First in class winners at the 2014 Concorso Villa d'Este
First in class winners at the 2014 Concorso Villa d'Este

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 – Report and Photos

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 was held the weekend of 23-25 May at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and neighboring Villa Erba on Lake Como in Cernobbio, Italy. Warm temperatures greeted the thousands of visitors that traveled to the shores of Lake Como for this exquisite and tradition-steeped display of historical and prototype automobiles.

First held at the same location in 1929, the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance has been held each May since 1999 on the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the adjacent parkland of Villa Erba under the patronage of the BMW Group. Set against the incomparable backdrop of Northern Italy’s Lake Como, the 2014 edition of the Villa d’Este Concorso brought together 50 cars and 35 motorcycles from widely varying eras in automotive history.

The Trofeo BMW Group, awarded “Best of Show” by the judges at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 went to the 1956 Maserati 450S owned by Albert Spiess, while the historic Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este – Best of Show by Public Referendum at Villa d’Este was awarded to the 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Spider Aprile of Corrado Lopresto. In the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept cars and Prototypes, the public voted for the Maserati Alfieri, and the highlight of the fourth Concorso di Motociclette was the presentation of the Trofeo BMW Group for motorcycles to the vintage 1929 Opel Motoclub Supersport.

Among the other highlights of the 85th edition of the event were the special exhibitions for the 110th anniversary of Rolls-Royce and the centenary of Maserati. Selected as class winners by the jury were the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Boat Tail and the Maserati V4 Sport, a Zagato-designed spider from 1929. Another competition class at the Concours d’Elegance Villa d’Este 2014 was dedicated to the umbrella theme for this year’s event, the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties, while further classes included Gone With The Wind; Villa d’Este Style; From St. Tropez to Portofino; Le Fuoriserie; Gentlemen Drivers and Da Corsa.

Similar to the 2012 and 2013 events, photographer Dirk de Jager also documented the 2014 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, offering the following gallery showing the entrants set against the wonderful backdrop of Lake Como. We split up Dirk’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery

Maserati 6C 34
Maserati 6C 34
Maserati A6GCS-53
Maserati A6GCS-53
1956 Maserati 450S
1956 Maserati 450S
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America

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1953 Hudson Italia Prototype H01
1953 Hudson Italia Prototype H01
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
1957 BMW 507 Roadster
1957 BMW 507 Roadster
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K

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  1. Stunning pictures! I don’t see any current car except the AM Vantage or the 911 marrying functionality and style without falling into caricature. Even my 24-year old son was impressed by the beauty of a rare 275 GTB passing by on the street, a car he had never seen before. Elegance has no age but meanwhile bad taste has got the bigger wallet.

  2. The number plate LOV 1, on the AC Cobra, is famous and will be known to all racing enthusiasts, at least the older ones, as in the 60s it was on the Lotus Elite, raced by Graham
    Warner and owned by his Chequered Flag garage and team. So how after all these years, did it end up on this Cobra?