Collection by Bret Robins

Concorso d'Eleganza 2010

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On the banks of Lake Como, in the Lombardy region of Italy, rests the location of one of the most prestigious automobile events in the world, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Beginning in 1929, this showcase has existed for the industry's leading manufacturers to display cutting-edge design and engineering.This parade of classic vehicles, juxtaposed against concept cars of the future, is a fine example of tradition meeting innovation, as is the architectural backdrop: the stunning Villa Erba, built in 1898 and the onetime family home of legendary Italian director Luchino Visconti, is set against the dramatic Spazio Villa Erba, designed by architect Mario Bellini in 1990.

Spazio Villa Erba, the glass-and steel-structure designed by architect Mario Bellini, was inspired by the greenhouses…
From the port it's an easy walk to Villa Erba and signs welcome guests and exhibitors to the 2010 Concorso. The town of…
Bellini's technical notes explain that the central pavilion is built with a steel frame hung from three reinforced…
Exhibition designers choose simple fabric strings to create and separate space for this exhibit, which minimizes waste…
The glass-steel-and-cement dome, or Plenary Room, was minimally dressed for BMW's exhibition. The space blends…
A legendary BMW 328 Touring Coupe. It won the 1939 24-Hour race at LeMans and the Mille Miglia in 1940. Bellini's dome…
A 1938 BMW 327 Coupe, one of only 86 produced, and a R71 Motorbike represent that era's state-of-the-art-design.…
A collection of BMW 328s on the lawn in front of the Lario Wing of Spazio Villa Erba.
A 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport from Museo Storico sits in front of the Cernobbio Wing at Spazio Villa Erba.
A 1954 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva is framed by Villa Erba. Before the war, the villa was host to extraordinary parties…
The Plenary Room dome and Cernobbio wing with reflecting pool. This large lakeside park, known for the abundance of…
The space-age 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 Disco Volante or "Flying Saucer." During this period, science fiction and UFO…
A stunning collection of 507s and 328s—some of the most sought-after BMWs by collectors.
The world premier of the concept Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa by design house Zagato commemorates Alfa's 100th Anniversary and…
The Lario Wing at Spazio Villa Erba is constructed of glass sheets and steel. The architect describes this wing as…
A statement in economical, sensible and efficient transportation: the BMW Isetta. Its front-opening door and glass…
The reflecting pool off the main Plenary room dome.
A beautiful example of Mario Bellini's architecture, set against rare BMW motorcars and motorbikes. Notice the limited…
A 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato Spider.
A baby blue 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Coupe.
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