Live Report: Concours d’Elégance Suisse 2018

Don Corson

From Modernity to Design

22nd – 24th June 2018, Château de Coppet, Switzerland

Jaguar E-Type 1961

The Concours d’Elégance Suisse enjoyed splendid ambience and weather for it’s 3rd appearance year. Eighty-five cars were entered into the competition that continues the tradition of the Concours d’Elégance Geneva which was held each year from 1927 to 1955, paying tribute to the historical and cultural heritage of the automobile. The motto of the show this year is “From Modernity to Design”.

Alvis Speed 20SC Charlesworth 1934


FIAT 8V Rapi Corsa 1953

The Concours is set up to be a weekend of fun for both the owners of the cars and the public coming to view them. The festivities begun on Friday with the Tour d’Elegance, a leasurely jaunt for the participating cars over about 80km through the regional vineyards, including a luncheon meal recess. The day ended with the Concours’ Inaugural Party on the castle lawn in the evening.

Bugatti Type 57S Atlante 1936


Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe 1959

On Saturday, the cars are all parked in the garden of the Château de Coppet and judging starts. Lunch is served in the culinary pavillion and the gardens opened to the public at noon. Animated discussions with the owners are possible all day and the groups of judges are seen inspecting the vehicles. In the evening the traditional ‘Owners’ Dinner’ is held in the Château.

Ferrari 250GT Berlinette Bertone 1962

Jury of the Concours d’Elégance Suisse

On Sunday, the judging continues and the prizes are presented at the Awards Ceremony in the afternoon.

Mr. Adolfo Orsi chaired the Jury of the Concours d’Elégance Suisse 2018, ensuring the smooth running of the competition alongside 20 other international expert judges.

As a member of the highly prestigious International Chief Judge Advisory Group ICJAG, Adolfo Orsi champions a strict charter that hinges on criteria of originality and authenticity. With this background, the car that wins the Best of Show award is the result of a decision-making process based on uncompromising rules of assessment. An important point for future generations is that owners are encouraged to restore and keep their cars in an authentic state and to keep them this way.

Ferrari 250 Europa Pininfarina 1953

Following the tradition of a Concours d’Elégance, the cars are judged in various classes according to their period, bodywork, preservation or make. The many classes allow each car to be evaluated with fairness concerning it’s aging and the materials used at the time.

Cadillac V12 Fleetwood 1931

The 85 cars in the competition were judged in the following categories:

  • 1920 – 1929, from Modernity to Design, open cars
  • 1929 – 1929, from Modernity to Design, closed cars
  • 1930 – 1939, from Modernity to Design, open cars
  • 1930 – 1939, from Modernity to Design, closed cars
  • Hispano-Suiza
  • Ferrari front engines
  • Ferrari rear engines
  • Swiss coachwork
  • French coachwork
  • 60th anniversary of the Aston Martin DB4
  • 60th anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GT Coupé Pinin Farina
  • 40th anniversary of the Paris-Dakar Rally
  • Sports cars 1940 – 1970
  • Sedan cars 1940 – 1970
  • Futures classics, ultra luxury sedans 1970 – 1980
  • Futures classics, ultra luxury sedans 1981 – 1985


Lamborghini Countach 1977

The goal of the evaluations is to allow each owner to know where their car may shine and where it may have fallen short in consideration of it’s restoration. Cars that have been “over restored” to a state shinier and newer than would have been possible at their date of manufacture are penalised. Only the most original or authentic vehicles – the winners of their respective classes – enter the competition for the ‘Best of Show’. This system is used in most of the major shows throughout the world.

Elegant Lines on View

Ferrari 330 GTC Pininfarina 1967

Check out the svelte lines of the yellow number below….



Cord 812SC Phaeton 1937

The three teams of judges in their straw hats could be seen busy at work discussing with the owners, checking the papers, that the lights work, and that the motor starts. Scores are recorded on the prepared ICJAG score sheets. The winner of the Best of Show award is chosen from the winners of the 15 categories.

Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Touring 1962

Best in Show

This year’s Best of Show winner is this wonderful open-bodied AlfaRomeo 6C 2300 BMM from 1939.

Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 BMM 1939


The official CES 2018 Best of Show photoshoot….

Concours dElégance Suisse 2018 Best in Show © Yves Perradin


To complete our visit to the CES, we note that even the stroll back to our parking space was a pleasure. We see that the visitors did not deprive themselves of some fun for the drive. Here we see a Lotus 7 and an Alpine A110 in the visitor parking lot.

Visitor parking




Author’s Biography:  Donald Corson

Donald Corson is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on horology discussion fora. In his writings, he blends his precision from the engineering industry with creative passion as an independent watchmaker who handcrafts his mechanical creations.

Donald has authored articles for magazines like The Watch (Hong Kong) and contributed a chapter in the book ‘Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology’ (2018) ISBN 978-1-851-49907-6.

An American by birth, German by education and Swiss by residence, Donald has difficulty choosing a team to support in the Football World Cup!

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