Italian Corrado Lopresto’s pretty Alfa was an obvious favourite with the knowledgeable crowd at the invite-only first day at Villa d’Este: as was Corrado himself, who was visibly emotional when his car was awarded the Coppo d’Oro, voted for by the public.
Originally bodied by Zagato, this chassis was campaigned in a number of Italian national races such as the Targa Abruzzo before being bought and rebodied by the Carrozzeria Aprile in 1938. The aerodynamic, attenuated new shape was designed by Mario Revelli de Beaumont, and is strikingly good-looking even in the elite company at Villa d’Este.
It underwent a painstaking restoration which even included using film restoration techniques to determine its exact original colours from black-and-white photographs. The car also won its class in the official judging on the Sunday, to nobody’s surprise and a partisan crowd’s loud approval.
Photography: Richard Pardon