Chantilly brings together the finest automobiles and “art de vivre” at its best.

Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille on 5 and 6 September 2015.
  • Chantilly brings together the finest automobiles and “art de vivre” at its best.

  • “Art de vivre” at Chantilly.

    French lifestyle and exquisite automobiles – such is the recipe for the success of the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, which will take place for the second time on 5 and 6 September 2015. Mercedes-Benz France and Mercedes-Benz Classic are sponsors of the event.

    The inaugural Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille event last year immediately set the benchmark high, with cleverly combined displays of stunning vehicles interspersed with elements of French lifestyle and culture, set in the magnificent parkland around the Chateau de Chantilly. The Concours d’Elegance and Concours d’Etat presentations on the Sunday (6 September) are considered the highlights of the event and attract collectors and vehicle enthusiasts from all over the world. Mercedes-Benz France and Mercedes-Benz Classic are among the sponsors of the event.

    The very varied programme includes a display of selected collector vehicles from all over the world - the Concours d’Etat - and a Concours d’Elegance of entries each made up of a concept vehicle combined with the latest fashions. An extensive array of classic cars from the brand clubs rounds off activities at the event.

    Gallery.

    Mercedes-Benz Classic and Bonhams.

    Mercedes-Benz Classic will also be continuing its arrangement with the auction house Bonhams at Chantilly. The auction to be held there by Bonhams will include an S-Class Saloon, model 450 SEL 6.9 (116 series), from 1977.

    Concours d’Elegance.

    The Concours d’Elegance on the Sunday morning links state-of-the-art vehicle design with the latest ‘haute couture’ in unique style. Mercedes-Benz and Hugo Boss France will be joining forces to present a show car version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé (C 217) with sparkling Swarovski crystals set into the headlamps – a feature that is indeed available as an optional extra for the standard-production vehicle. This will be complemented by a presentation of Hugo Boss fashions.

    Concours d’Elegance.

    The Concours d’Elegance on the Sunday morning links state-of-the-art vehicle design with the latest ‘haute couture’ in unique style. Mercedes-Benz and Hugo Boss France will be joining forces to present a show car version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé (C 217) with sparkling Swarovski crystals set into the headlamps – a feature that is indeed available as an optional extra for the standard-production vehicle. This will be complemented by a presentation of Hugo Boss fashions.

    Concours d’Etat.

    The Concours d’Etat on the Sunday afternoon is the stand-out programme item of the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. It is judged in ten classes. There is a whole separate class for Mercedes-Benz supercharged vehicles of the pre-war period - providing an extraordinary platform for a display of some superb examples of this powerful luxury car by a number of distinguished private collectors.

    Among the vehicles expected is the SS model of 1929, still in its original condition, in which Rudolf Caracciola won the Tourist Trophy in Northern Ireland that same year.

    Mercedes-Benz 190 SL.

    It is now 60 years since the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W 121) went into series production. As part of the “Grand Prix des Clubs”, collectors have put together a display of their own private vehicles for Chantilly, dedicated to the 1955 Roadster that is sometimes described as the “little brother” of the famous 300 SL (W 198). Within the wider SL family, the 190 SL has gradually become a highly sought-after classic model and has long found a firm place in various renowned vehicle collections.

    Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.

    The Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille event took place for the first time in 2014. Visitors, too, may be elegant: there is a dress code, according to which visitors are also invited to stroll around in best “art de vivre” style. The event immediately proved a great success upon its inauguration in 2014: the English magazine “Octane”, judged the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille to be the “Motoring Event of the Year 2014”.

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