This year’s Salon Privé Week 2023 took place last Wednesday 30th August through to Saturday 2nd September, occupying the South Lawn a of picturesque Blenheim Palace that is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.
The weather by and large played ball for this ultimate end-of-summer party, with 60 of the rarest and most desirable collector cars in the world on display in the palace’s magnificent grounds, surrounded by glamour, diamonds and Champagne.
2021 saw the launch of the Salon Privé ‘Red Collection’, which was then followed last year by the Salon Privé ‘Platinum Collection’ which was curated 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.
This year however, it was the turn of ‘The Yellow Collection’ that was on display in the centre of the South Lawn with a stunning selection of 16 rare and special edition super cars, all in yellow of course and with a combined estimated value of around £30 million.
Representing all eras, the ‘Yellow Collection’ cars were from a wide range of manufacturers that included Aston Martin, Bugatti, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. This was certainly a bright and most memorable collection of beautiful and exotic cars.
Salon Privé Chairman Andrew Bagley commented:
“Our new four-day Salon Privé format has proven to be an overwhelming success, with our guests and partners able to showcase their wonderful collections in country-club style on the lawns of Blenheim Palace. With numerous world debuts, along with European and UK first-sees, the event continues to be a high-profile opportunity for brands to show their latest creations to our enthusiastic and elite guests. We saw notable motoring anniversaries celebrated, some of the world’s finest and rarest cars honoured in the Salon Privé Concours and with an overwhelmingly successful Supercar Saturday crowing the best cars from the UK’s finest car clubs, it was another memorable event to relish.”
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs by Harry Elliott Photography courtesy of Salon Privé