• Concours of Elegance will be bringing a collection of around 60 of the finest cars ever built, from pre-1900 to the modern day, to Hampton Court Palace from 31 Aug – 2 Sep
  • Whether it’s the unique gold-plated Rolls-Royce ‘Golden Riviera’ or the very last four-cylinder Ferrari ever built, each of the cars has an incredible story to tell
  • Guests can also see the 1920 Ballot 3/8 LC, winner of the first Italian Grand Prix, and the unique Jaguar XK120 Pininfarina – the only XK with an Italian-designed body
  • The Main Concours forms just one small part of the event, which will see more than 1,000 cars gather in Hampton Court Palace from 31 August – 2 September
  • Tickets to the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace are on sale now, available from: www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets

Concours of Elegance has revealed the list of spectacular cars which will appear at Hampton Court Palace in just over a month’s time. Taking place from 31 August – 2 September, this celebration of automotive elegance, style and passion will feature more than 60 of the rarest and most exclusive cars ever produced.

From iconic pre-1900 automobiles to limited edition sports and supercars of the 21st century, each of the Concours of Elegance cars has a remarkable story to tell. Here are just eight of the highlights:

1913 Renault Type DP Coupé Chauffeur
This striking 95-year-old car is unique in its originality; every single body panel and piece of interior trim is as it was when it was built. Owned by the same family for its entire life, it’s an impeccable piece of history, featuring three types of lighting: gas for the headlights, electric for the interior and oil for the rear red lamp.

1920 Ballot 3/8 LC
Just four of these 3-litre 8-cylinder cars Ballot cars were produced for top level Grand Prix racing in the 1920s, and this particular example has an impeccable history. In 1921 it won the first ever Italian Grand Prix, and it was also owned by Sir Malcolm Campbell, who raced it at Brooklands in 1923.

1929 Mercedes S-Type Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’
This unique car will be appearing in the UK for the first time since 1958, when it was under the ownership of British Racing Drivers’ Club co-founder Earl Howe. This car was fitted with a revolutionary body which incorporated a lightweight and aerodynamic shell with unique aircraft-inspired aluminium side pods crafted by English coachbuilders Barker.

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster ‘Golden Riviera’
All Rolls-Royces are special, but some are totally unique. This example may be one of ten Riviera Phantom I cars built, but it’s the only example specified by its owner with gold-plated exterior trim as far as the eye could see. Bought by Irene Schoelkopf Carman in 1929, it also comes fitted with a few of her other ‘optional extras’, including a Dunhill lighter, an intercom for communicating with the driver and a mirror pad.

1954 Jaguar XK120 Pininfarina
This Jaguar XK120 is unique, in being the only one ever to be bodied by Pininfarina. In 1954 it went straight from the Jaguar factory in Coventry to Italy to have its beautiful bodywork applied, before being shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1955. This car was very recently the subject of a 6750-hour nut-and-bolt restoration by Classic Motor Cars to bring it back to exactly how it left Pininfarina in the ‘50s.

1957 Ferrari 500 TRC by Scaglietti
Named after the FIA ‘C’ racing regulations to which it was built to comply, this 500 TRC, or ‘Testa Rossa C’, is one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever built. This particular example is the last TRC produced, and the last ever four-cylinder car Ferrari made. It also comes complete with an impressive race history, including class wins at both the 1957 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

1992 Jaguar XJ220
Jaguar’s first 200mph car, the XJ220, still looks like nothing else on the road. Initially designed with a V12 and all-wheel-drive, it was eventually delivered with a twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel-drive – but performance was still exhilarating. In fact, the XJ220 was the fastest car in the world, setting a speed of 212.3mph at the Nardo test track. Only 281 were ever built.

Concours of Elegance Director, Andrew Evans, said: “The Concours of Elegance is well-known for the calibre of cars on display, and I’m pleased to say that 2018’s line-up is yet another world-class collection. A number of cars in the Concours are complete one-offs, many have never been seen in the UK in a generation, and all of them tell an incredible story. They’re the perfect focus of a weekend that will include around a thousand cars in total, a collection of luxury brands – including watchmakers A. Lange & Sohne – and a range of fine hospitality options within the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace.”

Concours of Elegance is working in conjunction with a number of organisations to offer bespoke experiences for visitors, including the Octane Tour, held on Sunday. To join the Octane Tour contact iain@thoroughevents.co.uk.

The Concours has also partnered with Tom’s Kitchen – founded by Tom Aikens – to offer new deli picnics for visitors. Presented in individual jute bags, the picnics will include a substantial chicken or vegetarian main course plus salads with a generous cheese and fruit box and a delicious strawberry and white chocolate dessert.

Tickets to the Concours of Elegance are on sale now, available from: www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets

Full list of cars

  1. 1903 Panhard et Levassor
  2. 1909 Isotta Fraschini FENC Tipo A
  3. 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost ‘Nellie’
  4. 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost A. Mulliner Tourer
  5. 1913 Renault Type DP Coupe Chauffeur 22/24HP Par Renaudin et Besson
  6. 1920 Ballot 3/8 LC
  7. 1924 Alfa Romeo RL TF
  8. 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Two-Seater
  9. 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer
  10. 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Riviera Town Car
  11. 1931 Bugatti Type 54 Delage D8
  12. 1932 Alfa 8C 2300 Spider Zagato
  13. 1935 Tatra 77
  14. 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Boattail Speedster
  15. 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet ‘Tipo Bocca’
  16. 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 Tourer
  17. 1937 Alvis 3-Litre Vanden Plas Concealed Hood DHC
  18. 1938 Erdman & Rossi Bentley 4 ¼ Litre
  19. 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide Drophead Coupé
  20. 1949 Bentley Mk V1 Special Lightweight J. Mulliner Fixed-head Coupé Prototype
  21. 1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’
  22. 1950 Aston Martin DB2
  23. 1952 Alfa Romeo ‘Pre-series’ 1900 Sprint Touring Coupé
  24. 1952 Bentley R-Type DHC
  25. 1953 Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car
  26. 1954 Fiat 8V Vignale Berlinetta
  27. 1954 Jaguar XK120 Pinin Farina Coupé
  28. 1954 Aston Martin DB3S Team Car ‘62 EMU’
  29. 1955 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe by Park Ward
  30. 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe by Park Ward
  31. 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC
  32. 1957 Fiat 1200 Vignale ‘Wonderful’
  33. 1958 Maserati 300S
  34. 1961 Intermeccanica IMP 700GT
  35. 1962 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti# 3367GT
  36. 1964 Ferrari 365 California Spyder
  37. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
  38. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long Nose
  39. 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Touring 2+2
  40. 1968 Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada
  41. 1965 Ford GT40 Mk I Gulf #GT40P/1004/1084
  42. 1968 Jaguar XJ6 Series I ex-Sir William Lyons
  43. 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GTB
  44. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400S
  45. 1983 Prototype Ferrari 288 GTO
  46. 1997 Jaguar XJ220
  47. 2018 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso ‘Tailor Made’ Arancia


About the annual Concours of Elegance:
Established in 2012, the inaugural Concours of Elegance was held within Windsor Castle to mark the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. Organised by Thorough Events, the first Concours of Elegance set a new global benchmark for a classic car concours; winning prestigious awards in the process; unheard of for a ‘start-up’ event in its first year. The second Concours of Elegance was held in 2013 to equal fanfare at the historic Royal Palace of St James in London, with the widely acclaimed third Concours set in the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace in September 2014, before heading to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in 2015. Only cars of the highest calibre are invited to the Concours of Elegance, from all over the world, painstakingly selected by the Concours Steering Committee; a respected team of authoritative historic car experts. A key objective of the annual Concours of Elegance is to raise significant sums for charity.

Historic Royal Palaces
Hampton Court Palace is cared for by Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that also looks after the Tower of London, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk.

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