Some of the world's most expensive cars gathered on the shores of Lake Como. Check out the best in our gallery

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is the historical motoring festival equivalent of your favourite band’s greatest hits album.

With just 52 cars in the main concours and only a handful of other machines on display, Villa d’Este can’t rival the Goodwood Festival of Speed for sheer scale. But the Italian event, held annually since 1929, isn’t about quantity, but quality.

For starters, there’s the location: the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como. Opened in 1873, the resort is all historic buildings, stunning grounds and beautiful scenery. That’s why the area is a popular destination for wealthy folk and celebrities. George Clooney apparently lives nearby (he wasn't spotted at Villa d'Este, although MC Hammer was...).

The new cars at the event were also a select breed: the revived BMW 8 Series, and the one-off, bespoke Rolls-Royce Sweptail

But even at a reported cost of £10 million, the Sweptail was likely far from the most valuable car at the event – because of the ultra-exclusive line-up in the historic concours.

Each of the 52 cars was an extremely rare machine, and all were immaculately maintained to the highest standards. But these were the absolute best of the best: each car had an incredible history of its own.

To get a taster of the event, check out our gallery of pictures at the top of the page, where you can read more about some of the cars that were displayed.

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30 May 2017
'including this M8 Prototype. It was a road-going version of the BMW Procar, used for a one-make championship that supported F1 races in 1979'

30 May 2017
Actually, scrub that, does no one with basic automotive knowledge WRITE these articles?!

30 May 2017

Hello

Apologies: mangled two paragraphs together while writing bits from the weekend and somehow then uploaded to the website. All my own stupid fault. Has been fixed and subbed now.

James

30 May 2017
James Attwood wrote:

Hello

Apologies: mangled two paragraphs together while writing bits from the weekend and somehow then uploaded to the website. All my own stupid fault. Has been fixed and subbed now.

James

Hi James,
Thanks for the reply and correction, easily done whilst reporting on a live event I guess, but it is frustrating when a website you come to for information makes errors which are painfully clear to someone with even passing knowledge, such as myself. I would have hoped an editor/proof reader would've picked up on it prior to its uploading to the website.
Anyway, it looks like it was a great event.

30 May 2017
There's some great pictures of great cars, only spoilt by the occasional picture of a BMW 8 series pile of junk

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

21 June 2017
xxxx wrote:

There's some great pictures of great cars, only spoilt by the occasional picture of a BMW 8 series pile of junk

With the exception of the 90s M8 prototype, which looks quite a bit better than I remember it, I concur with that judgement.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

30 May 2017
...in the whole world. And that's just the hotel, wine, food and stunning setting. Taking into account all the wonderful and rare cars that generally attend, this particular event must be amazing. I would love to go one year.

30 May 2017
I think the photo proclaiming to be a Lancia Dilambda from the 1930's is actually a Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider from 1954ish.

31 May 2017
Yes, the steering wheel/dashboard picture is an Aurelia B24 Spider. No question!

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