The Concours of Elegance 2019 confirmed the news that five of the rarest and celebrated Aston Martins will be travelling to Hampton Court Palace 6-8 September 2019.
From the extraordinary 1932 Le Mans Lightweight ‘LM9’ to the outlandish 1985 V8 Vantage that formed the template for the fabled X-Pack Vantages. The opulent line-up promises to deliver the Aston Martin message that continues to embrace innovation, design, performance and style.
1932 Aston Martin Le Mans Lightweight ‘LM9’
Now well into its octogenarian years, the 1932 Aston Martin Le Mans Lightweight ‘LM9’ was created specifically to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours race that year, in conjunction with its sister car ‘LM10’. ‘LM9’ was fitted with a number of ‘Electron’ parts, a magnesium and aluminium alloy, to help reduce weight over previous Aston Martin racers, and had a pointed tail and low radiator design to help with aerodynamics.
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X Pack
At the more modern end of the Aston Martin line-up, Concours of Elegance will be displaying a V8 Vantage model with a significant history. The very car on display at Hampton Court Palace is the genesis of the fabled X-Pack V8 Vantage models, of which only 131 were built.
Finished in Kensington Silver, this V8 Vantage started life as a ‘standard’ car but was later returned to Aston Martin Works so they could begin developing a new, more powerful and better handling version to best the Ferrari 288 GTO and Lamborghini Countach QV 5000. As a result, it got new high compression Cosworth pistons, a larger intake manifold, new Weber carburettors, redesigned cylinder heads and more.
No line up of Aston Martins would be complete without key ‘DB’ models; and Concours of Elegance will start with one of the earliest, the DB2/4 Mark II Saloon. Produced as a more practical four-seater version of the DB2, this particular example was purchased new in June 1956 from Brooklands of Bond Street by The Count Charles de Salis who, together with Cpt Gregor MacGregor entered the followings month’s International Alpine Rally – renowned as being one of the most gruelling motor events of its period. The pair came second in class and won a much coveted ‘Coupe des Alpes’.
Concours of Elegance – DB2/4 Mark II Saloon
Aston Martin presence would be incomplete without the most definitive ‘DB’ models and Concours of Elegance will start with one of the earliest, the incredibly desirable DB2/4 Mark II Saloon.
Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director, said:
“For fans of the Aston Martin brand, Concours of Elegance 2019 is an absolutely unmissable event. Not only do we have a number of the most significant Astons ever produced in our main line-up, but we’ve also got a world-first Aston Martin Zagato display gathering one-offs and rarities that will come together only once in a lifetime. Add to that an official presence from Aston Martin itself, alongside car club displays from the Aston Martin Owners Club, and visitors will have nearly a hundred Aston Martins to admire over the course of the 6th-8th September.”
Concours of Elegance – Aston Martin DB5’s
Joining the DB2/4 will be the most famous of all the Aston Martins with the instantly recognisable and ‘licence to thrill’, DB5 and DB5 Convertible, which were given elite status by James Bond
The DB5 Saloon being displayed at Hampton Court Palace holds the honour of being the first car to wear the Aston Martin Works Coachbuilders badge, having been the first project fully restored by the factory.
The Aston Martins in the main Concours display will be joined by a special world-first Aston Martin Zagato feature as part of Zagato’s Centenary celebrations. Concours of Elegance will gather one of every Aston Martin Zagato variant ever manufactured in celebration of Zagato’s Centenary. From the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato, right through to the Vanquish Zagato Coupé, Volante, Speedster and Shooting Brake, visitors will be able to browse 19 examples from one of the most famous creative partnerships in automotive history.
Hampton Court Palace will once again play host to this now highly regarded 8th Concours of Elegance and will include a whole range of stunning and memorable classics including a celebration of the Ferrari 166MM but also an assemblage of ‘Future Classics’ from the last decade.
A central showcase of more than 60 beautiful and rare classic vehicles ever built will spearhead the Concours of Elegance, with each motor car revealing its own individual story from the pioneers of the 1890s right through to the latest bespoke hypercars.
Just some of the amazing icons and rarities from the world’s most famous brands are set to include Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce.
Concours of Elegance Tickets
Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from £40, with children under five and carers entering free of charge. Visitors are also able to purchase bespoke hospitality packages, including VIP parking, three-course lunch, drinks reception and cream tea.
Tickets can be purchased via this link.