Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – History and 2016 Event Details

Lake Como is known for soothing nature, lavish villas, and scenic views but it has many other attractions too. Amongst events, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is the biggest extravaganza of vintage car lovers and automobile brands in Lake Como region.


Now conducted every year, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este celebrates the magnificence of historic automobiles built between 1920s and 1980s but has become something bigger over the years. Let’s get acquainted with the history of the illustrious event and also prepare for the 2016 version.

Event history and details

The first chapter of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was written back in September of 1929 and hosted at Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. After some successful years, the event became less frequent, only to emerge with full force in 1995, thanks to Tito Anselmi and Grand Hotel Villa d’Este.

By the end of 1990s, BMW Group associated itself with the event, and has continued its partnership since then. Presently, Concorso is one of the most awaited spectacular of historic cars in the world.

Event venue and date

Cernobbio is the comune in the province of Como that plays host to the Days of Elegance. 20th–22nd May 2016 is the period finalized for Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2016. For those who don’t know, the event unfolds in the second half of May since 2011.


In other words, these are the days you have to reserve for Lake Como if you are in love with vintage cars.

Event attractions

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este hosts historic cars, elite motorbikes, and exclusive concept cars in the background of glorious Lake Como. This year, Lorenzo Ramaciotti along with leading car experts will judge the participating marvels falling in 8 categories (subjected to change as per registration) to choose the winner of The BMW Group Trophy.

Attendees get the power to pick the winner of Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este, the well-known prize of the Concorso. Another prize was introduced in 2002 which is awarded to winner of participating concept cars. And of course there will be the Motorcycle Concours along with Exhibition of BMW History.

Process of joining the event

Because Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is attended by car enthusiasts across the world, the event organizers have an online registration process in place. Visit this page to reserve a place for your historic car in the exclusive event.

If you are a Motorcycle Concour, fill this registration form and gather additional details. People who want to plan their stay in Grand Hotel Villa d’Este during the event can register here.

How to buy and sell?

Joining the event through above mentioned links is the first step to become part of the glorious event in Cernobbio, Como. The buy and selling of vintage cars happens through an auction which usually takes place at Villa Erba.



Last year, Max Girardo enthralled the audience as auctioneer. Check out this page for updates about Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016.

Where to stay

Grand Hotel Villa d’Este is one of the most exclusive hotels in the world, which is the reason why it sometimes becomes difficult to find a room in it. That said, there are ample luxury hotels in Lake Como region to plan your stay during the event.

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For those who are looking for a unique Lake Como experience, renting a villa is a great option. Make your reservation in advance to avoid last minute hassle.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 – Highlights

The last version of prestigious event scaled great heights in terms of car sales, attendees, and media coverage. Have a look at the highlights of Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015:

  • The official theme of the event was “Seventies Style – the Jet Set is Back”.
  • The average sale price stood at $880,000 per car.
  • Out of 39 cars on sale, 34 were sold at impressive price.
  • 11 vintage marvels raked in over a million dollars.
  • Bidders from 26 countries participated in the event.
  • David Sydorick’s 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider won the Jury award.
  • 1950 Ferrari 166M Barchetta of Clive Beecham lifted the prize of the public.
  • Bentley Exp 10 Speed Six Coupe bagged the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award.

Global collector community is already excited as Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 concluded with the promise of magnificent show in 2016. Book a luxury car to arrive in style at the grand event known for elegance and uniqueness.

How about visiting some Lake Como villas for sale to make a real estate investment while attending Concorso? Check out the property listing and schedule a meeting with top local realtor!

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