Posted on 20 September 2014
The Salon Prive Concours d’Elégance is a world-class event showcasing some of the most important, valuable and rare classic cars and bikes from around the globe.
2014 saw the Concours d’Elégance return for its 9th successive year at Salon Privé and for the fourth time within the beautiful, historic grounds of Syon House in London. Today it attracts owners, judges, collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world. It is also the only professionally judged Concours d’Elégance in the UK.
The 48 awards include various innovative classes which allow a number of unique and spectacular vehicles to be entered. Extremely rare, ‘one-off’ and even ‘first time seen’ cars were displayed across several classes. The anniversaries of the Ferrari 275, Maserati, Jaguar D-Type, and the 95th birthday of Zagato resulted in four classes whose entrants told a story of motoring evolution.
Thornley Kelham entered a 1938 Bentley 4.25 Litre Pillarless Saloon, (previous winner of the Rockingham Castle Concours in June) in the ‘Dramatic Coachworks’ Class, going head to head with some stunning examples of exceptional coachworks including a 1933 Bugatti Type 51A/38 A, 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé by Vignale, 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster and a1953 Delahaye 235 MS Coupé by Chapron, amongst others.
To our delight, the Derby Bentley came Runner Up in its class, beaten only by Lord Bamford’s 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II!