British rarities appearing at Concours of Elegance

Only days before event starts, another four cars have been added to the Concours of Elegance line-up – and they should not be missed...

Four of the rarest and most prestigious British cars ever made will appear as part of a new Future Classics feature at the Concours of Elegance 2018. They are set to join an already eclectic line-up at the Hampton Court Palace event this coming weekend.

Rolls-Royce’s completely bespoke one-off Sweptail, revealed at Lake Como last year, is the rarest of the quartet. The Sweptail was commissioned by one of the world’s foremost exotic automobile collectors, and made history in being the first in-house-designed and fully coachbuilt Rolls-Royce in over half a century. It is also one of very few two-seaters ever to have been created by the marque.

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The customisation of the Sweptail shows an extreme level of detail, which includes secret ‘his and hers’ attaché cases that deploy on command from the B-pillars, plus a centre console that deploys the owner’s favourite Dom Perignon vintage Champagne, chilled, along with two fine-cut crystal flutes.

Joining the Sweptail are two examples of the long and successful partnership between Aston Martin and coachbuilder Zagato. The relationship started off with the iconic 1960 DB4 GT Zagato, of which an official continuation car has now been made. However, it is two other Zagato models that will be turning up to the palace.

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster is one of 28 due to be built, and combines a hand-crafted open-top body with the 592bhp 6.0-litre V12 found in the regular Vanquish. It’s part of a family of Vanquish-based Zagato models, which also includes the Coupé, Volante and Shooting Brake.

Sitting alongside the Speedster will be the V12 Vantage V600 Coupé. Aston Martin intends to build seven Coupé and seven Convertible variants of this car, which has a carbon-fibre body and 592bhp 6.0L V12 engine. Designed as the ultimate send-off for the previous-generation Vantage, the V600 is available only with a seven-speed manual gearbox.

McLaren is bringing a unique example of its latest Ultimate Series road car; the very first Senna hypercar to leave the McLaren Technical Centre in Woking. Only 500 Sennas are being built, with the first one to roll off the production line modelling a MSO Aurora Blue and MSO Anniversary White paint-job that took McLaren’s Special Operations team more than 600 hours to complete. The marque’s own twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8, which produces 789bhp, powers the car.

Besides the four Future Classics entries, the Concours of Elegance will feature over 100 other Aston Martins, pre-war cars from the likes of Renault, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes, and a special Ferrari display. To find out more about the show and buy tickets, visit the Concours website.

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