The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, a historical automotive spectacle tracing its lineage back to 1929, annually turns Italy's renowned Como Lake into a hub for car aficionados. Every year, the Italian lakeside buzzes with excitement as pristine vintage cars, much like those at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, roll in and transform the vicinity into a living car museum.
Just as visitors to Goodwood often find the parking lot rivaling the main event for sheer automotive spectacle, so too does Villa d’Este's surroundings become a paradise for those with a penchant for the world's finest automotive creations.
Enthusiasts from around the globe drive to the Italian Concours, flaunting their treasured automobiles and eagerly anticipating a glimpse of vehicles even grander than their own.
Villa d’Este's Show-Stopping Arrivals
Capturing the atmosphere of this year’s Villa d’Este affair, the Varryx YouTube channel showcased arrivals that included the unique Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2, the captivating Kimera EVO37, a remastered version of the Lancia 037, and most intriguingly, a mint green Ferrari F40.
For many, the F40 epitomizes the pinnacle of supercars from the late 80s to early 90s era. This iconic machine once vied for the world's fastest car title, fiercely competing with the formidable Porsche 959. Under its hood roars a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8, boasting an impressive 477 horsepower.
This beauty has its heritage linked to the legendary Group B rally category, a tidbit known to dedicated car aficionados. But even the casual observer would attest that the F40 is typically adorned in the signature Rosso Corsa red.
After all, each of the 1,315 units produced departed the Maranello factory cloaked in this distinctive hue. Therefore, an F40 in any shade other than red is a sight as rare as it is bewitching, especially considering its usual auction value soaring past $2 million.
The mystique deepens with the revelation that this mint green marvel is from the German-based Schaltkulisse collection. Repainted earlier this year in the ethereal Verde Pallido, this F40 stands as a tribute to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
The latter, crafted for Sir Stirling Moss, competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and was auctioned for a staggering $35 million in 2012. In a sea of red, this verdant gem undoubtedly stole the show.