The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, is delighted to reveal the full car list for its 2023 automotive extravaganza. The 12th edition of the show – considered one of the top three Concours d’Elegance events globally – will welcome an exquisite array of the rarest and most desirable cars in the world to Hampton Court Palace in west London, UK from Friday September 1st to Sunday September 3rd.
2023’s show will include multiple compelling features, including a landmark Le Mans centenary celebration – which will, remarkably, see 24 Le Mans entrants, 10 winners, and four double winners (out of five in existence) roll into the Palace gardens. Elsewhere there will be a stellar line up of Ferraris, and rarities from throughout Bugatti’s history. The exclusive event will also celebrate Fritz Burkard as ‘The Collector’ with a selection of fabulous cars drawn from his Swiss based ‘Pearl Collection’. The unmissable event will include 90 concours cars. Here are some to look out for.
1929 Bentley Speed Six ‘Old Number One’ – 2x Winner
As the first car to win the 24 Hours back-to-back – in 1929 and 1930 – the Bentley Speed Six ‘Old Number One’ is considered to be among the greatest of Le Mans landmarks. It was the lead machine of five entered by the British marque in ’29, and was based on the Speed Six sporting version of the venerable 6½ Litre tourer. Its tweaked engine made 190bhp, enabling 115mph flat-out.
Piloted by Woolf Barnato and Tim Birkin, it led the team to a podium sweep – and in 1930, despite strong opposition from the newly entered Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz, it repeated its winning feat, with Barnato and Glen Kidston at the wheel. Bentley wouldn’t win at Le Mans again until its Speed 8 took the chequered flag in 2003, making ‘Old Number One’ arguably the most significant car in the grand history of British motor sport.
1934 Bugatti Type 59
The 1934 Type 59 – part of Switzerland’s Pearl Collection – was developed in answer to increasing motor sport competition from the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo. It was, and still is, considered to be both a technical marvel and a masterpiece of industrial art, with remarkable ‘piano-wire’ wheels, dropped body – and thus lower centre of gravity – longer wheelbase and supercharged straight-eight. As Bugatti’s final GP machine, the T59 is widely held to be the most elegant pre-war competition machine of all. Just six were built, and this particular example went on to take third at the Monaco Grand Prix and overall victory in Belgium.
1935 Hoffman X-8
Guests will have the opportunity to sample a truly unique motorcar, one that’s been shrouded in mystery and hidden from public view for decades: the experimental 1935 Hoffman X-8. It’s a streamlined, startlingly innovative 1930s special; a fascinating piece of automotive history, powered by a remarkable, a 60-degree water-cooled motor. It was believed to have been built entirely by eccentric engineer, car builder and automotive innovator, Roscoe C. “Rod” Hoffman – who when undertaking the project swore to take its secrets to his grave. Bestowed with honours from leading concours events throughout North America, this is the first time the Hoffman has been shown on this side of the Atlantic.
1953 Aston Martin DB3S
The Aston Martin DB3S was a desperate attempt to improve the fortunes of the DB3 model, as well as to give owner David Brown the Le Mans victory he so dearly desired. Over the winter of 1952, Willie Watson designed the car that will be on show at Hampton Court Palace, DB3S/1 – the first prototype. Featuring coachwork by Frank Feeley, it was the first Works car of 1953. It raced at Le Mans in 1954 with Roy Salvadori (running an experimental Supercharger) but was unable to secure the elusive victory. It has been in the current family ownership since 1974.
1963 Ferrari 275P – 2x Le Mans Winner
This mid-engined, V12-powered car is the sole Ferrari to have ‘done the double’ at Le Mans. It won for Scuderia Ferrari as a 250P in 1963 and then as a re-engined 275P in 1964. Ludovico Scarfiotti and Lorenzo Bandini took it to initial victory, heading up the Maranello marque’s clean sweep of the top six places. The then 3.0-litre 250P won the Scuderia’s fourth consecutive 24 Hours victory by more than 125 miles (16 laps), setting a new distance record and becoming the first non-front-engined victor. It was also the first outright success for an all-Italian outfit – both car and drivers.
For the 1964 race, the redesignated 275P sported a 3.3-litre V12. Driven by Sicilian Nino Vaccarella and Frenchman Jean Guichet, it again it set a Le Mans distance record, covering 2917.5 miles and averaging 122.2mph. The subsequent Ferrari one-two-three marked the last time Ferrari would top the podium at Le Mans – until the 499P’s win earlier this year.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
The 250 GTO that will be on show is a particularly special, even by 250 GTO standards. The car, chassis 3729 GT, is one of just eight right-hand-drive GTOs out of the 36 built. The only version delivered in Bianco (white), it was an order received via Maranello Concessionaires for Jaguar dealer and famous British racing team owner John Coombs.
The car’s first race was at Brands Hatch on August 6, 1962, when Roy Salvadori drove it to second overall in the Peco Trophy. Two weeks later it was contested by World Champion- to-be Graham Hill at the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood. A stunning example of one of the most sought after cars in the world – the ‘Holy Grail’ for Ferrari collectors.
1964 Ferrari 250LM
With the model having debuted at the 1963 Paris Auto Salon, Ferrari 250LM no. 5909 was shipped in right-hand-drive form to Luigi Chinetti and the N.A.R.T. team in the US. It boasted an impressive entry roster in period events including the Le Mans 24 Hours, Nürburgring 1000km, Reims 12 Hours, Nassau Tourist Trophy and Canadian Grand Prix, driven by such stars as John Surtees, Lorenzo Bandini, Umberto Maglioli, Jochen Rindt and David Piper. Its later life has been spent both in action at Historic gatherings and on the show field at prestigious concours including Pebble Beach, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and Cavallino Classic.
1965 Fiat Abarth 1000 record Pininfarina Principessa
Another gem on show from the Fritz Burkard’s Pearl Collection will be the super-slippery Pininfarina designed Abarth 1000 ‘La Principessa’ record car. With a drag coefficient of just 0.20, the 1,000cc, 100bhp machine set 9 records including travelling 10,000km at a remarkable average speed of 118.7mph. The single seater special is sure to stand out in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace!
2003 Bentley Speed 8
Bentley’s long-awaited 2003 victory at La Sarthe, in the no. 7 Speed 8, was the pinnacle of a concerted drive to put the team back on top in motor sport after a seven-decade absence. Modern-day Bentley Boys Guy Smith, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello piloted the closed-cockpit car to both LMGTP class and overall victory, with its counterpart driven by David Brabham, Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell coming in second. No. 7 is on show at Hampton Court Palace, giving fans the chance to get up close to this historic machine.
2022 Bugatti Centodieci
Upon Bugatti’s 110th anniversary in 2019 the venerable French marque, by now owned by Volkswagen Group, created a limited-edition machine to celebrate this landmark in its history of exceptional performance and design. The Centodieci went into production in 2022. The Pearl Collection’s example – one of only ten to be built – represents the apex of modern-day Bugatti, and took inspiration from its EB110 forebear. Its 1577bhp 8.0-litre W16 engine enables it accelerate from 0-62mph in 2.4 seconds and reach a (limited) top speed of 236mph; virtually peerless performance.
These cars will sit alongside yet more exciting machinery in the Hampton Court Palace gardens, with an array of rare and spectacular concours vehicles and additional special features including the Thirty Under 30 Concours for young collectors, the all-female Levitt Concours and Junior Concours. In addition to the main displays, the event will assemble around 1000 additional vehicles, many drawn from the country’s leading car cubs, in a series of further displays.
James Brooks-Ward, Concours of Elegance CEO, said: “We’re delighted to reveal the full car list for our 2023 show, which again includes many of the world’s most significant and celebrated motorcars. The Le Mans centenary feature is set to be a real standout, with a remarkable ten overall winning cars, and 4 double winners. It’s set to be a landmark display, which we’re proud to be presenting in partnership with L’Automobile Club Ouest, organisers of Le Mans.
“Elsewhere we’ll have a historic line-up of Ferraris – including a 250 GTO, 250 LM and the 2x Le Mans winning 275P, as well as special cars from the likes of Bugatti, Lamborghini and Maserati. The curatorial team have outdone themselves yet again, sourcing the world’s most spectacular cars, drawn from the most significant international collections, to the peerless setting of Hampton Court Palace. It’s set to be an event to remember, and we can’t wait to welcome guests to the palace on Friday.”
Learn more about the Concours of Elegance at www.concoursofelegance.co.uk.
Away from the automotive displays, Concours of Elegance 2023 will again be an occasion of pure luxury, with Champagne provided by Charles Heidsieck, picnics by Fortnum & Mason, and a collection of art, jewellery and fashion displays. Presenting Partner A. Lange & Söhne will, as always, showcase some of its most intricate timepieces.
Meet the Curators: Flavien and Vanessa Marçais
The Anglo-French husband-and-wife team behind the Curation of the Concours of Elegance were brought up in respected motoring families. The duo bring huge experience and passion as motoring is in their blood. Embroiled in collecting, restoring, racing and showing cars since childhood.
Successfully curating for COE demands an extremely high level of specialist knowledge. An automotive writer and historian, Flavien’s encyclopaedic memory for detail is underpinned by an exceptional automotive library and world-class photographic archive, uniquely in-house.
Wife Vanessa is British, daughter of leading Jaguar restorer and specialist Aubrey Finburgh. She, too, has raced and rallied Historic sportscars. Having carved out her career in the historic motoring world from a young age, working with some of the best in the industry. Flavien & Vanessa founded the highly awarded and successful GT & Sports Car Cup race series – now in its 17th season.
Concours of Elegance 2023 – Car List in Full
- 1913 Hispano-Suiza 15/45 HP ‘Alfonso XIII’
- 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Torpedo Sport
- 1925 Lorraine-Dietrich B3/6 Torpedo Sport
- 1925 MG 14/28 Bullnose Supersport Salonette
- 1926 Amilcar CO
- 1928 Bentley Le Mans Team Car 4½-Litre Sports
- 1929 Bentley Speed Six “Old N°1”
- 1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Blower
- 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM Zagato
- 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Gran Sport Spider Zagato (V Series)
- 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 4-Seater LM Touring
- 1934 Lancia Astura Short Chassis Grand Sport
- 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Drophead Coupe
- 1935 Fraser Nash BMW 315/1 Sports (Type 40)
- 1936 Hoffman X-8
- 1936 Lagonda LG45 Coupe de Ville Sedanca
- 1937 Peugeot 302 DS Darl’mat
- 1938 Delahaye 145 Coupe
- 1950 Aston Martin DB2
- 1952 Jaguar XK120 FHC
- 1952 Mercedes-Benz W194
- 1953 Siata 208S Coupe
- 1953 Aston Martin DB3S
- 1953 Bentley R-Type by Abbott
- 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback
- 1953 Jaguar C-Type
- 1953 OSCA MT4 Barchetta
- 1953 Talbot-Lago T26 GSL Prototype
- 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone DHC
- 1954 Bentley R-Type DHC by Chapron
- 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa
- 1954 Jaguar D-Type
- 1955 Pegaso Z-102 Touring Superleggera Berlinetta
- 1955 Maserati A6 GCS Frua Spider
- 1955 Aston Martin DB3S
- 1956 Aston Martin DB3S
- 1956 Jaguar XKSS
- 1957 Bentley S Continental Park Ward DHC
- 1959 Facel Vega Excellence
- 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT
- 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider
- 1961 Alvis TD21 Graber Special
- 1962 AC Shelby Cobra ‘CSX 2001’
- 1962 Bentley S2 Continental
- 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
- 1963 AC Cobra Le Mans Coupe
- 1963 Apollo 3500 GT Spyder Prototipo
- 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
- 1963 Ferrari 275 P
- 1964 Facel Vega Facel II
- 1964 Ferrari 250 LM
- 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
- 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale
- 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS
- 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
- 1968 Ford GT40
- 1969 Porsche 917 K
- 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
- 1971 Maserati Quattroporte Prototipo Frua
- 1971 Porsche 911 S/T
- 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Group 4 Competition
- 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring
- 1974 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 1
- 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4
- 1974 Matra MS 670B
- 1979 Rondeau M379B
- 1986 Jaguar XJR-9
- 1988 Porsche 962
- 1990 Lamborgini Countach 25th Anniversary
- 1992 Aston Martin Virage Volante 6.3-Litre Widebody
- 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT
- 1995 Porsche WSC-95 Le Mans Prototype
- 2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 Coupe
- 2003 Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans Prototype
- 2004 Maserati MC12
- 2007 McLaren MP4/22A
- 2019 Ferrari Pista ‘Tailor Made’ Coupe
- 2023 Aston Martin Valkyrie
- The 2023 Collector: The Pearl Collection
- 1897 Prinetti & Stucchi Tricycle
- 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Monza
- 1934 Bugatti Type 59
- 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
- 1935 Bugatti Type 57 ‘Stelvio’
- 1936 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante
- 1939 Maserati 4 CL Monoposto
- 1963 Peel P50
- 1964 Aston Martin DB5
- 1964 Peel Trident
- 1965 Fiat Abarth 1000 Record Pininfarina ‘Principessa’
- 2022 Bugatti Centodieci