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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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Rudler 31 May 2017

Lancia Aurelia

Yes, the steering wheel/dashboard picture is an Aurelia B24 Spider. No question!
norwichphoto 30 May 2017

Lancia mistake

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

One of my favourite places... 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.