London’s upmarket car show, Salon Privé, has kicked off at the Syon Park estate. The event runs from 3-5 September and features rarefied classics as well as modern exotica, including some cars being seen for the first time in public.
Highlights include the Concours d’Elégance on day one, the Salon Privé Sale auction at the end of day two, and the British Supercar Show on the closing day.
Two bespoke Italian supercars are among the most dramatic models on show. Using the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta as its base, the F12 TRS roadster was built to commission in-house at Maranello, and features an aggressively restyled exterior, a simplified cabin layout, 22-inch rear wheels and a bonnet window exposing its front-mounted 6.3-litre V12.
Even more transformative is the Gallardo LP570-4-based Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, whose arresting carbonfibre body mixes sharp angles with smooth curves. The car celebrates 95 years of Zagato coachbuilding.
Like the 5-95, the aluminium-intensive Mini Superleggera Vision electric roadster made its debut at the Villa d’Este concours in Italy before arriving at Salon Privé. “Mini gave us the dimensions, but beyond that, we had design freedom. We have reinterpreted Mini DNA from an Italian point of view,” Touring Superleggera’s head of design, Louis de Fabribeckers, told us.
The concept previews an upcoming production model to take on the new Mazda MX-5.
Lister claims that nine of the 10 ‘Knobbly’ Lister Jaguar D-type continuation cars it has planned have now been sold, even though this is the car's public debut after the first example was completed last week. All sales have been for the £354,000 historic racing trim rather than the £366,000 road-going specification.