As summer rolls into autumn, the changing of the season heralds the arrival of the UK Concours season, with both Salon Prive and Concours of Elegance marking the start of September with staggering arrays of some of the most desirable and covetable motor vehicles on the planet. Now in its 17th year, having expanded upon its main concours, with a springtime date for Salon Prive London, the success of Salon Prive has grown remarkably, now etched into the list of premier Concours events in the world.
The spectacular Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the early 18th century presents one of the most glamorous venues to host the highly regarded concours. Having firmly established its place on the European Concours circuit, Salon Prive carries huge prestige, and enjoys a reputation for hosting UK, European and Global debuts from a wide range of highly regarded manufacturers.
The Platinum Collection
Following the success of the Red Collection in 2021, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, Salon Prive curated a sublime collection of Platinum and Silver coloured motor cars to mark the occasion. Taking centre stage in the opulent grounds, 16 iconic models were assembled, amongst their ranks, some of the most prestigious road and race cars, notably both McLaren F1 chassis 064 & 065, a Porsche 959, Bugatti EB110SS, the only official Ferrari Testarossa Spider and the very last Lamborghini Miura SV Jota – Chassis 4860, which was specially designed for Hubert Hahne, including a large fuel tank, dual wipers, no passenger mirror and uprated suspension.
Platinum Collection Line Up
1961 Jaguar E Type Series 1 Flat Floor 3.8
2007 McLaren Mercedes SLR 722 GT Prototype
1997 Porsche GT1
2018 Wiesmann GT MF5 Coupe
1997 McLaren F1 063
1997 McLaren F1 064
2010 Lamborghini Reventon Roadster
1962 Jaguar E Type Series 1 Flat Floor 3.8
1992 Porsche 959
1986 Lamborghini Diablo SE30
1993 Bugatti EB110 SS
1973 Lamborghini P400 Miura SVJ
1960 Aston Martin DB4
1963 Morgan SLR
1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider
Rolls Royce Phantom II Handlye Special
Opening proceedings on the first day of the five day Salon Prive event were headlined by a number of unveilings. In fitting style, matched to the elegant surroundings, Rolls Royce gave a UK public debut to the Phantom Series II, a new expression of the eighth-generation model, which sat alongside a bespoke Black Badge Ghost.
A global debut for the Slovakian Engler brand with the unveiling of the Engler Desat, a super-quad which is best described as a fusion of an Audi R8 V10 and a superbike. A hyper-futuristic design which cuts a very visually arresting profile, and presently the world’s only super-quad vehicle.
DEUS Automobiles gave a UK debut to the Vayanne hypercar, following on from its appearance at Monterey Car Week. A staggering 2200bhp, fully electric hypercar, offering more in the way of refinement and practicality than is customary in the hypercar class, whilst offering the most power available from a pure electric car in its class.
A European debut was given to the Hennesey Venom F5 Roadster, presented by Clive Sutton, the twin-turbo 6.6 litre, 187bhp machine is touted to break the existing record held by Hennesey for the world’s fastest convertible, with the 265.6mph record held by the Venom GT Spyder expected to be surpassed.
Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance
The undoubted highlight of the event, the Concours d’Elegance showcases the very finest in automobilia, demonstrating an appreciation of both pedigree and diversity. The best in show, winning Class H was the sleek, immaculately presented 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta.
The Zagato bodied Berlinetta is one of just five LWB 250 GTs designed by Zagato. Chassis 0515GT was extensively raced in 1956 by Vladimiro Galluzi, before being sold to Luigi Taramazzo, who raced the car in 1957 and 1958. Aesthetically striking, the almost Prussian blue bodywork contrasted beautifully with the white double-bubble Zagato roof. A worthy winner, though competition was incredibly tight. The runner up, and winner of the Pre-War open class was an Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia, one of only 107 Mille Miglia models built, and the sole survivor of the Graber built convertibles.
Best in Show – 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta
Churchill Cup – 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupe
People’s Choice – 1907 Lorraine Dietrich 130hp Course
Duke of Marlborough Award – 1965 Ferrari 365P
Chairman’s Award – 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Full results of the Salon Prive Concours
Class A – 1903 Berliet 20hp Closed Swing-Seat Tonneau
Class B – 1932 Aston Martin Lightweight Le Mans Works Team car LM9
Class C – 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia Cabriolet
Class D – 1931 Bentley 8L Saloon
Class E – 1955 Fiat 8V Berlinetta
Class F – 1954 HWM Cadillac
Class G – 1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing
Class H – 1956 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta
Class I – 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC
Class J – 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Class K – 1953 Chrysler GS-1 Special Coupe
Class L – 1966 Mercedes Benz 600 Grosser
Class M – 1971 Citroen SM Espace
Class N – 1961 Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupe
Class O – 1984 Lotus Turbo Esprit S3
Class P – 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Class Q – 2005 Maserati MC12
Spirit Award – 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Most Exceptional Coachwork – 1935 Hispano Suiza J12 Cabriolet
Most Opulent – 1929 Rolls Royce 20hp 3 Position Cabriolet
Coup de Coeur – 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante 7 Litre RSW
Best Interior – 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe
Most Elegant – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider