Alfa Romeo Steals Show at Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy

Italy's Lake Como recently hosted the 2012 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, an annual event that celebrates and votes on the world's highest quality cars and motorcycles, much like the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. At the end of the weekend-long car show, officials choose the best vehicles and shower them with awards and praise, and this year Alfa Romeo came out on top.

The Italian automaker took home four awards for a few of its vehicles including the Coppa d'Oro (Gold Cup) and the Best of Show award, which both went to the 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS sports car.

"We experienced a high-caliber event with a unique field of competitors," said Karl Baumer, president of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and director of BMW Group Classic. "We are particularly delighted at the splendid turnout of almost 6,000 visitors on Sunday. We witnessed a Concorso that is second to none in terms of sheer class and quality."

The Alfa Romeo 4C drove away with the Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes because the concept embodies all the attributes the brand strives for – Italian styling, performance and technical excellence. This model is a two-seater sports car that features an engine that gets more than 200 horsepower, and technology borrowed from the automaker's 8C line. The 4C concept is soon to be a reality, and one that may reach American shores by 2013, marking the return of the Italian automaker to the U.S. market, according to AutoBlog.

While most people are not likely going to be driving Concorso-caliber vehicles, that doesn't mean their cars cannot run just as well. The professionals at New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Care Center can perform routine maintenance and address necessary repairs to help keep vehicles running smoothly.