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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Enchanted April, unsurpassable automobiles.

by on Apr.30, 2009

Enchanted April, at least along Italy's Lake Como, means one of the world's most heralded classic car shows, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Enchanted April, at least along Italy's Lake Como, means one of the world's most heralded classic car shows, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

There’s something about spring in Northern Italy that makes you feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set.  Maybe it’s the soft light or the gentle breeze as our boat slowly rounds a bend on Lake Como and the lush grounds of Villa d’Este suddenly come into sight.

At first, the palatial hotel, with its trompe l’oeil columns, dominates the vista, but as we draw closer, we remember the reason we’re here, dozens of classic cars sprawling across the estate’s grounds.

The Concorso Eleganza Villa d’Este is neither the first classic car show of the season, nor the largest.  But it is perhaps the most charming and delightful, a setting even more lovely than the grounds of Pebble Beach and a collection of rare and amazing automobiles that few, if any, other Concours can match.

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First Look: Aston Martin One-77

British marque finally reveals limited-edition supercar.

by on Apr.27, 2009

"50 are too few, 100 too many," so Aston plans to build 77 of its $1.6 million One-77 supercars.

"50 are too few, 100 too many," so Aston plans to build 77 of its $1.8 million One-77 supercars.

Aston Martin has taken nearly a year to complete the slow striptease that has finally revealed its all-new supercar, the One-77.

At last year’s Paris Motor Show, visitors were greeted to a peek at the 2-seater’s fender.  At the Geneva Motor Show, this past March, they got a look at a scale model.  Despite an unseasonal downpour in “Sunny Italy,” the British maker pulled the wraps off entirely, driving up to the Concorso d’Eleganza, at the Villa d’Este, in a running prototype of the One-77.

Priced at a planned 1.2 million British pounds — $1.76 million at current exchange rates -  Aston expects to build a grand total of 77 copies of the car, all next year.

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