Concours of Elegance 2019: The Winners
- September 11, 2019
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The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, is celebrating another weekend of motoring royalty, welcoming well over 10,000 automotive enthusiasts and around 1000 incredible cars into the spectacular gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Best in Show was awarded to the 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker, as voted for by the owners of the participating cars.
Best in Show – 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
This elegant car with polished aluminium bodywork was certainly the most flamboyant Silver Ghost ordered by a man who owned 25 of these Rolls-Royces: Lt.-General His Highness the Maharaja Sir Bhupindra Singhof Patiala. In his care it spent many years in North West India. Its styling had been inspired by the French coachbuilder Henri Labourdette, whose stylish Art Deco bodies built on Rolls-Royce chassis in 1913-14 had caught the imagination of the Maharaja, but in December 1915 he chose the leading British coachbuilder Barker to build this body on chassis 11 PD.
Pre-1920s Winner – 1904 Napier
Napier built the world’s first six- cylinder car in 1903 and this splendid vehicle presented here is the oldest known surviving example. After six years of restoration in India, the car has just come back to England, and the oldest six-cylinder ‘Noiseless Napier’ can again claim to be ‘the Best Car in the World’.
1920s Winner – Bentley Speed Six Old No.1
The legendary ‘Old No. 1’ was built as a racing car and for its entire career (1929–32) it was owned by either the factory or ‘Bentley Boy’ Woolf Barnato (also company chairman 1926–31). It was frequently modified to keep it as competitive as possible.
1930s Winner– Stout Scarab
Only nine Scarabs were built, and this example was originally owned by a Parisian publisher. There is a legend that this car was the scene of a meeting during World War II in Morocco between General Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle. It later stored monkeys for a circus…
1940s Winner– Ferrari 166MM
The lovely example is perhaps the most significant Ferrari ever. In the hands of Luigi Chinetti and Lord Selsdon (who owned the car), it won the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans. Two months earlier this very car is also believed to have won the Mille Miglia.
1950s Winner –Pegaso Z-102
The world’s most advanced and fastest production car of its day, this lovely green example of the Pegaso Z-102 is the second prototype, originally a cabriolet fitted with a smaller 2474cc engine.
1960s Winner – Ford GT40
This car today one of the most original racing GT40s in the world. GT40 P/1017’s first race was a Snetterton outing in April ’66 where Dickie Attwood drove it to 3rd place. Next were three Internationals: the Spa 1000km, the Le Mans 24 Hours and Austrian Grand Prix
Post-1970 Winner – McLaren F1
Only 106 were built and the beautiful example presented here, chassis 063, has recently been given a full restoration by McLaren Special Operations who returned it to its factory specification (apart from subtle performance upgrades, like a titanium exhaust).
Octane Public Choice – Bugatti Type 57
This car, chassis 57159, was first clothed in a fairly sober looking saloon body by James Young, but it fell into such disrepair over the years that it was eventually decided to recreate another design on the ladder frame: a replica of a flamboyant cabriolet.
Future Classics – Aston Martin Vulcan
This track-only two-seater was limited to just 24 units globally, powered by a 7.0-litre V12 engine producing 820bhp in its most powerful tune. It features Formula One-style pushrod suspension, adjustable dampers, adjustable anti-roll bars and variable traction control.
Report by concoursofelegance.co.uk