What to see at the 2018 Salon Privé concours

This year's Salon Privé features a Porsche concours as well special displays from McLaren, several significant Ferraris and Alpine's event debut. Here's what to look out for

Salon Privé is an event that combines a traditional British garden party atmosphere with some of the rarest and most exotic cars to ever grace Tarmac.

Amongst the garden furniture and Champagne glasses, finely dressed men and women peruse the day’s four-wheeled curiosities. There are different things to see on each of the four days, so here’s our preview featuring some upcoming highlights of Salon Privé 2018.

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Salon Privé runs from Thursday 30 August to Saturday 1 September with each day sporting a different theme. The exquisite Blenheim Palace is the venue, once home to Winston Churchill; 2018 will mark the first time this event has taken place on the stately home's famed cricket lawn.

The Thursday is the day of the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, which will see some of the most pristine concours cars gather to compete for the top prize. An expert judging panel, lead by Derek Bell MBE, will scrutinise these million-pound cars and present the winner with the coveted trophy.

Friday is Ladies Day where big hats, flash jewellery, and beautiful dresses punctuate the proceedings. Jazz music and Champagne in the sunshine (fingers crossed) create a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the cars on show.

Porsche celebrates 70 years in 2018 and so Salon Privé has dedicated the Saturday to the brand. The themed 'Concours Masters day' will see some of the most iconic Porsche sports cars in the brand’s history judged by a team Porsche experts and collectors from all over the world.


The Great Escape Triumph

Arguably the biggest two-wheeled star of Salon Privé will be this 1962 650cc Triumph TR6R that starred in The Great Escape. Making the trip from its current home at the Triumph Visitor Experience in Hinckley, this is the very bike Steve McQueen used to make his daring getaway from the Nazis.


McLaren 570GT MSO Black Collection and 720S Velocity

McLaren’s bespoke display puts the focus on McLaren Special Operations (MSO) and the unique customisation it can offer customers. Every McLaren customer is offered the opportunity to tailor a new vehicle to their liking, making for some unique creations.

A pair of MSO McLaren's will be impressing at Salon Privé. The 570GT MSO Black Collection is 1 of just 100 examples and features carbon black paint, an MSO Defined Titanium SuperSport exhaust, Gloss Black Diamond forged alloy wheels and a black Alcantara interior finish complete with red leather details. The impressive 720S Velocity will also be in attendance, showing off its incredible paint finish. A tinted red carbon bonnet and Nerello Red paint fades to a bright Volcano Red for a distinctive finish.


Black Carbon Bugatti Chiron

Prestige car dealer HR Owen will be bringing a bespoke Black Carbon Chiron to the event. Its exposed carbon fibre and tangerine interior makes for quite the contrast, but with a 0-62mph time of just 2.4 seconds you won’t have a chance to debate fashion sense with its new owner.


1994 Jaguar XJ220

Once the fastest road-legal production car in the world, the Jaguar XJ220 is a rare sight indeed. Its twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 also made it the fastest car around the infamous Nurbürgring in 1991, somewhat justifying its vast expense when new.

The XJ220 is a largely misunderstood car, but collectors are now waking up to what a special machine it truly is.


Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster

AutoClassics’ hot tip to win the Porsche concours, this Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster is one of only four right-hand drive examples ever made. It has won multiple awards overseas and now aims to do the same in the UK. In total just 152 356A Carrera Speedsters were, made making this example the rarest of the rare.


1964 Ferrari 250 Le Mans

This beautiful Scaglietti-designed car has to be in the running for an outright victory at the Concours d’Elégance. Its streamlined body and 3.3-litre engine helped it win the Le Mans 24 hour in 1965. In 2015 RM Sotheby’s sold an example for $17.6 million.


1965 Aston Martin DB5

It’s always a pleasure to see 007’s company car of choice at an event. While the DB5 attending isn’t in Bond-spec, those elegant lines from Italian coachbuilder Touring look great in any colour.


1977 Alpine A110 SX Berlinette

Accompanying its modern day counterpart to the event, this 1977 Alpine A110 SX Berlinette represents one of the very last to leave the Dieppe factory. This will be Alpine’s Salon Privé debut, and so a strong show of the lightweight sports car maker’s past makes for the perfect segue to the present.

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