The London Concours will have a class entirely dedicated to Iconic British Designs, as well as the Brits behind them this year, when the fifth annual London Concours takes place in June.
The curated collection forms one of three special London Concours features for 2021, sitting alongside a further seven classes for a total of nearly 100 rare and exotic vehicles on display.
The collection begins with two vehicles that transcend their status as British icons and into the realm of global legend. Sir Alec Issigonis’ Mini – a timeless and ingenious design – is joined by the ever-green lines of Malcolm Sayer’s Jaguar E-type Series I, penned with the eye of a man with a history in aviation design and a rigorous scientific method for aerodynamics.
From there, the class takes in some of the lesser known work of South African-born British designer, Gordon Murray, who is famed for the McLaren F1. Murray’s co-designer for the McLaren F1, Peter Stevens, will also feature at the London Concours for his work with the Jaguar XJR-15. The world’s first road car with a carbon fibre chassis and body, the one-of-53 XJR-15 borrows extensively from the Le Mans-winning XJR-9, fitted with a 6.0-litre V12 producing around 450hp.
Also joining the British Design Icons class will be a 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, penned by Ian Cameron and alongside it, London Concours welcomes the Aston Martin One-77, designed by Marek Reichman as the ultimate expression of Aston Martin; a completely bespoke hand-crafted showcase of British design and engineering, limited to just 77 units worldwide. These are just some of the vehicles that will be shown as part of the London Concours Iconic British Designs.
The Iconic British Designs is one of eleven classes and features that will grace this year’s London Concours. Visitors will also find classes dedicated to 200mph supercars, a celebration of Porsche, the most beautiful Italian Berlinettas of the ‘60s and ‘The Youngtimers’, focused on the most powerful German saloon cars of the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “On the global stage, Great Britain has always punched above its weight when it comes to automotive design and innovation. What we really wanted to do with the Iconic British Designs class was shine a light not just on the cars themselves but on some of the people responsible for these achievements – without them the UK automotive scene wouldn’t be quite the same.”
The London Concours takes place from 8-10 June 2021, as one of the first major events of 2021 to run. Tickets are available from londonconcours.co.uk/tickets