Salon Privé Celebrates Porsche’s 70th anniversary Year

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Concours Masters Best of Show winner

History complete as Salon Privé boasts the only event to run two separate Concours celebrations within a single event.

Following the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance by only two days, the Concours Masters event celebrated Porsche’s 70th anniversary year, honoured in great style at the 2018 edition of Salon Privé.

Over 40 examples of the Stuttgart performance car maker’s finest lined up on the prestigious lawns of Blenheim Palace last Saturday, all vying for honours during the hotly-anticipated Concours Masters, created to add an exciting dimension to the Salon Privé celebrations, with each year focusing on the anniversary of a historic automotive marque or a particular coachbuilder.

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Salon Privé – Porsche Line Up

More Relaxed

A more relaxed version of a traditionally-judged Concours, the overall Owner’s Choice Award for the Concours Masters Celebration of 70 Years of Porsche was presented to a 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup – one of just 150 examples built – with an ultra-rare 1956 356A Carrera GS Coupe taking the Owner’s Choice Runner’s Up prize.

Meanwhile, the Ladies’ Choice from Saturday’s event was a stylish black 1957 Porsche 365A Carrera Speedster, the last of four-right-hand drive Speedsters of this type made, this rare 356 also taking the Best Engine and Best Open Car awards. Salon Privé Managing Director and Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley, presented an immaculate 1968 Porsche 912 Coupe with the Chairman’s Award during Saturday’s celebrations, with other top-tier award winners included the People’s Choice trophy given to a rapid 2018 Porsche 911 (991.2) GT2 RS.

“Making our place in Concours history by realising a dream that we had many years ago to hold two Concours during one event, this year’s Concours Masters event paid tribute to one of the most important and loved sports car manufacturers in the world – Porsche. I am indebted to the wonderful owners of these magnificent Porsches and, most importantly, the Marlborough family and Blenheim Palace for helping make the event such a success,” said Salon Privé Managing Director and Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley.

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Porsche’s 70th Anniversary Celebrated In Style At The 2018 Salon Privé Concours Masters

2018 Concours Masters Celebration of 70 Years of Porsche results:

Owner’s Choice
1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

Owner’s Choice Runner-up
1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe

Ladies’ Choice
1957 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Speedster

Chairman’s Award
1968 Porsche 912

Duke of Marlborough Award
1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster

People’s Choice
2018 Porsche 911 (991.2) GT2 RS

Best Air-Cooled Race Car
1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Most Historical
1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Most Technically Interesting
1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Best Carrera
1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe

Best Engine
1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster

Best Open Car
1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster

Best Interior pre-1974
1967 Porsche 911S

Best Presented
1967 Porsche 911S

Best Interior pre-1998
1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7

Best Water-Cooled Race Car
1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS

Best Restoration
1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2

Best Limited Edition/Bespoke
1988 Porsche 911 3.2 ClubSport

Most Original
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster

Best Air-Cooled Road Car
1991 Porsche 964 Carrera RS

Best Lightweight
1992 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight

Best Turbo
1998 Porsche 993 GT2 Limited Edition

‘Used as Porsche Intended’
1998 Porsche 993 Turbo S

Best Water-Cooled Road Car
2004 Porsche Carrera GT

Most Desirable Specification
2010 Porsche 997.2 Sport Classic

Best Interior post-1998
2010 Porsche 997.2 Sport Classic

Best Sounding
2016 Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup

Most Evocative
2018 Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS

Best Hypercar
2018 Porsche 991.2 GT2 RS

Staged in association with Pirelli, Lockton Private Clients and Chubb Insurance, Concours Masters 70 Years of Porsche celebration proved to be a thrilling event for Porsche owners and enthusiasts alike.

Annmarie Camp, Head of Chubb Personal Risk Services, Europe, said:
“Salon Privé remains one of the most important events in our calendar and enables us to deliver a truly memorable experience for our clients and broker partners. We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Concours Masters, as well as the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance. Congratulations to all those who presented their cars for the 70th anniversary tribute to Porsche. We share every owners passion for the preservation and protection of these classic motor cars.”

The theme for the 2019 Concours Masters at Salon Privé is confirmed as the British luxury car-maker Bentley. Celebrating 100 years of this wonderful British marque, the world’s top Bentley collectors will converge on the lawns of Blenheim Palace to assemble an incredible timeline, paying homage to the marque founded as Bentley Motors Limited by W. O. Bentley back in 1919 in Cricklewood, North London.