The sixth edition of the London Classic Car Show takes place on the 20-23 February 2020, changing to the new venue of Olympia London. Over 500 incredible classics – worth more than £70 million – will gather to delight classic car collectors, aficionados and motoring enthusiasts alike, with many of them available to purchase. We run through ten head-turning machines that have caught our attention.
One of the show’s key attractions is new-for-2020, ‘Car Stories’ (see schedule below). Hosted by classic car expert Max Girardo, the stories of six incredible cars will be told by the people that know them best. Amongst them will be the Lotus 49B, with Adrian Newey OBE telling us his love affair with the car, which started with a Tamiya model when he was just ten years old. The Lotus 49BR8 on show, once raced by Graham Hill, is now owned and has been fully restored by Newey.
A brace of Aston Martins will also be discussed as part of Car Stories. Revered designer Ian Callum CBE will present his new reworking of an original creation, the limited-edition Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM. Having penned the original 20 years ago, Callum and the team at his eponymous new design and engineering venture features over 100 design and dynamic changes.
Alongside, Aston Martin Works’ President Paul Spires will showcase the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation. Based on James Bond’s legendary car from 1964, it comes complete with functioning gadgets, such as revolving number plates, thanks to a unique collaboration between Aston Martin, EON Productions and Chris Corbould OBE, special effects supervisor from the James Bond films.
Another car story we’re keen to hear is that of the 1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C, which won the Kyalami 500 with Jochen Mass behind the wheel. This win was followed later in the year when Jonathan Palmer and Mauri Baldi piloted the car to victory at the Norisring ‘Money Race’. Tiff Needell will provide insight, with four of his 14 Le Mans appearances being behind the wheel of a Porsche 962. In 1990 he scored his best result of third at the famous event – the last time a Porsche 962 finished on the podium.
The Audi quattro celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, with the event having a curated display of five important models to mark the occasion. Amongst them will be the 1985 Audi S1 E2 that was driven by Swedish rally driver Stig Blomqvist to second place in the 1985 Rally of the 1000 Lakes in Finland, and then to victory by German driver Walter Röhrl in the Semperit Rallye later that season. Unfortunately, an accident at the RAC Rally for Röhrl left the car badly damaged, but it was rebuilt as a test car for the experimental PDK double clutch gearbox, a forerunner of the contemporary Audi S tronic dual-clutch transmission.
Another marque celebrating an important milestone is Range Rover. For half a century, the British brand has been at the pinnacle of luxury automobiles. Eight of the marque’s luxury SUVs will be on display, representing key moments in its history, including one of its ‘Reborn’ models, a two-door Range Rover restored to factory conditions using only Land Rover Classic Parts and original components.
As well as stunning cars to see, for those looking to invest there are also some extremely interesting machines to purchase. One on offer is a matching numbers, original Aston Martin DB4GT. One of just 75 cars produced, this DB4 GT was registered in April 1961 and has lightweight 18-gauge aluminium bodywork, Borrani 16” wire wheels, Girling brakes, twin fuel fillers, a boot mounted fuel tank and a spare wheel. Having emerged from long-term storage, it heads to Olympia London courtesy of Aston Engineering Ltd. and is expected to sell for around £2.2 million.
There will also be a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, the first of its kind to ever be sold and delivered to the UK, is also amongst the exceptional roster and will be available from Hemmels. It has an extremely low mileage, having covered just over 36,000 miles, and is expected to fetch in the region of £1.3 million.
The London Classic Car Show will also host a two-day auction held by specialist auctioneers Coys. Viewing will be open throughout the event and it will start taking bids on Saturday 22 February for 80 consignments, which include a right-hand drive 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi that’s covered just 211 miles. First delivered in October 1983, the car was refinished in Nero black with Pelle Nera black interior at Maranello as specified by the original owners, a notable international royal family. Subsequently, it was kept as part of the owner’s collection and never been driven. In 2011, it was rebuilt by Ferrari and the car comes with full documentation of this along with original keys, handbook, tool roll, Classiche Red Book and original sales letter. Estimate: £400,000 – £500,000.
Going under the hammer will also be a 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder, one of the finest and rarest in existence. Built to European specification and right-hand drive (one of just four in the world) this Spyder was produced for the 1970 London Motor Show in a striking Fly Yellow intended to catch the public’s imagination. Supervised by Carrozzeria Cremonini, no expense was spared in the well-documented restoration of this car back to its London Motor Show appearance and condition. Estimate: £800,000 – £900,000.
Advance tickets for The London Classic Car Show start from £25 per adult, £20 per child (6-16) and £75 per family (two adults, two children). Entry for children under the age of six years is free. Premium Tickets for Thursday’s Preview Evening, where an industry personality will be honoured with the show’s coveted Icon Award, start at £75, with Premium options also available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For info and tickets visit www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.
*‘Car Stories’ provisional schedule at The London Classic Car Show**:
Friday 21 February
10:45 Duesenberg Model J with Bradley Mauger
12:15 Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM with Ian Callum CBE and Adam Donfrancesco
13:45 Maserati 250F with Mark Hales
15:15 Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation with Paul Spires
16:15 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C with Tiff Needell
Saturday 22 February
10:45 Maserati 250F with Mark Hales
12:15 Lotus 49B with Adrian Newey OBE
15:00 Lotus 49B with Adrian Newey OBE
16:00 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C with Tiff Needell
Sunday 23 February
10:30 Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM with Ian Callum CBE
13:15 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C with Tiff Needell
14:15 Maserati 250F with Mark Hales
16:15 Duesenberg Model J with Bradley Mauger
**Car Stories schedule is provisional and subject to change ahead of the event.