A look ahead to the 2015 Concours of Elegance
Concours of Elegance has confirmed the world-beating line-up of cars for its 2015 event at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, including an original 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (below) London to Edinburgh car.
One of six Rolls-Royce cars in the main Concours event, this particular model was inspired by the Silver Ghost’s return journey from London to Edinburgh in top gear – mimicking the Concours of Elegance’s journey from Hampton Court Palace in 2014 to Holyroodhouse this year.
During the return trip, the Silver Ghost covered around 1600 miles using only its top gear, carrying four passengers and luggage, and achieving 24.3mpg. It was this feat that helped cement a reputation for the Silver Ghost as ‘the best car in the world.’
From 1923, Concours visitors will also be able to see the Bugatti Type 23 Brescia, one of 200 ever built, with around 19 known to still exist. This sporting roadster was directly descended from the Brescia Bugattis that placed first, second, third and fourth in the 1921 Italian Grand Prix for Voiturettes.
A one-off from 1949 is the Talbot Lago T26 (below) Grand Sport by coachbuilders, Franay – the company only produced bodywork for three T26 Grand Sports, with the remaining two being coupés. Each uses a chassis developed from a Le Mans-winning racing car and a 190bhp 4.5-litre six-cylinder engine.
The stunning pale green Ferrari 250 GTO (below) on show at the Concours is the very same driven by Innes Ireland straight from Maranello to Goodwood for the International Easter Monday race of 1962. It’s also the same car that won the Tourist Trophy in 1962 and competed at Le Mans in the same year, where it failed to finish.
Ferrari fans will also be able to see a Ferrari 212 Export Vignale (below) making its worldwide Concours debut after an extensive 14-month restoration. The 1951 car was personally driven by Enzo Ferrari to its first owner in Italy, powered by a race-prepared 2.5-litre V12 engine and boasting a berlinetta body styled by Vignale. How cool is that!
Some more recent supercar royalty will also be in attendance, including two Lamborghini supercars: the Miura S and Countach 5000S, along with the extremely rare BMW M1 and Lancia Stratos HF Stradale. The Touring Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso is the most recent car in the Concours, making its UK debut at the event.
Outside of the main Concours of sixty cars, Concours of Elegance 2015 will also host a number of special features, including the world’s largest gathering of Ecurie Ecosse cars, featuring the Le Mans-winning D-type. Visitors can also admire a collection of the best models from car clubs throughout the country in the Club Trophy and a special selection of Jaguars in the Jaguar Trophy.
The final car list in full:
1902 Arrol-Johnston Dogcart
1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex
1904 Fiat 60HP
1905 Star Gordon Bennett Racer
1905 Rolls-Royce 15HP
1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Roi des Belges Tourer
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Grosvenor London to Edinburgh
1912 Lorraine Dietrich ‘Vieux Charles III’
1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker & Co Torpedo Tourer ‘Ermintrude’
1922 Delage CO2 4½ Litre Dual-Cowl Tourer
1923 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia Lavocat et Marsaud
1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox Tourer
1927 Mercedes-Benz S Rennsport Chassis No. 1
1927 Bentley 6½ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer
1930 Mercedes SS Tourer 7.1 Litre
1931 Invicta 4 Litre Vanden Plas Low Chassis S-Type ex-George Milligen
1931 Bentley 8 Litre ex-Forrest Lycett
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Short Chassis Zagato Spider
1932 Packard Twin Six Dietrich Individual Custom Convertible Sedan
1933 Hispano-Suiza J12/68 Vanvooren 3 Position Cabriolet Picasso Car
1933 MGK3 Magnette Supercharged Roadster
1935 Squire 1500 Ranelagh Tourer
1936 Delage D60-70 Milord Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vanvooren 2-seater Drophead Coupé
1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer
1937 Jaguar SS100
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Gangloff Two-Seater Drophead Coupé
1938 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupé
1939 Delahaye Type 165 Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet ‘World’s Fair Car’
1949 Talbot Lago Type 26 Gran Sport Franay
1951 Ferrari 212 Vignale Export
1951 Tojeiro Sport
1953 Jaguar C-Type
1956 Maserati A6G Zagato Berlinetta
1956 Jaguar D-Type Long Nose Ecurie Ecosse
1958 Ferrari 250GT Tour de France Scaglietti Berlinetta
1958 Bentley S1 Continental DHC
1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar Sports-Racing Prototype Ex-Jim Clark Ecurie Ecosse
1960 Bentley S2 Continental H.J. Mulliner Fastback
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Bertone Jet
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato 2VEV
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Ex-Innes Ireland
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Aerodinamico
1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Fixed Head Coupé
1964 Jaguar E-Type Semi-Lightweight, Ex-Briggs Cunningham
1963 Fiat Ghia Spider G230 Prototipo
1963 ATS 2500 GTS Allemano Coupé
1965 Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante
1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra LOV1
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale
1967 Ferrari NART Spyder
1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V James Young Touring Limousine
1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
1970 Lamborghini Miura S
1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
1979 BMW M1
1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000S
1987 Ferrari F40 Pininfarina GT Prototype
2015 Touring Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso
If this has not tempted you to make the journey, I can tell you this has been in our top three UK car shows for the past 4 years and we would move heaven and earth to be there. You can read all our postcards from previous years events here and enter our competition to win a pair of tickets to the 2015 Concours of Elegance.