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Preview: 2010 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

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2010 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

2010 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

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The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is one of the most anticipated concourses of fine classic show cars each year, and has been since 1929. This year marks the 12th time the BMW Group has organized the event, and the cars coming--from every manufacturer--are once again going to be spectacular.

For example, a Jaguar XKC 120, a C-Type built for competition in 1952, will be on display. Its 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower from the works floor, enough to propel the car at speeds up to 143 mph--modest by today's standard, but roaring quick for a sports car of its day. This particular car was among the fastest of its kind, piloted by the legendary American F1 driver Phil Hill--the only American to ever win the F1 World Driver's Championship.

BMW itself will have some choice hardware at the event as well, including a 328 Mille Miglia Roadster Series 1, built in 1937 and rebuilt from the frame up in 1939. The aluminum-bodied, aerodynamic car set a new benchmark for performance car design, and in 1939 won its class at Le Mans and the Mille Miglia before going on to win the overall Mille Miglia in 1940.

An Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sport Pininfarina from 1965 will also be on display. It's a one-off coachbuilt car by Pininfarina based on a Tubolare Zagato TZ2. Unveiled for the first time at the Turin Motor Show 45 years ago, the car is still in original condition, with its original paintwork.

These cars and many more will be on display at the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este and Villa Erba in Cernobbio, Italy, April 23-25. Stay tuned for more coverage of the cars as the event draws nearer.

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