Coolest cars from Greenwich Concours Europa
1. 1941 Tatra T87
One of the best surprises of 2016 was the return of Tatra to Greenwich; Tatras made appearances in 2005, 2007, and 2008 at this popular event, giving up the Eastern Bloc niche to Volgas for a few years. But the Czech marque returned in grand style, with a 1941 T87 sedan wowing cognoscenti and concours newbies alike. This rear-engined V8 sedan, now owned by Barney Hallingbee, is said to have been restored in the Czech Republic in the 1990s before making its way to the new world. T87s have been climbing in value and just a few yards away Bonhams was offering yet another T87 in its auction tent. Whatever the previous American owner paid for this car in the 1990s we have to say "well bought," because the best examples have been steadily adding $5,000 a year for the past decade
2. 1977 Maserati Kyalami
The Maserati Kyalami is seen about as frequently as its De Tomaso sibling, which is never. But we saw one at Greenwich on Sunday, with this 1977 example sitting next to even rarer, one-off Maseratis. The Kyalami was one of the fruits of the Maserati's purchase of De Tomaso, with the healthier automaker reworking the Longchamp here and there, mostly on the outside. The Kyalami debuted in 1976 with a 4.2-liter V8, which was quickly upgraded to 4.9 liters for the 1978 model year, with the Kyalami staying in production until 1983 when Maserati busied itself with an endless variety of Biturbo variants. Just 210 examples were built during the whole production run, which should explain why we haven't see one in ages. This dark blue example is owned by Richard Klein and Walter Eisenstark, who also own its Longchamp twin, and have shown in at Greenwich in past years.
3. 1975 Lancia Stratos
Rare Lancias came to Greenwich this year, including this Stratos from 1975. Nothing short of a rally legend, the futuristic and very compact fighter was designed by Bertone, debuting in 1973. The Stratos combined a very short wheelbase with a relatively high ride height and a race-optimized interior. In fact, Stratos was designed and engineered from day one with little but rallying in mind, pairing a mid-mounted 2,411cc V6 with a five-speed manual gearbox. Just under 500 examples were made over a six-year period, with most examples rolling out of the factory to get prepped for rallies. The Stratos is a rare sight on this side of the pond and this may well be the model's first-ever appearance at Greenwich. This example is owned by Phillip Toledano.