Concours d’Elegance events are held around the world, but few can claim the prestige and history of the eight-decades-old Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este held annually on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. This year’s show will be punctuated by the premier of an all-new concept car as well as several past concepts and one-offs and the world premier of a restored BMW race car.
Leading the charge is a new concept by design powerhouse Zagato to help celebrate Alfa Romeo’s centenary this year. The Alfa Romeo TZ3 Concept Corza Zagato is the third and final centenary concept car following efforts from Bertone and Pininfarina that debuted last month at the Geneva Motor Show and makes its world debut at Villa d’Este. Read more about HERE.
Joining the TZ3 will be another automaker-backed concept, this one designed in-house several years ago by BMW. The 328 Mille Miglia Tour Coupe Concept originally debuted in 2006 to commemorate the anniversary of the original BMW 328 Touring Coupe that won at the 1000-mile race in 1940 as well as the 22 classic BMWs that completed the 2006 race. Based on a BMW Z4 M coupe, the modern 328 features a 330-horsepower 3.2-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine and is entered through a hinged roof rather than traditional doors.
More important to the classic car enthusiast is that one of the five original 1940 Mille Miglia 328s, the Kamm Coupe, will make its world debut at Villa d’Este after more than a decade of restoration. According to BMW, the cars were hidden in the German countryside during WWII, then split up after the war with only the Kamm Coupe remaining in Germany. It would be wrecked in the 1950s and subsequently disappeared for the next several decades. An effort to rebuild the car began in the mid-1990s and the final result of the project will debut at Lake Como.
Also on the Villa d’Este stage will be several one-offs you may have already seen if you’re a regular Rumors reader. They include the 600-horsepower Spada Codatronca, the 362-horsepower Giugiaro Namir hybrid supercar that debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari P540 Superfast Aptera special order built on a Ferrari 599 GTB and the Touring Superleggera Bentley Continental Flying Star, a Bentley Continental featuring a special shooting brake body style.
All of the cars will be on display with hundreds of other classic cars at the 81st annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este from April 23 to 25. If you’re able to go, make sure to take extra time off so you can stay for the 2010 Mille Miglia event on May 5 to 9. BMW will even have a special display at Villa d’Este for its cars that will be competing at Mille Miglia two weeks later.