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From a 1929 Bentley to a 1963 Ferrari: London’s Concours of Elegance Is About to Showcase a Litany of Bonkers Cars

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Lovers of classic cars and motorsports won’t want to miss this year’s Concours of Elegance.

Event organizers have just announced the lineup for the 12th installment of the annual British car show, which will be held this weekend in west London. The latest selection may be the most dazzling yet, with a stunning assortment of vehicles from across the last century, including a number of 24 Hours of Le Mans winners such as the 1929 Bentley Speed Six “Old Number One” and the 1963 Ferrari 275P.

This year’s show—which is considered one of the three major Concours d’Elegance events in the world—will feature an assortment of 90 vehicles selected by curators Flavien and Vanessa Marçais. The roster includes 10 cars that won Le Mans, which is fitting since it is the race’s centenary year. Of particular note is the Speed Six “Old Number One” (pictured up top), which was the first back-to-back winner in 1928 and 1929. It is joined by the 275P, which won the race in 1963 and 1964. The gorgeous red racer set a new distance record in both victories and was the first mid-engine car to beat the field.

1963 Ferrari 275P

1963 Ferrari 275P

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As you’d expect from an event like the Concours of Elegance, there will be several Ferraris, including one of the most sought-after Prancing Horses of all time, the 1962 250 GTO. Noted collector Fritz Burkard will also be honored during the event, with selections from his Swiss-based “Pearl Collection” on hand. These include the 1934 Bugatti Type 59, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful grand prix cars of all time, and the Pininfarina-designed 1965 Fiat Abarth 1000 record “La Principessa,” which set nine performance records in its day. The rarely seen 1935 Hoffman X-8 will also make its U.K. debut at the show.

The Concours of Elegance, which is presented by watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne, runs from Friday, September 1, to Sunday, September 3, at the gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Tickets are still available now through the event’s website. Adult tickets range in price from £35 (about $45) to £195 ($250).

Click here to see more photos of cars from this year’s Concours of Elegance.

The Concours of Elegance 2023 Lineup in Photos

Tim Scott/Concours of Elegance

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