The London Concourse will showcase several rare and one-stop automobiles as part of a new class at this year’s annual event.
The class is called Coachbuilt & Concepts and will join Great British History, Japanese Jewels, Italian Spiders and Finns and Chrome. Designed specifically to showcase vehicles designed as concepts or individual client commissions, the class promises extremely rare and unique vehicle features from the history of automobiles.
There are several entrants to the class, but a few of them are different from the rest, including this incredible Alfa Romeo 1975 Jagato. The 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS began life as one of the first production vehicles of the Alfa Romeo, it was brought by Joachim ‘Joe’ Boniar to the famous coachbuilder Jagato specifically for racing for a new company.
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There could be nothing more than a 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow pickup from the Alfa Romeo, but the two cars will be parked together at the show. It’s rare to see a properly completed pickup truck conversion, but seeing it converted by Clark and Carter of Essex, it looks like it could come out of the crew’s factory. It even developed fun like ‘pick-up’ badging in the same style as the original script.
Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) XK180 was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic XK120. Based on the XKR, the car has gone from paper to pavement in just 10 months. The gorgeous lines were inspired by Le Mans racers from the 1950s and 1960s and were created under the direction of senior designer Keith Helfet. The chassis was shortened, a wrapped windshield was added, and the power for the beast was pushed to 450 horsepower by a supercharged 4.0-liter V8.
While it may look like a Mercedes-Benz in the late 1990s, the F200 fantasy concept from 1996 will be the styling model for the S-Class and C-Class. Only two were created for the 1996 Paris Motor Show, with new innovations of the future, such as rear-view mirrors, voice recognition and video cameras replacing electro-transparent panoramic roof glass. Many of these features will eventually turn it into a product, but unfortunately, butterfly doors did not.
Other entrants in the class include a 1982 BMW 635 CSi Observer Coupe, 2005 Bizzarrini Ghepardo, 2018 Ferrari SP3 JC, 1956 Maserati A6G 2000GT, and a Mercedes 300SEL 6.3 Crayford.
The London Concours is being held at the Honorable Artillery Company in the city center for three days from 28-30 June.