Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance Raises The Excellence Bar

1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa
1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa

Two glorious Rolls-Royce and an amazing Ferrari 250 GT Europa will make their way to this year’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September.

The first of the distinguished Rolls-Royce is an impressive open touring-bodied 1912 Silver Ghost, coachbuilt by Barker & Co. of London and fitted with an elaborate Taj Mahal nameplate for its Indian Raj client, namely the Maharaja of Nabha.

Being the only surviving pre-1914 Indian trials car, still paired with authentic engine and chassis still carrying its original body, this particular Silver Ghost has pride of place in the British marque’s history. Remarkably, the car has only had two owners since new, with the current owners being her sole custodian since returning to Blighty in the early 1990s.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker & Co.

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Salon Privé’s Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley said:
“It is very exciting to have some truly Royal motorcars taking part in this year’s concours. Each car is exquisite with amazing provenance and I’m sure they harness many untold stories. The breath-taking Blenheim Palace location makes for the perfect and highly appropriate backdrop for these historic and authentic Royal cars.”

The second Rolls-Royce model is a Silver Wraith was built in 1953 as a 4-door Drophead Coupe by London-based Coachbuilder, Hooper & Co. and went on to have the enviable pleasure of carrying not only official Royalty but also Hollywood Royalty as it was the car used by Prince Rainier of Monaco for his wedding to Grace Kelly on 18th April 1956.

Ferrari 250 GT

The 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa is a very special custom-built example, bodied in aluminum alloy for Princess Liliana de Rèthy, the second wife of His Royal Highness King Leopold II of Belgium. It was the second of five Ferraris that would pass through the Royal household.

The Royal couple were apparently very ‘hands-on’ during the design and construction of the car, making several documented visits to Turin to approve drawings, colours, materials and interior treatment. Finished in dark green with tan leather interior and a rare off-white vinyl-covered roof, chassis 0359 GT was delivered to Princess Liliana on January 5th, 1955.

The Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance also welcomes two classic dignitaries into the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ category; an eminent 1937 Delahaye 145 and a distinguished 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC, both of which accompany a fifty strong field of exceptional vehicles all jostling for pole position in this prestige event.

Salon Privé
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC

Salon Privé Tickets

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for this prestige event can do so by visiting this link.