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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS of the DINO in MARANELLO

More than 150 Dinos and over 300 Ferraristi gathered in Maranello for an event celebrating the half-century of the Ferrari Dino. As shown by the utterly impressive turnout, the Dino is one of the best-selling Ferraris and has a special place in the heart of many Ferrariristi.

Aimed at competing directly with the Germans, it was fitted with a new V-6 engine instead of the traditional Ferrari V-12. The name was a tribute to Enzo Ferrari’s first-born son, Alfredo known as “Dino,” who created the innovative V-6 engine while battling muscular dystrophy. The first series, the seductive Dino 206 GT, was produced in 1968 and 1969. It was followed by the more powerful 246 GT and GTS who were produced until 1974.

On the morning of the commemorative event, two groups of 206 GT, 246 GT & GTS and 308 GT4 Dinos arrived in the forecourt of the Maranello Museum, and then headed to Fiorano. The cars paraded on Ferrari’s test track before gathering on the steering pad for an absolutely stunning colorful aerial photo. At midday, the Dinos drove into the Ferrari gates, where the customers were given a special factory tour. The day was closed with the traditional drive, one car at a time, under the arch of the historical entrance on Via Abetone Inferiore.

Bacchelli & Villa, our restoration shop restoration shop located in Bastiglia, Modena – just few miles from Maranello – have restored no less than fifteen Dinos to date, including the notable Ferrari Dino 206 GT #0306 featured in the Cavallino Magazine cover as well as recognized with prizes at several Concourse d’elegance, including the one organized by the Factory last year to celebrate Ferrari 70th Anniversary.

Long Live the Dino!

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FRESH FROM THE PRESS: Cavallino Magazine on Bacchelli & Villa

On its 225th issue (June/July 2018), Cavallino Magazine – one of the most respected sources of everything Ferrari for over 40 years – has covered the life of the “famous and revered” Bacchelli & Villa. Read about the journey of the newest addition to the MAG Group through the eyes of Keith Bluemel and Cavallino Magazine:

“Carrozzeria Auto Sport (de Bacchelli & Villa), in Bastiglia to the north of Modena, was founded in 1972 by Franco Bacchelli & Roberto Villa, to maintain and repair sports and racing cars. Franco Bacchelli was the first employee at Piero Drogo’s Carrozzeria in 1960 where he worked for eleven years, whilst Roberto Villa learned his aluminum skills at the renowned Carrozzeria Scaglietti. As was well know, both of these companies had strong connections to the Factory… The surnames of the founders have always been synonymous with the maintenance, repair and restoration of the predominantly competition cars and quickly they built a reputation for the authenticity and quality of its work. This didn’t go unnoticed in at the Ferrari Factory, and only four years after starting their operation, in 1976, they were made an official Ferrari body shop. This was the start of an ongoing collaboration with the Ferrari Factory in Maranello and also the factory ‘s then Assistenza Clienti facility in Modena. After some privateer efforts at Le Mans with the 365 GT4 BB and the 512 BB by Luigi Chinetti’s North Americam Racing Team, the Ferrari factory agreed to produce a race version, which then became known as the 512 BB/LM. IN 1978 Bacchelli & Villa were awarded the contract by Ferrari ti construct these client race cars for their Assistenza Clienti department in Modena, as the Factory competition’s department was concentrated solely on F1. Between then and early 1982, a total of just three “normal” and twenty-five “silhouette” (with bodywork designed in Pininfarina’s wind tunnel) examples were produced, cementing the company’s close ties with Ferrari, with whom they have worked ever since in a number of veins.

Bacchelli & Villa has restored numerous significant road cars, including no less than fourty-nine 275 GTBs and a quarter of the total 250 LM production over the years. However, it hasn’t only been just Ferraris, but also other prestigious home brands like Lamborghini and Maserati, including a fine Maserati Quattroporte for ex-Ferrari F1 driver Rene’ Arnoux, a Maserati A6GCS with Frua coachwork that won Best in Show at Villa d’Este in 2003 and an ex Shah of Persia Maserati 5000 GT. 

In 2005 they became a Ferrari Classiche Preferred Body Shop, and since that time they have carried out bodywork restorations on a number of significant Ferraris for the Classiche department, such as the ex-Stee McQueen 275 GTB/4 to its original Berlinetta configuration – after a subsequent owner had it converted to a spyder – a pair of 250 LM, one of which achieved Platinum and won the Coppa Dodici Cilindri award at the 2014 Cavallino Classic, a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta and a 250 GTO.”

To be continued…

The next time you are in Maranello, we would love to have you as our guest and give you a personalized tour of the Bacchelli & Villa restoration shop. For additional information Bacchelli & Villa, please do not hesitate to reach out at contact@bacchellivilla.com.

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THE 25th RODEO DRIVE CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

This past Sunday, Collezione by MAG and Ferrari Beverly Hills participated in the 25th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. We had the opportunity to contribute to this Father’s Day tradition by displaying two very different Ferraris. Ferrari Beverly Hills arranged the exceptional presence of the all-new Ferrari Portofino, in what could be seen as the first American public appearance of this amazing Gran Turismo. This was a rare opportunity for many families to see the car in person, before it is officially delivered to the United States.  Collezione, on the other hand, displayed a magnificently restored 1964 250 GT Lusso, which is a clear testament to Ferrari’s unparalleled pedigree in manufacturing comfortable and luxurious gran touring motor cars.

Year after year, Ferrari Beverly Hills is delighted to participate in this father’s day event. It takes place in our home turf, just a few steps away from our historic showroom and it is the ideal way for thousands of fathers to spend their family day, as they show the children some of the world’s most interesting cars. Moreover, this event has a special relationship with Ferrari. In fact, back in 1993, as Maranello was gearing up to launch the 348 Spider, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (former CEO) looked for a sunny and magical location to unveil his new convertible. He thought about Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills, connected with local collector Bruce Meyer and the two gave birth to the event that has now celebrated its 25th edition. We’re looking forward to 25 more!

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A CAR DAY IN SAN MARINO

Collezione by MAG, Bacchelli & Villa and Ferrari Beverly Hills had a fun and successful day at the 8th annual San Marino Motor Classic.

Arranged in 400 classes, over 200 classics were lined around the stunningly luscious Lacy Park. The crowd was blessed with a perfect California day and the participation once again showed why Southern California car culture is so unparalleled. The Bacchelli & Villa and Collezione tent offered shade for the tired families and allowed them to admire our 1973 Daytona Spider and the 250 SWB 1:1 wireframe, while kicking their feet up.

Throughout the day, the Mattioli Auto Group team admired the many Ferraris in attendance and deliberated that the first “Bacchelli & Villa Award” should go to a unique 365 GTB/4 finished in Bianco. Astunning color we had never seen on a Daytona, well deserved! Please admire the beautiful shots in the gallery below.

Until next year!

 

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2018 SAN MARINO MOTOR CLASSIC

Collezione by MAG, Bacchelli & Villa and Ferrari Beverly Hills are pleased to announce their participation to the 8th annual San Marino Motor Classic in San Marino, CA on Sunday, June 10th at picturesque Lacy Park.

Considered one of the most exclusive Classic Car events in Southern California, this year’s San Marino Motor Classic will feature more than 200 vintage cars on display and boasting over 30 judged classes. The event is guaranteed to be a great day for the classic car community and its profits will benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. We will contributing to the elite display of classic cars with our very own 1973 Daytona Spider and Bacchelli & Villa has arranged the display of the very special Ferrari 250 SWB 1:1 wireframe, coming directly from the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.

The Symphony of Cars Event will be held on the evening preceding the event.

If you are in Southern California, join Us,  Bacchelli & Villa – our very own world-class restoration shop in Modena and Ferrari Beverly Hills – at San Marino Motor Classic.

When: June 10th, 2018
Where: 1485 Virginia Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
For Additional Information: Email Us at contact@collezionebymag.com and please visit San Marino Classic for tickets.

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2018 FERRARI TRIBUTE to TARGA FLORIO

Ferrari is set to continue its tradition of celebrating the great classic motor races of the past.

The 102nd Targa Florio will be held from October 4th to the 7th. We are glad to announce that Ferrari customers, with cars from every era, are once again invited to participate in the Ferrari Tribute dedicated to one of the world’s oldest races. A race that has hosted the most epic battles and that was won by the likes of Tazio Nuvolari, Manuel Fangio and Nino Vaccarella. Ferrari participants will compete in the same regularity race as the Targa Florio Classica for models built before 1977. The cars will compete along a three-legged course, on the very streets where the greatest drivers competed from 1906 to 1977, trying to take home the prestigious price established by racing pioneer Vincenzo Florio.

The city of Palermo, the 2018 Italian Capital of Culture, will be the center of the course which will reach the most evocative locations of Sicily. On Friday October 5th the group will move to the coastal zone in the province of Trapani through Saline and Marsala. The return trip passes through Calatafimi, Monreale and reaches Palermo at the end of the day.

On the second day, the cars will run through the legendary streets of the Parco delle Madonie, which made this event famous thanks to its attractions, from Floriopoli to the town of Cerda, from the old fortress town of Caltavuturo to Castelbuono and Cefalù.

The last racing day will take place in the immediate surroundings of Palermo: Carini, with its medieval fortress, the Isola delle Femmine, the small village of Mondello, a famous Sicilian attraction where a re-enactment of the Favorita circuit (which was part of Targa Florio from 1937 to 1940) is in schedule.

Registrations are now open. For more information, please contact the Collezione Team:

Via e-mail: contact@collezione.com

Via Phone: (888) 356-7110

“Carry on my project as I created it to challenge time” -Vincenzo Florio

2018 MILLE MIGLIA STORICA

When one thinks of the golden era of racing, one of the road races that first come to mind to any Motorsport fan has to be the Mille Miglia. This event was for decades the most anticipated dates of the racing season and were pivotal in the development of many Grand Tourers that we cherish today. For Enzo Ferrari and his newly established independent “Scuderia” the MM brought a lot of satisfaction with 8 wins in 11 entries from 1947 to 1957.  proved to be The race had to come to a stop when safety concerns for the drivers and the millions of spectators that lined the roads became too big. Fortunately, motoring enthusiasts are today given the opportunity to carry on the racing legacy through an unmissable tribute event.

The Mille Miglia Storica

The 2018 edition of the Mille Miglia Storica (the 35th of its kind) will take place from the 16th to the 19th of May. As usual, the event will start and finish in Brescia’s Piazza della Vittoria with its turning point in Rome. Only owners of classic cars built before 1957 (last edition of a competitive MM) will be able to take part in this prestigious regularity race. The drivers must adhere to many strict regulations and the winners will have flawlessly passed the many time trials, time controls and average trials with minimal penalties. The classic cars will motor along breathtaking scenic roads that have shaped the history of world motor racing, paying homage to the feats of fearless drivers such as Clemente Biondetti, Gigi Villoresi, the Count Marzotto, Piero Taruffi and the list goes on…

This year, the first day of racing will take participants from Brescia to the vibrant Adriatic town of Milano Marittima. On the second day, the race will cross the boot to reach the Italian capital, where the cars will gloriously parade the city center of the Eternal City. On the third and fourth legs, the participants will head back north stopping in Parma and complete the 1,000 miles race in Brescia.

The Mille Miglia is without a doubt the most anticipated classic road-racing event of the year. Enthusiasts from all over the world bring their cars to Brescia for four days of unforgettable actions and no one forgets to pack their competitive side! Applications for this year’s edition are now closed, please do not hesitate to get in touch for assistance for future participation.

Via e-mail: contact@collezionebymag.com

Via Phone: (888) 356-7110

FROM BEVERLY HILLS TO BASTIGLIA

Sports Car Market on Bacchelli e Villa:

“A California-based Ferrari dealer makes a big Italian connection.

The Mattioli Automotive Group is going back to its Italian roots with the purchase of the world-famous Bacchelli & Villa restoration shop in Bastiglia, near Maranello, Italy. Mattioli is known for amazing Ferrari dealerships in Beverly HillsLos AngelesSouth Bay and Silicon Valley in California. The company is now positioned to restore Ferraris in the birthplace of Ferraris. Franco Bacchelli, who founded Bacchelli & Villa with his now-deceased cousin Roberto Villa in 1972, said Mattioli is committed to local craftsmen and their tradition of excellence. “People are magic, and here they have a unique gift,” Bacchelli said.

“That is the love they put in everything they do.” You can always train a new worker to be good, but it’s far better to train someone who knows and lives the local passion for work well done, Bacchelli said. “This is why, in this shop, the job interview is in the local dialect,” Bacchelli said. “And we ask whether the tortellini are hand made at home.” Bacchelli started working on top-notch Italian sports cars in 1958. “I turned 14 and, with my dad, took the bus to go to Modena to look for a job for me,” Bacchelli said. “The first place we entered — it was the closest to the bus stop — was Piero Drogo’s shop. I remained, and learned my work until 1972, when, after military service, I decided to open my shop.” Eventually, Bacchelli & Villa teamed up with Ferrari to repair and build cars, including the Ferrari 512 BB Le Mans cars. In 1995, Bacchelli & Villa entered the restoration business. Soon, cars that needed a new life started flowing into the shop.

Ferrari collectors such as Jacques Swaters and Charles Pozzi were the first to send their cars to the shop for restoration. Col. Ronnie O’Hare, Luigi Chinetti and Paul Pappalardo also sent cars. Bacchelli & Villa have restored 49 Ferrari 275 GTB cars, and they hope to soon start bringing the 50th back to life.
A connection with Mattioli Automotive Group’s Ferrari dealerships in California — the largest Ferrari market in the world — ensures that business in Bastiglia will be brisk. “Now, with the new organization offered with MAG,we can imagine an even better and more successful future, and I’m absolutely thrilled for my workers,” Bacchelli said. “Many of the second generation is working here, and I’ve been able offer them a safe future with Giacomo Mattioli and the Mattioli Automotive Group.” In return, American Ferrari owners will get topnotch restorations from technicians who grew up building and repairing Ferrari cars, said Marco Arrighi, who is the new director at Bacchelli & Villa.

Arrighi is taking over the shop after almost 39 years at Ferrari, and he plans to maintain and expand the already high level of craftsmanship. “The project was too beautiful and interesting to say no,” he said. “We use the same materials of the past, the same tools, and sometimes, the hands of the son of the man who did the car back in period.” American restorers are considered some of the best in the world, so how does an old-school shop near Modena, Italy, attract business from the United States and around the world?

“When I first started working here, one of the first things Franco Bacchelli shared with me was the deep emotion he felt when Paul Russell, one of the most capable and renowned American restoration shops, visited this shop and congratulated him for the quality of the work,” Arrighi said. “We know the cars from when they were new and how they were made.” Still, quality standards have increased over the decades, and Bacchelli & Villa has improved with the times.
“If we repaint a car as was done in 1960, with the same lack of attention to detail, we would be out of business in a very short time,” Arrighi said.“The cars we restore are absolutely original, in every single detail, but they have a finish quality that is definitely better than original.” The shop’s goal is to work closely with the California-based Ferrari dealerships — and offer fantastic restorations to world-class cars and demanding customers. “We’d love to have a 250 GTO in the restoration shop, as so far we have done only one, a 1964 car,” Arrighi said. “And we’d like to have some SWBs — the most
beautiful car ever.” Arrighi has a personal connection with lots of Ferrari cars, but he’s eager to see one model in particular enter the shop. “I have a special relationship with the 288 GTO because I was the one in charge of the preparation and the start of its production line,” Arrighi said.”

Story by Massimo Delbo’ from the May 2018 issue of Keith Martin’s Sports Car Magazine

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A SUCCESSFUL RETROMOBILE WEEK

Dear Friends,

It was an honor being represented at Salon Retromobile in Paris, the most relevant classic car expo in the world, with Ferrari Classiche, while showing the only surviving street alloy “Daytona” in its legendary “barn find” conditions as well as the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB4 in Argento and Pelle Nera, masterfully restored by our own craftsmen at Bacchelli & Villa restoration shop. Both cars were true crowd-pleasers and attracted many enthusiasts throughout the week.

I am attaching the Ferrari sales results at the Artcurial Motorcars, RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams auctions in Paris: Click HERE. The market seemed to have plateaued on most models.

Additionally, I am pleased to share with you the newest addition to Ferrari Beverly Hills Team: Emiliano Torkar. Emiliano joins Ferrari Beverly Hills after nearly 20 years spent at Ferrari factory, four of which spent at the Ferrari Classiche as a technical inspector.

Emiliano will make your Classiche Certification process seamless, visiting your collection at your convenience and location; he can be reached at Emiliano@ferraribeverlyhills.com 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Giacomo Mattioli

President & CEO, Mattioli Automotive Group

JOIN US A RETROMOBILE, PARIS

With some exciting events already in the books and many more coming up, we can say that 2018 is set to be another exciting year for us classic car lovers.

Our next occasion is set for the extravagant Salon Retromobile, in Paris from February 7 to 11, 2018. Considered one of the most relevant classic car expos in the world, Retromobile will take stage at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre and guarantees to be a premier rendez-vous for the most prominent car collectors. We invite you to attend this famed event in Paris, and we will be glad to welcome you inside our hospitality area located in the main Pavilion (Hall 1, booth No. R015).

Last week-end Collezione by MAG and Bacchelli & Villa had the privilege to attend the prestigious 27th Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, where we showcased our gorgeous 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina and our newly-added restoration facility made its American debut.  It sure was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces there and participate in the success of the first major concourse of the year.

Last but not least, it is important to comment on the January Scottsdale auctions, as their results and performances set the tone for the coming months. Overall, sales totaled $247.8M with a minor decline (-5%) over last year’s results. However, fewer lots crossed the block (-8%) and sell-through rates were up to 84%. Blue-chip Ferraris with fascinating provenance continue to bring strong results. A clear example is this year’s highest sale: Battista Pininfarina’s personal1965 275 GTB Speciale sold by Gooding & Co for over $8M.

As Always, Forza Ferrari!