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High performance meets high society at Salon Privé

Held at the UK's Blenheim Palace, this year's Salon Privé features the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and the Salon Privé Supercar Show, as well as a number of debuts 
Held at the UK's Blenheim Palace, this year's Salon Privé features the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and the Salon Privé Supercar Show, as well as a number of debuts 
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1917 Matchless-Vickers 8B2/M Russian Military Motorycle Combination
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1917 Matchless-Vickers 8B2/M Russian Military Motorycle Combination
1926 McEvoy Vee Twin
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1926 McEvoy Vee Twin
1931 Indian Four 401
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1931 Indian Four 401
1932 Brough Superior SS100
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1932 Brough Superior SS100
1936 Norton Model 50
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1936 Norton Model 50
1936 Moto Guzzi 500S
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1936 Moto Guzzi 500S
1936 Moto Guzzi 500S
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1936 Moto Guzzi 500S
1938 BSA Gold Star
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1938 BSA Gold Star
1947 08c Matchless G80C
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1947 08c Matchless G80C
1953 Matchless G45
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1953 Matchless G45
1966 BSA 500 MX GP Titanium
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1966 BSA 500 MX GP Titanium
1966 Tri-Metisse GP-Winning
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1966 Tri-Metisse GP-Winning
1971 Norton Commando Race Replica
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1971 Norton Commando Race Replica
1955 Vincent Black Knight
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1955 Vincent Black Knight
1955 Norton International
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1955 Norton International
1958 Velocette Venom
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1958 Velocette Venom
1965 BSA Lightning
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1965 BSA Lightning
1969 Honda CB750
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1969 Honda CB750
1973 Kawasaki Z1
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1973 Kawasaki Z1
1973 Kawasaki S3 666
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1973 Kawasaki S3 666
1975 Suzuki GT750
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1975 Suzuki GT750
1922 Voisin C3 Strasbourg
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1922 Voisin C3 Strasbourg
1922 Voisin C3 Strasbourg
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1922 Voisin C3 Strasbourg
1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire
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1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire
1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire
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1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire
1924 Hispano Suiza H6B Coupé de Ville
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1924 Hispano Suiza H6B Coupé de Ville
1924 Hispano Suiza H6B Coupé de Ville
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1924 Hispano Suiza H6B Coupé de Ville
1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Short Chassis
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1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Short Chassis
1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Short Chassis
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1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Short Chassis
1934 Bentley Streamliner
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1934 Bentley Streamliner
1934 Bentley Streamliner
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1934 Bentley Streamliner
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
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1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
1939 Jaguar SS 1.5L Drophead Coupé
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1939 Jaguar SS 1.5L Drophead Coupé
1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta
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1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta
1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta
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1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta
1955 AC Ace
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1955 AC Ace
1955 AC Ace
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1955 AC Ace
1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
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1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
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1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
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1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
1957 Abarth Record Monza Prototipo
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1957 Abarth Record Monza Prototipo
1957 Abarth Record Monza Prototipo
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1957 Abarth Record Monza Prototipo
1968 Ford GT40 MK3
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1968 Ford GT40 MK3
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Short Chassis Prototype
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1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Short Chassis Prototype
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet
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1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Coupé
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1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Coupé
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Coupé
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1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Coupé
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupé Aerodinamico
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupé Aerodinamico
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupé Aerodinamico
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupé Aerodinamico
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB4
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1966 Ferrari 275 GTB4
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB4
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1966 Ferrari 275 GTB4
1968 Ferrari 330 GTC
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1968 Ferrari 330 GTC
1968 Ferrari 330 GTC
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1968 Ferrari 330 GTC
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
1963 Porsche 356
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1963 Porsche 356
1969 Porsche 911
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1969 Porsche 911
1973 Porsche 2.7 RS Touring
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1973 Porsche 2.7 RS Touring
1974 Porsche 911 3.0 RS
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1974 Porsche 911 3.0 RS
1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GTP
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1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GTP
1956 Aston Martin DB24 MkII
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1956 Aston Martin DB24 MkII
1956 Aston Martin DB24 MkII
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1956 Aston Martin DB24 MkII
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé Gullwing
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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé Gullwing
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé Gullwing
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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé Gullwing
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage
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1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
1966 Iso Grifo
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1966 Iso Grifo
1966 Iso Grifo
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1966 Iso Grifo
1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
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1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
1972 Dino 246 GT
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1972 Dino 246 GT
1972 Dino 246 GT
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1972 Dino 246 GT
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé
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1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé
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1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé
1957 Jaguar XKSS
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1957 Jaguar XKSS
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1957 Jaguar XKSS
1957 BMW 507
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1957 BMW 507
1957 BMW 507
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1957 BMW 507
1961 Bentley S2 Drophead Coupé
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1961 Bentley S2 Drophead Coupé
1961 Bentley S2 Drophead Coupé
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1961 Bentley S2 Drophead Coupé
1964 Alfa Romeo 101 Guilia Spider
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1964 Alfa Romeo 101 Guilia Spider
1964 Alfa Romeo 101 Guilia Spider
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1964 Alfa Romeo 101 Guilia Spider
1964 Ferrari 275 GTS
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1964 Ferrari 275 GTS
1964 Ferrari 275 GTS
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1964 Ferrari 275 GTS
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante
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1966 Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante
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1966 Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante
1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 CSX 3258
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1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 CSX 3258
1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 CSX 3258
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1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 CSX 3258
1971 Ferrari 365 GTS4 Daytona Spider
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1971 Ferrari 365 GTS4 Daytona Spider
1973 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 Periscopio
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1973 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 Periscopio
1977 De Tomaso Pantera GTs Targa
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1977 De Tomaso Pantera GTs Targa
1984 Ferrari 512 BBI
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1984 Ferrari 512 BBI
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
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1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV
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1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV
1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV
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1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV
1980 Lamborghini Miura P400
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1980 Lamborghini Miura P400
1980 Lamborghini Miura P400
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1980 Lamborghini Miura P400
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S
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1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
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1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
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1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
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1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
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1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
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1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
1975 Lamborghini Miura P400 Roadster
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1975 Lamborghini Miura P400 Roadster
1975 Lamborghini Miura P400 Roadster
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1975 Lamborghini Miura P400 Roadster
Bristol Bullet
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Bristol Bullet
Bristol Bullet
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Bristol Bullet
Icona Vulcano
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Icona Vulcano
Icona Vulcano
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Icona Vulcano
Lamborghini Centenario
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Lamborghini Centenario
Lamborghini Centenario
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Lamborghini Centenario
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Lexus LC 500h
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Lexus LC 500h
Morgan EV3 Selfridges Edition
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Morgan EV3 Selfridges Edition
Morgan EV3 Selfridges Edition
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Morgan EV3 Selfridges Edition
Held at the UK's Blenheim Palace, this year's Salon Privé features the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and the Salon Privé Supercar Show, as well as a number of debuts 
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Held at the UK's Blenheim Palace, this year's Salon Privé features the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and the Salon Privé Supercar Show, as well as a number of debuts 

Held at the stunning setting of Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé is positioned as "the UK's most exclusive automotive garden party." Picture fascinators and stripy jackets, lobster and champagne lunches and a special car-park for guests who arrive in supercars. Naturally, New Atlas forwent all of that, though, and made a beeline for the event's prestigious concours.

The Chubb Insurance Concours d'Elégance is a display of rare and special vehicles from around the world, and includes a parade around the palace grounds. Salon Privé reckons it now ranks among the top three in the world alongside Pebble Beach and Villa d'Este. Each year, judges award prizes to an overall overall "Best in Show," as well as "Class Winners," a "People's Choice Winner" and a number of other "Special Winners."

1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa

The overall winner at Blenheim Palace yesterday, and the winner of the Racing Improves the Breed class, was a 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa owned by Bruce Lavachek and David Cottingham. The car was recently located and restored by Lavachek and Cottingham, having won the 1956 and 1957 Nassau Speed weeks and finishing second in its class at the 1957 Cuba GP.

1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta
1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta

A 1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta, meanwhile, won the People's Choice award. Also picked from the Racing Improves the Breed class, the Berlinetta was the third of only four A6 "Berlinetta Pininfarina" closed coachwork models produced and is said to be the only one remaining in its original condition. It also won Best in Show at Villa d'Este earlier this year.

1972 Dino 246 GT
1972 Dino 246 GT

The remaining individual winners of their classes were:

  • Exceptional Motorcycles 1900-1939: 1938 BSA Gold Star
  • Exceptional Motorcycles 1940-1975 - Competition: 1966 BSA 500 MX GP Titanium
  • Exceptional Motorcycles 1940-1975 - Highway: 1969 Honda CB750
  • Pre-war Coachwork: 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
  • The Great V12 Ferraris: 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Short Chassis Prototype
  • Porsche Racing Pedigree: 1974 Porsche 911 3.0RS
  • European Grand Tourers: 1972 Dino 246 GT
  • Gone With The Wind: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider
  • Dream Machines: 1992 Ferrari F40
  • 50 years of the Lamborghini Miura: 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV (Adrian Labi A&A Premier Classic)
1957 Jaguar XKSS
1957 Jaguar XKSS

And special awards went to:

  • Most Original pre-war: 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Short Chassis
  • Most Original Post-war: 1992 Ferrari F40
  • Most Sensitive Restoration: 1966 Iso Grifo
  • Most Elegant: 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Drophead Coupé
  • Most Iconic: 1973 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 Periscopio
  • Most Exciting Design: 1957 Jaguar XKSS
  • Best Interior: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
  • Most Exciting Recreation: 1922 Voisin C3 Strasbourg
  • Most Original Motorcycle: 1936 Norton Model 50
  • Most Superlative Motorcycle: 1936 Moto Guzzi 500S
  • Most Interesting Motorcycle: 1917 Matchless-Vickers 8B2/M Russian Military Motorcycle Combination
Bristol Bullet
Bristol Bullet

In addition to the concours, there were a number of cars debuting to some extent or other. The Bristol Bullet, which marks the rebirth and 70th anniversary of of British marque Bristol caught our eye, as well as a special "Selfridges Edition" of Morgan's EV3. Other new arrivals included the Icona Vulcano, Lamborghini Centenario and Lexus LC 500h.

Salon Privé 2016 runs from September 1st to 3rd. It is Boodles Ladies' Day today, while tomorrow is the Salon Privé Supercar Show.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery, for a more extensive look at some of the vehicles on display.

Website: Salon Privé

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