The Concours of Elegance made its fifth annual appearance at Windsor Castle 2-4 September, showcasing 60 of the rarest historic cars in the world, and with over 1,000 exclusive motors by their side.
The show that attracts car lovers from across the country began back in 2012, and has also taken place in luxurious locations such as Hampton Court and St James Palace. This year, the Concours took to their roots in Windsor castle where the first show was hosted, raising cash for the Queen’s Choral Foundation, Springfield Youth Club Hackney and the Household Cavalry Foundation.
Some of the UK’s classiest car clubs gathered and showcased their finest motors, with the Aston Martin Owners’ Club even beautifully lining up one model for each motor ever made.
The winner of the Jaguar Trophy is decided by the owners themselves – and this year Barrie Woolston won ‘Best in Show’ for his sublimely elegant XK120 DHC.
Here are a few more gracefully classic models that had the car viewers swooning:
The jet-inspired body of the XK 120 Ghia was styled by Italian designer Giovanni Savonuzz, and has drawn the attention of a number of wealthy customers who have an appreciation for its sleek physique. Last month, a supersonic sold at Sotheby’s for an impressive £1,547,169.
Introducing one of Ferrari’s first 250 GT models, the Europa Pinin Farina. The car made its first appearance at the 1954 Paris Motor Show and has since brought Ferrari much success. Models like this usually fetch at least £1.5 million at auction, and we can see why. Ferrari triumphantly embodied its core concept of speed into a sophisticated and timeless figure that still has car-lovers talking.
What would a classic car show be without a Bentley? The R-Type graced the automobile world with its presence after the Second World War. This beauty takes the form of a saloon body, with an exquisite 4.9L engine that is a work of its own. The “Continental” aspect of the R-Type stands for high performance, and reaches a top speed of 120mph. In 2014, an R-Type Continental sold for just over £1m at Silverstone auctions.
Last but not least, the 1954 Jaguar D Type. An ageless race car produced by Jaguar that went on to win the Le Mans 24 Hour Races in the 1950s. It is the historical competitive background of these cars that still has motor-enthusiasts raving. Value? Let’s just say that one sold at Sotheby’s just a few weeks ago for just over £16.5 million. Not bad.
The success of the event was mirrored by the large crowds that swarmed through the exceptional collection of exquisite motors. Each model had its own story to tell, yet they had all managed to end up at a delightful event that certainly held true to its name – the Concours of Elegance.
Images supplied by author.