Gorgeous Ferrari California Spider crowned car of show in London

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A Ferrari 250 California Spider long-wheelbase was awarded Best of Show at Salon Privé, which started yesterday (4 September) and runs until Friday at spectacular Syon Park in West London.

Entered by Sarah Allen, the burgundy Ferrari fought off fierce competition from all manner of amazing machines including the ex-Steve McQueen Lusso, a roadgoing McLaren M12 GT, the Lindner-Nöcker Lightweight Low-Drag Jaguar E-type, Battista Farina's old Lancia Flaminia 3C, James Hull's magnificent 1935 SS Airline Coupé, a pair of wonderful unrestored Ferraris – 166 and 500 Mondial – and the unusual 1949 Riley 105 Transformable Coupé.

With judging by a star-studded panel headed by Derek Bell moved to the first day of the event, the Chubb Insurance Concours d'Elegance winners were announced yesterday evening as the Syon Park venue continued to bathe in sunshine. A full list of class winners is below.

Many of the cars had taken part in a Tour d'Elegance the previous day, travelling from the RAC's HQ in Epsom via Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands to Brentford.

The cars and motorcycles were spread across 12 classes ranging from vintage cars to concepts and prototypes.

There were special celebration groups for Aston Martin at 100, plus Lamborghini and the Porsche 911 at 50. Particularly spectacular was a set put together to reflect the works of Pininfarina.

The quality of the entrants in the concours and the modern displays and classic dealers at the front of the Duke of Northumberland's estate confirmed that this event – which started at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham nearly a decade ago – has come of age.

You can still get down there for the next couple of days. Click here for details of full hospitality tickets, or the much-cheaper, £75 afternoon-only package.

And the class winners were…

Graceful Pre-War Motoring

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer (Roger Willbanks)

100 Years of Aston Martin

1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage (Tim Butcher)

50 Years of the Legendary Lamborghini

1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 (Padma and Jürgen Wilms)

Post-War Competition Greats

1963 Jaguar E-type Lindner-Nocker (Peter Neumark)

The Beauty of Streamlining

1954 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback (Brett Gage)

Wind in your Hair

1959 Ferrari 250 California Spider LWB (Sarah Allen)

'Little Saloons' – Birth of the Berlinetta

1963 Ferrari 250GT Lusso (David Moores)

The Art of Design – Pininfarina

1970 Ferrari 246 Dino GT (James Needham)

The Iconic Porsche 911 at 50 Years

1978 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR (Philip Basil)

Other awards…

Most Iconic Car

1964 Porsche 901 (Lee Maxted-Page)

Most Creative Design

1946 Tatra T87 (Delwyn Mallet)

Most Original Post-War Car

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC (Johanna White)

Most Exciting Design

1972 Lamborghini Miura SV (Joe Macari)

Most Sensitive Restoration

1963 Jaguar E-type Lindner-Nocker (Peter Neumark)

Most Elegant Car

1954 Bentley R-type Continental Fastback (Brett Gage)

Most Original Pre-War

1932 Aston Martin Le Mans (Carlos Sielecki)

Best Interior

1963 Ferrari 250GT Lusso (David Moores)

People's Choice

1935 SS Airline Coupé

Car of Show

1959 Ferrari 250 California Spider LWB (Sarah Allen)

More photos

1963 Abarth Simca 2000 of Donald Coaster

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 

More Aston Martins in the 100th anniversary group

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre VdP Ler Mans brought by Gavin Henderson

1927 Bugatti Type 38 Coupé Fiacre

James Hull's 1948 Pontiac Streamliner Deluxe Coupé 

Ian Dalglish's 1947 Cisitalia 202MM Nuvolari Spider

Rod Leach's 1964 AC Shelby Cobra 289

1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter of Anthony Best

Johan van Puyvelde's wonderful 1948 Ferrari 166 Inter-Sport Corsa

1963 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2.8 Speciale brought by Corrado Lopresto

Marvellous GTs in the 'little saloons - birth of the barchetta' class

Alloy-bodied 1949 Jaguar XK120S of David Saunderson

Lamborghini at 50 line-up started with Tom Hartley's 1968 400GT 2+2...

... and ended with Graham Scultz's monstrous 1990 LM002 

Edward Carter's 1962 Ferrari 250GT Spider helped celebrate Pininfarina's work

1973 cars took a clean sweep of awards in the special Porsche 911 class

The interesting 1949 Riley 105 Transformable was brought by Allan Fuller

Giles Crickmay's 1926 Silver Ghost Playboy Roadster and Tony Allen's 1929 Phantom I

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