London’s most exclusive supercar show

City ConcoursLondon’s new City Concours takes place on a five-acre lawn, hemmed in on all sides by towering offices in the heart of the Square Mile. Here, more than 100 hypercars, supercars, classic cars and racing cars gathered to be gawped at, photographed, polished and judged. Join us for a guided tour.

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Aston Martin VulcanCity Concours

They don’t come any more ‘hyper’ than Aston Martin’s limited edition, track-only Vulcan. Boasting an 812hp V12, sequential gearbox, pushrod suspension and a front splitter that doubles as a lawn mower, only the brave – and wealthy – need apply. One problem: all 24 cars have already sold out.

Ferrari 288 GTOCity Concours

We’re suckers for any Rosso Corsa Ferrari, especially a 288 GTO. The 1984 Gran Turismo Omologato is a radically re-engineered 308 GTB, originally intended for Group B rallying. With a twin-turbocharged 400hp V8, it has a claimed top speed of 189mph. However, the Ferrari F40, launched in 1987, would go 11mph faster.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7City Concours

There were two RS 2.7s at City Concours, but this is the even rarer Lightweight version – one of 200 made. Porsche took weight-saving seriously, with thinner body panels and glass, and no rear seats, carpets or sound insulation. This rare-groove 911 even does without sunvisors or a glovebox lid. What do you expect for seven figures?

Dodge ChallengerCity Concours

A display of classic American muscle cars made a welcome contrast to the array of European exotica. This tyre-smokin’ Dodge Challenger T/A 340 6-Pack was our favourite, with a Plymouth Barracuda and Chevrolet El Camino SS pick-up close behind. As film buffs will know, a white Challenger is the star of iconic road movie, Vanishing Point.

Ferrari DaytonaCity Concours

This, to give it its full title, is a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione Series 3. But we’ll just call it a Daytona. From its plexiglass headlight covers to its sawn-off side pipes, this harder, faster Ferrari screams retro cool. The Competizione was a success in motorsport, too, finishing fifth at Le Mans and second in the Daytona 24-hour race.

Atalanta roadsterCity Concours

We recently drove this very Atalanta roadster and enjoyed it immensely. The car is a recreation of Atalanta’s 1930s Le Mans racer, with remarkably few concessions to modernity. Power comes from a 2.5-litre Ford engine developing ‘around 200hp’ and breathing through a rorty, side-exit exhaust. Only one car will be hand-built each month, priced at £150,000.

Ferrari 275 GTBCity Concours

Few Ferraris are prettier than the 275 GTB, and this early ‘short nose’ car looks particularly delectable. The 275 used a 3.3-litre version of the venerable ‘Columbo’ V12, which developed 280-330hp here (depending on spec). Buyers could choose from three or six carburettors, plus steel or alloy bodywork. A limited-run convertible version, the 275 NART Spider, was sold at auction for around $18million.

David Brown MiniCity Concours

Ironically, it was BMW’s retro-remake MINI that opened up the market for posh city cars. Now, Silverstone-based David Brown Automotive is following suit with ‘Mini Remastered’ – a modernised version of the Issigonis original with lots of bespoke options and a price tag that starts from £50k. We’ll stick with a classic Cooper, thanks.

Singer Porsche 911City Concours

Speaking of modernised classics, here’s the sublime Singer 911. Based on the 964-era Porsche 911, each car is built to order – the only limit is your budget. Flat-six engines are rebuilt by Cosworth in the US, with outputs from 300hp to 425hp. With prices for classic Porsches spiralling into the stratosphere, could this be the ultimate big-budget 911?

BMW M1City Concours

This fabulous BMW M1 was a strong contender for our favourite car at City Concours. It also wins the ‘coolest alloy wheels’ prize hands-down. In fact, the M1 was a failure when new, with a torturous gestation (including a fall-out between BMW and Lamborghini) and just 457 made. Today, it’s a sought-after classic and rightly recognised as one of the great 1970s supercars.

Aston Martin DB5 Radford Shooting BrakeCity Concours

What does James Bond drive after he’s hung up his Walther PPK, swapped the Martini for decaf tea and bought a labrador? The answer, as if you didn’t already already know, is the Aston Martin DB5 Radford Shooting Brake – a stylish three-door estate with a top speed of 150mph. Only 12 were made, although Radford went on to build six DB6 Shooting Brakes.

Jaguar XJ220City Concours

Another British hero, although the XJ220 has always played the plucky underdog thanks to its turbocharged V6 engine. When first shown, it had a full-fat V12 and four-wheel drive, but cost/engineering issues meant the production version borrowed its 3.5-litre V6 from the Metro 6R4, with rear-wheel drive only – and without the active aerodynamics and rear-wheel steering of the concept. No matter, it’s still a traffic-stopping 212mph supercar.

Aston Martin V8 ZagatoCity Concours

Love it or hate it, Italian styling house Zagato’s angular take on the Aston Martin V8 is certainly… different. Thanks to light alloy bodywork – and the small matter of a 430hp 5.3-litre V8 – the Zagato could reach 186mph. Just 52 coupes and 37 convertibles were made between 1986 and 1990. Oh, and for the record, we love it.

Lotus ElanCity Concours

Mega-horsepower hypercars are all very well, but all you really need to achieve automotive nirvana is a Lotus Elan. The diminutive British roadster is powered by a peppy 1.6-litre engine and weighs just 726kg. To put that into perspective, a new Ford Fiesta is around 1,100kg. Decades later the Elan became the inspiration for the original Mazda MX-5.

Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

Modern classics at the Coys spring saleRight now, cars from the 80s and 90s are hot property, as motorists dig deep to secure a so-called modern classic. We’ve been through the auction catalogue for the forthcoming Coys Spring Classics sale to highlight the cars that are likely to be in demand.

The auction takes place at the Royal Horticultural Society in London on 12 April 2017.

Lamborghini LM002: £140,000 – £180,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

The Lamborghini LM002 could be classed as the godfather of the modern performance SUV – part Rambo, part Carl Lewis. Thanks to its marine-spec 7.2-litre V12 engine, the ‘Rambo Lambo’ could pummel its way to 62mph in 7.8 seconds, flattening sports cars as it made its way to the nearest mountain.

According to Coys, this 1991 example took part in the 2006 Gumball Rally, but don’t let that put you off. Buy it and out-trump all those wannabe performance SUVs in the Waitrose car park.

Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6: £130,000 – £160,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

The Porsche 964 Turbo with the 3.6-litre engine is one of the most coveted of all the 911 models. Not to be confused with the earlier 3.3 Turbo, the 3.6 developed 360hp and 385lb ft of torque, and fewer than 1,500 were built.

This left-hand-drive example has 79,000km on the clock and is finished in Guards Red, which is good for an extra horsepower or two.

AC Cobra MkIV: £120,000 – £150,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

Thanks to Brooklands-based Autokraft, this performance hero of the 1960s was dragged by its ladder frame chassis into the 1980s. This was no mere replica: Brian Angliss negotiated with AC for the right to build the Cobra using the original jigs and dies. Sadly, Autokraft wasn’t permitted to call it a ‘Cobra’. The official title is the AC MkIV, which sounds far less evocative.

In 1984, Angliss told Motor Sport magazine the MkIV was “what the AC would be today, if it had remained in production”. New, the reborn Cobra would have set you back around £30,000, with customers free to chose a Ford V8 engine of their choice. This 1989 example has covered a mere 7,500 miles from new.

Porsche 993 Turbo: £80,000 – £100,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

The 993 Turbo represents the crossroads for the Porsche 911, signalling the end of the air-cooled era. It was also the first Porsche Turbo with all-wheel drive, which may have upset the purists. Today, it’s one of the most sought-after 911s on the market.

Which is why a six-figure sum isn’t out of the question for this 1995 example. The first owner kept it until 2016 and there are 32,000 miles on the clock.

Aston Martin V8: £75,000 – £95,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

For almost two decades, this was Aston Martin’s core product. Launched in 1972, the V8 was an evolution of the earlier DBS, notable for the single headlights and revised front grille. As a 1974 car, this V8 features four twin-choke Weber carburettors, rather than the Bosch mechanical fuel injection carried over from the DBS.

“This is a beautiful thoroughbred GT car which offers strong investment potential for the future,” said Coys.

Ferrari Testarossa: £65,000 – £75,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

Perhaps the glamorous surroundings of the Paris Lido and a bevy of dancing guys was designed to draw attention away from the Testarossa’s dramatic styling. This was the launch venue for the ‘Red Head’, which introduced a new styling direction for Ferrari, most notably the slatted air intakes and horizontal grille covering the rear lights.

Ferrari needn’t have worried, because some 7,177 units were sold before the Testarossa made way for the 512 TR. As a 1991 example, this is one of the final original Testarossas off the line.

Ferrari 308 GTB: £60,000 – £70,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

The Ferrari 308 GTB made its debut at the 1975 Paris Motor Show – the first production Ferrari to feature a fibreglass body. However, Ferrari returned to pressed steel and aluminium in 1976 for US cars, and 1977 for European models.

According to Coys, one of this example’s former owners used it to commute from the UK to Rome, while more recently it was owned by the former editor of Car magazine.

Ferrari 308 GTSI: £60,000 – £70,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

The 308 GTS arrived two years after the GTB, making its debut at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although the S stood for Spider, the 308 GTS sported a targa top, which could be stored behind the seats.

Bosch fuel injection was introduced in 1980, hence the ‘I’ in GTSI, but this only served to rob power in the name of emissions. This 1981 example was delivered new to America and according to Coys it “has to be seen to be believed”

Porsche 930 3.3 Turbo: £55,000 – £65,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

In its day, the Porsche 930 Turbo was one of the fastest cars in the world, but it wasn’t for the fainthearted. The 3.3-litre version boasted a top speed of 160mph and required a fair amount of patience, as the KKK turbocharger was known for its… wait for it… lag.

Amazingly, somebody spent $50,000 improving this American import, and it has covered a mere 3,000 miles since a complete engine rebuild in 2012.

Ferrari F355: £50,000 – £60,000Modern classics at the Coys spring sale

Thanks to research conducted by Pininfarina, the Ferrari F355 was an extremely aerodynamic car, with highlights including the side air intakes and flat bottom. It was powered by a 3.5-litre V8 engine developing 380hp.

The president of the Italian Ferrari owners’ club bought this example new in 1995, before it was brought over to the UK in 2015.

Jaguar I-Pace in London

Electric Jaguar I-Pace hits the streets of London

Jaguar I-Pace in LondonJaguar’s I-Pace is already a front-runner for most exciting car of 2018. The 400hp electric SUV will be fast, spacious and environmentally-friendly. Plus, if this concept version is an accurate guide, it will be stunning to look at, too.

The I-Pace concept was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but it’s now been spotted in the wild for the first time. Fittingly for a car Jaguar describes as a ‘long-distance sprinter’ the venue for this carefully-managed PR stunt was London’s Olympic Park.

Looking resplendent in its new Photon Red paintwork, the I-Pace (which wasn’t wearing number plates, despite being ‘on the road’) posed for photos next to the Lee Valley velodrome and in moody strip-lit car parks.

“Dramatic and powerful”

Jaguar I-Pace in London

Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum, said: “Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-Pace’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars.”

The four-wheel-drive I-Pace is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery and can hit 60mph in around four seconds. Charging to 80 per cent capacity takes just 90 minutes and a range of more than 300 miles is promised.

The production I-Pace will be shown later this year, with sales starting in the second-half of 2018. Interested? You can register on the Jaguar website now to be among the first owners.

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Joe Macari

Seeing red: the UK’s most amazing Ferrari showroom

Joe MacariWho doesn’t love a Ferrari? This most iconic of automotive brands has a peerless track-record on the race circuit and a hard-won reputation on the road. They’re among the most desirable and expensive of classic cars, so it’s a rare treat to see so many Ferraris in one place. Join us for a guided tour of Joe Macari, the south London showroom that specialises in exotic Italian cars.

Ferrari TestarossaJoe Macari

Nothing says ‘1980s’ quite like a Ferrari Testarossa. The star of Miami Vice hits 60mph in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 180mph. Its signature side strakes feed air to a mid-mounted 4.9-litre flat-12 with red-painted cam covers (hence the Testarossa name, meaning ‘red head’ in Italian).

This left-hand-drive Testarossa has 24,500 miles on the clock and is priced at £114,950. The car in the background is an earlier – and more collectible – ‘Monospecchio’ example with a single wing mirror on the driver’s side. With 28,000 miles, it’s for sale at £149,950.

Ferrari DaytonaJoe Macari

The follow-up to the beautiful 275 GTB was called 365 GTB/4, but its ‘Daytona’ nickname – adopted after Ferrari’s 1-2-3 finish in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona race – soon stuck. A front-engined V12 grand tourer with four seats and a top speed of 174mph, the Daytona is one of Ferrari’s greatest road cars.

You’ll need to dig deep for this fabulous, Rosso Bordeaux example, which has covered just 42,638 miles since 1972. Priced at £599,950, it was one of three Daytonas in the Joe Macari showroom at the time of our visit. The most expensive, a Ferrari Classiche-certified car, was advertised at £794,950.

Ferrari 430 ScuderiaJoe Macari

The literal translation of ‘Scuderia’ is ‘stable of horses’, and this special Ferrari has plenty of them – 510 at 8,500rpm, to be exact. The hardcore, track-focused version of the F430 is also 100kg lighter and boasts a ‘Superfast 2’ semi-automatic gearbox, offering paddle-shift changes in just 60 milliseconds.

Did we mention the go-faster stripes? All Scuderias had them, but this car is the only one supplied from new with matching gold stripes and wheels. Other factory extras include Alcantara-trimmed racing seats and three-point harness belts. With a criminally-low 3,200 miles, this ‘Scud’ is priced at £189,950.

Ferrari 365 GT4 BBJoe Macari

Just as the 365 GTB/4 was the ‘Daytona’, its successor, the 365 GT4 BB, soon became known as the ‘Boxer’. The name sprung from the car’s flat-12 engine, which, unlike the Daytona, was now mounted in the middle – Ferrari finally applying F1 science to its flagship road car. Launched in 1973, the 365 morphed into the more powerful 512 BB in 1976.

This wonderful Bianco white car – priced at £399,950 – is one of three 365 GT4 BBs Joe Macari had in stock. An impressive line-up considering that just 387 of these early Boxers were made.

Ferrari 360 Challenge StradaleJoe Macari

The 360 Challenge Stradale is effectively the forerunner to the 430 Scuderia: a lightweight special with more power, sharper handling and – inevitably – a higher price tag. Inspired by the 360 Modena Challenge racer, it produced 425hp at a heady 8,500rpm. It was also 3.5 seconds quicker around Ferrari’s Fiorano circuit than the standard car.

Finished in trad-Ferrari Rosso Corsa with a ‘Tricolore’ stripe, this 12,650-mile Stradale could hardly look more Italian. At £169,950, it’s a useful £20,000 cheaper than the Scud, too. You could spend the difference on track days and tyres.

Ferrari 330 GT VignaleJoe Macari

Now for something a bit different. This one-off 330 GT shooting brake was built by legendary Italian coachbuilder, Alfredo Vignale. And before you ask, this was in 1967 – long before his name appeared on tarted-up Ford Fiestas and Mondeos. The car was the dream of Coco Chinetti, son of the American Ferrari importer, and became the star of the 50th Turin Motor Show.

Joe Macari describes the 300hp V12 Vignale as ‘a highly usable and utilitarian Ferrari’, although we can’t imagine anyone using this unique collector’s piece for the tip run. With 13,000 miles on the clock, it’s yours for £694,950.

Bugatti EB 110 SSJoe Macari

In 1991, long before the Veyron, a reincarnated Bugatti launched the EB 110 – a 560hp quad-turbo V12 supercar with a carbon fibre chassis. The 612hp SS (Supersport) version followed in 1992, boasting 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 216mph.

This EB 110 SS is one of a handful of cars built by Germany’s Dauer Sportwagen after Bugatti filed for bankruptcy in 1995. Finished in black with a ‘lipstick red’ interior and just 1,050 miles on the clock, this 90s poster car is barely run-in. The price? A wallet-wilting £894,950.

Lamborghini LM002Joe Macari

The LM002 laughs in the face of crossover SUVs. If the Nissan Qashqai is a posturing baboon, the ‘Rambo Lambo’ is King Kong. Powered by the mighty V12 from the Lamborghini Countach, it was originally designed for military use. Just 301 were made, and rally versions boasted up to 600hp.

Tucked menacingly in the corner of Joe Macari’s showroom, this Lambo isn’t for sale. However, the two LM002s we found in the classifieds at the time of writing were both priced north of £200k. This, or a new Huracan?

Mercedes-Benz 190SLJoe Macari

If you prefer to simply turn heads, rather than terrify small children, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL is more your style. And what style. Few cars of any vintage can match the original SL’s delicate, chrome-embellished beauty. Who cares that its 1.9-litre, four-cylinder engine makes just 105hp?

In the classic colour combination of silver with a red interior, this left-hand-drive SL has covered 5,500 miles since restoration. Priced at £149,950, it looks decent value compared to the £1million-plus you’ll pay for a 300SL Gullwing.

Chevrolet Bel AirJoe Macari

Nothing encapsulates the naive optimism of 1950s America quite like its cars. Chevrolet described the Bel Air as: “Sweet, Smooth, and Sassy! Going places in a glamorous new way” – and the US public clearly agreed, snapping up 702,220 examples in 1957. Compared to mainstream British cars of the time, such as the Austin A40, the Chevy was on another planet.

A price tag of £119,950 might seem steep for a classic built in such large numbers, but this is a relatively rare Bel Air convertible, and one of a small number of cars with ‘Rochester Ramjet’ fuel injection. If anything can make America great again, this is it.

Koenigsegg CCXR EditionJoe Macari

Jeremy Clarkson still can’t spell its name, but Swedish-born Koenigsegg has been quietly battling the supercar establishment since 2002. That said, with an 1,018hp twin-supercharged V8, we suspect this CCXR Edition is anything but quiet.

Wearing naked carbon fibre bodywork, a removable targa roof and a lofty rear wing, the CCXR isn’t shy about its 250mph performance. A 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds isn’t too shabby either. The £824,950 price reflects the car’s rarity – just six ‘Edition’ models were made.

Lamborghini DiabloJoe Macari

A more old-school supercar comes in the shape of this Lamborghini Diablo. The long-awaited successor to the Countach arrived in 1990 and followed the same basic formula: a mid-mounted V12, two seats, scissor doors and styling that stops traffic. With 485hp, the ‘Devil’ hits 62mph in 4.5 seconds. Later VT versions, with four-wheel-drive, were even quicker.

You’ll need £149,950 for this 1993, 6,115-mile Diablo, which looks fantastic in black with a black leather interior. We’d be tempted to replace those aftermarket OZ Racing alloys, though.

Maserati Vignale SpyderJoe Macari

An Italian exotic that makes even most Ferraris look plain, this convertible Maserati 3500 GT is the second car in our round-up bodied by Vignale. Power came from a 3.5-litre inline six, driving through a four-speed manual gearbox and optional limited-slip differential.

Of the 244 Spyders built, nine were pre-production cars – as seen here. Key differences include a lower, narrower body, smaller rear lights and fewer gauges on the dashboard. This immaculate 39,000-mile car is offered at £874,950.

Fiat 500 LJoe Macari

We finish with something quintessentially Italian, but rather less expensive. The original 1957-1975 Fiat Cinquecento is an iconic ‘car of the people’ to rival the Mini and Volkswagen Beetle. Indeed, its legacy lives on the current, retro-styled 500, and the copycat models in Fiat’s range.

Beautifully restored, this 1969 500 L spent much of its life in Italy. Its air-cooled, two-cylinder engine is no match for the adjacent Diablo’s V12, but we’d wager both cars would be equally quick (slow?) through London traffic. Bellissimo!

London Classic Car Show

In pictures: highlights from the London Classic Car Show 2017

London Classic Car ShowThe London Classic Car Show – the self-proclaimed ‘capital city’s premier showcase for the thriving classic car community’ – is now in full swing. Last year, some 33,000 people walked through the doors of Excel London, and a similar number is expected this weekend.

The doors opened on Thursday, but you have until 5pm on Sunday 26 February to feast your eyes on the array of expensive and exotic classic cars. To whet your appetite, we have the highlights from the opening day.

Derek Bell and Emanuele PirroLondon Classic Car Show

The show was opened by Le Mans legends Derek Bell and Emanuele Pirro. Both drivers won the 24-hour race on five occasions, and were on hand to declare the London Classic Car Show open at 3pm.

Jacky Ickx and Derek BellLondon Classic Car Show

Earlier, six-time winner Jacky Ickx – seen here on the left – had opened the show’s sister event, Historic Motorsport International. A special display included a Porsche 956 that he shared with Derek Bell at Le Mans. “Seeing these cars here brings back so many memories. Good times,” he said.

Dario FranchittiLondon Classic Car Show

Providing the proof that you can never have too many show openings, Dario Franchitti cut the ribbon on a Ferrari Tribute featuring 21 iconic Ferrari roads cars worth an estimated £120 million. The display, curated by Ferrari specialist dealer Joe Macari, brought together Ferraris old and new, from the 375 MM of the early fifties to its latest hypercar, LaFerrari.

Ferrari F40London Classic Car Show

Arguably one of the finest, but undoubtedly one of the most famous Ferraris of all-time, this is the iconic F40 blazing a trail along the Grand Avenue and under the lights of Excel.

Dino on the Grand AvenueLondon Classic Car Show

Event director Bas Bungish said: “With these spectacular machines on display, the centrepiece of the London Classic Car Show will be a veritable ‘red sea’ of Ferraris showing the evolution of the marque over its seven decades.” Not that this Dino contributed to the sea of red.

Lamborghini MiuraLondon Classic Car Show

Given that Ferrari is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017, it has every right to take centrestage at the London Classic Car Show. Meanwhile, the Lamborghini Miura – which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1960 – is perhaps the most beautiful car on display at Excel London.

The Grand AvenueLondon Classic Car Show

Unique to the London Classic Car Show, the Grand Avenue runs through the centre of the exhibition hall. This year’s theme is ‘The Perfect 10’, where the best examples of classic cars in 10 different body styles are paraded on the ‘catwalk’. This MG Metro 6R4 is representing the hatchback.

Ford Capri 3000 GXLLondon Classic Car Show

Meanwhile, this Ford Capri 3000 GXL is representing the coupe. The ‘car you always promised yourself’ was launched in 1969 as the European version of the Ford Mustang. According to the DVLA, this 1973 car – complete with a rather apt registration mark – has just 4,897 miles on the clock. If you’re a fan, Corgi produces a model version the same number plate.

Aston Martin LagondaLondon Classic Car Show

Sadly, the show’s organisers have failed to include a ‘wedge’ category, leaving this Aston Martin Lagonda to represent the saloon. Other cars in this category include the rotary-engined NSU Ro80 and Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9.

Ford EscortLondon Classic Car Show

Not all saloon cars are created equal, as demonstrated by this ex-works Ford Escort. Seven works Escorts were built for the gruelling 1970 London to Mexico Rally, four of which were prepared at Boreham. ‘FEV 1H’, driven by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm, emerged victorious in the 16,000-mile test of endurance and reliability.

Land Rover: shooting brake?London Classic Car Show

What is a shooting brake? As far as we’re concerned, it should be a sporting two-door estate car, built for the country gent. That the London Classic Car Show features an Audi RS2, Morris Mini Traveller and Land Rover suggests that the organisers don’t agree with our definition.

Austin Healey 3000London Classic Car Show

No debating the Austin Healey 3000’s slot in the sports car category. Also under this banner you’ll find a Lotus Elan and its modern equivalent: the Mazda MX-5. The model on display is the Le Mans special edition, built to celebrate Mazda’s victory at the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1991.

Crosslé Car CompanyLondon Classic Car Show

Established in 1957, Crosslé claims to be the world’s longest-established race car manufacturer, building cars from its factory in Northern Ireland. The Crosslé Car Company was founded by former champion motorcyclist John Crosslé. The grin suggests he knew a thing or two about sports cars.

Ferrari 250 GTOLondon Classic Car Show

Away from the Grand Avenue, this Ferrari 250 GTO is the star attraction on the Ferrari Tribute stand. At £45 million, it’s the most valuable car at the London Classic Car Show. No surprise to find it cordoned off, safe from sticky fingers. Touch with your eyes only, etc.

Jaguar XJR-9 LMLondon Classic Car Show

In 1988, this Jaguar XJR-9 LM finished first in the Le Mans 24-Hour race. Powered by a V12 engine and driven by Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace, the car finished ahead of Porsche, completing 394 laps in the process.

Jaguar E-TypeLondon Classic Car Show

The E-Type is another icon of Jaguar’s past, but this one is in need of attention. That said, even in this condition, the E-Type retains a level of beauty many cars cannot reach.

Lotus 21 ClimaxLondon Classic Car Show

This Lotus 21 was only ever raced by Jim Clark and was involved in a tragic accident at Monza when a Ferrari driven by Wolfgang von Trips clipped its rear wheel and was launched into the air. The German driver was killed, along with 15 spectators, and the Lotus was impounded by Italian authorities.

The London Classic Car ShowLondon Classic Car Show

The 2017 London Classic Car Show continues throughout the weekend, with doors open from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost £20 for children and £27 for adults when paying on the day. For more information visit

This is what our dream garage looks like

London’s Great North Road isn’t the first place you’d expect to discover classic car nirvana. But leave your preconceptions at the door, because Hexagon Classics is precisely that. Its stylish showroom is packed with around 70 cars, from rare Aston Martins to race-bred Porsches. It’s the dream, lottery-win garage we’ve always pictured in our heads. Join us for a guided tour.

Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

One of the most beautiful cars ever made? Definitely. The V6-engined Dino was Ferrari’s first ‘budget’ sports car, produced from 1968-1974. Named after Enzo Ferrari’s son, it never wore the prancing horse badge, although many owners added them retrospectively.

This particular Dino is a targa-topped GTS, and one of circa. 20 right-hand-drive cars with flared wheelarches. These were a factory option designed to accommodate the wider Campagnolo alloys.

Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport

Hardcore, you know the score. The lightweight 993 Carrera RS is a homologation special based on the Carrera Cup racer, and one of the most desirable Porsche 911s ever. This is one of 227 cars built to Clubsport spec, with a rollcage and no power steering.

Inside, the Clubsport has no carpets or rear seats, minimal sound-deadening and wind-up windows. Hey, what do you expect for £399,995? Nonetheless, a 300hp 3.8-litre flat-six, short-ratio gearbox and aerospace rear wing make this the ultimate track toy.

Porsche 964 3.6 Turbo

Wide of track and giant of wing, the steroid-pumped 964 Turbo is all mouth and all trousers. It also looks totally traffic-stopping in trad-Porsche Guards Red. Launched in 1990, the 964 boasted friendlier handling and a less turbo lag than its 930 predecessor.

This car has the uprated 360hp 3.6-litre engine (versus 320hp in the original 3.3), plus a range of factory options including electric sports seats, a locking differential and polished split-rim alloys. Hexagon’s website calls driving it an ‘instantly invigorating experience’.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Not to be confused with the modern V8 Vantage, this is a prime cut of classic British beef. The Vantage is distinguished from the standard V8 by its blanked-off grille and bonnet scoop. Engine mods such as high-lift camshafts and bigger carburettors helped it to a 170mph top speed – genuine supercar performance in its day.

Built in 1984, this Vantage is finished in Cheltenham Beige with cream leather. It was restored in 2015 and has covered just 8,587 miles from new. We bet it sounds epic.

Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe

Here’s another British classic that’s barely run-in. This 1965 E-Type Coupe spent most of its life in New Zealand and has a mere 10,513 miles on the clock. It even smells like new.

Hexagon’s E-Type is pretty much our perfect spec: a Series 1 (with covered headlights), the larger 4.2-litre engine (introduced in 1964) and wire wheels. Price is ‘on application’, but expect to dig deep…

Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Semi-Lightweight

Enzo Ferrari famously described the E-Type as “the most beautiful car ever made.” But clearly il Commendatore had never seen a Lightweight E-Type: the sleeker, competition-spec car looks even more fabulous.

This ‘Semi-Lightweight’, built in 1991, is a hand-crafted replica of the original factory racers. It has taken part in numerous classic events across Europe, including the Prix de Alpes, Rallye Pyrenees and Carrera d’Espagne. Imagine witnessing this blasting up an Alpine pass.

Porsche 993 Turbo X50

We spotted no less than six Porsche 993 Turbos on our visit to Hexagon Classics, but this one stood out. It was fitted with factory X50 power upgrade when new, which essentially takes the car to 430hp Turbo S-spec. With four-wheel drive to tame all those wild horses, this could be the ultimate ‘daily-driver’ classic 911.

Originally delivered to Japan, this left-hand driver also has air conditioning, a full leather interior and (oh yes) yellow seatbelts. With 26,200 miles from new, it will set you back a fiver less than £200k.

Lancia Aurelia Spider GT

The Pininfarina-penned Aurelia looks tailor-made for touring the vineyards of Tuscany, roof-down and sun glinting off its lustrous chrome trim. The two-seat B24 Spider was designed for the American market and only 240 were made. This is one of only 59 right-hand-drive examples.

The view through the Spider’s lovely wood-rimmed wheel is dominated by a large speedo that reads to 160kph. We love the voluptuous wrap-around windscreen and sofa-soft leather seats. Just wonderful.

Aston Martin Volante Zagato

As 80s as Club Tropicana or Tom Cruise in Ray-Bans, this alternative take on a classic Aston won’t be to everyone’s taste. Italian styling house Zagato has a long history of modifying Aston Martins, and the all-alloy Volante is one of its most radical designs.

Zagato built 52 coupes and 37 convertibles between 1986 and 1990 – and only the latter had covered headlights. Power comes from a 430hp V8, giving a top speed of around 185mph. This example has driven a paltry 6,630 miles since 1989.

Porsche 997 Sport Classic

If this 2010 Porsche 911 looks brand new, that’s because it is. Unbelievably, it has covered just 80 miles, which is either a tragic waste or a fantastic opportunity – depending on your point of view. The Sport Classic is one of most collectable modern Porsches, with styling that evokes the iconic 911 2.7 RS.

Chief among those retro details are a ‘ducktail’ rear spoiler and lovely Fuchs-style alloy wheels. The Sport Classic shares its 408hp 3.8-litre six with the 997 Carrera S, offering 0-62mph in 4.6sec and 188mph flat-out. This is number 142 of the 250 cars built.

Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2

The four-seat Ferrari is nothing new, as this 1960 250 GTE proves. Styled by Pininfarina and powered by a 240hp 3.0-litre V12, it’s the very essence of a classic grand tourer. Nearly 1,000 250 GTEs were built between 1959 and 1963.

Hexagon describes this Ferrari as being in ‘genuinely concours condition’. More than 2,000 hours have been spent restoring it since it was imported from the USA, including a respray in the original Rosso Bordeaux. A 250 GTO for the family? Not quite, but it’s the closest you’ll get.

London congestion charge scrapped over Christmas - but these areas will be hit by roadworks

London congestion charge scrapped over Christmas – but these areas will be hit by roadworks

London congestion charge scrapped over Christmas - but these areas will be hit by roadworks

Transport for London (TfL) has announced it will be suspending its congestion charge over the festive period – but has warned that some areas will face extra traffic caused by roadworks.

TfL said today that the congestion charge will be suspended from Saturday 24 December until Monday 2 January inclusive. The daily charge (£11.50) will apply again from Tuesday 3 January.

The charge, which normally applies in Central London on weekdays between 7am and 6pm, is traditionally dropped over the Christmas period.

These are the main roadworks being carried out in London over Christmas:

Victoria Embankment: Until the end of the day on Friday 23 December, there will be a westbound lane restriction on Victoria Embankment at the junction of Temple Avenue. This is to facilitate repairs to a gas leak.

Tower Bridge: Until 30 December, Tower Bridge is closed to all traffic while the City of London Corporation carry out major essential maintenance works. Roads in and around the area will be busier than usual. A signed diversion route is in place, via London Bridge northbound and via Southwark Bridge southbound.

A1 Holloway Road: Planned closures of A1 Holloway Road continue until mid-January 2017. This is while work is carried out to replace Upper Holloway Bridge.

Finchley Road: Until 31 December, there are lane restrictions on A41 at Finchley Road at the junction of College Crescent. This is for utility works.

Victoria: Until 27 January, there are lane restrictions on Buckingham Palace Road at the junction of Victoria Street. This is for construction works.

Archway: From 21:00 on Saturday 17 December, the gyratory around Archway Tube station will be removed and switched to two-way traffic. From 05:00 on Sunday 18 December, Highgate Hill will be permanently closed to vehicles and there will be no right turn from St. John’s Way to Archway Road or from Junction Road to Holloway Road.

Central London: From 09:00 until 18:00 on Monday 19 December, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including Great Portland Street, Regent Street, Whitehall and Parliament Square. This is due to demonstrations.

Central London: From 08:00 on Monday 26 December until 06:00 on 3 January, there will be lane restrictions on A501 Euston Road between Edgware Road and King’s Cross. This is for TfL maintenance and utility works.

More information on travelling in London over the Christmas period can be found on TfL’s website.

London T-Charge

London T-Charge mooted for 2017

London T-ChargeLondon Mayor Sadiq Khan is considering a vehicle toxicity charge, or T-Charge, to discourage drivers of older, dirtier vehicles from driving into London – and the scheme could go live as soon as 2017.

Imposed on top of the existing London Congestion Charge, a cost of around £12.50 is said to be under consideration for the new T-Charge.

It would take in the same area as the Congestion Charge and use the same monitoring cameras: drivers would pay it via the same channels, with number plate recognition cameras automatically identifying those cars liable for the extra charge.

It could raise the cost of driving an older car into Central London to £24 a day.

Officials are said to be looking at Berlin’s Low Emissions Zone, which imposes charges on drivers of Euro 4 diesel cars (2005 or older) and Euro 1 petrol cars (1992 or older).

The T-Charge proposals will form part of a series of proposals the Mayor aims to put into public consultation within the next few weeks. Other plans include:

  • Doubling the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) area from the North Circular to South Circular inner ring roads
  • Bringing in the ULEZ earlier, possibly 2019 instead of 2020
  • Introducing Clean Bus Corridors, which would put the cleanest buses onto the dirtiest routes
  • A London diesel scrappage scheme

Reports suggest London’s air quality is among the worst in the world, with King’s College London last year attributing almost 9,500 deaths in 2010 alone to the NOx and PM2.5 particulate pollution.

Diesel vehicles are key emitters of NOx and particulates, with London’s Oxford Street having the worst NO2 levels in the world due to its high concentration of diesel buses.

Motorexpo London 2016: CANCELLED

1146163_ME Image 3The organisers of the free-to-visit Canary Wharf Motorexpo have announced that the show will be cancelled after 20 years.

According to a statement from Motorexpo CEO, Graeme Carver, this was due to a breakdown in negotiations with Canary Wharf over the long-term future of the event.

Carver said that: “Naturally, we are very saddened that the show has now come to an end, and I’m sure the news will come as a big disappointment to Motorexpo visitors and manufacturers that attend each year.”

Ever since its first show in 1996, the Motorexpo has featured thousands of new cars, driving displays, test drives and parades of classic vehicles. And each year it allowed the public to witness all this for free.

As a result, it has proved to be hugely popular. Last year’s show had an estimated attendance of 400,000 people, and outlasted other flagship British motoring shows.

Motorexpo has said that it is currently reviewing all options, but has confirmed that the Motorexpo show in New York will still be taking place on September 18-24.


London 2016 air pollution limit exceeded in just 8 days


London has breached its air pollution limits for the entire year in just eight days, that’s according to figures released by the London Air Quality Network.

European Union air-quality rules stipulate that levels of hourly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are not to exceed the maximum limit for more than 18 hours per year, with World Health Organisation guidelines saying that no humans should be exposed to NO2 over 200 micrograms per cubic metre, measured over one hour.

All of which means Putney High Street was the first monitor in London to report a beach, recording its 19th hour of exceeding the limit during last Friday’s morning rush hour. Meanwhile, the Knightsbridge monitor had reported 17.

Simon Birkett, founder and director of campaign group Clean Air in London, said: “It is breathtaking that toxic air pollution has breached the legal limit for a whole calendar year within a few days.

“Worse, several air pollution monitors have been vying for the dubious honour of recording the first officially monitored breach of the nitrogen dioxide legal limit in the world in 2016. Oxford Street would have been first again if it hadn’t been ‘offline’ since last Sunday afternoon – possibly due to vandalism of the scientific equipment.”

In 2015, Oxford Street was the first street to report a breach of the objectives for levels of nitrogen oxide – in just two days.

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Simon Birkett went on to say: “This shocking start to the 60th anniversary year of the world’s first Clean Air Act in 1956 illustrates the scale of Boris Johnson’s failure to reduce diesel fumes.

“Put simply, diesel exhaust is the biggest public health catastrophe since the Black Death.”

Putney resident, Judith Howell, told PutneySW15: “I’m mildly asthmatic and at present the combination of cold, little air movement and pollution is awful.”

Sarah Williams, Living Streets London campaigns manager, said: “Our air pollution levels are dangerous and cannot be allowed to continue like this. The majority of main roads in the city regularly breach the values for nitrogen dioxide.

“By 2031 it’s estimated that an extra 1.5 million people will be living in the capital and if we don’t make changes, the situation will only get worse.”