Zurich Classic Car Awards 2013: Made in Switzerland

The Swiss have a reputation as a nation of connoisseurs. So, when we arrived at the presentation of a small but highly select number of classic cars for a concours d’elegance at the Bürkliplatz in Zurich, we knew standards would be high. The event did not disappoint...

The award ‘Best of Show’ went to Classic Driver Dealer Koni Lutziger for his wonderfully preserved Alfa Romeo 6C.

It might not be as well-known as Pebble Beach, but the concours held just a few metres away from Lake Zurich is now in its eleventh year. After the pomp and ceremony of Monterey week, the small meeting comes as a refreshing change - the judges in Zurich concentrate more on originality and condition than a too-perfect restoration with glistening chrome.

‘Best of Show’ for patina and history

So, more than meeting the strict requirements of the judging panel, the overall winner of the EFG bank-sponsored event was a vehicle high on patina and original features: the 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300. And ‘best unrestored car’ was the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ – another time-warp example.

Rarities from De Tomaso to Zagato

Some entries surprised even well-travelled commentators. In addition to mainstream Aston Martins, Jaguars and Ferraris, there were some real rarities. When was the last time you saw a De Tomaso Vallelunga, a Monteverdi High Speed, an Iso Grifo Can Am, a Matra Djet and a Zagato Aster Prototype in one place? For the quality and variety of its cars, the 2013 Zurich Classic Car Awards took some beating.

Photos: Jan Baedeker

For further information on the 2013 Zürich Classic Car Awards, visit zcca.ch