Poltu Quatu Classic
5-6-7 July 2019
The 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy was Best in Show at the Poltu Quatu Classic Concours d'Elégance, which brought four-wheeled gems from the most important Italian and European collections to the Costa Smeralda. The Ferrari 275 of the Brescia entrepreneur Ugo Gussalli Beretta is one of 12 produced in aluminium with six carburetors, in Silechi blue, which remained for years in one of the most important collections in South America before returning to Italy and being restored and certified by Ferrari Classiche.
Six classes for the most glamorous summer Concours organised by Auto Classic and Between Comunicazione, in collaboration with the Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu, came under the eye of an international jury chaired by the car historian Paolo Tumminelli and made up of designer Fabrizio Giugiaro, Ferrari expert Luciano Bertolero, the CEO & Founder of Petrolicious Afshin Behnia, and journalists Luca Gastaldi, Carlo di Giusto and Shinichi Ekko.
The class prizes went to the 1915 Lancia Theta Sport of the Genoese collector Mauro Milano, former winner of the Alassio Classic Concours d’Elègance, the first car in Europe to fit a standard electrical system; the 1950 Fiat 1100 E Vistotal Cabriolet Castagna owned by the Nicolis Museum, the Asa 1000 GT Spider of Edoardo Magnone, its prize awarded by Giorgetto Giugiaro himself who had designed it in the 1960s for Bertone; one of the three Alvis TE 21 Super Cabriolets produced, brought by the English collector Daniel Donovan; the Ferrari 308 GTB fibreglass owned by Mario Baroncini, and, for the Instant Classic class, the Lamborghini Aventador SV of the Monaco resident Raul Marchisio.
Among the special prizes, the Asi prize went to a rare 1952 Ferrari 212 Coupé Pininfarina owned by entrepreneur Giorgio Vinai, a car that represents the link between Enzo Ferrari and Pininfarina and their first collaboration, while the Italian Fiat Register decided to reward the 1100 Vistotal Castagna, one of the last cars made by Carrozzeria Castagna of Milan during the post-war relaunch phase, characterised by the special "Vistotal" pillarless windscreen, which gave total visibility of the road through tempered glass.
“The Poltu Quatu Classic is part of a circuit of Concours d’Elégance that includes the Alassio Classic and Parco Valentino Classic”, explains Simone Bertolero of Auto Classic, organiser of the event, “that combine the elegance of these beautiful vintage cars with the spirit of the Dolce Vita”. And it is no coincidence that the most beautiful cars in the world have returned to show their paces in this tiny paradise nestling on the north-east coast of Sardinia: "Motor racing is a real family passion”, admits Daniele Pulcini, M.D. of the Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu Group, former driver and now a big fan of his son Leonardo, who will represent Italy next year in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.
In the three days of Poltu Quatu, collectors experienced just the right balance of worldliness and passion for engines, with excursions between Porto Cervo and the ancient village of San Pantaleo, with the much-anticipated off-shore experience alongside the five-times world powerboat champion Aaron Ciantar on the Chaudron G - two 2500 hp Mercury engines cutting through the waves at more than 100 mph - designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro.
During the night-time parade in the brightly lit Piazzetta of Poltu Quatu, the winner took away the Best in Show Trophy created by GFG Style, "a trophy model that I designed exclusively for this circuit of Concours d’Elégance”, explains the Turin designer, “made of composite materials and painted ad hoc to suit the edition and the location". As usual, Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro’s GFG Style also brought to Sardinia the year’s latest prototype presented at the Geneva Motor Show, the all-electric GFG Kangaroo Hyper Suv.