Once again the Fountain Gardens at Hampton Court Palace played host to 50 of the world’s rarest cars for the 2020 Concours of Elegance competing for the Pullman Trophy “Best in Show” which is voted by the owners of the competing cars . Featuring coachbuilt masterpieces joined by Formula One racers throughout the ages, modern day hypercars and Le Mans 24 Hours winners. On Saturday and Sunday they were joined by some the UK’s best car clubs, including the Aston Martin Owners Club, Ferrari Owners Club, Jaguar Drivers Club and Porsche Club GB who showcased 40 of the rarest and most impressive cars owned by their members. An independent panel of expert judges went on to a pick a winner, which will be included as part of the main Concours event for 2021.
Arguably the Coachbuilt category attracted the most unusual cars harking back to the time when the world’s most advanced cars could be bought as a rolling chassis to be bodied at the coachworks of your choice. Beauties such as the Jaguar XK150 S Bertone, the sole remaining example of three XK150 bare chassis sent to Bertone in Turin, to be bodied as prototype fixed-head coupes styled by Scaglione. Another unique classic in this section was the 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Gangloff commissioned by French industrialist Fernand Crouzet who told coachbuilder and stylist Gangloff he wanted a one-off created on a Type 57 chassis. Its unique features included long rear wings, a bootlid-mounted spare-wheel mount, single back window, special bumpers and disc wheels.
There are only two Bentley 4.5-Litre Drophead sports coupés still in existence with bodywork by Salmons & Sons, the legendary Newport Pagnell coachworks that was to become the home of Aston Martin. The 1928 aluminium-bodied example exhibited in the Coachbuilt catagory was the personal car of company owner Mr Fred Salmons – giving rise to its affectionate name “Mr Fred.”
Pininfarina is one of the World’s best know coachbuilders and during 1956 orders for the Ferrari 250 outstripped the capacity of Pininfarina’s original facility. Work was outsourced to other coachbuilders, with Ezio Ellena and his Carrozzeria Ellena factory being one. Most of Ezio’s cars followed the Pininfarina specification but the model on display at the Concours is unique, it was the 17th car Carrozzeria produced and features an elegant higher roof bodyline.