Highlights from Salon Prive Concours D’Elegance 2019

The worlds rarest and most beautiful classic and vintage automobiles descended on Blenheim Palace for the 14th Salon Prive Concours D’Elegance held from 5th – 8th September. The UK’s most prestigious concours event saw 70 car brands on display, from 11 countries around the world. Take to the Road attended for the very first time and here is a selection of some of the wonderful cars that graced the famous lawns.

Highlights from Salon Prive Concours D'Elegance 2019
A selection of some of the fine cars that adorned the entrance to Salon Prive

As a back drop you can’t get much grander than Blenheim Palace. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and of course the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Salon Prive brings together the finest automobiles in the world for a very special concours event. This year marked the centenary of Bentley with over 1,000 examples of Britain’s famous marque descending on the Oxfordshire country estate.

Highlights from Salon Prive Concours D'Elegance 2019
A wonderful backdrop for a wonderful collection of automobiles

Visitors were greeted to a wonderful display on the lawns of Blenheim Palace’s famous cricket pitch. The wickets and the chalk made way for a remarkable selection of cars, with automobiles from all ages enjoying their moment on the manicured pitch.

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Something beautiful everywhere you looked

Salon Prive is foremost a relaxing event, presenting guests with the opportunity to enjoy a day of refined automotive conversation mixed with fine food and of course a glass or two of champagne. It is a fitting way to celebrate and pay homage to some of the greatest cars ever created.

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Beauty and the V12 Beast

Every square inch of the hallowed Blenheim Palace turf was occupied by a special automobile. Such was the choice it was actually difficult to know which way to look. There were of course many standouts and favourites, but choosing one is actually hard work, such is the quality on display. One can only imagine how difficult it is to judge at an event of this calibre.

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A jaw dropping line up of Ferrari 250s

One stunning piece of Italian design on show was the rare 1953 Fiat 8V Rapi Corsa. This delightful car is one of just 3 semi lightweight 8V Rapi’s that was built specially for the 1953 Mille Miglia.

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This remarkable Fiat 8V is original and has managed to survive racing intact

Another remarkable car was the simply stunning 1935 Avions Voisin C-25 Aerodyne saloon. This was a superb example of art deco inspired car designed. Launched in 1934 it was dubbed Voisin’s car of the future. Thanks to its very high price, only six were built with four surviving today.

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The Avions Voisin C-25 must have caused quite a stir when it was launched
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The equally imposing and striking Voisin mascot

Another standout luxury saloon was the 1939 Bentley Corniche, a wonderful recreation of a long lost and crucial Bentley saloon. This cars reconstruction was based on original technical drawings and is identical to the original car. A very special car that was an ideal choice to help mark the centenary of Bentley motor cars at Blenheim Palace.

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One of the most unique Bentley saloons you will ever see
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A distinctive front end with a subtle hint of Tickford

Vintage racers were also well represented at Salon Prive with some very important and historic cars on display. These included the 1934 Bentley Barnato Hassan Special, commissioned by Wally Hassan, ex-head of Bentley Motors and one of the famous “Bentley Boys”.

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One of the most important pre-war racing Bentley’s
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This racer hit 143.11mph at Brooklands in 1938
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A fine view indeed!

Also on display was the rather unusual and one off 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider. This car once had a Zagato body which was changed in 1938 by Savona based coachbuilder Giuseppe Aprille. It was restored to its 1938 specification in 2011.

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The unique torpedo shaped Alfa 6C
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Another event to add to it’s history

Continuing with the vintage racer theme was the famous 1937 Delahaye Type 145 “Million Franc”. This 4.5ltr V12 monster is one of four built for the Ecuire Bleue Racing team and it won the famous Prix du Million on the 27th August 1937 at Montlhery.

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The German beating French racer
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A long lost French marque with a superb legacy

No concours event would be complete without a Best of Show award and this year the honour went to the drop dead gorgeous 1948 Talbot Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupe.



Highlights from Salon Prive Concours D'Elegance 2019
Winner of Best of Show the beautiful 1948 Talbot Lago T26 GS

This absolutely stunning car with coachwork by Figoni, was ordered by Mr Fayolle who was known as the “Zipper King”, which hints at the distinctive chrome “zipper” on the bonnet.

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Built for the Zipper King
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The interior was as exceptional as the exterior

Restored to top quality standard in 2018, the Talbot Lago T26 was a deserving winner of Best in Show at the 2019 Salon Prive Concours D’Elegance. And the celebrations on the awards stage were the best the show has seen to date!

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All gathered for the awards ceremony
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Talbot Lago owner Robert Kudela celebrates in style! One very very happy owner!
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A very worthy winner at this years Salon Prive
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Thumbs up all the way!
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The most coveted Concours Prize in the whole of the UK

The joyous celebrations were a fitting end to Salon Prive Concours D’Elegance 2019. It was a superb event that payed homage to the finest and greatest automobiles of our time. And it was a lot of fun too! Here’s to Salon Prive 2020!

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The Grand Depart gets underway at the end of the show
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Prestigious Bentley’s lead the way
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What a sight to behold!
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Bye Bye!

Additional Photos from Salon Prive Concours D’Elegance 2019

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1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Vignale Coupe ordered by Princess Lillian de Rethy of Belgium
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The circular hole in the dash that is a perfect fit for a bottle of champagne!
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The 1923 Alfa Romeo RL Sports heads out for a drive
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Traffic never looked this good!
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A fresh air drive in the park
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A run out in the sun for the 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spider
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A lap of honour for the winning Talbot Lago
Highlights from Salon Prive Concours D'Elegance 2019
Until next time…

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