Oldies of the kind that you marveled at last weekend in the beautiful park of the venerable Villa d’Este in Cernobbio (I) can only be seen worldwide at the Monterey Autoweek around the exclusive Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in America. Even the Italian Concorso d’Eleganza cannot match their quality and especially their quantity. Nevertheless, there are also an impressive number of rolling jewels on four wheels to be admired on Lake Como.
The reduced number of visitors due to the ongoing corona pandemic does not affect the event after it was canceled last year – on the contrary. It’s just a shame that the Sunday event for uninvited guests in the no less impressive Villa d’Erba was canceled. So the oldtimer enthusiastic pedestrians stay outside and invited guests to themselves.
Rare pre-war classics
The latter receive grandiose, rare classics from 100 years of car history. Not every day you come across a 1926 Hispano Suiza H6 Dual Cowl with a Bligh Brothers body, a Fiat 508 CS with the spectacular Balilla Aerodinamica body from 1935 or a Steyr 220 sports convertible with its 2.3 liter in-line six-cylinder the year 1939.
Classy sports touring car
This time the Swiss car collector Adrian Gattiker is not showing his Bavarian blue Mercedes 300 SL gullwing on Lake Como, but the no less neat 300 SL Roadster, which competes in the German-British competition for power in the luxury league. Its competitors are hardly less impressive: an Aston Martin DB5 Touring Superleggera Cabrio from 1965, the grandiose BMW 507 Roadster from Antja Bonczkowitz or a 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drop Head Coupé.
Those who like it even more sporty will also get their money’s worth in the park of the Villa d’Este. There is the Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S Prototype Walter Wolf Special by Shinjiro Fukuda, neatly lined up and polished to a shine, next to the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO or the largely unknown Aston Martin V8 Vantage with Zagato body, which like no other the supercar lifestyle the 1980s.
Hypercars of the 1990s
Only the hypercars of the 1990s look even wilder in the picturesque gardens – with icons such as the Jaguar XJR-15, the incomparable Isdera Commendatore 112i (with a six-liter V12) or the 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 from Khalid Abdulrahim from Bahrain. His Porsche with the unique 6.9-liter V12 once competed on the racetracks of the world with racing cars like the Mercedes CLK GTR and crowned the league of hypercars at the Northern Italian Concorso.
Modern super athletes
Once again, visitors to Lake Como are shown not only the many classics but also current super athletes. The over 1900 hp electric flounder Pininfarina Battista stands next to the Bugatti Centodieci, a 2020 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne or the new edition of the original Lamborghini Countach LP 500, which was created in 250,000 working hours.
And so we ask ourselves in the evening: Where else do you have a view of the lake shimmering in the sunlight with passing ships, while on the hotel terrace million dollar classic automobiles fille past at the traditional parade and their owners and guests enjoy champagne and canapés? No wonder, everyone is looking forward to the next Concorso d’Eleganza in the coming year, which will then take place again in spring in May – and then hopefully again with the public program in the Villa d’Erba. Whether the star artist Jeff Koons will be there in person again to give a select group of guests a look at the special series of his BMW 8 X Jeff Koons in a secret room is a mystery. But either way, the Concorso is a dream factory.