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Cernobbio, 27 May, 2013

A glittering parade of all the competition entrants and the announcement of this year’s prize-winners brought the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 to a fitting conclusion this Sunday. Thousands of visitors had once again travelled to the shores of Lake Como for this tradition-steeped event in the grounds of Villa Erba to delight in an ultra-exclusive line-up of historical cars and motorcycles. The jury and assembled galleries crowned the “Days of Elegance” by selecting the prize-winners from the numerous high-calibre examples of historical automotive art. The jury awarded the Trofeo BMW Group for “best of show” to the Bugatti 57SC Atlantic from 1938 as well as it won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este prize decided by public referendum. The Concept Cars and Prototypes class was headed by the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring.

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The backdrop and atmosphere of Lake Como, coupled with the exquisite line-up of vehicles and the enthusiasm of the spectators, ensure that the Days of Elegance in Cernobbio is without parallel.

“The competition entrants and the special exhibitions at this year’s event have taken it to a quite extraordinary level,” explained Dr. Ralf Rodepeter, Director of the BMW Museum and member of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 Selecting Committee. “We’re therefore delighted that more than 6,000 visitors came along to experience the event on the Sunday alone.”

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 brought together 50 cars and 35 motorcycles from widely varying eras in automotive history. In addition, six concept vehicles and prototypes went on show, each representing their own distinctive perspective on forward-thinking automotive design. This link between traditional and future-focused aesthetics in vehicle construction once again defined the character of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as a fascinating stage for historical highlights and visions of future mobility. Away from the competition, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este also provided the setting for the world premiere of the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé and the BMW Concept Ninety.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was held for the first time in 1929 in Cernobbio, northern Italy. Since 1999 the event has taken place in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba under the patronage of the BMW Group. This year the Concorso di Motociclette, launched successfully in 2011, adopted the “90 years of BMW Motorrad” anniversary as its focal point. A special exhibition at Villa Erba featured over 30 leading lights from BMW’s history of “sheer riding pleasure”, including the BMW R 32 – the company’s first motorcycle – presented in 1923. The third edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for motorcycles also reached its climax on the central stage in the grounds of Villa Erba with the presentation of the Trofeo BMW Group. The jury awarded the prize to the IMZ M-35K.

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002 Mercedes-Benz 680S (1928) Torpedo Roadster by Saoutchik - Paul Andrews
004 Hispano-Suiza (1929) Cabriolet de Ville by Hibbard & Darrin - Hans Hulsbergen
006 Isotta-Fraschini 8A (1930) Torpedo by Castagna - Jorge Fernandez
008 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental (1933) Sedanca (3-Position) Drophead Coupe by Gurney Nutting - Jay Moore
010 Mercedes-Benz 540K (1937) Cabriolet A by Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen - Kriton Lendoudis
012 Rolls-Royce Wraith (1938) 2-Door Saloon by Erdmann & Rossi - Saulius Karosas
014 Rolls-Royce Phantom I (1928) Open Tourer Boattail by Jarvis - Alexander Schaufler
016 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport (1931) Spider by Zagato - Steve Adler
018 Mercedes-Benz 500K (1936) Spezial Roadster by Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen - Evert Louwman
020 BMW 328 (1937) Sport Cabriolet by Wendler - Daniel Pfirter
022 Lagonda LG45 Rapide (1937) Open Tourer by Lagonda - Ron Rezek
024 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic (1938) Coupe by Jean Bugatti s/n 57591 - Ralph Lauren
026 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport (1949) Cabriolet by Franay - Michael Kaufmann
028 Jaguar Mk VII (1951) Coupe by Stabilimenti Farina - Daniel Marachin
030 Bentley R-Type Continental (1952) Sports Saloon Fastback by H.J. Mulliner - Barry Fitzgerald
032 Talbot-Lago T14 LS (1956) Coupe by Letourneur et Marchand - David Buchanan
034 Bentley S1 Continental (1959) Drophead Coupe by Park Ward - Dean Kronsbein
036 Ferrari 500 Superfast (1964) Berlinetta by Pininfarina s/n 5951SF - Luc Laureys
038 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports "Spa Replica" (1948) Roadster by Aston Martin - Daniel A. Waltenberg
040 Aston Martin DB4 GT (1961) Coupe by Zagato - David Eyles
042 Aston Martin DB4 SS (1962) Saloon by Touring - Jean-Pierre Slavic
044 Aston Martin DB4 (1962) Cabriolet by Aston Martin - Brian Morrison
046 Aston Martin DBS (1970) Saloon by Aston Martin - Edward Stratton
048 Ferrari 212 Export (1951) Barchetta by Touring s/n 0136E - Jack Croul
050 Maserati A6G 2000 (1952) Cabriolet by Frua - GĂĽnther Krumpl
052 Maserati A6G/54 (1955) Spider by Zagato s/n 2101 - Brandon Wang
054 Maserati A6G/54 GT (1956) Spider by Frua - Roland D'Ieteren
056 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California (1961) Spider by Scaglietti s/n 2505GT - Claudio Caggiati
058 Ferrari 250 GT SWB (1961) Berlinetta by Scaglietti s/n 2649GT - Destriero Collection
060 Jaguar XK120 (1949) Roadster by Jaguar - Christian Jenny
062 Siata 208S (1954) Spider by Motto - James Utaski
064 Jaguar XKSS (1956) Spider by Jaguar s/n 769 - Peter Neumark
066 Porsche 356 A (1957) Speedster by Reutter - Ni Peng Loh
068 AC Cars Cobra 289 (1965) Roadster by AC Cars - Kurt Engelhorn
070 Fiat 8 V (1953) Coupe by Rapi - Bruce Vanyo
072 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France (1958) Berlinetta by Scaglietti s/n 0903GT - Peter McCoy
074 Ferrari 250 LM (1964) Berlinetta by Pininfarina s/n 6025 - Lionshead West Collection
076 Lancia Sibilo (1978) Coupe by Bertone s/n 12201 - Corrado Lopresto
078 BMW M1 (1980) Coupe by Giugiaro - Detlef HĂĽbner (BMW Classic)
080 Lamborghini 350 GTV (1963) Coupe by Scaglione s/n 00001 - Albert Spiess
082 Lamborghini 350 GT (1964) Coupe by Touring - Georg Gebhard
084 Lamborghini 350 GTS (1965) Spider by Touring - Emanuel Reich
086 Lamborghini 400 GT (1966) Shooting Brake by Touring "Flying Star II" s/n 0904 - Jean-Claude Paturau
088 Lamborghini Miura SV (1972) Coupe by Bertone - Mario Rossi
090 MG Magnette K3 (1933) Sports Roadster by MG - Peter Briggs
092 Fiat 508 CS MM (1938) Coupe by Savio - Giuseppe Boscarino
094 Bandini 750 Siluro (1955) Barchetta by Bandini - Alex Vazeos
096 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France (1956) Berlinetta by Scaglietti s/n 0563GT - Martin Gruss
098 Ferrari Dino 166P/206P (1965) Spider by Ferrari s/n 0834 - Andreas Mohringer

C02 Fuij Heavy Industries Subaru Viziv Concept (2013) Crossover - Tateo Uchida
C04 Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale (2011) Carbon Coupe - Andrea Zagato
C06 Touring Superleggera Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring (2013) Coupe - Melvin Goh
C08 Nissan Motor Company Infiniti Emerg-E (2012) Mid-ship 2-seater sports - Shiro Nakamura
C10 McLaren Automotive McLaren P1 (2012) Coupe - Patrik Nilsson
C12 Pininfarina "Sergio" Barchetta - Fabio Filippini
C14 Aston Martin Lagonda Aston Martin CC100 Carbon Fibre - Ulrich Bez

1932 Bentley 8 Litre s/n yx5125
BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe

Rain at the Villa d´Este
Villa d´Este 2013