6 iconic motors help to promote upcoming classic car show
16 October, 2015
Six of the most iconic motors ever have been brought together to promote an eagerly anticipated date in the classic car show calendar.
The cars, worth an estimated total of around £18 million, were on show outside Alexandra Palace in the capital to publicise the Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, which will run from October 30 to November 1.
So which classic cars were lucky petrol-heads able to see?
- Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing: A 1955 version of this beauty fetched $4.62 million (around £3.05 million) recently.
- Aston Martin DB4GT: This head-turner is the forerunner to arguably the most famous of all Astons: the DB5. Its incredible lightness made it a racer’s dream.
- Ferrari 250GT California Spider: No other car rivals this for beauty, according to Top Gear presenter Chris Evans. A 1961 version sold for more than $15 million (£9.9 million) last year.
- Jaguar E-type Roadster: A throwback to carefree 1960s motoring, this beauty does 0-60 in under 7 seconds. And with disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, what’s not to love?
- 1973 Pontiac Trans Am: This muscle car comes with more “swoopy” styling, replacing the previous “Coke bottle” body.
- Porsche 993 Carrera RS: With its lightweight shell and head-turning looks, this mid-1990s classic is a great investment and exudes glamour.
£18m hors d’oeuvre
This sumptuous six piece is merely an hors d’oeuvre before the show’s full motor menu later this month.
They will be joined by around 300 delectable machine exhibits from famous collectors and retailers.
Here are four top attractions...
Aston Martin celebration
Aston Martin presents some of the most iconic cars. The star turn is expected to come from the stunning A3, at 94 years “young” the oldest vehicle still surviving in the Aston stable.
Other Aston jaw-droppers include:
- DB9 GBT
- James Bond’s silver birch DB5
And the best British vehicle ever is...
All will be revealed at the show, as voted for by Classic & Sports Car magazine readers.
Experts have chosen the following 10 shortlisted cars, which are collectively valued at an estimated £30 million:
- Jaguar E-type and XKSS
- Range Rover
- Bentley Speed Six
- Mini Cooper
- Lotus Seven
- Ford GT40
- Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
- McLaren F1
- Austin Seven
All will be displayed on stage together during the winner’s unveiling
Who does he think he is? Stirling Moss?
Arguably the best driver never to have won a Formula 1 GP world championship, Moss is celebrated here with single-seaters, including the Lotus 18.
Other models include:
- Vanwall VW4: 1957 British GP-winning car
- Four-wheel-drive Ferguson P99: Oulton Park Gold Cup-winner 1961
- Cooper Mk IV: 1960 Monaco GP victor
- David Brabham, Le Mans victor and son of Jack, the Australian three-time F1 GP world champion
- Chris Goffey, ex-Top Gear host
- Ross Brawn, racing car design legend
How do I get tickets?
You can get tickets by heading here. They cost £25 and accompanied children go free. Don't forget you can get an exclusive 20% discount by entering the code CSCSCD when ordering online.
It’s 10am-6pm on the first two days and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
How do I get there?
For more information, head here.