One of the events that has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic is the annual Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Initially, a new date in the fall was announced but ultimately, it was cancelled altogether. As a small consolation, we have today taken a closer look at three great cars that starred on the shores of Lake Como in years past.
First up is this Aston Martin DB3S, which was originally sold to the United States. Finished in the American racing colours of white with a pair of blue stripes, it was raced extensively for several seasons on the American West Coast. One of the best result was scored by future Grand Prix winner Richie Ginther, who placed second at Pomona in 1957. Restored to its original configuration and colours, chassis DB3S/115 is now part of a German collection.
Also part of a German stable is this Lagonda LG45 Rapide. It is one of four Team Cars built in 1936 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. It combined the talents of Lagonda chief engineer W.O. Bentley and competition specialists Fox & Nicholl. Sadly, the Le Mans race was cancelled but this this car was nevertheless raced extensively well into the 1950s. It has now been beautifully restored to its original guise.
Most definitely not restored is this beautifully preserved Fiat 8V Rapi Berlinetta. It was sold new to an American engineer based in Germany and he would own it through to his death in the early 2010s. Apart from a re-spray during the late 1950s, 106*000100 has survived in highly original condition.

Enjoy the links:

1956 Aston Martin DB3S (DB3S/115)

1954 Fiat 8V Rapi Berlinetta (106*000100)

1936 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Team Car