EVERY SPRING, the great and the good from the world of classic cars slip into their chinos, dig out the old school tie, fasten the button to their blazer and head for the shores of Lake Como, in Italy. They are drawn by the promise of some of the world’s most exotic — and expensive — classic cars. But increasingly, new concept cars cause a commotion at the five star Villa d’Este venue.
This year proved no different. Aston Martin revealed the Vanquish Zagato, a super GT with nearly 600bhp and seductive curves that have been fashioned from carbon fibre bodywork. Not to be outdone, BMW showed the 2002 Hommage, a nod to the significant 2002 sports saloon, a 1970s model that set the German company on the road to success.
Each car showcases the possibilities for expressive design when there are few rules and regulations to be followed — a little like when drivers are allowed to floor the throttle on a race track. Of the pair, it’s the Aston Martin that’s likely to make it through to limited production; the BMW, by contrast, will remain a one-off vision of the future that has been inspired by the past. However, each is well worth celebrating. Enjoy the gallery.