The Most Beautiful Cars in the World

For its first fiftheditions, the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille Concours d’Etatbrought together the greatest collectors from 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 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

2022, all 17 classes

‘Tribute to Betty’: American Open Sports Cars
Preservation: Pre-war Unrestored Cars
Preservation: Post-war Unrestored Cars
Alpine: The Racing Cars
The touring bodywork shop (Pre-war)
The touring bodywork shop (Post-war)
The touring bodywork shop (Cars from the ‘2000s)
A make of car no longer in existence: Hispano-Suiza
Racing cars from 1905 to 1925
Pop cars from 1968 to 1980
The Barchettas: past, present, future
Bugatti: the Revival
The Bentley Continental 70th Anniversary
An Italian manufacturer: De Tomaso
Jean-Paul Belmondo’s cars
The Le Mans 24 Hours Legend: Speed & Aerodynamics on the Mulsanne Straight
The Le Mans 24 Hours Legend: The Index of Performance Race

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

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 (Michael Kadoorie – Robson Walton)
2016 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta (Jon Shirley)
2015 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster (Evert Louwman)
2014 1938 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet, Figoni & Falaschi (Peter Mullin)