The biggest classic event of Europe, set in Chantilly, a few kilometres away from Paris, has been quite a success, even with the arid climate: 45°C. We suffered a lot, but passion does not care.
Text: Luca W. © Photos: Thomas Z. ©

Sharing the European classic scene with Le Mans Classic (once every two years), Chantilly Arts & Elegance concours has become a major event through time. Legendary cars are brung there by their owners, who want to show, share and tell the story of their gems with car enthusiasts. What other place than the Château de Chantilly: a big domain built in the 16th Century. A perfect set to contemplate the huge variety of machines. The historic château was also used as a scenery in “James Bond: A View to a Kill” in 1985 with Roger Moore. Speaking of whom, let’s start with the sublime Aston Martins that were out there.

Starting with this staggering 1954 DB2/4 Competition Spider (Chassis LML/507), the only car with a known racing history bodied by Bertone. Actually, this one is quite a star, as it was sold a decade ago during Pebble Beach and at the Villa d’Este a couple of years later.

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider by Bertone – LM/507

The following one really catched my eye: a 1959 DBR1 (Chassis DBR1/5), the only one built for a private owner (amongst 5). It has not a great racing history but what a beautiful machine.

1959 Aston Martin DBR1 – DBR1/5

Then, this sublime 1952 DB3 appeared in the field of vision. Originally built for the team and fitted with a 2.6-litre engine, it was then equipped with a 3-litre engine in order to win races, especially the Monaco Grand Prix and the Mille Miglia. It finished P7, and then continued to race in England. The car (Chassis DB3/4) was rebuilt as a DB3S to be sold easily.

1952 Aston Martin DB3 – DB3/4

Last but not least, a 1978 V8 RHAM (Chassis RHAM/1), that raced in the 24h of Le Mans in 1977 (finished 17th) with 480hp. One year later, Aston Martin decided to add two Garret turbos that pushed the power output to 800hp. Sadly, the entry to the race was withdrawn only two weeks before the start because of a low consumption.

1978 Aston Martin V8 RHAM – RHAM/1