The "Kyoto Concorso d'Eleganza 2018", which took place at the 17th Century Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a triumph for Alfa Romeo, with some of the brand's rarest cars drawn from private collections carrying off coveted awards.
In fact, the "Best of Show" title went to a 1951 6C 2500 Super Sport Villa d'Este, one of just thirty-six of this model built by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan between 1949 and 1952. Two other historic Alfa Romeo models emerged victorious in their respective classes: the 1939 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta Touring, formerly owned by Prince Caetani (Touring Early Italian class) and the 1900 Super Sprint Touring dating from 1955 (Touring Classic Italian 1952-1961 class).
This prize tally is even more impressive considering that – with its classic cars winning three of the twelve awards on offer – Alfa Romeo was the best represented brand in the winners' enclosure.
Founded in 2016 by artist Hidemoto Kimura, this event was supported by the Alfa Romeo brand and by FCA Heritage, the department created to safeguard and promote the automotive legacy of the Group's Italian brands.
Significantly, also present at the Japanese event (although not competing) were the world's only 1900 C52 Coupé, generally known by its nickname of the "Disco Volante", or "Flying Saucer", and the modern Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Normally conserved at the "Museo Storico Alfa Romeo - La macchina del tempo" at Arese, Milan, the priceless 1900 C52 Coupé travelled to Japan to be guest of honour at the competition, parading on the red carpet together with three of the eight "modern" Disco Volante Coupé cars built by Carrozzeria Touring.
At the end of the competition, the classic cars left Kyoto via a scenic route for Tokyo, where they will arrive on 8 April. The parade will be escorted by a fleet of Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce cars supplied by event sponsor FCA Japan.
Photos: Alfa Romeo at Kyoto Concorso d'Eleganza