Best of Show - 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
Best of Show - 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

Salon Prive Concours 2013 – Report and Photos

The Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance 2013 was held 4–6 September at the 200-acre Syon Park in London. More than 5,000 people enjoyed the selection of 100 cars and bikes on display at the eighth annual event, held over three warm and sunny days in West London.

The 2013 Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance at Salon Prive featured everything from 100 years of Aston Martin and 50 years of Porsche and Lamborghini to the Beauty of Streamlining, Birth of the Berlinetta and the Cars of Pininfarina among the eleven classes of automobiles and motorcycles displayed and paraded on the grounds of Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland.

Notable and interesting entrants at the 2013 Salon Prive included the original and never restored 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial; 1927 Bugatti Type 38 Coupe Fiacre; 1935 SS Airline Coupe; 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM Nuvolari Spider; 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR; 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540k Sport Cabriolet A; 1972 Lamborghini Miura 400 SV; 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competition; 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C Le Mans; 1995 McLaren F1 GTR; ex-Anders Josephson Racing 1964 Porsche 901 chassis 300147; 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter; 1949 Riley 105 Transformable Coupe; 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato and 1956 Jaguar D-Type; among others.

Pebble Beach Concours Chairman and Salon Prive guest judge, Sandra Button, said, “I have been extremely impressed by the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégnce at Salon Privé. The standard of the car entries and knowledge and enthusiasm of the esteemed panel of judges here in London has been truly exceptional.”

Best of Show at the 2013 Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance at Salon Prive was awarded to the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider entered by Sarah Allen. The People’s Choice Award also went to the 1933 Jaguar SS1 Tourer.

In addition to the Concours, a collection of 50 entrants from 1928 to the present day embarked on the 30-mile Chubb Insurance Tour from the Royal Automobile Club at Woodcote Park, taking in Mercedes-Benz World, the historic Brooklands circuit and museum, Hampton Court and Bushy Park before arriving at Syon Park.

Salon Privé managing director, Andrew Bagley, said, “This has been an absolutely outstanding Salon Privé. The quality of entrants to the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance has been unbelievable, it seems impossible for it to improve year-on-year, but it does. And it’s a good job, because our judging panel, selected internationally from the world’s most renowned automotive experts and commentators, is also becoming keener and tougher every year.”

Similar to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 events, Senior Photographer Tim Scott also documented the 2013 Salon Prive Concours. We split up Tim’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and full list of award winners can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.

Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance 2013 – Featured Photo Gallery

1964 AC Shelby Cobra
1964 AC Cobra is one of only 45 leaf spring 289 models ever produced. Restored in the 1980s by Autokraft of Brooklands, this model boasts the original AC Cars sales leaflet and green UK logbook from 1964.
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C Le Mans
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C Le Mans was built to Le Mans specification with lungo chassis and body. A near original example with no major replacement components, this 8C was imported into the UK from Italy in 1937 by Thomson & Taylor, the British Alfa Romeo agents.
1955 Austin-Healey 100M
1955 Austin-Healey 100M
Dick Skipworth Collection of Ecurie Ecosse competition cars
Dick Skipworth Collection of Ecurie Ecosse competition cars

1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport/RSR
1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport/RSR
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A
1927 Bugatti Type 38 Coupe Fiacre
1927 Bugatti Type 38 Coupe Fiacre
1932 Aston Martin Le Mans and 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII
1932 Aston Martin Le Mans and 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII

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  1. As the author of “The Spyder California – A Ferrari of Particular Distinction,” I would be very interested to learn the chassis number of the LWB Spyder California entered by Sarah Allen — beautiful example and congratulations on your award. Also, I note that the pressed aluminium hot-air outlet vents on the front fenders appear to be partially painted (the same colour as the car) — is that the way they came from the factory when new? Many thanks for any replies.

    George Carrick.

    1. Hi George, I’m sorry for the delay in coming back to you, we just noticed your comment on this page. Thank you for the congratulations we were absolutely delighted with the result and had a fantastic time at this great event. For the record, regarding your wonderful book our car is 1203gt first owned by Harvey Schur who we visited in Tampa in 2012 when we were over for the Cavallino classic. When his father bought this car for him February 1959 he lent it to Sports Cars Illustrated and it was featured in their September 1959 issue, the photo you have on page 52 in your book is of our car when it was in this magazine. You will notice that the air vents were painted to match the colour of the car with the outer edges in polished aluminium. So on page 64 of your book which shows our air vent, this was after the air vent had been repainted silver. Also the picture on page 89 which says unknown car is actually 1203gt too, again a picture featured in Sports Cars Illustrated. I hope this information helps. We have really enjoyed your book and it has been a great source of interesting information. Very kind regards Sarah & Nigel Allen

      1. Hi Sarah and Nigel,

        Thank you ever so much for your kind response — it is just wonderful to make contact with another Ferrari California owner and be able to share that very special feeling of owning such a truly unique and exciting sports car. Also, I must tell you how gratifying it is to hear that you enjoy my book and find its contents informative. Thank you for your explanation about the hot-air outlet vents and identifying your California to be the one in a couple of photographs — very much appreciated. Are you planning to attend the next Cavallino Classic in January, 2015? It would be a great pleasure to meet you.

        Very best regards,

        George.

      2. Hi Sarah,

        CONGRATULATIONS on your Best of Class win for the California Spyder at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 — just stunning!

        George Carrick

  2. 1948 Ferrari 166 Inter-Sport Corsa
    Does anyone know if this car was rebodied from the original? I know the 166s of the late 40s were the famous “Baechettas.” This looks much more like a mid-50s Ferrari, the Mondial.