2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Lake Como

Alfa Romeo and Talbot-Lago T23.
1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS and 1938 Talbot-Lago T23
(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

Photographer Henrik Jauert has ventured back to the shores of Lake Como for the annual glorification of the classic car. The BMW-sponsored Concorso d'Eleganza at the Villa d'Este has evolved into a social high point and an automotive blender, with the very best examples of classics from decades past and their contemporary rivals on show.

This year the classics were easily matched by modern metal, especially with two major launches by Aston Martin and BMW to feast upon. The former marked the event by exhibiting the Aston Martin V12 Zagato, an exotically re-bodied version of its classic high performance coupe. Celebrating the long-standing collaboration between Italian styling house Zagato and strictly limited run race and collectors' edition Astons, the new V12 Zagato will make its public debut on a real race track when it tackles the notorious Nurburgring 24 hour race later this month. In the meantime, the concept was awarded first prize in the prestigious 'Concept Cars and Prototypes' category.

BMW chose the 75th anniversary of its classic 328 model to unveil the 328 Hommage, a fearsome ultra-light sports concept that takes styling elements from its 1930 inspiration and mixes them with modern materials and minimal detailing that strips BMW's design language back to the bare basics.

Alfa Romeo Tipo

1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

Blue colour car DB4GT Zagato.

Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

Aston Martin Zagato.

2011 Aston Martin Zagato

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)


BMW’s Adrian Van Hooydonk unveils the 328 Hommage concept

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

BMW 328 in black colour.

BMW 328

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Red colour Ferrari.

1953 Ferrari 375MM

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

Ford and Abarth.

1965 Ford GT40 MKII and Abarth 1300 OT

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

Ford GT40

1965 Ford GT40 MKII

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1963 Jaguar

1963 Jaguar E-Type 'Lightweight'

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1963 Jaguar E-Type and 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ2

1963 Jaguar E-Type ’Lightweight’ and 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ2

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

Red Colour Renault DeZir

2010 Renault DeZir

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

Siata 208S and Alfa Romeo.

From left: 1954 Siata 208S and Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Zagato

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

1953's Siata

1953 Siata 400F

(Image credit: Henrik Jauert)

Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.