Hiding Behind The Bamboo Was Ralph Lauren's Fast Ride To Como

Guests usually park in the underground garage at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. With his Ruf CTR 3, later show winner Ralph Lauren didn't. » 7/01/13 2:10pm 7/01/13 2:10pm

Why Ralph Lauren's $40+ Million Bugatti Is Worth Every Penny

There are only two Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics in the world. The one from 1936 changed hands for $40 million three years ago, while the 1938 example belonging to Ralph Lauren's collection just won the Concorso d'Eleganze Villa d'Este. This is what the fuss is all about. » 6/04/13 4:30pm 6/04/13 4:30pm

The First Lamborghini Ever Made Is An Amazing Bastard Child

I completely forgot about the prototype 350 GTV (like Lamborghini themselves did back in the day), but fortunately enough my memory got refreshed at Villa d'Este. And it was love at first sight. » 6/03/13 12:50pm 6/03/13 12:50pm

19 Hood Ornaments That Turn Luxury Cars into Masterpieces

We saw many gorgeous cars at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza, the most prestigious automotive competition in the world. Of course, it's the cars themselves that took center stage, but I always find the hood ornaments and badges interesting, as well. The sheer level of detail and craft makes them tiny pieces of art,… » 6/03/13 9:08am 6/03/13 9:08am

Turning The Viper Into An Alfa Romeo Was The Best Idea Ever

This is the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale by Zagato. It's been around for two years, there's a Viper ACR-X under its skin, and it remains the best thing that can happen to an old Dodge. » 5/31/13 12:07pm 5/31/13 12:07pm

Even The Lamborghini Miura's Tires Scream Speed

This 1972 car did not win any prize at the Concorso. But that doesn't mean it wasn't a spectacular sight. Being one of the only two Miuras painted azzurro cielo and sporting a pelle bleu interior, this SV left the factory on the 14th of July, 1972, and headed to Lamborghini Great Britain. » 5/29/13 4:40pm 5/29/13 4:40pm

The French Made Gorgeous Cars In The '50s

David Buchanan's 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS Coupé won the prize for the most sensitive restoration at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, which gives you an idea how much work went into it. It's a rare sight. » 5/29/13 3:40pm 5/29/13 3:40pm

The Seven Most Beautiful Cars I Saw At The Villa d'Este Concorso

I know this is wrong, terribly sinister, but I'm not really a car guy so at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este I did nothing more than admire those beautiful objects plainly for their catchy curves and straight lines, for their exceptional design, and let myself drown into their magical details. » 5/29/13 12:40pm 5/29/13 12:40pm

Ralph Lauren's $40 Mil Bugatti Wins World's Most Prestigious Car Show

We saw so many fantastic cars at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este that it's impossible to say which was our favorite. Until we figure that out, here's the result of the most prestigious competition of them all from the beautiful banks of Lake Como. » 5/28/13 1:30pm 5/28/13 1:30pm

Jump-Starting The McLaren P1 Turned Out To Be Difficult

I have wanted to hear the McLaren P1's twin-turbo V8 in person since forever, so I was excited to see the team preparing for a quick demonstration at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Unfortunately, the car refused to start. » 5/27/13 4:17pm 5/27/13 4:17pm

Burning Bentley Almost Kills A Ferrari Enzo At The Concorso

The good people of RM Auctions just saved an Enzo with the help of Bonhams' Jakob Greisen behind that crucial fire extinguisher! It looks like if the Italian V12 won't go up in flames by itself, neighboring machines will lend a hand. » 5/26/13 6:30am 5/26/13 6:30am

Aston Martin Stole The Show With The CC100 Speedster

Aston Martin made the CC100 Speedster to celebrate 100 years of success, and the car looks like it. It's a sensational V12 speed machine. » 5/25/13 6:34pm 5/25/13 6:34pm

The Best Thing About BMW's Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé

I've seen the newest BMW one-off at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este today, and as you would expect from Pininfarina, it's a great looking automobile. The rear lamps make it work. » 5/25/13 3:22pm 5/25/13 3:22pm

Greetings From Italy And The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este!

Today, Attila Nagy of Gizmodo and I drove for ten hours through sunshine and rain to get to Lake Como in time. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este starts tomorrow morning, and you will see everything that matters. We have plenty of cameras to make sure of that. » 5/24/13 4:30pm 5/24/13 4:30pm

This Is (Some Of) The BMW Gran Lusso Coupé By Pininfarina

This year's Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este starts next weekend, and since BMW is the main sponsor of this fantastic event, it's no wonder they came up with their own star again. This time, with the help of Pininfarina. Meet the V12-powered BMW Gran Lusso Coupé. » 5/15/13 2:40pm 5/15/13 2:40pm

Gorgeous Cars Flock To Villa D'Este

Nestled in the Italian Alps, Lake Como is a novel desitnation on its own. Throw in several dozen rare, exotic, and concept cars, and you've found paradiso. Eccola! (that's Italian for voila! Last weekend's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este attracted a host of drool worthy cars and motorcycles over the weekend. » 5/29/12 5:30pm 5/29/12 5:30pm

BMW Unveils Handbuilt Zagato Coupé

Keeping a longstanding tradition of unveiling stunning, hand-built one-off cars, the 2012 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este was the showcase for BMW and coachbuider Zagato to show off the new BMW Zagato Coupé. Uninspired name aside, the new coupé looks amazing, incorporating Zagato trademarks like a subtle… » 5/25/12 3:00pm 5/25/12 3:00pm

Yet another bespoke Ferrari will debut at swank Italian car festival

A six-cylinder, six-liter bespoke Ferrari concept? Sounds like someone didn't proofread the press release that came out of Villa d'Este sponsor BMW earlier today. Not that we wouldn't love to see what a big-bore six in a Ferrari would be like. » 5/03/11 4:30pm 5/03/11 4:30pm