Concorso d’Eleganza

I was touring Italy for the first time when I boarded train into the small town of Lake Como and caught a taxi from the station. On the way into the city center I spotted two Lamborghini Huracáns, a Nissan GTR, and a Ferrari 458 touring together and immediately knew Lake Como would be a great place to see cars. Later I came to find that The Concorso d’Eleganza was happening that very day, I couldn’t believe my luck. The Concorso is one of the world’s premiere events to celebrate historic cars and it brings a massive crowd of car enthusiasts to Lake Como each year. I entered first room at the show and it was dedicated the collection of BMW Art Cars on display. Cars painted by the likes of Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder. These being one off cars they are rarely seen in public and are absolutely priceless. Once I finished admiring these works of art I made my way outside and took in the scale of the historic show. The grounds where filled with everything from exceedingly rare sports cars to brand new to concepts. It was a sight to behold for a petrol head. Walking through an auction area I stumbled on a Ferrari 458 Speciale, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F40, and a Ferrari F50 all on display together. To see the last car that was personally approved by Enzo Ferrari, the F40, and the car that was built to pay tribute to him, the Enzo, was breathtaking. The line of cars was like thumbing through a history book about the iconic brand. Walking out towards the lake there was rows of beautiful cars worth a fortune almost as far as the eye could see. It was paradise. I was lucky to see cars so rare that most people will never see them in the metal in their lifetime. One such car was the beautiful 1970 AMC AMX/3 of which only five were ever produced. The car that peaked my interest was the Ferrari 250 GTO California Spider that was on display. With a price tag of upwards of 8 million USD and its beautiful body lines it’s easy to see why. Needless to say the Concorso was a great way to spend a day.

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Words & Photos by Shane Bisogno

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