Another Concours exhibit is a 1931 Hispano-Suiza J12. Entered in the ‘Fit for a King’ category, which showcases cars from around the world with head of state or royal provenance, this car was originally created for the Vice President of Hispano-Suiza, Prince Charles Casimir Poniatowski.
A collection of road-going classic cars will go under the hammer at the Salon Privé Sale. The cars on sale include a rare 1971 Ferrari 365GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, estimated at between £1.75 and £2.25 million.
Also up for sale are pristine examples of the Ferrari F40 and F50, which are each expected to reach between £600,000 and £750,000, and a 1968 Lamborghini Miura.
Some special British models also feature, most notably a 1931 Bentley 4.5-Litre Blower. The example is number 25, the final car in the first batch of just 50 produced and its price is estimated at between £2.2-2.5m.
An Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante, one of only 38 produced and equipped with the preferred manual gearbox instead of the more common automatic transmission, is expected to go for between £820,000-920,000.
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Key cars at Salon Privé
Abarth 695 Biposto
Intended to mark the 50th anniversary year of Carlo Abarth’s original 695, the 695 Biposto features a 187bhp 1.4-litre turbo engine, specialised performance accessories and running gear, and weighs just 997kg. In pursuit of class-leading pace from a sub-tonne car, Abarth has thinned down the doorskins, fitted polycarbonate side windows and a titanium roll cage, specified lightweight bucket seats by Sabelt and removed the rear bench altogether – hence the ‘biposto’ name.
One of several exhibits in a special ‘concepts and prototypes’ class, the Arash AF-8 is the work of the Suffolk-based manufacturer formerly known as Farboud. Power for the mid-engined supercar comes from a dry-sumped 7.0-litre LS7 Chevrolet V8 which produces 550bhp and 472lb ft. The AF-8 has a claimed 0-60mph of 3.5sec and is set to cost in the region of £165,000 when it reaches production.
The plug-in, mid-engined hybrid BMW i8 sports car is a cutting-edge rival to more traditional driver's machines such as the Porsche 911. BMW claims the i8 can hit 62mph from rest in just 4.4sec with both the engine and electric motor engaged. Top speed — achieved by the petrol engine alone — is 155mph.
Now approaching the end of its storied life cycle, the thundering Veyron still has the ability to attract crowds. A deluge of derivatives and some special editions of questionable taste have watered down the mystique of the car somewhat, but the big Bugatti still represents a definitive line in the sand for performance cars.
First shown in 2013, the striking concept marked the start of a bold new chapter in the British sportscar manufacturer’s history. The 600kg, 237bhp AeroSeven was originally scheduled to go on sale this year, but its official launch has been pushed back to allow for design tweaks.
The new Elemental RP1 is a lightweight, mid-engined roadster with 500bhp per tonne that is road legal. Sitting between the likes of a Caterham Seven and a Lotus Exige in its blend of track and road abilities, the RP1 is the self-funded work of six men with decades of experience between them in Formula 1 and the aerospace industry.
Ferrari California T
Maranello introduced a new, improved version of the folding hard-top grand tourer, the California T, earlier this year. The new model is a sizeable facelift of the six-year old California, with an additional T on the badge referencing the most significant change to the car: the adoption of a twin-turbocharged engine.
Ferrari F12 TRS
A bespoke Ferrari based on the F12 Berlinetta, the Ferrari F12 TRS was developed by Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari Style Centre team at the request of a Maranello client. The car was conceived as an extreme, two-seater, open-top sports barchetta and is inspired by classic Ferrari designs of the 1950s, including the 250 Testa Rossa.
This is the ultimate Ferrari, following in the wheeltracks of Maranello’s most rare race-inspired models: the 288 GTO, the F40, the F50 and the Enzo. Just 499 examples of LaFerrari will be made during the next two years, and Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay is loaning his bright green examples to Salon Privé. Check out our exclusive video review of LaFerrari at the bottom of this story.
Another opportunity to view the Ford Mustang ahead of the pony car going on sale in the UK in right-hand-drive specification for the first time next year.
The Koenigsegg One:1 is so called as it has a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1 – it weighs 1340kg and produces 1322bhp (or 1340 metric horsepower). This power output figure eclipses the P1, LaFerrari and 918 Spyder, and also that of the 1184bhp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
How do you follow-up the Gallardo? Lamborghini's response to that thorny question is the Huracán. Powered by the familiar 5.2-litre V10 that we’ve come to know and love in both the Audi R8 and Gallardo, it produces a thunderous 602bhp and 413lb ft of torque.
The new continuation model of the Lister Jaguar D-type, nicknamed 'Knobbly' due to its muscular bodywork, will cost approximately £300,000 in race specification. A road-going version will also be offered, priced at around £311,000. Lister only intends to manufacturer around 10 cars a year.
The Italian manufacturer is celebrating its centenary this year and will show off a host of cars, including the diesel-powered versions of the Ghibli and Quattroporte as well as the GranCabrio MC.
The technology tour-de-force was designed with one simple goal in mind: “To be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track”. The McLaren P1 can crack a top speed of 217mph, and cover a standing quarter mile in 9.8 seconds.
Mini by Touring Superleggera
Mini’s long-held plans to take on the Mazda MX-5 with a uniquely styled roadster model took a decisive step towards production reality earlier this year with the unveiling of this stunning two-seat concept. The Salon Privé appearance will be the car’s UK debut.
Overfinch Range Rover Sport
Range Rover tuning and styling company Overfinch will unveil its new Overfinch Range Rover Sport. As well as a range of exterior and interior enhancements, the SUV features an Overfinch performance package, which liberates more power from the five-litre V8 engine and includes a ‘track mode’ setting.
Powered by a 6.0-litre, twin-turbo V12 that’s made exclusively for Pagani by AMG, the rear-wheel-drive Huarya is one of the world’s fastest, most advanced, and arguably most exclusive supercars.
The Dutch supercar is returning to the scene of its European premiere last year. Powered by a V6 engine producing in excess of 375bhp, the two-door mid-engined convertible sits on an aluminium platform with carbonfibre bodywork.
Tesla Model S
Elon Musk’s company remains the talk of the automotive town, with the company rolling out its electric luxury saloon, the Model S, and accompanying supercharging highway across the US and Europe.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed
Revealed in celebration of the water speed record success of Sir Malcolm Campbell, the new Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed is designed to show off the range of bespoke options from which Rolls-Royce owners can choose to personalise their cars. Just 35 examples of the car will be made, each costing £435,000.
Ruf Clubsport CTR3
Regular Porsches not powerful nor exclusive enough for you? Check out Ruf's flagship model, the CTR3. Its turbocharged flat-six engine produces 766bhp and 723lb ft, transferred to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission.