If iconic British design is your thing you’ll be pleased to learn The London Concours is dedicating a full class entirely based on exactly that, alongside a further seven classes with a total of nearly 100 rare and exotic vehicles on display.
Sir Alec Issigonis’ humble Mini needs little introduction and continues to astound us how many budding enthusiasts still point their iPhones at them on a regular basis. Timeless and ingenious by design but sadly, overshadowed by the ever-green lines of Malcolm Sayer’s birthday growling Jaguar E-type Series I.
It’s also worth remembering a certain South African-born British designer, Gordon Murray, whose McLaren F1 synergy is unquestionably strong but many forget or didn’t know he worked on the little known Light Car Company Rocket. In true Murray style, it tips the scales at a featherweight of 340kg and is powered by a 1.0-litre Yamaha engine with less than 150hp – enough to propel the two seated Rocket from 0-60mph in around four seconds.
Murray’s co-designer for the McLaren F1, Peter Stevens, will also feature at the London Concours for his work with the Jaguar XJR-15. The world’s first road car with a carbon fibre chassis and body, the one-of-53 XJR-15 borrows extensively from the Le Mans-winning XJR-9, fitted with a 6.0-litre V12 producing around 450hp.
For essentially creating the luxury SUV, London Concours will also pay homage to the Range Rover and it’s designer Charles Spencer King. On display at the event will be a one-of-200 Range Rover CSK, a tribute to ‘Spen’ King that was – in 1990 – the fastest Range Rover yet built. The V8 was tweaked to produce 185hp, handling was sharpened with changes to the suspension and dampers, and the CSK was finished in Beluga Black, silver pinstripes and chrome bumpers.
Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “When it comes to significant marques in the world of motoring, they don’t come much bigger than Porsche. Throughout the marque’s history, it has created some of the most important and collectable cars in the world, and undoubtedly some of the world’s greatest driver’s cars. We’re thrilled to welcome an eclectic selection of some of the company’s rarest and most interesting vehicles from the past seven decades, to the London Concours this summer.”
Porsche will join the ‘Iconic British Design’ event as the first of the ‘Great Marques’ classes with models such as the iconic 911 930 Turbo, one of the most sought-after 911s of the modern era, and a ’55 Porsche 356 T1A GS Carrera Coupe – one of the earliest GS Carrera Coupes ever built.
Joining the 930 Turbo will be a beautiful lightweight 911 2.7 RS. Built as a homologation special, only 500 of the early ‘thin-gauge’ lightweight 2.7 RS models were ever built. The first model to wear the ‘RS’ moniker, the 2.7 represented for many the pinnacle of the 911’s career. Sporting wide wheel arches and the iconic duck-tail spoiler, the car’s distinctive profile is immediately recognisable.
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Another road-going homologation car, the illustrious Porsche 959 was originally designed to compete in the infamous ‘Group B’ rally class. The 959 destined for the London Concours is one of just 292 cars produced. When it was launched, the 959 was ‘the fastest road-legal car in the world’ serving as a testbed for Porsche for both turbocharged power and all-wheel drive – technologies which have made their way into many modern Porsches.
The London Concours takes place from 8-10 June 2021, as one of the first major events of 2021 to run. Tickets are available via this link.