Italian cars dominate at glamorous Villa D'Este [gallery]

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Each year some the most beautiful and valuable collectable cars in the world go on display at the exclusive Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este on the beautiful shores of Lake Como in Italy. This year, Italian cars dominated the results. If you love classic cars, this is a bucketlist event to attend... 

The glamorous event, first staged in 1929, is hosted jointly by the BMW Group and the Grand Hotel Villa D'Este, and attracts not only 50 of the rarest cars in the world but also some of the most well-known automotive connoisseurs. This year the big winner (Best of Show, as judged by the experienced Jury) was a 1958 Ferrari 335 S, one of only 4 ever made. It belongs to Austrian Andreas Mohringer who picked it up in 2013 for a cool $21.5. The Scaglietti-bodied racer has a 4.0L V12 engine.

One of only 4 ever made, this Ferrari 335 S was the fifth successive Italian winner of the Best of Show award.

The Ferrari 335 Sport made its sports racing debut in 1957 and Spanish driver Alfonso Marquis de Portago suffered a fatal accident in one of the cars at the Mille Miglia in 1957. The accident caused the death of 11 people, including the driver, his co-driver and 9 spectators, and resulted in the legendary endurance race being permanently banned from the roads of Northern Italy. The winning car shown on the shores of Lake Como is the youngest of the 4 produced and was built in 1958. It features a more powerful 320kW V12 engine, making a top speed of more than 300 km/h possible. 

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale scores a double win

The increasing interest and appreciation for the stunning 1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale (main image) was reflected in it winning 2 major awards, for Best of Show (by public referendum at the event) and also the Trofeo BMW Group Italia (by public referendum). The example at the event belongs to Swiss Albert Spiess.

The iconic 1970 Lancia Stratos concept was a hit with younger visitors to Villa D'Este. It scooped a special category award.

Interestingly the Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este also caters for younger enthusiasts with a special category determined by public vote at the event (under 16 years of age). Perhaps unsurprisingly the winner in this category was the sci-fi like 1970 Lancia Stratos concept by Bertone. 

There is also a special category for modern prototypes, and here the recently announced Ferrari SP38 drove away with the trophy (determined by public referendum). The SP38 is a one-off for a loyal Ferrari customer and is based on the underpinnings of the 488 GTB.

This one-off Ferrari SP38 won the Concept Car/Prototypes Design award, as voted for by the public attending.

Want to know more about the Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este? Click here. Also see the video below for an overview.


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