fine company next to the 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona.

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Celebrating its centenary Maserati put on an excellent display of cars; new and old. The Alfieri caught our eyes, named after the engineer who founded “Officine Alfieri Maserati” in Bologna a century ago, and, with varying degrees of help from his five brothers, put the trident brand on the map. Based on the GranTurismo MC Stradale chassis and engine, it lends its 4.7-litre, naturally aspirated V8, and the engine sends 460 horsepower and 384 pound foot of torque through a six-speed automated manual gearbox and a limited-slip rear diff.

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Maserati have really contributed so much to automotive design and style in the last century.

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1927 BNC 527 Monza- BNC was a short-live manufacturer based in Paris.

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A white knight, and winner of Class 5: ‘Mid-engined masterpieces’ went to Stephen Keen’s 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400S.

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In 1961 a rift between Enzo Ferrari and his engineers led to a number of new small sports car companies being set up, determined to threaten Ferrari’s dominance. One such operation was Automobil Turismo e Sport (ATS) founded by Ferrari defectors Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti. The first ATS model was the 2500GTS,an appealing mid-engined coupe unveiled at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. Despite its appeal and advanced design, financial difficulities saw ATS close its door in 1964, with only a handful of cars made. This car is a 1964 3000 GTS fitted with a 3.0 litre engine.

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This astonishing RX500 prototype was developed by Mazda in 1970 as a ‘mobile test bed for high speed safety.’ Featuring plastic panels this car was a featherweight 850kg, and is powered by a mid-mounted 491cc single rotor Wankel engine, developing a staggering 247bhp. Front-hinged doors, with the engine and rear boot accessible via gullwing doors.

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The multi-coloured rear lights were intended to turn green under acceleration, orange when cruising at speed and red when braking.

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1964 Ferrari 250 LM. The Pininfarina-designed Ferrari 250LM made its debut at the 1963 Paris Motor Show. The LM was essentially the 1963 Le Mans-winning Ferrari P sports racer, but with a roof. The car features a mid-mounted 2953cc V12. The 250 LM boar little resemblance to previous front-engined Ferrari’s, with its multi-tube spaceframe chassis and mid-engine layout, a design which Enzo was initially opposed to.

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A range of high quality American cars were on display.

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Our highlight was this 1968 Ford GT40 Mk3. Ford famously took the first three podium positions at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race, and went on to dominate this endurance event, taking four consecutive race wins at la Sarthe from 1966-1969. Capitalising on this success, the road going Mk3 Gt40 was lauched in 1967 with an extended rear to make room for luggage, a central gear change and a detuned 4.7 V8. This car is one of only seven made.

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We hope you have enjoyed drooling over some of the fine machinery as much as we have enjoyed presenting it to you.

Please stay tuned to Driven Threads. Watch this space.




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