Talk of rain threatening to wash out the proceedings cast a gloomy spell in the week leading up to this year’s Concorso D’Eleganza, held at Villa D’Este. In the end, even the heavens appreciated that extravagant headwear and a multi-million pound roster of the world’s finest classic - and prototype - automobilia deserved to bask in the sun.
And thus it was: this year’s concours, held on the banks of Lake Como in Italy, was a sunshine-packed event showcasing that when the car world gets it right, boy, does it get it right.
What’s a Concorso D’Eleganza? It dates way back to 1929, when the Automobile Club of Como and Villa D’Este joined forces to show off innovations in the car industry. It was, if you will, a sort of pre-war motor show. It continued right up until the late 1940s, went into hiding and re-emerged in the 1990s where it continues today. And today, well, it stands as a marker for showing off beautifully maintained and equisite machinery, each one almost painfully rare and cared for. Well, nearly all of them.
This year’s theme was ‘Back to the Future’, and as such, we got a glimpse of a few concepts littering the glamorous lawn which we may or may not see in the future. We’ll have more on that later this week on TopGear.com, so stay tuned.
But for now, we would like to present all the cars from the show, which included stuff you’ve probably never heard of, stuff you’ve probably put up on your bedroom wall, and stuff that - if you owned it - would make your life infinitely more pleasurable.
So, ready your finest straw hats and ankle-bearing chinos, and step forth into the brave waters of the classic car world…