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Salon Prive (2012-11-18)

1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost s/n 60922/927

1912 Bugatti Type 16 s/n 471

1915 Indian 8 Valve Works Racer

1922 Bugatti Brescia Type 23 s/n 1363

1923 Daimler “Royal Four” Limousine

1924 Alfa Romeo RLSS Spyder Gran Premo s/n S/S8924

1925 Austin Seven Doctors Coupé s/n A23742/40544

1925 Brought Superior SS100

1925 Bugatti Type 35 s/n 4831

1926 Bugatti Type 35B s/n 4720

1926 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix s/n 37139/25

1927 GIMA Racer s/n 01

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport 5th Series s/n 10814397

1932 Invicta S Type Low Chassis s/n S77

1933 Bugatti Type 51 s/n 51156

1935 Aston Martin Ulster s/n LM14

1936 Bugatti Type 59 s/n BC59

1936 Jaguar SS Tourer

1938 Bugatti Type 59/50 B III s/n 441352

1939 Ford 091T

1941 Chrysler Town&Country Car s/n 7699598

1947 Bugatti Type 73 s/n 5

1948 Bristol 401

1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé s/n 017S

1949 Vincent HRD Black Lightning

1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet Touring s/n 918089

1953 Pegaso Z-102 Thrill s/n 102.150.0133

1953 Royal Enfield ISDT

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 4500012

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 5500140

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 5500143

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 5500182

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 5500450

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 5500830

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 6500311

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 6500035

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 6500245

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing s/n 7500008

1959 AJS 350 7R

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8S

1960 Maserati 3500 GT s/n 101.854

1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder s/n AM101/1013

1961 Aston Martin DB4 s/n DB4/650/R

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB s/n 3657GT

1961 Innocenti 950 s/n S32 1101241/9CBUH412

1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 S1 Roadster s/n 850594

1962 Metisse MKIII Scrambler

1962 Ogle SX 1000 s/n 4

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 s/n CSX2129

1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale s/n AR380231/00121-00808

1964 Ford Mustang s/n 5F08F150075

1964 Porsche 356 C Carrera 2 GS Coupé s/n 127338

1965 Alvis Super Cabriolet s/n 27246

1965 Ferrari 275 GTS s/n 07121

1965 Iso Grifo A3/C s/n 80211

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT s/n 0214

1966 Aston Martin Short Chassis Vantage Volante s/n DBVC/2322/R

1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2

1967 Lotus 47 GT s/n 54

1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 s/n 10835

1968 Ferrari 330 GTS s/n 11011

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 s/n 8F02J208160

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Volante s/n DBVC/3723/R

1969 De Tomaso Mangusta s/n 8MA-1216

1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT s/n 00512

1982 Jaguar XJS Lynx Eventor s/n SAJJNAEBC108893

1988 Ferrari F40 s/n 077289

1989 Ferrari F40 s/n 083706

1990 Ferrari F40 GTM s/n 085614

1990 Ferrari F40 Michelotto s/n 084683

1990 Ferrari F40 s/n 083915

1990 Ferrari F40 s/n 084644

1990 Ferrari F40 s/n 085651

1991 Ferrari F40 s/n 086896

1991 Ferrari F40 s/n 087325

1991 Ferrari F40 s/n 089370

1991 Ferrari F40 s/n 089598

1992 Ferrari F40 s/n 091573

1992 Ferrari F40 s/n 092696

1992 Ferrari F40 s/n 095249

2010 Maserati Bellagio s/n ZAMFD39B000035658

2011 Brought Superior SS120 Retro

2012 Bentley Continental Flaying Star s/n SCBDE23W4AC064740

A British Olympic Gold Medal

Aston Martin Ulster s/n K4/08/U

Aston Martin Vantage GT2

Audi R8R s/n 403

Boodles Ladies Days

Brought Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports s/n 820A

Bugatti Type 57 C Stelvio Gangloff s/n 57467

Class A – Ferrari F40 Celebrating 25 years of an Icon

Class B – Pre-War Rarities

Class C – Closed Sports Cars from the Swinging Sixties

Class E – open Sports Cars from the Swinging Sixties

Class F – Collection of Shooting Brakes

Class G – Bugatti - the Vintage Competition

Class H - Important Competition Machines

Class I – The Design Class featuring Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera

Class J – Mercedes-Benz Gullwing – The Legend at 60

Courage C65- Ford LMP2 s/n 10

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spider Conv. s/n 16643

Ferrari Dino 246 GT s/n 00854

Ferrari Enzo s/n 137331

Ferrari FXX s/n 145766

Gulf Mirage M2-BRM

Gulf Mirage-Cosworth GR8

Jaguar D-Type s/n XKD517

Kremer K8 s/n K8/07/SP

Lamborghini Miura P400S s/n 4647

Lamborghini Supertrofeo

Porsche 917 K s/n 917-013

Red Bul Racing RB5

Salon Privé 2012

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The ROFGO Collection

Touring Superleggera Disco Volante

Welcome to the Salon Privé 2012

Syon Park, West London, 6th September 2012

This week saw the annual edition of the prestigious Salon Privé in London. For the second time the event was held in the Syon Park after previous years at the Hurlington Club, the most exclusive private club in London. Whereas the last edition was in June the organizers moved to a later date in September and together with this weekend's Windsor Castle Concours this is well worth a visit the British Capitol after the Olympics and just one week before this year's Goodwood Revival meeting.

Presumable the best of the 3 days is the Thursday, the Boodles Ladies Day where many female visitors are dressed up in the style of the 1930s or 1950s making the ambience very noble when wandering between the cars with a glass of champagne from the sponsors. Another ritual is the lobster that is served fresh from the grill in one of the tents or outside as this year the event was blessed with superb weather so far.

But just like the Quail in Monterey a few weeks earlier the food, drinking and luxurious ambience is not the only reason to visit the Salon Privé as it is still a car event interesting both for fans of the new Supercars and classic cars.

When entering the lawn the visitors see the latest sports and luxury cars from the various manufacturers including Aston Martin with the new Zagato, McLaren or Bentley but also smaller companies like Fisker or Rimac. In front of the Syon house another special display led from the modern to the classic cars. After last year's spectacular Porsche Group C display classic car dealer Adrian Hamilton brought the Rofgo Collection featuring several cars wearing the Gulf-Logo or painted in the famous light-blue and orange livery. The collection ranges from the late 1960s with the iconic Ford GT40 and Mirage to the new McLaren run in the Blancpain GT trophy. The most famous of the Gulf Cars, the 1971 Porsche 917 as seen earlier this year at the Villa d´Este was parked at the back of the house together with a Porsche 908/3 and the original race transporter making its post-restoration debut in London.

The park behind the house is reserved for the classic car concours that is judged by racing drivers like Derek Bell, designers like Marek Reichman (Aston Martin) or historians like Julius Kruta (Bugatti) or Keith Bluemel and Marcel Massini for the Ferrari.

In ten classes the cars and bikes are judged, special classes included the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing who´s prototypes were introduced 60 years ago and the Ferrari F40 in its 25th anniversary year. Other special classes featured the work of Carrozzeria Touring including two Ferrari 166, one 166 MM Touring Barchetta and a 166 S Touring Berlinetta. Other cars of special interest in this class were the Pegaso Thrill and the Lamborghini Flying Star II. This also leads to the class of station wagons showing that not every station wagon has to look boring with some exciting examples from Ferrari (330 by Vignale) or the “new” 2010 Maserati Bellagio combining this class with the Touring class.

The Bugatti class was dominated by the sportive versions of the straight 4 and straight 8 models including Type 37 and Type 35/51 but also rarer Type 73 and Type 59. The sport car from the post-war era included a pair of rare Aston Martin Volantes and the Ferrari 250 GT SWB that became famous for being top seller at RM Auctions Maranello sale a few years ago at a price that was even gazed by some of the stock market trader spoiled by success at the London market.

The pre-war class included one of the Aston Martin Ulsters entered at Le Mans still in British Racing Green before the colour was changed from the unlucky green to Bertellis Italian red. Star of the class was the very shiny Rolls-Royce Silver ghost, perfectly restored and plated.

At the end of the day a people choice award was given to a Maserati Mistral and the best dressed lady was awarded with a brilliant ring after the parade lap in front of Syon house.
Friday will be the final day when the Best of Show will be announced and just the next day the Windsor Concours honouring the diamond jubilee of the Queen will start on Saturday.
We have now put together a few impressions of the Salon Privé, a more detailed gallery will follow at a later date after all the forthcoming events at the great final of the season.

Text & Images Peter Singhof www.ClassicCarPhotography.de