While we sweaty Americans were sweating out who would take the Indy 500 on Sunday, the world’s gentry were competing against each other to purchase legendary cars along idyllic Lake Como, north of Milan. It was the RM Sotheby auction part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. And it produced some fireworks…


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A 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta was the belle of the ball. The Touring-bodied roadster – an early Ferrari competitor – grabbed over $7 million (USD). This was twice what a 212 Export coupe sold in 2014. Bidding must have been spirited.


‘Modern era’ Ferrari supercars proved again their escalating value. A 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO commanded almost $2.1 million, while a 1991 F40, one of the most venerated supercars ever built, sold for $1.1. A 1996 F50 and a 2002 Enzo easily cleared the $1 million bar.

A 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupe and a Ferrari-powered 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale also found happy new garages to adorn.

During the day, at the actual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Best of Show winner was an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 racer, the perennial champion of its bygone era. It bore the coachwork of Zagato and the beaming owner is a world-class Zagato collector.

Legendary Car Guy would have given the crown in the CONCEPT CAR judging to another Zagato. The delectable Maserati “Mostro” made its world debut at the Lake Como show. It was built by Zagato to honor Maserati and is inspired by the 1957 ‘Il Mostro’ Maserati 450 S Stirling Moss made famous at Le Mans. Only 5 will be built and all 5 are sold. However, it was the rambunctious Bentley coupe that got the judges’ votes.

Also featured in the concept judging was the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage.  Is this a cry for help from BMW designers?!?

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