Last weekend we attended 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the yearly classic car event held at the grounds of Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba by Lake Como in Italy. The show offers guests and visitors the chance to admire about 50 Historic Cars built between the twenties and the seventies, organized by different categories. There is also a Motorcycle Concours.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is perhaps the most significant of all events celebrating the mystique of historic cars.
This year the grand prize Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este, “Best of Show by Public Referendum”, was awarded to a beautiful 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS. Trofeo Fiva, “Best preserved pre war-car”, was awarded to a 1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. And finally the Trofeo Asi, “Best preserved post war-car”, which was was awarded to a 1953 Hudson Italia Prototype H01.
From the concept car and prototypes category the 2014 Maserati Alfieri was crowned as a winner. This concept car, designed by chief overall designer Marco Tencone, was first shown to the public at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Alfieri uses design elements of the Maserati A6 GCS/54 designed by Pininfarina in 1954, but is based on the chassis of the lighter Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. It has a 4.7L Ferrari V8 engine producing 460 hp and 5200 Nm at 4750 rpm.
In 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will be held from 22nd-24th May and registration is now open.