One of the collector car niche’s most ardent enthusiasts forwent the crowds, and the competition, of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in favor of a European vacation. David Sydorick, whose name was conspicuous by its absence on the Pebble field two and a half weeks ago, surfaced last Sunday in Florence, Italy, where his Zagato-bodied 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta took Best in Show at the Unique Special Ones concours d’elegance. Ferraris claimed four of the ten judged classes at the event, now in its second year of existence.
Many of Sydorick’s exquisite and unusually rare automobiles, which are predominantly postwar coachbuilt Italian sports cars, have been featured in this blog before. The show winning 250 GT, also displayed at last June’s Rodeo Drive Concours (below), is one of only three such cars to wear coachbuilder Zagato’s individually styled bodies, complete with trademark double-bubble roof.
Here’s a few more of his finer rides to see the concours circuit in the last year…
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Zagato – Yet another Zagato design with the double-bubble roof, which was created for greater structural support and increased headroom. This final iteration of the A6G featured a twin-camshaft Formula 2 engine.
1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic – This Ghia-bodied, V8-engined supercar is one of only twelve produced.
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato – OK, I’ve featured this one here a few times before, but the sublime coachwork that Zagato created for a mere 20 of Aston’s race-intended DB4GT examples never grows old.
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Zagato Coupe
All photos © by Mike Daly, except Unique Special Ones photos, courtesy of Ferrari.