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BACCHELLI & VILLA INAUGURATES RENOVATED SHOP

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Ownership, clients, partners, friends and employees gather in Bastiglia (Modena) to inaugurate a new era of classic car restoration.

On the evening of Monday October 29th, Collezione’s restoration partner Bacchelli & Villa opened the doors of its renovated state-of-the-art workshop for the first time under Mattioli Auto Group ownership. A number of clients, partners, friends and employees from all-over the world responded to Giacomo Mattioli’s invite to witness the beginning of a new chapter in the shop’s rich history. Helped by a glass of local Lambrusco and a bite of Parmigiano, attendees were able to tour the entirety of the carrozzeria, observe all of its practical and cosmetic improvements and assist to a demonstration of panel beating during the evening.

In a brief speech, opened by thanking guests for attending despite the stormy weather, Mr. Mattioli outlined the importance of providing his craftsmen with an exceptional work environment, which in turn commends excellence in their daily work. He emphasized his love for the craftsmanship native to his hometown and the desire to protect it and propel it into the future by teaching the next generation. A special thanks goes to our Scuderia Corsa drivers, who visited us before the Finali Mondiali in Monza, best of luck to you! Right after, one of our masters, helped by two apprentices, awed the public by demonstrating how a 250 GT Lusso filone structure is used to model and beat the body panels into shape.

In the new configuration, every work area hosted a classic car in the different stages of restoration. At the entrance, guests were welcomed by a restored Lamborghini Miura SV, as well as a showcase aluminium body of the Ferrari 250 LM. Indoors, in the assembly bay, a completed red Ferrari 275 GTB long nose stoo next to a red Maserati Mistral Spyder. In the bodywork area, a Dino Sport Prototype occupied the graphed table, while a bare body 275 GTB (the 50th restored by B&V) shined mounted on a bridge. Next to it you could find the star of the night, the complete hand-built 250 GT Lusso wireframe bolted over an original chassis, used for the demonstration. Two more Lamborghini Miuras, two Maseratis and a Ferrari completed the display.

A new era is officially under way for the Heritage of Craftsmanship and Collezione by MAG is happy to be a part of it.

CELEBRATING ALL THINGS ITALIAN AT CONCORSO ITALIANO

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Monterey car week wouldn’t be complete without a generous dose of Italian flare; the best place for that is undoubtedly at Concorso Italiano. We were excited to celebrate the #33rd annual Concorso Italiano with the entire Mattioli Automotive Group.  Collezione, Ferrari South Bay, Ferrari Silicon Valley, Ferrari Beverly Hills, Ferrari Westlake and Bacchelli & Villa  all joined forces to create an amazing VIP hospitality area,  boutique and Ferrari display overlooking  the Ferrari pavilion.

Our eye catching Ferrari display contained a great sampling from the Mattioli Automotive Group’s many endeavors. Front and center was the brand new Ferrari Portofino sporting  impressive power from Ferrari’s award winning twin-turbo V8. Flanking the Boutique area was the Ferrari 488 GTB juxtaposed by its racing counterpart, the Scuderia Corsa 488 GT3 which had just returned from a valiant battle by Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette at Virginia International Raceway where they took 4th place.

Opposite of these two sports cars was our bold blast from the past. This 1973 365 GTS/4 is the the 90th of just 121 Factory “Daytona Spiders”. Please contact us or phone us to schedule and appointment to see this beautiful collectible or to learn more about it.

Complementing our display of stunning Ferrari automobiles were some examples of fine work from one of the most prestigious Ferrari restoration shops in the world, Bacchelli & Villa. The newest member of the Mattioli Automotive Group showed off their amazing skills with a 1:1 Ferrari 250 SWB wireframe, 1:3 Ferrari 250 SWB wireframe, and a miniature replica of the 599’s V12 engine.  A huge Grazie to the founder of  Bacchelli & Villa, Mr. Franco Bacchelli, and the Director, Marco Arrighi, for their presence. It was a pleasure to hear them speak on the history of the shop along with the amazing handcrafted models on display.

The FINEST AUTOMOBILES GATHER at PEBBLE BEACH

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From the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, to Ferrari setting the world-record for the most expensive car sold at auction, the Monterey Car Week continues to stun the automotive world.

 

THE PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Thanks to its location, tradition and excellence, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has gained fame as the top-ranking event of its kind. Not only winning, but just being invited to this Concours is the not-so-secret goal of the world’s most committed car collectors.

The spectators, in their own right, are just as passionate. In what is known as Dawn Patrol, thousands of people enter the field as early as 5am, to steal the first pictures of the marvels that will be fighting for the judges’ nod.

The cars are arranged in 27 classes (which vary every year) and the very best are awarded Class Awards, Special Awards, Elegance Awards and finally—Best of Show. This year, a Special Award entitled to the great Enzo Ferrari went to a 1958 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder; while Best of Show was awarded to a 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C Touring Berlinetta. You can see the full results by clicking here.

CONCORSO ITALIANO

Collezione by MAG was first presented to the public at the 2017 edition of  Concorso Italiano. This year, we joyfully returned along with the rest of MAG and Bacchelli & Villa, which as you know, joined our group last fall. Concorso Italiano is an event that brings together car owners and afficionados of any and all Italian marques, it is always a pleasure to support such event.

As part of our participation, Bacchelli & Villa showcased at our hospitality are the extremely rare Ferrari 250 SWB (1:1 scale) and 250 GTO (1:3 scale) wireframes used to restore and build these Italian works of art. While on the event grounds, we displayed our 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 “Daytona Spider”. Our official Ferrari dealers, also contributed and brought the all-new V8 Ferrari Portofino.

“Our team has partnered with the esteemed Mattioli Automotive Group for many years and we are proud to welcome their newest addition, Bacchelli & Villa,” said Tom McDowell, chairman, Concorso Italiano. He added:  “Supporting Italian automotive craftsmanship, restoration and artistry is part of our mission here and we are thrilled to highlight this team’s superb work in the space.”

THE MONTEREY AUCTIONS

The 2018 Monterey Car Week will long be remembered for having featured the most expensive car ever sold at auction—the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Chassis 3413— which hammered at a whopping $48.8M.

Overall, it was the multi-million dollar cars that boosted total sales, signifying that committed collectors are always keen on adding prestigious cars to their stables. In fact, mostly thanks to these big sales, the total sales number rose sharply from last year (+13%), reaching $371M.

As always, Ferrari was the highest-selling marque, accounting for 30% of total car sales in Monterey ($110M). And also thanks to the record GTO sale, the average Ferrari sold for an impressive $1.63M (+20% vs2017).

About the Ferrari GTO

The 250 GTO is well known to the world as the Holy Grail of classic cars. The model was extremely successful at winning racers in its time and its sensual Italian lines stood strong to the harsh test of time. Not often does one reach the auction block and when it does, you can expect it to set a new World Record. Chassis #3414 did not disappoint and here is why. It is the third of only 36 GTOs built and considered by marque experts to be one of the most authentic and original of all examples. It’s one of just four upgraded (in period) by Scaglietti with Series II features; one of seven to ever receive this more aggressive and successful coachwork. Its racing pedigree is stout: Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi drove it to victory in the 1962 Italian GT Championship. With its class win in the 1964 Targa Florio, it was a key contributor to Ferrari’s victory in the 1964 International Championship for GT Manufacturers. During the 1962–1965 seasons, it achieved 15 class and overall wins.

TRIBUTE TO FERRARI SPIDERS

In celebration of Ferrari’s World Premiere of the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, Fairway One of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (adjacent to Casa Ferrari) served as the lawn for the “Tribute to Ferrari Spiders”— aimed at welcoming the 488 Pista Spider as the 50th drop-top model from the Prancing Horse. Fittingly, 50 Classiche Certified vehicles were on display and included a 212 Export, 250 Monza, 250 Testa Rossa, 412 S, no less than four 275 GTS4 NART Spiders, F50, F60America, LaFerrari Aperta, just to name a few.

Ready to see more? Click 2018 Pebble Ferrari Catalogue for the complete guide to sold Ferraris at the Pebble Beach Auctions.

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Cavalcade Classiche brings 70 Vintage Ferraris to Sardinia

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More than 70 classic Ferrari crews from all over the world gathered in Sardinia for the second edition of the Cavalcade Classiche.

 

At Collezione by MAG we believe that a classic Ferrari must be driven and enjoyed to the fullest of its capabilities. What better occasion than the Cavalcade Classiche? This event, organized by Ferrari Classiche, was created exactly to allow Maranello’s clients to share their common passion for driving classic Ferraris and exploring Italy. It is a fantastic celebration of grand touring, a simply unique social, cultural, gastronomic and sporting event. The magic of the Cavalcade doesn’t only create special memories for the owners, but also for the thousands of enthusiasts who flocked the roads and had the opportunity to admire Ferraris such as: the 500 TRC, the 340 America, the 250 Europa, the 750 Monza and the 250 California SWB, to name just a few of the models that made up the exclusive field.

Staged between September 18th and 22nd, the Cavalcade kicked off from Valle dell’Erica and then explored areas of beautiful Northern Sardinia each day, from Alghero to the Valle della Luna, from Castelsardo to Porto Cervo and the Island of Caprera. After covering over 800 km, the Cavalcade ended, as per tradition, with a spectacular parade and official presentation of all the cars to the public of Maddalena.
The Cavalcade Classiche is exclusive to Ferrari Classiche Certified automobiles.

Please do not hesitate to Contact Us to learn more about future events. Enjoy the photo gallery below, courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS of the DINO in MARANELLO

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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