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...).
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.