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The London Classic Car Show ... The centenaries of Bentley and Citroen were celebrated


Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 07371

Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 07371

 

London, 14 – 17 February, 2019

The fifth edition of the London Classic Car Show was held at the Excel exhibition Centre, in the Docklands area of East London, between 14–17 February 2019. The show featured a sextet of anniversary celebrations, namely the centenaries of Bentley and Citroen, the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Mini, and the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic film “The Italian Job”, the Triumph TR6 and the Ford Capri models. Other features were the display of a quartet of aero engine cars assembled by “Wheeler Dealers” TV show host Ed China, and a display of cars designed by Ian Callum, head of design at Jaguar, who was honoured as this year’s show’s Motoring Icon.

The centenaries of Bentley and Citroen were celebrated with parades of numerous models produced by both companies, which took place on the central Grand Avenue through the course of the show. Citroen also had a static display in the main body of the show, featuring a range of the company’s production through the years. There were Minis of many derivations not only in the main Mini display to one side of the Grand Avenue, but in feature parades and on other stands around the hall, with perhaps the cutest being a rusted hulk in a farmyard setting on the Southern Mini Owners Club stand. A further Mini element was at one of the show entrances, this was a cut-away display car, which was used by BMC when the car was new to highlight the clever use of space. The Mini anniversary leads nicely into the 50th anniversary of the film “The Italian Job”, in which of course the trio of red, white and blue Minis played a starring role. The display in one corner of the hall featured a number of cars featured in the film, which apart from the Minis included a Lamborghini Miura, Jaguar E-Type and Aston Martin DB4 Convertible, plus the bullion van that had been robbed, and the coach into which the Minis were driven to make their escape. Notable by their absence were the chasing Alfa Romeo Police cars. 

The show’s Motoring Icon display featured cars designed by Ian Callum, including his first full design for Aston Martin whilst head of TWR Design, the DB7, which heralded a new generation of Aston Martin models. Other examples of his designs on display ran from the Jaguar RD6 Concept, the C-X75 Concept and the F-Type to the new I Pace electric SUV. In fact Jaguar presence at the show was quite high, as there were a number of examples on dealer stands, from pristine restored examples through evolutions like the Vicarage Mk II Cabriolet Conversion and the Evolution E-Types, to a trio of “barn find” restoration project E-Types in various stages of decay. There were also numerous club stands, including the Ferrari Owners’ Club (Kent Region), whose display included a 250 GT Lusso, a GTO (288) and an Enzo. Lovers of Americana weren’t left wanting as there was a Mustang club stand, and there were two Corvette club displays, one of which featured an example of the iconic 1963 split-window Stingray, with another example sharing space with a fine array of Ferraris on the Joe Macari stand. Add in feature interviews and discussions on the live stage, a wide selection of trade stands covering a variety of aspects of the classic car world, a Coys auction run on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and  one had a broad ranging show in an easily accessible central location.

Ferrari Models on Display

 

Model

Colour

Chassis #

The Grand Avenue Parade

 

 

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupé

Dark Red

017S

Ferrari F40

Red

?

Ferrari Owners’ Club (Kent Region)

 

 

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (LHD)

Silver

5231GT

Ferrari GTO (288)

Red

56775

Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

Red

113707

Ferrari Enzo

Red

137330

Joe Macari

 

 

Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

Red

05882

Ferrari 275 GTB (LHD)

Black

07371

Ferrari 275 GTS

Silver

07913

Ferrari 328 GTS

Red

74643

Coys Auction

 

 

Ferrari 330 P4 Replica (V6 Dino Engine)

Red

-

Ferrari Testarossa (LHD)

Red

79832

Ferrari F40 “Competizione”

Yellow

80782

Ferrari 456 GT

Black

101617

Ferrari F355 Spider LHD US Version

Yellow

105393

Ferrari 360 Challenge

White

122888

Ferrari 360 Spider F1(LHD)

Pale Blue Met’

130295

Ferrari 575 M Fiorano HP (LHD)

Silver

133913

Ferrari 575 M (LHD)

Red

134318

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Silver

139876

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE (LHD)

Red-Black

166250

96 Club

 

 

Ferrari 308 GTBi

Red

36797

Howard Wise

 

 

Dino 246 GT

White

02960

Horsepower

 

 

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

Blue Met’

6201

Testarossa

Red

59039

Vintage & Prestige

 

 

Ferrari 512 BBi

Red

51335

Ferrari 250 GTO Replica (550 Based)

Yellow

123457

 

Keith Bluemel         
02/2019