Concours d’Etat

The Most Beautiful Cars in the World

For its first fifth editions, the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille Concours d’Etat brought together the greatest collectors from all around the world. One hundred exceptional cars, embodying the most beautiful creations in the automobile history, have come each time from all over Europe, but also from United States, South America, and Asia.

Presented on the Estate’s Le Nôtre lawns to form a remarkable and unique ephemeral museum, they display their charms for one purpose only: to be awarded the Best of Show. Indeed, “crème de la crème”, Chantilly obliges, Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille has been awarding two Best of Show prizes since 2017, as it is difficult to compare a pre-war car with a post-war one.

In each of the 17 classes comprising some four or six cars, rareness, history, state of conservation and upkeep are the main criteria considered by the hand-picked jury when examining them to select the class winner, an obligatory step to go onto the two final “Queens of the Day” consecration.

On the track they suffer wear and tear. In museums, they don’t come alive. At Chantilly the cars are alive, still competing, but no damage!

Prize list

2022 Pre-war:
Hispano-Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia (1938)
2022 Post-war:
Talbot Lago T26 GS Barchetta Motto (1950)
2019 Pre-war:
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Foursome Coupé (Chip Connor)
2019 Post-war:
1948 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé (Robert Kudela)
2017 Pre-war:
1936 Bugatti 57 S Atlantic (Peter Mullin)
2017 Post-war:
1958 Ferrari TR 58 (Sir Michael Kadoorie – Robson Walton)
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta (Jon Shirley)
1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster (Evert Louwman)
1938 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet, Figoni & Falaschi (Peter Mullin)