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Classics of the Concorso d’Eleganza

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
    Driven by owner Ralph Lauren. Winner of the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este, Trofeo BMW Group Italia and Trofeo BMW Group Ragazzi. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS
    Winner, Most Sensitive Restoration. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1959 Bentley S1 Continental
    Recipient of special award for longest distance travelled to the Concorso. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster
    Winner, Best Iconic Car. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
    Winner, Prancing Horse vs Trident Class. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1953 Fiat 8V
    Winner, Best Interior. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1948 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1951 Ferrari 212 Export
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1964 Lamborghini 350GT
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1978 Lancia Sibilo
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1952 Bentley R-Type Continental
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1936 Mercedes 500K Spezial Roadster
    Honourable mention, Thoroughbreds Class. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1965 Lamborghini 350GTS Spider
    Winner, Lamborghini Class.
  • 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta
    Winner, Speed and Style Class. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta Scaglietti
    Honourable mention, Speed and Style Class. (Eric Gallina)
  • 1937 Mercedes 540K
    (Eric Gallina)
  • A clutch of Corvettes at Villa Erba
    (Eric Gallina)
  • 1930 Isotta-Fraschini 8A
    (Eric Gallina)


The shores of Italy’s Lake Como radiated with automotive elegance.

The grounds of Villa d’Este and neighbouring Villa Erba hosted 49 vehicles competing in nine different judged classes at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza, held from 24 to 26 May.

From the decadent 1930 Isotta-Fraschini to the futuristic, Bertone-designed Lancia Sibilo concept from 1978, the event showcased some of the most desirable four-wheeled machinery from various eras in automotive history.

Here is a sampling of the cars that held our eye throughout the weekend.