The weather god was on the Zurich Classic Car Award (ZCCA) also in its 17th edition: when the nearly 90-year-old once again rushed to the secluded Bürkliplatz in Zurich for a beauty pageant, rainy summer showed itself on the friendly side – as in years past. And while many classic events have fallen victim to the pandemic this year, ZCCA has managed to do so — just as the year before.
Again, atypical of the Concours d’Elegance and the typical ZCCA was the color combination. There were many high-gloss gems on site, but there were also bread-and-butter cell phones. This time there was a special category for the Jaguar E-Type to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Of the 15 variants of the E, it was the type unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. It won its class as the first E-Type ever offered.
Plastic cars and classic cars
Another special category is dedicated to cars with plastic bodies. Along with the Alps and Corvette, there is the Studebaker Avanti. Youngtimers also came on their own again, whether it was a 1988 Toyota Celica (1st owner), 1990 Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato, BMW Z8 or 1982 Pininfarina Spidereuropa (1st owner). In the heart of the city, Ulrich Saverling (57) presided over the jurors – including Blick’s author editor – to evaluate and later select the winners.
In addition to the triumphs of the antebellum class and even seniors in the 1970s, the Audience Cup was awarded again, which all visitors could vote on. A crowd favorite this time around: a 1957 sky blue Elvis with a Graber body from Wichtrach BE. In any case, the rolling artwork of Swiss bodybuilders was very popular: in the car class of the 1970s, a rare four-door model was completely restored – one of 28 High Speed 375/4s of Peter Monteverdi’s formation (1934-1998) in Binningen BL – secondly, a young man’s high-speed car 375 L with a length of 3000 km took first place.
Swiss Salon premiere
The two main winners also have Swiss roots. The brothers were named “Best of Show” and Best Unrecorded Car: two beautiful Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 convertibles were shown at the 1938 Geneva Motor Show, one in the Alfa stand, and one in the Worblaufen stand. Also note: The classic car hobby isn’t just a man’s business: drivers have won three awards, whether in the BMW Z8, the third generation Triumph Spitfire or the Celica.
Another positive thing about ZCCA: the location in Bürkliplatz in the center of Zurich also gave passers-by and tourists a classic experience – with free admission. By the way: On September 25 and 26, 2021, Ticino’s sister event, the Ascona Classic Car Award (ACCA), will take place at Ascona TI. More information about ZCCA as well as ACCA is available here: Swisscarconcours.ch.
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