City of London Concours 2018: the star cars headlining the show
Potent Aston Martins and race-winning Ferraris will roar into the City this summer for this year’s celebration of speed
Supercars from across the decades will descend upon the lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company on 7 June as the City of London Concours motor show gets under way.
This is the second year that the luxurious event, which runs for just two days, has taken place at the five-acre grounds in the City of London, and more than £50m worth of vehicles are set to appear. The 2018 event celebrates speed, so expect everything from early Le Mans winners to production car record holders.
Here are some of the stars heading to next week’s show:
Shortly after it launched in 1993, the McLaren F1, which has a top speed of 240mph, became the fastest production car in the world. Designed by Gordon Murray, the legendary designer behind McLaren’s dominant MP4/4 Formula 1 car from 1988, the F1 supercar was powered by a BMW-sourced V12 motor that sat in a gold leaf-lined engine bay to reflect heat. It’s particularly popular among collectors nowadays, with prices continuing to rise above £2m.
One of McLaren F1’s closest competitors during the mid-to-late 1990s was the Ferrari F50. Although the F50 couldn’t match the McLaren in straight line speed, the supercar incorporated several elements of Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars to make it a weapon on the track. These included carbon-fibre wishbone suspension, along with a 4.7-litre V12 engine derived from the company’s race-winning 641 Formula 1 car from 1990.
The new – and old – Alpine A110
Renault’s luxury division Alpine relaunched towards the end of last year with the arrival of the new A110 sports car. The car’s design and name are inspired by the company Alpine A110, which won the first World Rally Championship in 1973. Both cars will be on show at the City of London Concours, giving you a chance to see how far the French carmaker has come in the past 50 years.
Aston Martin One-77
One of the most exclusive cars to leave the Aston Martin factory, the One-77 will be on show in London next week. Limited to a production run of just 77 cars, the One-77 was the most powerful Aston Martin to date when it was unveiled at the 2008 Concorso d'Eleganza Ville d’Este in Italy. The hypercar is powered by a 7.3-litre V12 engine, which produces a 750bhp and 553lb-ft of torque. The ONe-77’s top speed is listed at 220mph, with a 0-62mph sprint taking just 3.7 seconds.
Jaguar XK120 OTS
Jaguar’s XK120 OTS was the fastest production car in the world when it made its debut in 1948, according to Auto Express. The car also set records during 24-hour races and “seven day, seven night” speed records, reaching more than 100mph on each event, the magazine says. This particular model, the OTS, is the open-top version of the XK120 sports car. A fixed-roof coupe joined the range in 1951.
Tickets for the City of London Concours, on 7 and 8 June, are on sale now on the London Concours website. Entry for either day is £35 for adults, £18 for children and students and £25 for pensioners. Discounted adult tickets are available for £25 if you enter our promotional code DENNISVIP when prompted.