LCCS 2021 Celebrates 135 Years Of Automotive Innovation


The LCCS 2021 will celebrate 135 years of automotive innovation as the complete easing of lockdown protocols brings a welcome albeit cautious sigh of relief to motoring enthusiasts heading to Syon Park 25-27 June 2021.

Embracing ‘The Evolution of Design’ theme, the London Classic Car Show promises to guide visitors through a magical journey from the very first pioneers right up to the latest supercars and will include seven special display stands, each dedicated to a seminal epoch.

The automotive anecdote starts at the dawn of motoring with an intriguing ‘Where It All Began’ showcase which, appropriately, will include what is widely regarded as the world’s very first production car: the trailblazing 1886 Benz Motorwagen.

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1886 Benz Motorwagen

Only one of Carl Benz’s single-cylinder, three-wheeled game-changing designs remains in existence and it is safely under lock and key in the Mercedes Museum. A small number of exacting replicas, however, have been produced with official access to that original Benz and one of these remarkable recreations will be taking pride of position at one end of the ‘Evolution of Design’ timeline.

The fascinating ‘Where It All Began’ display will also include the remarkable 1893 Salvesen Steam Car, Scotland’s very first car.

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Peugeot Indianapolis

The story will continue with a collection of mighty ‘Aero-Engined Monsters’ from the early part of the 20thcentury – a period when competitive auto designers turned to huge aircraft engines in their quest for more power and more speed. Mighty beasts confirmed include the unique 28-liter Fiat Isotta-Fraschini, a Peugeot Indianapolis, and a fiery Fafnir.

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Representing a change of pace and emphasis, the third of the seven displays highlight the ‘1930s Style and Elegance’, with exquisite coach-built Bentleys and Bugattis to the fore.

Next up is a rock and roll showcase dedicated to ‘1950s and 1960s Americana’ with transatlantic legends such as the Corvette Stingray and Cadillac Coupe de Ville as well as a raucous bunch of V8-powered hot rods.

The emphasis then switches to the race track with an epic collection devoted to ‘1960s and 1970s Endurance Legends’. This line-up will be littered with yet more champions: the Ford GT40, Lola T70, McLaren M12 Can-Am racer plus, for the curious, a rare Chevy-hearted Cheetah.

Great marques also star under the ‘1980s and 1990s Brutalism’ banner. Presented by Strada magazine, this eye-catching exhibit will acclaim the limited edition, homologation tearaways spawned by the outrageous Group B rally era such as the Ford RS200 alongside some standout roadsters from the same speed-loving era such as the Alfa Romeo SZ, Porsche 964 Turbo, and Maserati Shama.

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Finally – and bringing the timeline right up to date – the seventh special display will star ‘Contemporary Supercars’, the true classics of tomorrow. Visitors can expect an amazing array with the latest halo firecrackers from Koenigsegg, Ferrari, and McLaren.

Tickets for The LCCS 2021 are on sale and offer via this link.

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