9 Reasons To Visit The London Classic Car Show

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1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ which was prepared for racing by Alfred Momo

The London Classic Car Show will return to the ExCel 14-17 February 2019.

A must attend event for classic enthusiasts, collectors and experts, the high octane extravaganza makes its annual visit to the exhibitions and international convention centre, London, E16 1XL.

Attractions

As ever London’s premier event venue delivers a power-packed entertainment schedule that will include the crowd pleasing Grand Avenue. A classic thoroughfare where vehicles are put through their paces by the drivers.

The Grand Avenue is the only place to witness the scent and sounds from the iconic and beautiful vehicles on show this year.

9 Grand Avenue Stars

Connoisseurs of the Italian Maserati will be pleased to learn the legendary and stunning 1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ which was prepared for racing by Alfred Momo is to make an appearance on the Grand Avenue.

The unique historic Maserati is an extremely light sports racer, which was produced in 1959-1960. Its aerodynamics are superb and the car has acquired the nickname ‘Birdcage’ because of the exceptional design engineered by Giulio Alfieri.

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1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ which was prepared for racing by Alfred Momo

Designed specifically to achieve success at the Le Mans 24-hour race, the Jaguar D-type was produced between 1954 and 1957 and boasts an extremely loud straight-6 XK engine. Its monocoque construction was not only innovative, but also paved the way for many other similar variations.

Not to be confused with the longer nose version, which extended the car by 7½ inches, this more attractive and sturdy Short Nose will be on the prowl for budding photographers to capture in real life.

Jaguar D-type Short Nose
Jaguar D-type Short Nose

Spearheading the Bentley line-up will be none other than the DFP 12/40hp – 2 litre model.⠀

A Brooklands hero, victorious in capturing 12 speed records at the legendary circuit in 1913 and 1914.⠀

Bentley DFP 2Litre
Bentley DFP 2 Litre

Inventor, engineer and genius, Edd China will bring together an extraordinary exhibit of exceptional aero-engine machines to the ExCel, but will also his give his fans a treat by bringing his very own 1918 Cadillac to the party.

China was excited, saying:
“Aero engine cars are fantastic, exciting machines and it’s where the magic of engineering all started for me.

“The power and speed they offer is incredible. You needed to be extremely imaginative, inventive and a little eccentric to shoehorn one of these enormous engines into a car, and that’s what makes them so exciting. It’s exactly what engineering of the time was all about.”

Edd China 1918 Cadillac
Edd China 1918 Cadillac

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Another rarity provided courtesy of the Haynes International Motor Museum, will be the 1975 Bricklin SV-1 travelling the Grand Avenue. In fact, so rare its never been seen piloted on these shores previously.

In its short production run, 2,854 were built between 1974 and 1976, of which approximately 350 are left on the road today. The Bricklin is the only car produced by a Canadian manufacturer in a Canadian factory that, ironically, was only sold in the USA.

Bricklin SV 1
Bricklin SV 1 – So rare its never been seen piloted on these shores previously.

Vintage classics rarely come with more nostalgia than the 1907 Stanley H4 Gentlemen’s Speedy Roadster. A 20hp ‘steaming’ beauty that carried 13 gallons of fuel of which 26 gallons of water were added to the mix.

Only two of these incredible Stanley’s were ever made, with this particular one being the only know survivor – a must see for all classic disciples.

1907 Stanley H4 Gentlemen’s Speedy Roadster
1907 Stanley H4 Gentlemen’s Speedy Roadster

Big cats on the prowl on the Grand Avenue will also include the opulent Jaguar Mk9, which was the first production saloon car to be fitted with disc brakes all round. Popular as a ceremonial car for state dignitaries, the Jaguar MK9 was the chosen transport when Charles de Gaulle paid a state visit to Canada in 1960.

Jaguar MK9
The Elegant Jaguar MK9

Another majestic vehicle on show will be a 4½ Litre Sports 4 Seater Bentley VJ 2092, which arrives to the capital as it would have left the Bentley Motors in 1929. An incredible restoration leaving nothing to chance brings this beautiful old lady to the Grand Avenue for everyone to cherish.

4½ Litre Sports 4 Seater Bentley VJ 2092
4½ Litre Sports 4 Seater Bentley VJ 2092

Lastly, the world’s first sports car – the 1914 4 litre Prince Henry Vauxhall will be joining the London Classic Car.

Tagged as the “fastest sporting carriage a gentleman could buy before the Great War”, the last model came off the assembly line in 1915, but will be celebrated on the Grand Avenue in February 2019.

Prince Henry Vauxhall 1914 4-litre
Prince Henry Vauxhall 1914 4-litre

Remember you can get your tickets now via this link.

Images courtesy London Classic Car Show.

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