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Posted 18.09.2020

Spectacular Racers Lead Stellar Entry for Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance 23-26 September 2020

With only a few days to go until the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA, the full list of entrants has been announced. Some of the greatest sports-racing cars of all time will line up on the pristine lawns of Blenheim Palace, and a significant automotive anniversary will be celebrated with a class of its own.

Among the entries in the keenly contested ‘Post-War Sports Racers’ class are no fewer than four hugely significant Ferraris. In 1949, a 166MM won the Mille Miglia in the hands of Clemente Biondetti and Ettore Salani. Two months later, the very same car – chassis number 0008M – took victory in the world’s most high-profile motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, courtesy of Luigi Chinetti and Lord Selsdon. It remains the only car to have won both of those prestigious and gruelling events in the same year.

The relationship between Maranello and Pininfarina has produced some of the most beautiful cars of all time, and the very first Ferrari Berlinetta to be styled by the renowned design house will also be at Blenheim Palace. Chassis number 0346M was raced in period by first owner Kurt Zeller at events including the ADAC 1000km at the Nürburgring, and it was the only 166MM to be bodied by Pininfarina. It will be joined by one of only 27 Ferrari 212 Export models ever made. Fitted with Vignale Spider bodywork, this 1951 example – chassis 0098E – was delivered new to Pietro d’Acquarone and raced extensively by his son Cesare.

The instantly recognisable yellow livery of Equipe National Belge and Ecurie Francorchamps graced Ferraris in international motorsport throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Delivered in April 1957, chassis 0682MDTR was the tenth of 19 500 TRCs built, and later that year Lucien Bianchi and George Harris took it to seventh overall – and class victory – in the Le Mans 24 Hours. It continued to be raced by its next owner, Sicilian Prince Gaetano Starrabba, and from the 1990s onwards has been a familiar sight in historic competition.

Jaguar was one of Ferrari’s main rivals during the 1950s, with the British marque being particularly successful at Le Mans. The D-type delivered three of the marque’s five wins at La Sarthe that decade, and the very first production example – chassis number XKD509 – is a welcome addition to the Salon Privé line-up. Dispatched from the factory in November 1955, XKD509 had busy competition career in the US and raced in the 1956 Sebring 12 Hours. Later owned by renowned British collector Nigel Moores, it’s a remarkably original survivor.

As the 1950s rolled into the 1960s, GT racing came to the fore as the sport’s governing body sought to reduce speeds and increase safety. That led to the development of great cars such as the Ferrari 250 GT line, the Jaguar E-type Lightweight and the Aston Martin DB4GT. The Aston made its debut at Silverstone in 1959 in the hands of Stirling Moss and went on to be a thorn in the side of the Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase during 1960 and 1961. The car that will be on display at Blenheim Palace is chassis number 0127/R, which was delivered in 1960 and more recently raced in top-level historic meetings such as the Goodwood Revival.

Twenty-five years since the McLaren F1 GTR scored a stunning win on the marque’s debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours, a special class will be dedicated to the Gordon Murray-designed hypercar. Examples of both the short-tail and long-tail GTR will be on display – the short-tail chassis 13R was raced in Japan during 1996 by future Grand Prix winner Ralf Schumacher, while the long-tail 28R was the last GTR to be made and competed in the 1997 FIA GT Championship.

A very limited run of five McLaren Senna GTR LMs has been built to celebrate that 1995 Le Mans win, with each one finished in a different livery in tribute to the GTRs that finished first, third, fourth, fifth and thirteenth at La Sarthe. The car that will be at Blenheim Palace is finished in the iconic Harrods colours of the third-placed GTR, which was raced by Andy Wallace, Derek Bell and Derek’s son Justin. The hand-painted colour scheme on the Senna GTR LM took more than 800 hours to apply!

The Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA is the traditional curtain-raiser during Salon Privé Week and takes place on the Wednesday. The jury is led by Ed Gilbertson and is made up of some of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable ICJAG judges.

The Best of Show, along with the inaugural Churchill Cup, will be announced on the Thursday, which is also Ladies’ Day by Boodles – when the elegance of the cars is matched by the stylish outfits on display. As a long-term partner of Salon Privé, Boodles will be offering a spectacular pair of ‘Be Boodles’ 18-carat rose gold drop diamond earrings to the winner of the Best Hat competition. Royal milliner Jess Collett will assist with the selection criteria.

While the event is internationally renowned for attracting the finest veteran, vintage and classic cars, this year also sees the greatest-ever gathering of hypercars and next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles. With no fewer than 21 new automotive models also being unveiled – of which four are global premieres – unrivalled hospitality, and the chance to indulge in some retail therapy courtesy of luxury brands offering everything from Boodles jewellery to fine fragrance, travel, aviation and interior design, this year’s Salon Privé Week promises to be the best yet!

Please find below the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA 2020 Show Field

1914Triumph 4 1/4 hp Roadster
1925Brough Superior SS100 Sand Racer
1939AJS 2A
1948Norton P6A Prototype
1950Husqvarna Drombagen (Dreambike) Sports
1963Ducati 250 Diane MK3
1963Ducati 250 Scrambler
1965Norton Unified Twin
1970BSA B50 Ex Works
1971Ducati Desmo Desert Racer
1973MV Agusta 750
1974Ducati 750 Super Sport
1975Ducati 750 Super Sport
1975Ducati 900 Super Sport
1976500cc Ex-Works Scrambler (Vic Eastwood)
1980Suzuki RG 500
1989Ducati 851 Corse
1904Napier L49
19049hp MMC
1911Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 2-Seat Open Tourer
1919Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1924Bentley 3-Litre Sports
1931Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider
1933Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon
1933Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet
1935Hispano-Suiza J12
1936Lancia Astura Pinin Farina ‘Bocca’ Cabriolet
1936SS Jaguar 100 2.5 Litre
1942Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Cabriolet
1942Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupe (Display only)
1943Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet
1948Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet
1948Delahaye 135M
1949Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta
1949MG YT
1949Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé
1951Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Barchetta
1952Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupé
1953Ferrari 166 MM/53 Pinin Farina Berlinetta
1955Jaguar D-Type
1957Ferrari 500 TRC
1958Jaguar XK150S
1960Aston Martin DB4 GT
1960Citroen DS19 LeParis
1961Fiat-OSCA 1500-S Pininfarina Cabriolet
1961Aston Martin DB4 S2
1962Maserati 3500 GTi
1963Aston Martin DB5
1964Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
1965Ferrari 275 GTB / 6C Shortnose
1966Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante
1966Ford GT40 Mk I
1966Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports
1970Lamborghini Miura P400S
1972Dino 246 GT
1972Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT3
1973Dino 246 GTS
1973Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’
1974Dino 246 GT
1974Porsche 3.0 RS
1974Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT12
1975Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
1978Ferrari 512 BB LM
1988Porsche 962
1988Jaguar XJR9
1991Jaguar XJR15
1991Ferrari F40
1994Jaguar XJ220
1995McLaren F1
1995McLaren F1
1995McLaren F1
1995McLaren F1 GTR
1995McLaren F1 GTR
1996McLaren F1 GTR
1997McLaren F1 GTR
1997Ferrari F50
1999Lister Storm
1999Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans V600
2000Audi R8 LMP900
2001Ferrari 550 Maranello GT1
2006Pagani Zonda Roadster F
2010Ford GT1
2010Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
2011Peugeot 908
2016Ferrari F12 TdF 120th Anniversary Edition
2018Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2019McLaren Senna
2020Lister Knobbly Long Wing Continuation
2020Ferrari 488 Pista Tailor Made
2020Ferrari Monza SP2
2020Koenigsegg Regera
2020McLaren Senna LM GTR
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