Recently reborn French car manufacturer Alpine will be at the London Concours to show the all-new A110 Première Edition, alongside an example of the original rear-engined model.
Although the Alpine name died out in 1995 with the demise of A610, the Dieppe factory that was the birthplace of the French sportscar remained alive and well – producing many of the hottest Renaultsport models for years. This year sees the rebirth of Alpine, and the company is keen to build a strong link between the new and old cars.
The Première Edition is one of just 1955 produced and sold ahead of the launch, and will sit alongside classic A110 Berlinette. Not only was the original A110 a compelling road car, but it was a hugely impressive competition machine.
Italian cars feature heavily in most car shows, and the London concours will be no exception. One of the stars lined up to attend is the Lancia Aurelia Outlaw B20GT ‘Outlaw Number 2’, created by specialists Thornley Kelham. Inspired by the ex-Bracco Series 1 B20GT, which competed in the 1951 Mille Miglia, Le Mans and Carrera Panamericana, this example features a lowered roof line, wider wings, disc brakes all round, roll cage, air conditioning and a tuned 2.8 litre Lancia Flaminia V6 engine with fuel injection.
Joining the Lancia will be a 1959 Fiat Abarth 750GT ‘Double Bubble’ Zagato. Designed and built to compete in the small engine capacity racing categories, this Zagato-bodied racer was based on the humble Fiat 600 underpinnings. This car was originally sold to the USA, and after it finished racing returned to Europe in a fairly sad state. This car is certainly well travelled, and after being sold to Australia was given a full body-off restoration, before once again heading to Europe for engine and gearbox work. It is thought to be one of about 100 surviving cars worldwide. SEE RELATED: Best Classic Car Shows 2018
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Up next is one of the 25 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciales originally converted to right-hand drive by Ruddspeed, the specialist tuning company of motor sport ace Ken Rudd. With 59,000 miles, it retains much of its originality unlike many of the other UK-market SS cars – easily ravaged by the UK’s harsh climate and salted winter roads.
Some of the rarest, fastest and most beautiful supercars are set to make an appearance at the 2018 London Concours. This will start an example of the original supercar, a 1969 example of the Lamborghini Miura S.
To go along with the first is arguably the most significant supercar of recent history, the McLaren F1. With a top speed of 240mph – a record that stood until the Bugatti Veyron beat it in 2005 – it represents a high-point of 20th Century supercars.
Other highlights include a Ferrari F50, notorious for featuring an engine based around the V12 of an F1 car, as well as the more recent Aston Martin One-77. This is not only one of Aston’s most exclusive cars – just 77 built – but also featured the most powerful naturally-aspirated V12 production car engine of all time at 750bhp.
Other plans for 2018 currently include a specially curated collection of Le Mans winners and Land Speed Record holders. As well as the automotive exotica, the City Concours will also see a return for the retail pavilions, positioned around the gardens. Some of the world’s most luxurious brands will also sit alongside a dedicated Art Pavilion, selected for the event to appeal directly to collectors and enthusiasts.
Bespoke hospitality options, including fine dining luncheon experiences and a number of drinks party packages have been announced, and are already selling out ahead next summer’s garden party. If you want to have early access to the City Concours, there’s a VIP Preview Breakfast, where guests are welcomed to a breakfast buffet and an exclusive intimate preview of the cars.