The World's Finest Classics Showcased in London
Concours is a unique event that celebrates the world's well-kept classics and provides a scene for collectors to show off the unbelievably rare vehicles in a competition to find who has the best-kept and rare car of them all.
If you are a fan of the classics, there is no better event to attend than a Concours. They happen worldwide, the biggest being Pebble Beach in the United States, but its counterpart in London is still nothing short of prestigious.
This year, the event was held from the 6th-8th of June, and the selection was breathtaking. With cars we've only heard about in stories or movies strutting their stuff in the gorgeous gardens of the Honorable Artillery Company headquarters in central London. 80 of the globe's most exquisite classics were invited to participate in this year's garden party. Here are some honourable mentions:
The race-inspired cars are always a firm favourite for the younger enthusiasts, and what a variety there was. A 1992 Porsche 959 Komfort, 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring and a 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth. If you're into rally heritage, you may be more interested in some of the cars that were featured, such as a 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth, 1989 VW Golf Rallye 4WD, 1992 Audi Quattro, 1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II, and my personal favourite, the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRC S12C.
There was a breathtaking exhibition of global favourites for those partial to elegant and timeless classics. The 1991 Ferrari F40, 1990 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S, 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, and a perfectly preserved 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 were featured.
Let's talk about the real classics from early in the last century, like the peculiar propeller-driven 1921 Leyat Helica, the 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II, the 1929 Rolls Royce 20/25 Boat Tail and even the 1952 Aston Martin DB2. If the oldies are not to your liking, there was the cream of the crop supercars to wet the palate like the 2013 McLaren P1, 2019 Porsche 991 Speedster, 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Zagato, 2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 and of course a 2007 Bugatti Veyron.
Cars of this calibre warrant recognition, and we're sure the cumulative worth of the vehicles present likely cost more than Buckingham itself – not to mention the historical value and sentiments involved. Another incredible spectacle from Concours as the judges' panel wraps up its scoring today.