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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2018:
5 “divas” on the Lake

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of the most significant events for every devotee of beauty and perfection expressed through automotive art. The name of the event itself is synonymous with refinement since 1929, when the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este hosted a selection of beautiful vintage cars for the first time.

Year after year, the competition has become one of the most representative celebrations of the global automotive heritage, as well as an exclusive rendez-vous for Gentlemen and Ladies from all over the world. The 2018 edition was inspired by the motto “Hollywood on the lake” in homage to the movie stars who spent their holidays on the shores of Lake Como, and offered guests and visitors the opportunity to admire some 50 historic cars built between the 1920s and 1980s.

We could not miss this event, of course. And these are the “divas” who stole our hearts during the day...

Aston Martin DB5, 1964. This GT is exactly that of James Bond, driven by Sean Connery himself in two films of the series and still wonderful even after so many adventures.

Jaguar C-Type, 1952. The first Jaguar to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans was also the first car ever to feature disc brakes. Built in only 50 units between 1951 and 1953, this car is a rare and charming marvel.

Fiat 500 Spiaggia, 1958. This design delight, with the iconic Boano’s bodywork, has been realized in only two samples: this one in particular belonged to Giovanni Agnelli.

Lancia Stratos Zero, 1970. The futuristic bodywork designed by Marcello Gandini, head designer at Bertone, and the flip-up windscreen make this Prototipo Zero unmistakable: the first step toward the Lancia Stratos.

Ferrari 250 GTO, 1962. “250” is the cubic capacity of the V12 3000 engine. GTO means "Gran Turismo Omologata”. The shape of this model designed by Scaglietti has a permanent spot in the Gotha of cars.

However, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was much more than this: the atmosphere, the blue lake reflections, the sun rays, the people... It's hard to explain it, it’s easier to show it in the short video below.

Photos: Dominico Savio Lee for The Outlierman © 2018
Daniel Minárik

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