On the terrace of the noble hotel Villa d’Este on the western shore of Lake of Como, visitors drank cool champagne, nibbled thick olives and salted almonds while the most expensive cars in the world passed over the crunching gravel between the coffee tables and Lake Como. The Show run of the automotive beauties at the Concorso d’ Eleganza Villa d’Este. Highlight of an automotive weekend of the highest class.
87 years ago that was so at the Lake Como. The proud owners of beautiful vehicles met and showed their treasures. A car that was at the Villa D´Este now for the second time, after his appearance in 1935, won the desirable Coppa d’ Oro 2016. The Lancia Asturia series II built in 1933 persuaded the audience. 18 months after the car has been produced, it received his exciting body of Castanga. The beautiful metal dress had previously adorned an Alfa Romeo 8 C. Benito Mussolini´s son Vittorio ordered the conversion of the streamlined Lancia, so it could be used henceforth in races. The 2.6 litre engine was replaced at the time by a V8 engine, which is still build in today. In August 1935 the Lancia started at the 24 hours race from Pescara, five weeks later it appeared the first time at the Concorso Villa d ‘ Este.
The jury didn´t have an easy job in their choice and spent many hours trying to inspect vehicle to vehicle. Authenticity, originality, functionality and history were important. The pre-war coaches, showing particularly good how the personal taste of a privileged client has been implemented into their cars in the 1920s and 1930s, was presented in the class A. The supercars that were built before 1945 are often technical sophistication and had a new design. They had a single goal: to give their owners magical feeling. The magic speed to which they were thought to approach at these times was 200 km / h.
The class C vehicles belonged to the special treat for connoisseurs. These high-class vehicles were produced after the war. Luxury and creativity unite in them. One of the most unusual vehicles was the Rolls Royce Silvercloud from 1958 with tail fins, which many a US car would have envied. The car made history as the “Honeymoon express”, because the trunk is so big that a wealthy wedding couple could load the honeymoon luggage for several weeks..
“Small missiles” you could call the powerful compact cars of the 1960s, who competed in class D. Even insiders hardly known the Fiat Moretti 850 Sportiva SS, built in 1968, also called the “Baby Dino”
To be differently than others, that was the aim of the vehicles in class E. During the 1950s and 1960s, it broke in motorsport, to go new ways. Designers and engineers conjured up breathtaking vehicles such as the Maserati 200 SI or the unusual Porsche 550 RS, which carried the first spoiler at the 1000-kilometer race at the Nürburgring, and has been disqualified for that.
Actors, dictators, producers – the cars of the stars are popular collector vehicles. This year memories of Clark Gable awoke at the sight of his Jaguar XK 120 built in 1952. A dual-Ghia was the grand entrance of Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Marcello Mastroianni, (Ferrari 330 GTC), Steve McQueen (Ferrari 275 GTB/4) and Clint Eastwood / Ferrari 365 GT/4 Berlinetta Boxer) liked it also sporty.
The GTs from 1950 to 1975 were a class of its own. Powerful machines, to accommodate some luggage on the Grand Tour.