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From a 1928 Rolls-Royce to a 1998 Porsche, the 10 Most-Exciting Cars at This Year’s Villa d’Este

Italy’s annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of the world’s premiere automotive events, and these examples show why.

A scene from the 2023 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Gudrun Muschalla, courtesy of Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

Every spring on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, the thinnest slice of the world’s finest collector cars assembles onto the idyllic grounds of the 450-year-old Villa d’Este. The automotive tradition started in 1929 and has consistently delivered an amazing array of radical concept cars, historically significant race machines, and rare coachwork one-offs. Unlike expansive events such as California’s Monterey Car Week, there is no massive peninsula sprawl here, rather a concentrated hit of ultra-high-quality vehicles from the world’s most coveted collections.

Though the 2023 edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, sponsored by BMW, saw rare rain and cloudy skies, that didn’t dampen the shock-and-awe effect of the 52 competitors that vied for recognition. In ascending order of age, here are the top 10 most gorgeous cars that caught our eye.

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