The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, recently announced that there will be an exclusive preview of the upcoming London auction by their auction partner, Gooding & Company. In September, two truly exceptional classics will be offered at Hampton Court Palace in the lead. Before that, they will join an equally impressive list of machines that will be on display on the beautiful lawns of the Honorable Artillery Company from June 28-30. The exhibition will showcase over 100 years of automobiles and showcase a variety of automobiles. from the finest classics to the rarest modern supercars.
Leading the Gooding & Company preview is a Ferrari that is arguably one of the most beautiful automobiles of all time: the magnificent 250 GT SWB specified for the track in ‘Competizione’ gear. In October 1959, the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show and it was offered in either a road-specific steel body or a race-specified alloy shell. The SWB which will be presented later in the month has a well-documented racing history which includes its participation in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. The example, wearing the 2021 GT chassis is back on the market after an impressive 20-year long-term ownership. It had recently undergone extensive collaborative restoration. Every detail of this SWB has been refined to make it as original as possible. This is a very fine example of the very special Ferrari of the 1960s adapted for competition.
Gooding & Company will also be exhibiting a sports car from another well-respected marque: a Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet. In 1931, the Bugatti Type 55 “Supersport” was launched, and it immediately attracted attention for its impressive performance, with a top speed that could exceed 180 km/h. The Type 55 had a variety of bodies it was offered in, such as convertible, coupé and even roadster models.
The example is a convertible designed by a famous French coachbuilder Gangloff. It is powered by a supercharged 2.3-liter eight-cylinder engine. Only 38 Type 55s were made, and the example was able to retain its matching numbered engine and original Gangloff Cabriolet bodywork. Later in the month, the next Concours will allow guests to experience the details of this truly exceptional and extremely rare car in an intimate setting.
These extraordinary vehicles provide a unique insight into Gooding & Company’s upcoming London auction. It will take place during the London Concours’ sister event, the Concours d’Élégance. Located at Hampton Court Palace, it will be joined by other exemplary cars like the Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica, which is the fastest post-war Frazer-Nash. The British brand created the Le Mans replica to celebrate their third place finish in the Sarthe in 1949. Only 50 examples were produced during their four-year production run, so it’s no surprise that this is a highly coveted model.
Another example that will be part of the upcoming London auction is a truly special Aston Martin and has proven to be one of the most famous and coveted models, the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Cabriolet. 1963, the iconic DB5 was introduced as an improved model of its predecessor, the DB4. A year later, in 1964, he achieved superstar status when he became a part of the internationally acclaimed James Bond film, Goldfinger. Having already achieved superstar status, its rarity is also attracting the attention of collectors. Only 1,059 DB5s were produced from 1963 to 1965. Only 123 of them were convertibles. Of the open-top DB5s, only a handful had the Vantage upgrades, making it not only one of the most desirable, but also one of the most valuable Aston Martins of them all.
On September 3, these exemplary classics will be offered. The preview will be announced in the coming days.
For those interested in learning more, they can visit the Gooding & Company website.
London competition director Andrew Evans said: “We are extremely grateful to our auction partner Gooding & Company for bringing these exceptional classics to our event later this month, adding even more power. to our show, which promises to be our most spectacular show. Again. With everything from the rarest and most elegant classics to extravagant modern hypercars; from Japanese performance heroes to American Muscle Car icons, there really is something for everyone. More star car announcements will follow in the coming weeks as we head into the 6th edition of our must-attend event.
Evans added: “Beyond the range of fantastic machines, guests will be treated to a decadent range of food and drink options, as well as a carefully curated range of luxury brands and shops. The London 2022 Concours should be another opportunity for total indulgence; the ultimate summer car garden party in the capital.