Salon Privé returned to Blenheim Palace over five days between 31st August to 4th September, once again showcasing a fabulous selection of iconic and classic cars, both past and present.
This year, Salon Privé curated ‘The Platinum Collection’ to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th Jubilee with a stunning selection of rare and historic platinum and silver-coloured cars of all ages.
For those of you who attended last year’s event, you may remember ‘The Red Collection’ of historic classic red-hued cars on display.
The Platinum Collection consisted of 16 iconic classic cars from world famous marques such as Aston Martin, Bugatti, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, McLaren, Morgan, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Wiesemann.
As always, our photographer Gary Harman was at the show to capture some of the fabulous cars that were on display in the beautiful ground of Blenheim Palace which you can see in our montage of photographs here.
The Platinum Collection cars included a pristine 1961 and a 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 ‘Flat Floor’ 3.8, an impressive looking 2007 McLaren Mercedes SLR Prototype, a 1992 Porsche 959 and 1997 Porsche GT1. There was also a rare 1973 Lamborghini P400 Miura SVJ, a 1986 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 and a 2010 Lamborghini Reventón Roadster.
As well as a 1993 Bugatti EB110 SS, there was also a 1960 Aston Martin DB4, a 1963 Morgan SLR, a 1986 Ferrrari Testarossa Spider and a Rolls-Royce Phantom II Handlye Special. The most recent car was the 2018 Wiesmann GT MF5 Coupé.
There were also some iconic McLaren F1s, that included a 1997 McLaren F1 Chassis #064 which has travelled extensively during its 25 year life, having initially been delivered to Sweden, and then on to Hong Kong and Guernsey. It now currently resides in the stunning RofGo collection.
Also on display was another 1997 McLaren F1 – Chassis #063 – which has undergone an extensive 18 month restoration at McLaren Special Operations. The body, chassis and drivetrain were stripped, with the interior being retrimmed and the 6.1 litre engine completely overhauled. In fact, almost 3,000 hours have been spent on the project at MSO.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs by Gary Harman