Since 2005, Louis Vuitton has granted two prizes each year: the Louis Vuitton Classic Concept Award, presented to the best working prototype of the year, and the Louis Vuitton Classic Concours Award, which is given to an automobile, chosen from among the Best of Show at the most famous Concours d’Elegance competitions in the world.
This year, the winners are the Citroën C-Métisse and the Ferrari 250 GT California (1961).
The 2005 edition was won by the Maserati 75th Birdcage by Pininfarina.
Citroën will be presented with the award at the Geneva Motor Show on 8 March 2007.
From the official Press Release:
Louis Vuitton Classic Concept Award 2006
The Citroën C-Métisse received the award thanks to its original design.
"This car is undeniably a Citroën. […] It is also thoroughbred,
well-muscled, compact and braced for action, while remaining welcoming, with a particularly intelligent interior design.
"Last but not least, its hybrid diesel-electric engine demonstrates a responsible approach and consideration for energy and ecological concerns, an indispensable factor nowadays."
The BMW 328 came in second place, in front of the Saab Aero-X.
The manufacturers and car designers selected for 2006 were BMW, Citroën, General Motors, Pininfarina, Saab, Renault and Zagato.
The jury, once again under the chairmanship of Christian Philippsen, comprised:
- Serge Bellu, editor in chief, Automobiles Classiques
- Xavier Dixsaut, designer, Director of Innovation for Louis Vuitton
- Harm Lagaay, designer, former design manager for Porsche
- Carl-Gustav Magnusson, designer, former design manager for Knoll (furniture)
- Samuel Mann, collector (winner of the LVC Concours Award 2005)
- Gordon Murray, engineer, former technical director of the F1 Brabham and McLaren stables
- Lorenzo Ramaciotti, designer, former design director for Pininfarina
- Stewart Reed, Chair of the Transportation Design department at the Art Center College of Design in California
The cars will be exhibited on March, 6, 7 and 8, 2007 in Geneva, during the International Motor Show. The prize-giving ceremony will be held on March 8, 2007.
Louis Vuitton Classic Concours Award 2006
After lively and passionate debate, the Ferrari 250 GT California emerged triumphant.
A Spider dating from 1961 bodied by Scaglietti, elected Best of Show at the recent Ferrari Club of America Field and Driving Concours and owned by the New Yorker Peter Kalikow.
Manufactured from a design by Pininfarina, this legendary automobile, with perfect proportions and a
streamlined style, is one of the Italian car designer’s masterpieces.
It is powered by the famous Vshaped 12 cylinder engine, a close relative of competition models, which not only produces some of the sweetest mechanical music, but also gives the car exceptional performance.
The competitions selected were: The Ferrari Club of America Field and Driving Concours (USA), the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (Florida, USA), the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (Italy), the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance (Michigan, USA), The Quail (California, USA) and finally the
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (California, USA).
The jury was made up of renowned figures from the world of automobiles and, in particular, automobile design, under the chairmanship of Christian Philippsen:
- Leonardo Fioravanti, founder and owner of the eponymous design studio, co-chair of the jury
- Christopher Bangle, BMW design director
- Olivier Boulay, manager of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Centre in Japan
- Fabrizio Giugiaro, ItalDesign design director
- Winston Goodfellow, journalist and photographer
- Wahei Hirai, Toyota design manager
- Anthony Lo, General Motors Europe design director
- Flavio Manzoni, Fiat and Lancia design director
- François Melçion, director of Rétromobile
- Shiro Nakamura, Nissan design manager
- Robert Peugeot, Innovation & Quality manager for PSA Peugeot-Citroën
- Patrick Le Quément, Renault industrial design director.
Since the company was founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton has been closely associated with travel. It created the first accessories for Kellner, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce.
(Source: Louis Vitton via Winding Road)