Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Privé, one of the UK’s premier concours shows, opened its doors on Tuesday this week for a special Media Day. The prestigious event welcomed the UK’s automotive press to the wonderful grounds of Blenheim Palace, before the show formally opened to the public on Wednesday.

This year has proven very challenging for public events of this type and scale, with concern in the days leading up to Salon Privé that it may not go ahead. However the very well organised safety precautions on site and the detailed preparations in the build up to the concours meant the show was able to go ahead and guests were free to enjoy the atmosphere and the fantastic cars on display.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
Visitors to Salon Prive were greeted by an amazing display of McLaren F1 GTR racers… what a welcome!

Tuesday was also an important first as Salon Privé had the honour of hosting some significant World Premiers from a handful of manufactures. Rolls-Royce unveiled the new Ghost for the very first time. This brand new model represents a new era for the fabled British marque and will set new standards for unparalleled luxury and technological innovation.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The cover rolls back on the all new Rolls-Royce Ghost
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The new Ghost will mark a new chapter for Rolls-Royce as it looks to the future of the automobile
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The interior of the new Ghost is stunning with only the finest materials used for that high end luxury experience

Also unveiled for the first time was the striking Touring Superleggera Aero 3. This bespoke GT is a superb example of the companies abilities to tailor make sports cars to a clients specific requirements.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The Aero 3 showcases Touring Superleggera’s bespoke coachbuilding skills
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The Aero 3 promises a sporting GT experience

The new Touring Superleggera two seat sports car is a wonderful combination of classic and modern styling, with echoes of the Alfa Romeo 8C and the Disco Volante. However it is the 1930s Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Berlinetta and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Le Mans Berlinetta, the wonderful historic aerodynamic Alfa’s that truely inspire the aerodynamic profile of the Aero 3.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The rear fin and degree markings for the rear spoiler… a fascinating detail
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
Continuing the name of the great Italian coachbuilder

The rear fin in particular is a nod to the famous Alfa Romeo B.A.T aerodynamic cars of the 1950s. And with a mighty 6.2 Litre V12 under the bonnet coupled with a sequential paddle gearbox, the Aero 3 is good for 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The new MAT Stratos is a fantastic modern take on the legendary Lancia
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The slightly softened profile retains all of the great characteristics of the original Lancia



Also having it’s UK debut was the fantastic Manifattura Automobili Torino Stratos. The reworking of the legendary Lancia really is impressive in the flesh and in many ways tugs at the heart strings, especially for those who lament that Lancia is a shadow of its former self.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The blue paint and the yellow alloys are a fantastic combination
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The 4.3 litre V8 will pack a lot more power than the original Lancia 2.4 litre V6 package in period

The new Stratos will be limited to 25 cars, has been developed under the guidance of Paolo Garella, the founder of MAT, who was head of special projects at Pininfarina. It is powered by a Ferrari 4.3 V8 engine which is refreshingly coupled to a manual gearbox. This is bound to be a wonderfully analogue experience for the dedicated petrolhead.

Moving round the perfectly manicured cricket lawns at Blenheim Palace, there was a superb lineup of amazing automobiles on display. The stars of the world of historic motorsport had a very strong presence at this years show with a remarkable lineup of 7 McLarens and race cars from rival manufacturers such as Jaguar on show.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The very Jaguar XJR-8
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The fantastic Jaguar XJR15, one of the marques underrated V12 competition cars
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
And the brilliant Jaguar XJ220… one of the all time great Jaguar supercar designs

The GPBox Vintage Car Memorabilia Collection

The display of McLaren’s was truly exceptional with the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR, the Ex-GTC Gulf Team Davidoff endurance race car, the very final one produced taking home the award in the Peoples Choice class.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The very last McLaren F1 GTR built looked magnificent in the morning sun on Tuesday
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The Gulf livery of the famous racing McLaren
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The McLaren F1 GTR was a worthy winner of the People’s Choice award

Over the four days Salon Privé has hosted a total of 17 concours classes, comprising a total of 77 cars and 16 motorbikes. As always there are so many incredible cars on show it is hard to choose an outright winner, indeed even selecting a selection to include in this article is a challenge itself. However below are some of the wonderful cars that stood out at this years Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance.

This 1962 Maserati 3500 GT was a superb example of the Italian GT and looked fantastic in dark green, which makes a welcome change from the more common red or silver that is often found on these cars.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The Maserati 3500 GT looked lovely on the move
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The Maserati up on stage for photos



Another lovely little car at this years Salon Prive was this brilliant Fiat 1500 Pininfarina Cabriolet. You don’t often see these convertible Fiat’s and they are always a delight to behold. The Pininfarina styling is elegant and restrained. A very pretty car and this example was in superb condition.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
What a lovely Fiat 1500 Pininfarina Cabriolet
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The Fiat waiting to head on to the podium

This 1939 Delahaye 135MS was another wonderful entry this year and it looked very graceful as it moved around the grounds. The French marque produced some truly wonderful cabriolets and this example was impressive. It was coachbuilt by Pennock after a design by Chapron. It was once owned by Prince Birabongse of Siam who was a noted racing driver.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The fantastic Delahaye 135MS cabriolet… what a great pre-war design.
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
A very elegant car that was capable of 100MPH!

Continuing with the convertible theme (with summer disappearing fast one must celebrate these open top cars while the weather holds!), is the simply stunning 1943 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500. This is a very rare example that was coach built by Carrozzeria Garavani. It features interesting styling that is specific to Garavani, but is still unmistakably an Alfa 6C. The colour may not appeal to everyone but this one looks great in yellow/cream and was Take to the Road’s pick for Best of Show.

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
This super rare Alfa 6C Garavani Cabriolet was stunning
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
The famous Alfa badge
Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again
And the 6C which influenced so many Alfa’s



With Salon Privé drawing to a close tomorrow, the organisers have to be commended for organising such a well planned COVID secure event. Given the uncertainty that was overhanging the show, it was a relief that Salon Privé was able to push ahead. While the atmosphere wasn’t the same as last year, given the circumstances, Salon Prive has succeeded in raising the Concours bar once again. With all other car shows now pretty much cancelled for the rest of the year, Salon Privé was a fantastic way to end what has been a very shortened concours circuit this year.

Additional Photos from Salon Privé 2020

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

Salon Prive raises the Concours bar once again

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