Some of the star car expected at this year's Concours of Elegance have been announced, along with a line-up of over 100 Aston Martin DBs set to celebrate the model line's 70th birthday
Between the overspending, the overeating and all the wife-killing, King Henry VIII couldn’t really be described as a man of good judgement, but you can’t criticise his taste in architecture. The fabulous Hampton Court Palace was his favourite residence, and there could be no better place to host the Concours of Elegance, which will once again grace its sprawling lawns on 31 August - 2 September.
Around 60 of the world’s finest cars will assemble in the gardens of the venue, forming the focal point of a most civilised three-day spectacular. Best of Show, uniquely, is not decided by a group of judges but by the owners themselves, each of whom is given a single vote and an extremely difficult task!
Winners of club concours events from all over the UK have been invited to attend, too, and the most impressive of them will be awarded the Club Trophy – and extended an invitation to next year’s Concours of Elegance.
Guests will be able to explore the Palace and its grounds as well as the field of cars, and with luxury brands displaying their wares there will be no shortage of opportunities for shoppers to put a dent in their bank balance.
The full list of cars has been announced, and here we have picked out a few of the highlighted cars we’re expecting next month. The full list of cars can be found at the bottom of the page.
1913 Renault Type DP Coupé Chauffeur
At more than 100 years old, this Renault has an astonishing history, made all the more impressive by the fact it is un-restored. All the body panels and interior trim is as it was when it left the French factory. It has been owned by the same family from new.
1920 Ballot 3/8 LC
This 3.0-litre eight-cylinder is one of just four built by Ballot, and this example actually won the very first Italian Grand Prix in 1921. It was also owned by Sir Malcolm Campbell, who raced it at Brooklands in 1923.
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster ‘Golden Riviera’
A total of ten Riviera Phantom I cars were built, and this unique example was specified with gold-plated exterior trim. It was originally owned by Irene Schoelkopf Carman in 1929, still retaining a few of her other ‘optional extras’, including a Dunhill lighter, an intercom for communicating with the driver and a mirror pad.
1954 Jaguar XK120 Pininfarina
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Already seen at many top events this year, this is the only Pininfarina-bodied Jaguar XK120 in the world, and has undergone a full top-level restoration by Classic Motor Cars.
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC by Scaglietti
The last TRC produced, and the last ever four-cylinder car Ferrari made, this special example features an impressive race history, including class wins at both the 1957 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
1992 Jaguar XJ220
For a short time, Jaguar entered the record books as the creator of the world’s fastest car – the XJ220. It was launched at just the wrong time, meaning just 281 were eventually built and sold. That makes them all the more rare today, and it has become a collectors’ favourite.
1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’
One of the first cars to be confirmed is the 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker ‘Boat Tail’, which returns to the UK for the first time in 60 years. The one-of-a-kind Boat Tail was originally owned by BRDC co-founder Earl Howe, and was based on a 1927 Mercedes S-Type.
English coachbuilders Barker fitted the car with a lightweight and aerodynamic body, incorporating aluminium side pods. After gaining some notoriety in period, the car was exported to the USA in 1958, where it was re-painted and fitted with a spare wheel on the rear of the car – significantly altering the aesthetic and losing the Boat Tail.
The majority of Earl Howe’s unique specifications had been lost to the years, but the most recent owner has completed the huge task of rebuilding the car to the correct specification. This was only possibly thanks to recently discovered period photographs of the car. The original Peacock Blue colour has been recreated after patches of the original paint were discovered during the restoration.
Aston Martin 70th anniversary display
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Four extremely special Astons will also be included in the main concours, including an early DB2 DHC – known as the ‘Royal Aston Martin’ – as well as a prime example of a 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 Tourer and rare right-hand-drive DB5 convertible. A 1967 Aston Martin DBSC by Touring will also be presented, showcasing an elegant design that might have gone on to be the DB6 replacement.
The concours might be the main attraction, but there will also be a special 70th anniversary celebration of Aston Martin DB models in the grounds. More than 100 DB-badged Aston Martins are expected in a line-up arranged by the Aston Martin Owners Club.
Aston Martin will also join, bringing a selection of the latest models, while Nicholas Mee & Co will also be showing some cars as part of the ‘Specialist Showcase’.
Tickets on sale now
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. Visitors are able to purchase a luxurious picnic with delicious three-course meal provided by the Royal Warrant Holders, or can purchase bespoke hospitality packages, including VIP parking, three-course lunch, drinks reception and cream tea.
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Full list of cars
1. 1903 Panhard et Levassor
2. 1909 Isotta Fraschini FENC Tipo A
3. 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost ‘Nellie’
4. 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost A. Mulliner Tourer
5. 1913 Renault Type DP Coupe Chauffeur 22/24HP Par Renaudin et Besson
6. 1920 Ballot 3/8 LC
7. 1924 Alfa Romeo RL TF
8. 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Two-Seater
9. 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer
10. 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Riviera Town Car
11. 1931 Bugatti Type 54 Delage D8
12. 1932 Alfa 8C 2300 Spider Zagato
13. 1935 Tatra 77
14. 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Boattail Speedster
15. 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet ‘Tipo Bocca’
16. 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 Tourer
17. 1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Vanden Plas Concealed Hood DHC
18. 1938 Erdman & Rossi Bentley 4 ¼ Litre
19. 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide Drophead Coupé
20. 1949 Bentley Mk V1 Special Lightweight H.J. Mulliner Fixed-head Coupé Prototype
21. 1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’
22. 1950 Aston Martin DB2
23. 1952 Alfa Romeo ‘Pre-series’ 1900 Sprint Touring Coupé
24. 1952 Bentley R-Type DHC
25. 1953 Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car
26. 1954 Fiat 8V Vignale Berlinetta
27. 1954 Jaguar XK120 Pinin Farina Coupé
28. 1954 Aston Martin DB3S Team Car ‘62 EMU’
29. 1955 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe by Park Ward
30. 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe by Park Ward
31. 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC
32. 1957 Fiat 1200 Vignale 'Wonderful'
33. 1958 Maserati 300S
34. 1961 Intermeccanica IMP 700GT
35. 1962 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti# 3367GT
36. 1964 Ferrari 365 California Spyder
37. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
38. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long Nose
39. 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Touring 2+2
40. 1968 Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada
41. 1965 Ford GT40 Mk I Gulf #GT40P/1004/1084
42. 1968 Jaguar XJ6 Series I ex-Sir William Lyons
43. 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GTB
44. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400S
45. 1983 Prototype Ferrari 288 GTO
46. 1997 Jaguar XJ220
47. 2018 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso ‘Tailor Made’ Arancia