A selection of The Italian Job classics will blow the bloomin’ doors off at one of the coolest motoring events on the calendar. The London Classic Car Show (14-17 February 2019) will host the cars to celebrate 50 years since the cult comedy caper hit cinemas. The exhibit will feature genuine cars used in the film, alongside replicas.
The stars of the show in terms of real cars used in the film will be a pair of Jaguar E-types. These are the dark blue FHC Coupe (registered 619 DXX) and the red 3.8 Roadster (848 CRY). The Coupe had been in the care of its current owner for 20 years before the truth of its fame was uncovered. Once its owner became aware of its provenance, it was put through an extensive restoration by Tester Engineering to original factory spec.
The Roadster was a demonstrator that was racing in 1961 and then sold to Richard Essame, a model, who got a part in the movie as one of the Mini drivers. Upon his arrival on set, the production crew saw the car and wanted it in the film. They promptly bought it.
The last of the originals to be on display at the show is the Aston Martin DB4 Convertible (registered 163 ELT) that famously ‘tipped off a cliff’ in the movie. Of course, the DB4 was replaced by a Lancia Flaminia for the demise shot. As such, the Aston was spared and survives to this day.
Unfortunately, the real stars of The Italian Job, the red, white and blue Minis, have not survived. Nevertheless, exact replicas will be joining the Jags and the Aston for the display. It wouldn’t be a celebration of The Italian Job without them.
Other exact-spec examples from the film to be on display include a gorgeous Lamborghini Miura and incredibly, a reproduction of the OM Furgonato Sicurezza ‘Bullion’ van.
A Harrington Legionnaire coach could feature if the restoration finishes in time. Get a bloomin’ move on, chaps.
“Bringing together and reuniting these original iconic cars from such a classic piece of automotive film history is a real honour,” said James Elliott, editor-in-chief at Octane. “We’re thrilled to present such a special feature to the visitors of the London Classic Car Show and we can’t wait for the unique opportunity to see these cars up close.”