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After the first two Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, which were crowned with success and awarded the title of the Best Event of the Year at the International Historic Motoring Awards two years running, Peter Auto is delighted to unveil the classes of the “Concours d’Etat” for the 2016 event.

A wide-ranging period of the history of the motor car will be covered as a class will be devoted to steam cars, a major technological innovation that revolutionised 19th century society. The class illustrating the beginnings of pre-war aerodynamics will transport the public into the 20th century, the era when the motor car reached its apogee, in which the sports car speeded up technological progress. Thus, four classes, one of which will celebrate the fabulous career of one of the most famous and most-titled French team managers, will be devoted to competition cars of the last century: Bugatti, the grand prix cars, front-engined F1s, the cars of the Tour de France Automobile (1951-1986) as well as a special homage to Jean Todt’s exceptional 50-year career. In 2016 the creations of the famous Italian coachbuilder, Zagato, will also be celebrated with two classes: pre and post war. Less sporty but exceptional original cars will have the categories Unusual Coachwork (wood, cloth, wickerwork) reserved for them plus imposing long-distance saloons and limousines in their original state, as well as chefs d’oeuvre of French coachwork. And to cap it all there is a class for English makes that have vanished and one for V12 and V16-engined American cars which will be on display in the Concours d’Etat. In addition, two more classes will be announced at Rétromobile (3-7 February), at which Peter Auto will be present (Hall 1 – Allée P – no. 29).

• Bugatti, the Grand Prix cars
• The front engine Formula 1 cars
• The steam cars
• The former English marques
• A great Italian coachbuilder: Zagato (Pre-War)
• A great Italian coachbuilder: Zagato (Post-War)
• The improbable coachworks (Wood, fabric, wicker…)
• The V12 & V16 American Cars
• French coachwork masterpieces
• The Tour de France Automobile cars (1951-1986)
• The great untouched travel sedan cars and limousines
• The Aerodynamic’s beginnings – Pre-War road cars
• Tribute to: Jean Todt – Fifty years of an outstanding career
• Fiftieth anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura P400 unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show
• Class to be revealed