Villa d'Este Lines Up the Classics

Classic Cars

Aston DB4 Zagato, Lamborghini 350 prototype and Ralph Lauren's Bugatti Atlantic all part of this year's Concorso d'Eleganza.

Just because the press days at the Geneva show have concluded doesn’t mean the season’s over. No, there will be many more spectacular expositions before the year is out, including classic concours. Chief among them will be the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Sponsored by BMW and held each year on the shores of Italy’s picturesque Lake Como, the Villa d’Este concours regularly attracts the finest classic cars and new concepts.

When the show takes place in late May, expect to see a fair few of the top show cars from Geneva and other auto salons, but while in Switzerland this week, BMW announced three of the top classics that will headline this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza. First up we have the legendary 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. The first of many collaborations that the British automaker and Italian carrozzeria would undertake over the course of decades, the DB4 GT wasn’t just a pretty face: it was raced, and raced hard. The particular example that will be on display at Villa d’Este was fully restored in 1963.

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Next we have the 1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV, the prototype that took Ferruccio Lamborghini from tractors to supercars. This is the show car that the new Raging Bull marque displayed at the 1963 Turin Motor Show, pre-dating the production 350 GT that followed, not to mention the Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murcielago, Aventador and every other Lamborghini that has come since. Last but certainly not least is the most coveted and beautiful Bugattis of all time, the 1938 Type 57SC Atlantic. This particular example, the last of only four made, is owned by Ralph Lauren, who first pledged his Atlantic for the concours back in 2009.

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