Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & RM-Sotheby's Villa Erba auction preview
With the USD-EUR exchange rate hovering around 1.1, American enthusiasts are sure to be salivating over the offerings at this weekend's Villa Erba sale by RM Sotheby's. Held every second year since 2011, the auction is part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este which takes place annually on the shores of Lake Como.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este which takes place this year in Cernobbio from 22-24 May 2015 is one of the world’s most exclusive and traditional events for historic cars and motorcycles, having been first held in1929 as an exhibition for new vehicles from the Italian auto industry.
As with the Concorso, exclusivity is the theme of the auction, with just 40 handpicked, significant, blue-chip cars (and one motorcycle) included in the RM Sotheby’s sale, with a focus on exceptional European sports and racing cars.
The traditional focus of the Villa D'Este event at Lake Como is the beauty contest in which select historic automobiles compete in categories which as are sculpted with a creative bent. This year we have classes such as "Flamboyance in Motion" (Pre-war coach built luxury), "Antidepressants" (Pre-war sports cars which defied the Great Depression), “Phantom Story” (The Rolls-Royce Phantom through the ages), "Made to Measure" (The final flowering of the coach built coupe), "Gentleman’s Racers" (Speed meets post-war style), "Hollywood on the Lake" (Convertibles for a grand entrance at Villa d’Este), "GT Man Has Arrived" (Interpretations of opulence), "How Fast is Fast Enough" (Mid and rear-engined supercars from the disco era) and "Two seats against the stopwatch" (Classic sports racers). Just as with Amelia Island a few months ago, these eccentric groupings create a show like no other for auto aficionados.
There's also a Concorso di Motociclette for classic motorcycles, and another category for modern concept cars and prototypes. The introduction of the Design Award for Concept Cars and Prot