Top 10 cars of Salon Privé 2018

Salon Privé 2018 attracted a wealth of classic and collector machine to Blenheim Palace. The sun shone, champagne flowed and the cars did not disappoint either.


Salon Privé 2018

Salon Privé 2018 was a fine vintage. Their Concours d’Elegance was full of intriguing machines, several prestigious automotive brands launched UK debuts and Blenheim Palace made for the perfect venue. But which 10 cars stood out above all else?


Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Salon Privé has become a key event in the calendar and an increasing number of manufacturers are using it to make UK debuts of new models. Lamborghini joined the club this year with their new Aventador SVJ.

This aggressive new variant of the Aventador will number just 900 examples and feature a glorious 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine. 759bhp is available to those who can afford the £356,000 price tag.


Ferrari 512 BB Koenig

Breaking with founder Enzo Ferrari's long-held traditions, the Ferrari 512 BB was the prancing horse's first mid-engined V12 road car. It could strike quite the pose in stock form in the glitzy surroundings of Monte-Carlo's Casino Square but, if you wanted something even more head-turning, Koenig was the tuning outfit of choice.

Koenig was a famed tuner of high-performance cars during the 1970s and 1980s but their reputation was built on their BB. Willy König famously bought a Ferrari 356 BB but wasn’t impressed with its performance compared to racing machines he regularly drove. He continually modified his own car until 1977, founding the tuning business that shared his name.

This Koenig 512 BB is one of the tuner’s most modified and fastest creations, reaching 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds.


Bizzarrini 5300 GT America

Ferrari test driver Giotto Bizzarrini one of several key players that walked out of Maranello in 1961, following a falling out with Enzo Ferrari himself. He went on to consult for various manufacturers and even designed a V12 engine for Lamborghini. But ultimately he created his own cars, including this beautiful 5300 GT America.

The fibreglass body of this America model is elegant and sleek, supplying the car with a slippery aerodynamic profile. This orange example proved popular.


Jaguar XJ220

It seems every day the XJ220 receives a bit more respect but it wasn’t always that way. Negative press coverage was abound after early promises of an all-wheel drive system and V12 engine were not met on practicality grounds. The late 1980s/early 1990s recession hurt orders being fulfilled too, compounding Jaguar's woes. However, a little over 25 years later the XJ220 can be seen for what it always has been. An astonishing supercar.


Ferrari F40 GT/LM

Anyone who was present at Silverstone Classic earlier this year will recognise this car. But another opportunity to get up close and personal with the F40 LM is not to be turned down. The F40 supercar is a legendary machine, but the racer is an even rarer beast. Just 19 were created by Michelotto, scoring plenty of podiums on racetracks around the globe.


Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster

The Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster is a rare car, just 152 were ever made, but this particular example even more so. It is just one of four right-hand drive cars and the only one of those examples which still resides in the UK. It has won a string of international awards and was rated highly at Salon Privé.


Bugatti Type 44 Aerodynamique

No prizes for guessing where this car gets its name from. Bugatti was – and still is – a very forward-thinking company and even in 1928, it was looking into aerodynamics. The raked windscreen served to reduce drag and increase performance, a philosophy still used today. The exquisitely detailed bodywork of this coachbuilt car is utterly stunning.


Lamborghini Miura S

This immaculate Lamborghini Miura S once belonged to singer Rod Stewart and has been thoroughly restored by Lamborghini itself. Looking as fresh as the day it left the factory, this iconic supercar shone in the summer sun at Blenheim Palace. The Salon Privé concours judges agreed, selecting this Miura S as the winner of its class.


Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series IV

More road-going ocean liner than car, the Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series IV is a behemoth in terms of scale. This opulent long wheelbase convertible appeared at home in the regal setting of Blenheim Palace.

Just 423 Series IV cars were built, each benefiting from the larger 3.0-litre V8 engine introduced in the Series III.


Ferrari 250 LM

Winner of the People’s Choice award, this Ferrari 250 LM served as a worthy champion. Totally original, polished to perfection and garnished with a historic racing past, the 250 LM holds the distinction of being Ferrari's last 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning machine. They're understandably far from cheap as a consequence – in 2015 a 1964 example sold at RM Sotheby’s for $17,600,000.

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