In the world of historic cars, the Concorso d’Eleganza is by far the number one event. It has been held annually since 1929 at the lovely Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como. The event has been organized by BMW since 1999 to celebrate past models and new developments in the automotive industry. This year’s event was another success, with a wide selection of historic models, including both motor cars and motorcycles, including a unique range of prototypes that mesmerized visitors.
Villa d’Este exhibited this year's latest innovations, amongst which the 12 cylinder Ferrari Superamerica 45, built for New York collector Peter Kalikow, to celebrate his 45 years as a Ferrari client. The model has a carbon fibre hardtop with an ultra aerodynamic design and dual air intake. It was presented with Blue Antille finish, which matches the colour of Mr. Kalikow’s 1961 Superamerica model.
In celebration of BMW’s 75th anniversary of the BMW 328, the brand has presented a new 328 Homage concept car, with lightweight construction just like its predecessor, achieved using aluminum and with the addition of carbon fibre. The interior is resplendent in glossy black leather, with a minimalist display and two iPhones.
Audi was present at the event with their Audi Quattro Concept car; the model made its debut at the Paris Motor Show and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Audi Quattro. This model has permanent four-wheel drive and an ultra light aluminum and carbon fibre body.
The V12 Zagato model by Aston Martin definitely made its mark, built to celebrate 50 years of the iconic DB 4GT Zagato model built by Aston Martin in collaboration with Zagato. The V12 Zagato caught the attention of the judges who declared it winner of the Concorso d’Eleganza Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes. Aston Martin’s CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez said, “We are thilled to see that this car conquered people’s hearts. With the V12 Zagato we managed to add just another successful chapter both to the history of Aston Martin and the future of our brand. This is an exciting car, powerful and incredibly beautiful.”
Other contenders for the Concept Car and Prototype award included the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, the DeZir from Renault, BamBoo by Rinspeed, Infiniti’s Etherea, Mercedes-Benz’s Concept Shooting Brake and the Go! by Italdesign Giugiaro.
Nearby at Villa d’Erba visitors could see the historic cars and motorcycles on display and auction. Among the beautiful models on display were the 1953 Ferrari 250MM Berlinetta which raced in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana, the 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, the futuristic 1967 Lamborghini Marzal and the 1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine.
Villa d’Erba also included a special exhibition of the BMW series 7, BMW 1500 New Class models from the 1960s, as well as designer MINI models by the likes of Missoni, Diane Von Furstenberg, Gianfranco Ferrè and a mirrored model by David Bowie. However the highlight of this exhibition was the 2011 Spirit of Ecstasy by Rolls-Royce which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the brand.
Auctions were organized by RM Auctions, the leading auction house for collector-cars.