Our Postcard from the London Concours 2020

The London Concours 2020, presented by Montres Breguet, is a luxurious automotive garden party hosted in the heart of the City of London from Wednesday 19th to Thursday 20th August. This hugely exciting automobile extravaganza saw 80 of the worlds most precious cars gather in the gardens of the historic and beautiful Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters.

It was the UK’s first major automotive event to take place since February 2020 and boy had we missed these wonderful car shows.

The judges, led by members of the London Concours Steering Committee, not only awarded an overall winner, but a winner of each class, too.

These were the Concours classes:

“The Pursuit of Speed”

Since the invention of the motor car, the quest to be the fastest has been ever present. This class commends those fine machines that were crowned speed kings of the road through the decades.

Cars featured were:

1991 Ferrari F40

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’

2018 McLaren Senna

1970 Lamborghini Miura S

1952 Jaguar XK120 FHC (Ex Stirling Moss)

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Event Winner: The Pursuit of Speed – Jaguar XK120 FHC

1952 Jaguar XK120 FHC

Our favourite was the: Ferrari F40

“Convertibles – The Golden Era”

This class celebrates the golden era of the cabriolet; a period in the fifties and sixties where soft-top design and engineering seemed to have hit a Zenith. The class is comprised of small-engined, nimble cars like the Lotus Elan, cult classics like the Ford Mustang and AC Cobra as well as design icons like the E-Type and Ferrari 250 GT California.

Cars featured were:

1955 Jaguar XK140 DHC SE

1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

1967 Fiat Dino Spider

1959 Porsche 356 BT5 Roadster

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider

1968 Lotus Elan Series 3

1955 Austin Healey 100M ‘Le Mans’

1968 Alfa Romeo Junior Spider

1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster

Event Winner: Convertibles: The Golden Era – Ferrari 330 GTS (below)

Our favourite was the: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (below)

“Great Marques: Aston Martin”

Beauty, craft and art are three elements that Aston Martin holds itself to. Aston Martin is driven to create the most accomplished automotive art in the world and that’s why James Bond, the world’s greatest secret agent drives one. Having survived two world wars and multiple bankruptcies, the marque has consistently stuck to its three core elements and created some true motoring icons in the process; the DB2, DB5 and limited-edition performance models like the One-77 and Vulcan among them.

Cars featured were:

2007 Aston Martin Vanquish S

2009 Aston Martin DBS Casino Royale 2+0

2011 Aston Martin One-77

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

1956 Aston Martin DB2/4

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon

1979 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 2

2005 Aston Martin DB9

Event Winner: Great Marques: Aston Martin – 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4

Our favourite was the: 2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake (below)

“The Era of the Supercar”

The term ‘hypercar’ is a recent one, defining a model built solely for speed. A hypercar must boast the latest technology, materials, innovations and design to deliver an uncompromising approach to performance. This class is a true exploration of the limits of motoring, populated by the likes of relative newcomers Pagani and Koenigsegg, alongside the old guard of Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, Lamborghini, McLaren and more.

Cars featured were:

1991 Ferrari Testarossa

1992 Ferrari 348 Challenge

2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0

2010 Ferrari 599 HGTE

2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale

2014 Lamborghini Gallardo Performante Spyder

2016 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme

2016 Mercedes AMG GTS

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2018 Ford GT

Event Winner: The Era of the Supercar sponsored by Drivers Union – Lamborghini Diablo VT (below)

Our favourite was the: 2018 Ford GT (below)

“Lost Marques”

The automotive world is cut-throat; some manufacturers can find great success in the industry, only to disappear years later following a run of bad luck. The Lost Marques class is a celebration of some of those car-makers now resigned to the pages of history. On display you’ll find the likes of Amphicar, DeLorean, Frazer-Nash, Jensen, Rover, De Tomaso and more.

Cars featured were:

1933 Talbot AV105 Vamnden Plas Sports Tourer

1953 Jowett Javelin

1956 AC ACE Roadster

1959 Austin Healey Mk1 ‘Frogeye’ Sprite

1961 Facel Vega HK500

1966 Unipower GT

1967 Bizzarrini P538

1967 Iso Grifo GL 300 Series 1

1982 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus

2005 Marcos TSO GT2 Prototype

Event Winner: Lost Marques – 1961 Facel Vega HK500 (below)

Our favourite was the: 1967 Iso Grifo GL 300 Series 1 (below)

“Great Marques: Lamborghini”

Imagine a tractor manufacturer taking on Ferrari…. so begins the story of Lamborghini. At its inception, Ferruccio Lamborghini tasked his engineering team with developing a more powerful, more usable range of Italian sports cars than those produced in Maranello. From that simple mantra, some of the most beautiful performance cars ever have emerged; the Miura, Countach, Diablo and on to more modern performance legends like the Aventador SVJ – all named for fighting bulls. There’s a good reason Lamborghini’s nickname is The Raging Bull…

Cars featured were:

1967 Lamborghini 400 GT

1970 Lamborghini Espada S2

1972 Lamborghini Miura

1977 Lamborghini Silhouette

1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

1990 Lamborghini LM002

1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

2003 Lamborghini Murcielago

2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Event Winner: Great Marques: Lamborghini – Lamborghini Espada (below)

lamborghini espada s2

Our favourite was the: 1972 Lamborghini Miura (below)

lamborghini miura

“The Speed of Sand: The 100mph Club”

It’s a celebration of a tinkering mentality. Unlocking performance with hopped-up engines, stripped-down bodies, vintage speed equipment and more. All the while imbuing your car with a look unmistakably your own. To sum up this class in a phrase: “Life begins at 100mph”.

Cars featured were:

1927 Ford Model T Roadster, Flathead V8

1928 Ford Model A Roadster, Small Block Chevy Engine

1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan – Buick Nailhead

1932 Ford V8 5 Window Coupe

1932 Ford V8 Roadster, Blown Injected Flathead V8

1932 Ford V8 Streamliner, Flathead V8

1932 Ford V8 3 Window Coupe, Blown Flathead V8

1934 Ford V8 3 Window Coupe, Blown Flathead V8

1947 Ford Deluxe Coupe – Blown Flathead V8

Event Winner: Speed of Sand: The 100mph Club – 1932 Ford V8 Streamliner, Flathead V8 (below)

Our favourite was the: 1934 Ford V8 3 Window Coupe, Blown Flathead V8 (below)

Ford V8 hot rod

“Lancia Legends”

Lancia may no longer be the brightest spark in the automotive landscape, but it was once known as perhaps the most innovative manufacturer in the world. The Lambda, for example, was the first car to be fitted with a monocoque chassis, while the Aurelia was the first car to be fitted with a full-production V6 engine as well as independent suspension and rear live axles. Then Lancia went on to dominate rallying, and remains to this day the most successful manufacturer statistically speaking with the Stratos, 037 and Delta.

Cars featured were:

1929 Lancia Lambda 8th Series 224 Lungo

1934 Lancia Augusta ‘March Special’

1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT; chassis number 1501

1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider

1965 Lancia Flaminia SSZ

1974 Lancia Beta Coupe Group IV

1974 Lancia Stratos HF Group IV

1983 Lancia 037 Rally Evo1 Group B

1983 Lancia 037 Rally Group B

1984 Lancia 037 Rally Evo2 Group B

1984 Lancia 037 Rally Evo2 Group B

1994 Lancia Delta Intergrale

Event Winner: Lancia Legends – Lancia Stratos HF Group IV (below)

Our favourite was the: 1984 Lancia 037 Rally Evo2 Group B (in Martini racing livery) (below)

So there you have our snapshot of the event and concours class winners. What a great event (as always). A big well done to the organisers and everyone involved in this great event. Please make sure that you check out the our other posts from the event, and follow us on our social media channels @mycarheaven:

Our favourite photos from the London Concours 2020

Our Top 10 Cars from the London Concours 2020


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