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Concorso d’Eleganza 2014 Lake Como

Montag, 15. Mai. 2017

There's a touch of elegance in the air. It's a journey back to a time when motoring was still adventurous and exciting. There are sensational cars at one of the world's oldest car shows, Italy's Concorso d' Eleganza.

Our automotive expert Reinhold Deisenhofer says once a year people come together here at the Villa d'Este on Lake Como to admire exceptional vehicles. The oldest is from 1908. There are also racing cars - the youngest is from 1972. But there are also modern vehicles and even concept cars to marvel at.

The Concorso d' Eleganza was first held in 1929. A jury decides who will be invited to exhibit their vintage cars ... such as this Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, built in 1908. Back then, it was considered one of the most technically advanced cars in the world.

Reinhold says a great thing about classic car events is that you can learn a lot about how automotive companies developed. Behind me is a beautiful Lancia convertible from 1936. Unfortunately, Lancia no longer offers so many models.

This roadster is a Lancia Astura Type 233.

Reinhold says the Villa d'Este isn't just about winning prizes for the finest, most luxurious and most unusual vehicles of the past and present. It's also about cars of the future - and here we can see what's in the pipeline.

The past and future come together at the Concorso d'Eleganza. Mini is presenting its Superleggera Vision concept. It's a roadster that represents a collaboration with the Italian design studio Touring Superleggera.

But the winners are the focus of the event, of course. And then it's time for a victory lap with the cup.

Reinhold says it's a home win for the Italians at the Villa d' Este. The 1931 Alfa Romeo has won the gold cup. It's a wonderful thing at an event like this to come face-to-face with classic cars that you can usually only see on the internet or in books - and that makes it so much more enjoyable.