Harry Metcalfe Takes Us For A Tour In The 2017 Villa d’Este

The world’s most glamorous car show in one of the most beautiful places in the world is a worthy title for the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Located at Lake Como in northern Italy, the famed car event managed to attract for another year the most precious, beautiful and exclusive metal in the world and Harry Metcalfe was there to take us for a detailed tour.

No wonder why car makers such as BMW, Rolls Royce and Renault pick this event to showcase their latest concepts or one-off creations, with this year including the debut of the BMW 8-Series concept and the bespoke Rolls Royce Sweptail, which is said to be the most expensive one-off car ever with an estimated price of $13 million.

Of course the real stars of the show are the classic beauties, including all-time favorites as well as bespoke, custom-bodied cars that no one has heard of before.

Sit back and let Harry Metcalfe show you what went on at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

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  • McF1

    A great video by Harry. Lots of magnificent machinery. The Rolls Royce Sweptail is spectacular.

  • fabri99

    Well, it was once again a fantastic show.
    First of all: the BMW 8-Series Concept was absolutely gorgeous, perfect in proportions and styling, not too agressive nor bland. Just lovely.
    In Class A (Pre-war) there was much to love for sure, with Bentley to spare and a fantastic Bugatti 51. The Lurani Nibbio (winner of the Concorso and unknown to me before the concours) was definitely unique: the owner said his father used it mostly for speed records in the 1930-40s and an interesting fact is that…it has no brakes. There only one belt, connected to the rear wheels, that you just pull to stop the car. You know, while setting a new speed record.
    In Class B it was the Duesenberg J of the romanian tennis player Ion Tiriac to stand out, along with a beautiful Lancia Dilambda and a Voisin Charente (a french car maker I didn’t even know existed).
    Class C and D featured an amazing Tatra 77 (I had never seen a Tatra and, well, now I want one), a great number of Mercedes, Bentleys (one by Pininfarina, too), a beautiful Alfa 6C, a Salmson G-72 (french car, again, but beautifully designed by Southchic Paris), a Lagonda, a Maserati 5000GT and, one of my favourites in the whole show, a Fiat 8V Supersonic.
    In Class E it was the Lancias to catch my eye (a beautiful Flaminia by Zagato and the timeless Aurelia B24), while Class F was all about the 250 GT California (possibly the most beautiful car ever made?), the Aston DB4 Zagato, a Cobra, a Miura, a 365 BB and a majestic Ghia.
    Class G was about small sportscars: a unique Fiat 1100, a Fiat 8V by Vignale, an Osca (a car maker founded and run by Maserati until its closure in 1967), a Cisitalia Abarth, a weird Astra Coupe from the US and my favourite car in the whole show (and also winner of the public’s favourite award), the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale by Bertone, absolutely breathtaking.
    Class H was about racecars: the Ferrari NARTs were amazing (the Daytona especially), but it was the Abarth 1000 Bialbero to really steal the show.
    This year’s concept cars didn’t really impress me: the Renault Trezor is cool, but not so…new, or original; while the TechRules was just too much in every way. It’s a no, for both. The RM Sotheby’s auction was very interesting too, the P1 GTR and the F12 tdf are both fantastic.

    Overall, it was a lovely show, just as usual. Too bad I’m not famous/rich enough to attend the press days, I could have met Harry…

    • Astonman

      thanks for info! This video will help.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    no one bothered to check out the BMW lol i feel sorry for their head of design

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