Full Steam Ahead At Syon Park For The London Classic Car Show

Salvesen Steamer

The London Classic Car Show is set to go full steam ahead following the recent government road map and lifting of restrictions on June 21 2021.

Embracing the event’s event’s central ‘Evolution of Design’ theme, renowned collector, restorer and racer of extraordinary vintage machinery, Duncan Pittaway will showcase his extraordinary 1893 Salvesen Steam Car at the new outdoor location of Syon Park.

Featuring a blazing coal-burning furnace, a high-pressure hot water boiler, solid iron tyres, a tall smoking chimney and ear-piercing tooting steam whistle, the utterly unique and rarely seen Salvesen is basically an early steam railway locomotive adapted for driving on the open road.

London Classic Car Show - Salvesen Steamer

Pittaway, who is promising to fire up his mind-blowing Victorian artefact, said:
“It’s the only car I know that can simultaneously toast waffles and brew tea

“We’ll be letting off lots of steam! Like so many others, I’m bursting with pent up enthusiasm and am really excited to be coming to The London Classic Car Show. Even more so as I’ll be displaying the wondrous Salvesen – it never fails to amuse and amaze onlookers of all ages.”

Dating back to the dawn of motoring, the head-turning curiosity was the very first car built in Scotland. It was designed and constructed by Henry Salvesen, son of shipping and transport tycoon Christian Salvesen.

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Remarkably, after nearly 130 years, Pittaway is only the fourth owner of the Salvesen which can muster an eye-watering top speed of 16mph with the twin-cylinder engine developing around 10 horsepower by boiling off five gallons of water every mile. Fitted with a 40-gallon tank, that provides a range of eight miles between fill ups.

The Salvesen steamer will be one of many automotive icons featured under the London show’s evocative ‘The Evolution of Design’ central theme.

London Classic Car Show - Salvesen Steamer

This will take visitors on a magical journey through 135 years of automotive innovation from early pioneers – such as the fiery Salvesen – right up to the latest supercars, the classics of tomorrow.

Other confirmed displays include a special homage to mark the centenary of the legendary Bugatti Brescia as well as an equally evocative tribute to 60 years of the stunning E-type Jaguar.

Images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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