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Inaugural Salon Privé London to feature classic car Concours, with all entrants up for sale

A 1972 Ferrari Dino at Salon Prive Blenheim Palace

The inaugural Salon Privé London festival will be the place to buy a classic car this spring, as organisers announce the motoring garden party will feature a unique Concours de Vente, featuring 60 classic automobiles, all of which will be put up for sale.

The cars are being entered by specialist dealers from across the UK and Europe; Salon Privé London offering a rare opportunity for them to showcase a selection of their most significant consignments in one place. The first 10 dealers confirmed to be taking part are Fiskens, Classic Motor Hub, Howard Wise Cars, Furlonger Specialist Cars, Dylan Miles, RS Williams, Graeme Hunt, Richards of England, Vintage Bentley and Hofmann’s.

Among the first entries confirmed for the Concours de Vente are two special Prancing Horses from Maranello.

Howard Wise is set to showcase a 1972 Dino 246 GT (pictured top). With only one owner from new, it retains its original seats, carpets, ‘mouse-hair’ dashboard, headlining, door cards, tool kit, and Radiomobile 8-Track!  

Furlonger Specialist Cars will be bringing the first Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ ever to come to the UK. Chassis number 12545 was the 15th car to come off the production line and was supplied in 1968 to Colonel Ronnie Hoare at Maranello Concessionaires, the official UK Ferrari distributor. Hoare was keen to have a demonstrator of the latest model, so he received 12545 despite it being left-hand drive, complete with squared-off wheel spinners, wood-rim Nardi steering wheel, and fixed headlights, a feature that was replaced by pop-up headlights in 1971.  

Salon Privé London will feature a unique Concours de Vente, featuring 60 classic automobiles, all of which will be put up for sale…

A vintage Bentley 214 class car
This vintage Bentley Super Sports to make a rare public appearance

Meanwhile, the Cricklewood era of Bentley production will be represented by a 1925 Super Sports that is being displayed by Vintage Bentley. Chassis number 1174 was delivered in November 1925 as the ninth of only 18 Super Sports 3 Litres built. The short-wheelbase model was guaranteed to reach 100mph, and featured high-compression pistons, an upgraded camshaft and twin SU ‘sloper’ carburettors.

Of course, the lawn should also be full of new cars, many making their UK, European, or even global debuts, and as befits the very best Salon Privé parties, there will be more to enjoy besides, including gourmet food and drink, and an assortment of luxury brands, including sports boats, helicopters, jewellery and watches.  

Salon Privé London runs April 21-23, at Royal Hospital Chelsea. Tickets for the motoring garden party are available here.

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