Schloss Bensberg Classics Concours d'Elegance and Historic Rally: Over 100 High-Res Photos

This past weekend (September 25-27, 2009) marked the premiere of the first Schloss Bensberg Classics automobile show, which took place in Cologne, Germany at the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, an 18th century castle that has been converted into a luxury hotel since 2000. The three day event, which was sponsored among others by the Volkswagen Group, included a Concours d'Elegance competition day for classic cars and concept models as well as a Historic Rally along the roads of the Bergisches Land in North Rhine-Westphalia for vehicles built up until 1979.

The 1st Schloss Bensberg Classics Concours d'El├ęgance saw an array of production and prototype models making their way to Germany spanning from pre-war models such as the Bugatti 57SC Atlantic to 1960s and 1970s exotics and concept cars like the Lancia HF Stratos and Italdesign's 1973 Audi Karmann Asso Di Picche coupe that's pictured above as well as more modern prototypes including the Lamborghini Estoque and Cadillac Sixteen (V16).

Photos copyright UP / VW