A multimillion dollar Italian exotic with a racing pedigree can't be denied.
Villa d'Este at Lake Como in Italy hosted its annual Concorso d'Eleganza this past weekend and there was some stunning machinery on display. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail made its public debut, as did a gorgeous Aston Martin and a recreation of the original Lamborghini Countach LP 500 prototype.
The event is often used to display some of the world's most exclusive cars, but the Concours event is the one that classic car fans are most interested in, and for the seventh time in a row, it was an Italian classic that took home top honors, or 'Best of Show', and the Trofeo BMW Group (BMW Group Trophy).
The winning vehicle was a spectacular 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TDF, and only the second such example built in the series. It's had an extraordinary life, having competed in the Mille Miglia in Italy on the very day it was first registered. It went on to win numerous hillclimb events, so it didn't have an easy existence, but presented in all its restored glory, the beautiful silver machine deserved its trophy. It competed at Villa d'Este this past weekend against a varied field of classics including cars from the 1920s all the way up to the hypercars of the 1990s, like the McLaren F1 and Ferrari F40.
Other notable vehicles include the 1934 Lancia Astura Torpedo GS that won Class A and the 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC Zagato Spider that got the Mention of Honor award. In Class B, the winner was a 1938 Delage D8-120 S cabriolet, with the Mention of Honor going to a Lancia Dilambda Serie I drophead coupe from 1930.
The noteworthy mentions don't end there, with classics like a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and an Aston Martin DB5 convertible featuring alongside Ferraris like the 250 GT California SWB Spyder and the 275 GTB/4. These are all beautiful classics, and we highly doubt that today's F8 Tributo will ever be considered nearly as special as these automotive jewels.