Sensational turnout for glittering Hampton Court concours

| 5 Sep 2014

A wonderful selection of classics basked in the spectacular setting of Hampton Court Palace for this year's Concours of Elegance.

Previously held at Windsor Castle and St James' Palace, the event's third incarnation continued its tour of Royal Palaces in a slightly less cramped venue than 2013.

This allowed visitors plenty of space to enjoy the amazing line-up of 60 cars ranging from 1896 Lutzmann Victoria to brand new LaFerrari.

Highlights from the pre-war cars included a brace of Mercedes racers 710 SSs, a wonderful Touring-bodied 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C, the Straight Eight Triumph Dolomite and a pair of Bugatti Type 57s.

The post-war selection majored on GTs with Iso, Bizzarrini, Jaguar, Aston and Mercedes all vying for attention.

Particularly impressive was the turnout of special Ferraris, which included 166 Mille Miglia, 340/375MM, 250GT Tour de France, 315S Scaglietti Spider, Short Wheelbase SEFAC hotrod and short-wheelbase California Spider.

Competition cars were scattered throughout, but the 1974 Porsche 911 RSR that took second place at Le Mans and the ex-Toivonen Monte-winning Lancia Delta S4 really stood out and begged to be let loose on the gravel surface.

Several of the cars were causing a big stir with visitors, including the Lancia Fulvia-powered Stratos forebear Bertone Zero prototype, AMX/3, JD Classics' 1952 Jaguar XK120 'Jabbeke' complete with driver's canopy, and the spectacular Zagato take on a 1957 Jaguar XK140.

It wasn't all about megabucks exotics, however, and the eagle eyed could spot a nice white Lotus Elan S2 and a couple of Peel microcars (Trident and P50).

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