Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este returned to northern Italy, to the scenic shore of Lake Como, for a meeting of 50 of the most historic, iconic automobiles in the world.
The anticipation of seeing the 2021 Concorso entrants at Villa d’Este was only heightened by moving the event from the traditional May dates to October—also increasing the possibility of cold, wet, Italian autumn weather. But aside from a few brief showers, the event was a spectacular success. And to the delight of the Italian tifosi, a Ferrari was honored as Best of Show.
The hallowed grounds of Villa d’Este, with (left to right) a 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a 1925 Graf & Stift SR4 SP, a 1930 Lancia Dilambda Serie I, and a 1935 Fiat 508 CS ‘Balilla’ Aerodinamica.