Concorso Italiano, the leading kick-off event to Monterey weekend, announced that it will showcase two legendary and design-centric vehicles, the BAT 11 and the 1955 Ghia Streamline X "Gilda," at the event's Centerpiece Display on Friday, August 14.
The BAT 11 is a Bertone-designed concept car, based on the platform dimensions of the Maserati Gran Turismo, which is a long-wheelbase version of the Alfa 8C. This show car has futuristic styling, although the basic design theme is more than fifty years old, making it truly one of a kind.
The 1955 Ghia Streamline X "Gilda," has a history all its own and has an everlasting influence for enthusiasts worldwide. Otherwise known as the Gilda, named after Rita Hayworth's character in the movie Gilda, this beautiful experimental car first appeared at the 1955 Turin Motor Show. It was the result of a relationship between Chrysler designer Virgil Exner and Ghia designer Luigi Segre and has subsequently been fitted with a single stage gas turbine power plant. Today, the Gilda remains one of the most important designs in the evolution of American cars.
"It's an honor to feature both the BAT 11 and Ghia Streamline X, as they provide the unique quality we strive for at Concorso Italiano," says Concorso owner Tom McDowell. "These legendary cars have their own iconic elements and we are excited to showcase their beauty for enthusiasts who have never had a chance to see them in person."
The Concorso Italiano is a must-attend convergence of sophistication, taste and fun that embraces cultural elements of Italian style, including music, cuisine, fashion, and travel. The event is centered on as many as 1,000 collectable Italian automobiles, motorcycles, and boats. Keith Martin of Sports Car Market and Alan Richmond have been confirmed as Masters of Ceremonies this year and the event already has support from the Ferrari Club of America, the Pantera Club, the Iso and Bizzarrini Owners Club, FIAT America, Ferrari Owners Club, as well as the Lamborghini Club America.