1. London Classic Car Show 2020 – Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
In late 1960 the DB4GT Zagato was launched at the London Motor Show, dressed in a beautiful and lightweight body from the famous Italian coachbuilder. Only 19 examples were produced and this rarity is reflected in their high value today.
The success of DB4 GT Continuation naturally led to last year’s launch of the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation – part of the DBZ Centenary pairing that marks both 100 years of the Zagato brand and it’s near 60-year association with Aston Martin.
At the London Classic Car Show 2020 we heard from Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works about the Aston Martin continuation programme. This is the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, the second continuation model from Aston Martin Works, the heritage-obsessed skunkworks of Aston. This DB4 GT Zagato was, briefly, the most expensive brand-new car for sale in the world.
2.London Clasic Car Show 2020 – Aston Martin DB5 James Bond Continuation
The 1964 Silver Birch DB5 driven by James Bond for the first time in Goldfinger has become an extension of the character himself and a symbol of so much more than a brand. Dubbed the most iconic car of all time, Aston Martin announced their plans to recreate James Bond’s iconic silver DB5, complete with gadgets.
Arguably the most famous car in the world, a bold claim but there is only one car that can claim that title; The Goldfinger DB5.
Aston Martin Works revealed plans to make 25 DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars (complete with gadgets) for £2.75 million each. The London Classic Car Show featured a section named ‘Car Stories’ this particular story featured Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works CEO. They discussed the plans for Aston Martin DB5 continuation.
3. 360 view around the De Tomaso P72 at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
De Tomaso is back, and wow does the P72 look stunning or what. The car was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in 2019. The P72 is largely based on the underpinnings of the Apollo Intensa Emozione, the car is meant to be a homage to the De Tomaso P70 prototype racing car. This wonderful supercar with its retro-flavoured design went into production, and only made 72 cars.
The P72 uses a Ford V8 that’s been thoroughly reworked by Roush Engineering. Its basis is a 5-litre 90º V8 paired with a Roush roots-type supercharger to give ‘at least 700+bhp’and over 609lb ft of torque with a maximum engine speed of over 7500rpm.
This car makes me feel like a 12-13 year old kid again, and that’s the point of a supercar/ hypercar. To echo its 1960s ancestor (the Pantera), the new P72 will feature a manual transmission. The company explains the production-ready model will remain faithful to what you see here, with more details to be disclosed in the coming months.
It goes without saying the De Tomaso P72 is going to be on the expensive side as the resurrected company is estimating a starting price of €750,000, which works out to nearly £673,000 at current exchange rates.
4.1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider walk around at Salon Privé 2017
For most motoring enthusiasts just mentioning the words “California Spider” stir up emotions of la dolce vita and the finest motoring experience that one can imagine. The car featured incredible drop-top styling by Pininfarina and Scaglietti, a sumptuous Colombo 3.0-litre V-12 engine, space for two plus their luggage, and race-bred performance, and it was adorned with a Prancing Horse on the front.
At Salon Prive in 2017 we were lucky enough to get up close and personal with this specific Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. What a gorgeous car!
5.Salon Privé 2018: 1939 Steyr 220 Cabriolet
This avant-garde Steyr 220 began life in November 1938 as a rolling chassis, built in the Steyr-Daimler-Puch factory in Austria, from where it was transported to respected German coachbuilder Gläser-Karosserie in Dresden to be fitted with its hand-crafted streamlined Cabriolet coachwork, of which no two bodies were the same.
After leaving the Gläser works in March 1939, this particular automobile was displayed at that year’s Berlin Motor Show, where the 2.2-litre Steyr was bought by the Austrian consul for Latvia. After the war, the car belonged to the famous Russian surgeon and politician Viktor Kalnberzsm before the present owners purchased the unrestored Roadster in 1994.
The all-steel bodied Steyr then underwent an extensive 20 year restoration. Each component was restored strictly in accordance to original documents and designs, with every single part of the vehicle thoroughly examined, cleaned and repaired to recreate this striking, rare and unique motor car.
6.Salon Privé 2018: 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 Mark I
Here we walk around the beautiful and highly desirable 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 Mark I (Chassis No. CSX2005) at the 2018 Salon Privé.
Conceived by the Texan chicken farmer turned racing driver – Carroll Shelby – the raw-energy Cobra was born out of the refined and very English Bristol-powered AC Ace, with a huge American Ford V8 Motor shoehorned under the AC’s bonnet. Although the displacement of the Ford V8 was more than twice that of the 2-litre Bristol straight-six, with the initial 260 bhp power almost double the Bristol’s output, the Ford unit weighed less, and modified rear suspension, the AC chassis coped with the gutsy V8 remarkably well, creating an instant legend in the process.
This is the fifth example built of the cult Anglo-American Cobra, plus the first to be sold at retail. Its initial owner had technical issues with the car and traded it back to Shelby America for chassis number CSX2151.
Subsequently, this Cobra was repainted from its original white/red and featured in the film The Killers with Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson and the later President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, before becoming a trainer car for the Shelby School of High Performance Driving.
7.The London Concours – Tribute to the Italian Job 7 Lamborghini Miura’s
The London Concours 2019, featured a show-stopping gathering of iconic Lamborghini Miuras. Once the world’s fastest production car, and hailed as one of the greatest automotive designs of all time, as many as seven examples were on display at the London Concours this past June. This year marks 50 years since the premiere of The Italian Job.
Originally conceived by Lamborghini’s engineering team, Gian Paolo Dallara, Paolo Stanzani and Bob Wallace, who designed the car in their spare time – against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. The engineers envisioned a road car with racing pedigree, one which could win on the track and be driven on the road by enthusiasts, thus creating the world’s first supercar!
8.Concours of Elegance (2018): A Walk Around a 1962 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta
The Ferrari 250 GT berlinetta passo corto rightfully holds favor with today’s classic car collectors, combining design and competition pedigree that is nearly unequaled.
The Short-Wheelbase, or SWB, as it is affectionately known, occupies a unique and important link in the Ferrari racing lineage as a short-wheelbase evolution of the uber-successful 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ berlinetta that dominated the late 1950s, and a direct precursor to that apogee of front-engine road-racing development, the 250 GTO.
In many ways the 250 SWB doesn’t yet command the prices that it deserves to. Coming right before the acclaimed 250 GTO, perhaps from the common perspective it is overshadowed by its younger sibling. Yet it has plenty going for it. Its power, light weight and fine handling ensured it continued Ferrari’s sportscar racing dominance, such as winning the Tour de France Automobile three years in a row.
9.Concours of Elegance (2018): A Walk Around a 1958 Maserati 300S
Stirling Moss – Maserati’s number 1 driver in 1956 described the 300S Maserati as “one of the easiest, nicest, best-balanced sports-racing cars ever made…”. Noted as the race car that he had his greatest drive in and one of his favourite cars of all time.
It is one of the greatest and most rare 1950s sports racing cars ever made and helped solidify Maserati as one of the greatest race car manufacturers of all time. Maserati was pure-bred, real racers building real racing cars for a racing orientated specialist clientele.
From 1955 to 1959 at least 26 Maserati 300S sports-racing cars would be manufactured, emerging in three broad variants, each one more effective than its predecessor. Maserati’s first prototype 2.5-liter sports car engine building towards the full 3-liter 300S delivered some 240bhp at 7,200rpm on one of the Modena company’s dyno test beds. Juan Manuel Fangio and Onofre Marimon co-drove the prototype upon its debut in the Supercortemaggiore Grand Prix at Monza Autodrome.
Here we walk around a 1958 edition of this much loved classic the Masserati 300s.
10.50th Anniversary Ferrari Dino Display at the Salon Privé 2018
The Dino is surely regarded as one of the most beautiful in the iconic prancing horse stable. Named in honour of Enzo’s son who designed the V6 engine used in the car and who sadly died at the age of just 24, it was designed to be a more affordable sports car capable of taking on the Porsche 911.
The striking Italian Ferrari was produced between 1968 – 1976, and branded as ‘Dino’ to differentiate it from the more expensive V12 and flat 12 models however in 1976, ‘Dino’ was retired in favour of full Ferrari branding.
Designed by Leonardo Fiorovanti at Pininfarina, the car originally came about following Enzo Ferrari’s desire to race with the Dino V6 Engine in the Formula Two category which was introduced in 1967.
We attended the 2018 Salon Privé and witnessed the 50th anniversary collection of the Ferrari Dino. Beautiful cars in an array of bright colours. Absolutely Spectacular.
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