A variety of factors have contributed to the prominence and frequency of auto shows. Greater numbers of attendees fill the halls, explore the exhibits, and participate in the many events that make these shows a true spectacle. For those of us who cannot attend in person, Internet access affords us the benefit of live feeds so as not to miss out on major unveilings and announcement. We, of course, also enjoy researching the goings-on of auto shows to bring you relevant content.
Some shows, however, are more intimate. Their organizers forego major sponsorships and advertising campaigns in exchange for the feeling of exclusivity. In some cases, a show aims to celebrate a classic model – not unveil a new one.
The Concorso d’Eleganza is an annual car show hosted at the Villa d’Este hotel next to the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Here, those in attendance will not be privy to future concept cars or unveilings of highly-anticipated production models. This event offers a look at the class and elegance of models from years past, as well as a look at powerful racing machines that paved the course for today’s monster-engine vehicles – a mixing of classic luxury and unabated power.
At this event – featuring Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Rolls Royce – one brand was awarded “Best in Show” for this year’s Trofeo BMW Group: Maserati. The Italian automaker, in the midst of celebrating its centenary, has even more reason to tout its status as an icon.
The 1956 Maserati 450S was this award winner. Other models also paraded through the streets of the Italian countryside much to the enjoyment of those watching: a 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta and a 1929 Maserati V4 Sport.
We have provided pictures of each vehicle, so be sure to ogle (it’s okay – we understand) these gorgeous historical models. If you want to see today’s amazing lineup, we invite you to stop down at Maserati of Raleigh to check out the Quattroporte, GranTurismo, and all-new Ghibli.