Concorso d’ Eleganza 2018
The “Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este”, the international Concours d’élégance for motor cars, was held for the first time on the 1st of September 1929 following a joint initiative undertaken by the Automobile Club of Como, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the Comitato di Cura di Como. The fame of the venues, the logistically impeccable choices that brought into play the inimitable backcloth provided by the gardens of Villa Olmo and Villa d’Este, immediately raised this event head and shoulders above numerous similar shows held at other well-known venues.
With over eighty entries and cars of the highest quality right from the first event, the Concorso di Villa d’Este was on a par with prestigious concours events held in Paris and Monte Carlo. In what was soon to prove the marque’s swan song, the top prize was awarded to an Isotta Fraschini bodied by Sala, read more at the link below.
We attended the 2018 event for the first time, time, dates and our opportunity to be in Lake Como fell into place! It was amazing, I never saw anything like this selection of antique collectible cars anywhere, ever! The ambiance being at Villa Erba directly on Lake Como, was magic! In 2016, one of our guests who stayed at the beautiful Villa Maria Taglione won a prize for their collectible Mercedes, shipped to the event from Southern California, USA.