Help James Elliott pick his Rear Of The Year!


Author: James ElliottPublished:

It was a while ago now, admittedly, but the classic car world just seems so stupendously busy nowadays that I have trouble keeping up with it all.

The past few weeks in particular – thanks primarily to the Windsor Castle Concours adding to the usual crop of events – have been more hectic than any I remember.

Which is why, some weeks after the event, I am writing about Salon Privé.

This event, as I am sure everyone knows, is the upmarket classics meet moderns show at Syon Park which revels in big-brand and celebrity endorsement and discreet (and occasionally rather less discreet) wealth.

See our story here for a thorough round-up of the event.

Anyway, this year I found myself at Salon Privé – which runs from a Wednesday until Friday – on the middle day, the one dubbed Boodles Ladies' Day.

To be perfectly honest, I couldn't say that there were more ladies there than usual, or whether they had made more effort to glam themselves up for the Syon Park glitterarti, but, in the manner that the BBC's Royal Ascot coverage is principally about hats, the very existence of Boodles Ladies' Day prompted me to hold my own little Rear of the Year competition.

Below, in no particular order are the contenders. Please let me know your favourites (and I'll reveal my top three later), or feel free to make your own nominations.

1. This Chrysler Town & Country has a bulbous butt, but it smooths the bulk of this imposing machine impressively. The bumper may be a bit much, but the woodwork is sublime.

2. Phwoar, Ogle this one and get an eyeful of that pert rump. You could argue that the Ogle's lights protrude a little too much, but the arc of the bodywork and the way the roofline blends into the back is lovely.

3. A bellissimia bottom from the land of Latin lovelies. Somehow complicated and simple at the same time, thanks to the clean but curvaceous lines and the slatted window. Instantly recognisable.

4. A wide bottom is rarely a bad thing, but a wide and pinched one really needs the right apparel to pull it off and the Mangusta's meagre thong of adornment and drooping lights pull it off. Extra credit for making the number plate work so well.

5. Whether you approve of J-Lo aping cosmetic surgery or not, you have to admit that when it comes to bottom enhancement this is a beautifully performed operation. All credit to the surgeons at Lynx.

6. Sometimes an arse just whacks you in the face (he says metaphorically). Not necessarily beautiful, but bold and stunning, just like the Lamborghini Flying Star 2.

7. This smooth and waxed derriere is on a Rolls-Royce Phantom II by Binder of Paris. What a superbly detailed way to make a big car look small.

8. Can a bottom be too busy, almost mannered in the showing off of its assets? If it could be then the Alfa Giulia SS could be the embodiment of it. Yet, this really works. It is not what has been done, but the clearly passionate and meticulous way in which they have approached it that pulls it off.

9. Thank the lord for butt-resses (geddit?). Without them the delicious Dino backside's long rear deck would be exposed, but instead it all melds together seamlessly, back and hips blending perfectly into rear. Small lights, quarter bumpers, quad tail-pipes; it's like they had a checklist of turn-ons for Elliott.

10. Some bottoms are always going to be controversial and few more so than the Touring-styled Pegaso Z-102 'Thrill'. Personally, I spent so long gawping at it that, purely as an exercise in attention grabbing, it has to be judged a success. Love it or hate it, you can't take your eyes off it.



I actually believe all are seductive. Also because they are usually connected to a fascinating front. So what is it that makes the rear stand out? Thinking about it, I find that hard to define, really,.
But what helps in looking for the beauty is the flow of the main design lines and how balanced they come together. How th rear lights are formed and positioned and where the license plate position is placed. And then the WOW factor. ...

So for me the Ogle is the failed execution of a great idea. Not sure what it is but the little thing is just crude in some way. Is it the window surround?

One car I actually mis which in my view has a fantastic rear is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint. The roof tapers down into the bootlid in one flowing line. The sides end up in wing like end on which the rear lights are fitted. It looks great with and without bumper, an the llicense plate is hung under a sculptured aeroplane cast chrome piece.

my Euro of input.....

Mario Laguna

James, among your proposals, my favourite for Rear of the Year definitely is the Pegaso's. It might be controversial, but as a special commission of Spanish engineer Wifredo Ricart, the Thrill was introduced by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni at the Turin Show in 1953 and half a century later it inspired the rear lines of the Ferrari 599 Fiorano.

Coventry Climax

I love the dramatic and futuristic styling of the Alfa. The tapered tail, stylised circular lights and chrome strakes make it look like a Flash Gordon-style rocket ship. Magnificent.

elgin wash

A pretty good list James, but, my absolute favourite has to be the Ferrari 250GT SWB - particularly the one with the curved cut-out in the boot lid for the filler cap. I have no idea why, but meeting one in the 'flesh' spontaneously brings tears to my eyes. Literally.

(This would be very closely followed by the Aurelia GT B20)

Keep up the splendid work, if only your overseas subscription department was as inspired as the editorial.................

Elgin Wash

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