Concours of Elegance has highlighted a handful of the iconic cars confirmed to appear, including the one-of-ten Bentley Mark VI Pininfarina Facel Metallon ‘Cresta’
Taking place from 1-3 September, this celebration of automotive elegance, style and passion will feature more than 60 of the rarest and most exclusive cars ever produced.
From iconic pre-1914 automobiles to limited edition sports and supercars of the 21st century, each of the Concours of Elegance cars has a remarkable story to tell. Star cars include the first automobile ever to get a speeding ticket, the 1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage, a host of Le Mans hero Jaguar D-types and the UK debut of the incredible Maserati A6G ‘Barn Find’.
In addition, there will be a brace of rare and important Aston Martins – from the 1923 ‘Clover Leaf’ to the DBR09/01 racer – and a stampede of Ferraris to celebrate the Prancing Horse’s 70th anniversary. Concours of Elegance has picked out a handful of the incredible cars confirmed to appear in the Hampton Court Palace Gardens.
1928 Bentley 4.5-litre Victor Broom Drophead
One of only eight examples, this Bentley is not only incredibly rare but it also packs a remarkable story. Originally built in 1928, the car was purchased for £280 in 1962 by a teacher, Stuart Wallace, who quickly realised that he couldn’t afford to run it, so began a process of stripping and restoring it. However, he never finished the job and when he passed away, his daughter brought in specialists William Medcalf Vintage Bentley, who were tasked with preserving it. The trouble was Mr Wallace had spread parts of the car throughout the house – with an engine block found in the entrance hall, a clutch on the stairs, a headlight under the bed and components in the garden. William Medcalf tracked down all of these original parts and meticulously preserved the car. Apart from a few new wooden supports added to the body for strengthening, not a single nut or bolt is new. The result is an incredibly original and rare machine with a wonderful story to tell.
1934 Tatra 77
The Tatra 77, launched in March 1934, was not only the world’s first series production aerodynamic design (the work of Paul Jaray, ex- Zeppelin), it also featured plenty of other innovations. Most notable among them was the compact three-litre air-cooled V8 behind the rear axle to which used Elektron, a lightweight aviation magnesium for the crankcase and gearbox casing. Capable of nearly 90mph, the 77 was very quick for having just 60bhp, and very quiet thanks to its impeccable aerodynamics. This fine example was one of the first Tatra 77s in private ownership. It was delivered to Dipl. Ing. Jozef Wait, a Czechoslovakian entrepreneur, on 30 November 1934, and featured the unique option of a full-length Webasto sunroof.
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
The Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, California, built around 60 Convertible Coupe bodies for the Model J Duesenberg series. The earliest of these cars had a top that folded behind the driver’s seat but remained exposed, a design that later evolved into one that was covered by a leather tonneau. The true ‘disappearing top’ cars – of which less than 25 were made and like the model set to appear at Hampton Court – replaced the tonneau with a flush metal lid, and were combined with extra thin window pillars and side windows that also disappeared, turning the car into a sleek roadster. These full customised cars are incredibly rare and were built to individual specifications by extremely wealthy buyers. With power from a 6.9-litre 265bhp straight eight-cylinder engine, the Model J Disappearing Top is one of the most beautiful Duesenbergs ever made.
1933/35 Lancia Astura Aerodinamico Castagna
Originally crafted by Italian coachbuilder Castagna for an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Lugano, this stunning body now sits upon a chassis for a V8-engined Lancia Astura Series 2. Remaining in Italy during World War Two, the Lancia was then moved to the UK where it was enjoyed and restored by various owners. In 1982 it made its way into the Rosso Bianco Museum in Germany where it remained for a short while. Its current owner acquired the car in 2006 and had it restored to original specification by specialist Paul Grist. In 2016 it was awarded the Coppa d’Oro at the Villa d’Este concours.
1948 Bentley Mark VI Pininfarina Facel Metallon ‘Cresta’
This remarkable car was the idea of Jean Daninos, owner of French coachbuilder Facel-Métallon, who asked Italian design house Pininfarina to pen a two-door fastback based on the chassis of a Bentley Mark VI. The striking result was codenamed the ‘Cresta’ and was exhibited at the 1948 Paris Motor Show. Understandably, it created quite a stir – with a host of prospective buyers excitedly placing orders. The car was then taken to the Geneva Motor Show the year after where further orders were received. Apart from a modification to the radiator grille – a request made by Bentley itself – the car was put into production almost unchanged from the motor show version. Pininfarina is rumoured to have built 17 cars in total at its base in Turin, although it is thought that only 10 were ever delivered, making this car one of the rarest in the world.
1995 McLaren F1 GTR & 2017 McLaren P1 GTR
With its eye-catching Harrods-sponsored yellow and green livery, chassis #06R is one of the most famous of the seven F1 GTRs built by McLaren. Raced throughout the 1995 and 1996 seasons, it achieved a podium position at the 1995 24hrs of Le Mans in the hands of Andy Wallace and Justin Bell. Such was the impact of that famous livery that when McLaren launched the P1 GTR in 1995, it paid homage to its predecessor with identical yellow and green paintwork. Packing a 986bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 with an enhanced electric motor, the track-tuned race car is 50kg lighter and achieves 10 percent more downforce than the road-going version. Both cars will be present at Hampton Court offering a unique opportunity to see two pieces of McLaren’s competition history in the flesh.
Concours of Elegance CEO, James Brooks-Ward, said: “With more than 65 of the world’s rarest and most exclusive cars and the exquisite location of Hampton Court Palace, this year’s Concours of Elegance is another must-attend event for anyone who appreciates design and style. As this list shows, there really is something for every car lover – from the glamour of the 1920s and 1930s to the iconic movie star convertibles right up to the very latest racing cars.”
Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from just £25, with concessions from £17.50. Children under five and carers can enter free of charge. Members of the public also have the opportunity to attend on Friday 1st September, a day normally reserved for the Owners of the main Concours cars.
The full list of cars is as follows:
- 1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage
- 1904 Mercedes 28/32 Simplex
- 1922 Bentley 3-Litre #141
- 1923 Aston Martin ‘Clover Leaf’
- 1923 Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio
- 1926 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Vanden Plas Tourer
- 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Thrupp & Maberly Dual Cowl Tourer
- 1927 Hispano Suiza ‘Weymann’ H.J. Mulliner Sport Saloon
- 1927 Delage ERA Grand Prix Car
- 1927 Amilcar C6 Voiturette #11014
- 1928 Bentley 41/2-Litre Victor Broom Drophead
- 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
- 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
- 1931 Bugatti Type 54 #54201
- 1932 Bugatti Type 55
- 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC Touring Cabriolet Royal
- 1932 Bentley 8 Litre 2 Door Mayfair Short Chassis Coupé
- 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Brandone Cabriolet #2211110
- 1933/1935 Lancia Astura Aerodinamico Castagna Coupé
- 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Short Chassis #H3/304/S
- 1934 Tatra 77 Streamlined Saloon
- 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff Stelvio
- 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II H.J. Mulliner Saloon ex-Wolf Barnato
- 1935 Lancia Augusta March Special Tourer
- 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Rollback Coupé
- 1937 Adler Rennlimousine Competition Coupé
- 1939 Frazer Nash BMW 328
- 1941 SS100 Jaguar 21/2-Litre Roadster
- 1942/46 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS ‘Trossi’ Touring Coupé
- 1943 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Garavini Cabriolet
- 1946 Fiat 1100 Frua Barchetta
- 1948 Bentley Mark VI Pininfarina Facel Métallon ‘Cresta’
- 1952 Ferrari 342 America Pininfarina Speciale #0246
- 1952 OSCA MT4LM Vignale Coupé
- 1953 Ferrari 375 America Pininfarina Coupé #0293AL
- 1953 Ferrari 250 MM
- 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Vignale Spyder
- 1954 Siata 208S Motto Spyder
- 1954 Fiat 8V Supersonic #104.00043
- 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua
- 1956 Bentley S1 H. J. Mulliner Drophead Coupé
- 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
- 1958 Alvis TC 108/G Graber Convertible
- 1959 Triumph Italia Coupé
- 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione #2009GT
- 1960 Bentley S2 HJ Milliner Coupé
- 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spyder ‘The Coburn Car’
- 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato DB4GT/0186/R
- 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 7 11 Race Car
- 1963 AC Shelby Cobra 289 Team Car #CSX2129
- 1964 Jaguar Lindner-Nocker Low-drag Lightweight E-type
- 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe #CSX2300
- 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Scaglietti Berlinetta #5907
- 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB 6C ‘Short Nose’
- 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Touring 2+2
- 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V James Young Touring Limousine
- 1967 Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang Chitty 4
- 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS
- 1968 Porsche 911 T/R
- 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP 5000S
- 1987 Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-8
- 2005 Aston Martin DBR9/01
- 1995 McLaren F1 GTR & 2017 McLaren P1 GTR
- 2017 LaFerrari Aperta