On display in the heart of the city, the exhibition will showcase sixteen vintage cars from the Lopresto Collection which is dedicated to one-of-a-kind or extremely limited edition Italian automobiles. It is for this reason that the Lopresto Collection is the most important of its kind in Italy, and one of the most prestigious in the world.
An extraordinary group of “one-of-a-kind” cars: masterpieces of design from the 1950s and ‘60s, the golden age of the Italian automobile industry, when some cars were still being custom-crafted to the client’s wishes, will be flanked by some incredible autos from the 1930s to show how design and technology evolved over the years.
The sixteen masterpieces on display belong to Corrado Lopresto, architect by profession, collector by passion, and the winner of more than 150 international competitions, including 35 Best in Show, and the only person to have taken the Coppa d’Oro [Gold Cup] three times at the Villa d’Este elegance competition. He is also – and rightfully – proud of being the only four-time winner, with four different cars, in his class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance the world’s major competition for vintage cars.
With the help and support of Italian master craftsmen, using period tools and techniques, Mr. Lopresto has conducted conservation work to restore these unique, historically important and very valuable cars to their original splendor.
The autos on display include: a 1939 Alfa Romeo 2500 Sport bodied by Carrozzeria Touring , a Lancia Aprilia bodied by Carrozzeria Touring, an Isotta Fraschini 8A SS Castagna from 1930, a Lancia Florida from 1955 and a 1953 Lancia Aurelia Vignale.
“I am truly proud to be able to show the cars from my collection on the occasion of such an important event”, said Corrado Lopresto. “The exhibition will present prototypes and one-of-a-kind vehicles by Italian car-body builders who contributed to bringing out the works of designers unknown to the general public such as Revelli, Michelotti, Tom Tjaarda, Brovarone and Gandini, just to mention a few who worked with and helped build the legend of names like Pininfarina, Bertone, Touring and Zagato”.
This June, the beautiful and historic Forte Belvedere will once again be the setting for an exhibition dedicated to Italian automobiles – the last having been the famous Ferrari show in 1990.
The exhibition, “Il design automobilistico italiano degli anni ’50 e ’60” will be open to the public from Tuesday 17 June to Thursday 19 June.