The best concept cars and classic vehicles at the 2015 Concorso d'Eleganza from Ferrari, BMW, and Lamborghini
Last week’s Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is one of the world’s most unique car events. Held on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, the setting makes Pebble Beach look almost pedestrian. And it attracts some of the world’s best cars. A mix of beautifully maintained classic automobiles sit alongside unique concept vehicles so that no matter your tastes you are sure to find some kind of motorized transport to make you drool. If booking a ticket to Italy wasn’t in your budget, don’t worry. We rounded up the 10 coolest supercars for your viewing pleasure.
BMW 3.0 CSL HOMMAGE
BMW revealed its latest concept car at Villa d'Este this year, and it did not disappoint. The lime green supercar was inspired by a Bimmer from 1972, but the enormous rear wing is all new, as are the copious amounts of carbon fiber.
PEGASO CUPULA (1952)
This banana rocket earned people’s choice honors among visitors under the age of 16. With it’s bright color, beefy exhaust, and bubbly rear window, it’s easy to see why the Spanish coachbuilt coupe would appeal to kids. But it’s also a head turner for grown-ups too.
MASERATI MOSTRO BY ZAGATO (2015)
“Mostro” means “monster” in Italian, and the car that Maserati brought to Concorso d'Eleganza is indeed a beast. The Mostro was another entrant inspired by the past. This time it was the spirit of the 1957 Maserati 450 S Coupe that was harnessed by famed car builders Zagato. Only five of the automobiles will be built and they are all already spoken for, so you’ll have to find another way to spend that million bucks, unfortunately.
FERRARI 166 MM (1950)
Attendees at Concorso d'Eleganza named this Ferrari ‘Best Of Show.’ It’s an honor befitting the car’s esteemed lineage. The original owner was Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, who then sold it to a Belgian Viscount. The car eventually made its way to the track and won the Grand Prix de Spa before coming to the possession of Clive Beecham, who restored all the bodywork back to its original styling.
MCLAREN M1A (1964)
This is a McLaren fit for a king. It isn’t just the gold livery—Elvis Presley drove this M1A in the 1966 film Spinout. The car also competed in more serious races with Graham Hill behind the wheel. The McLaren received an honorable mention in its class, but it’s definitely a winner to us.
LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH (1976)
If you are a child of the 80s, odds are you had a poster of a Lamborghini Countach on your wall. The car is still just as awesome as you remember. This LP400 from 1976 looks like a silver bullet and received an honorable mention in its class of supercars from the disco era.
FERRARI 250 GT CALIFORNIA (1958)
When you think Ferrari, you think red, you think curves. It’s easy to forget the automaker’s earlier designs which are no less stunning. The lines on this gunmetal 250 GT California are minimal but striking and ooze class.
BENTLEY EXP10 SPEED 6
After debuting at the Geneva International Motor Show, Bentley brought its latest concept, the EXP10 Speed 6 to Villa d'Este and it attracted just as much attention, winning the design award for concept cars and prototypes. The EXP10 Speed 6 pulls off that tricky balance of looking like a Bentley and looking like something from the future at the same time.
PORSCHE 911 CARRERA RS (1973)
Owing to its Lake Como setting, there is no shortage of Italian sports cars at Concorso d'Eleganza. But even the event’s judges agreed that this Porsche 911 Carrera RS deserved its due, regardless of its nationality. This 6-cylinder, orange 911 Carrera RS (owned by an Italian, no less) was named best iconic car at the show.
FERRARI 212 EUROPA 1952
Another breathtaking example of the style of cars that Ferrari was making in the 1950s, this 212 Europa received honors for the most sensitive restoration. Looking at the gorgeous Ferrari, it’s clear that no detail was overlooked.