London Classic Car Show: PH Photo Gallery


The London Classic Car Show was held last weekend in ExCeL, one of the first major car events of 2018. ExCeL is an impressive venue, large enough to play host to the show's very own road - the 'Grand Avenue', which was like a catwalk for automotive legends from as early as 1907 right the way up to 2010.

Highlights from the Grand Avenue (more details below) included a Jaguar XJ220C, Ferrari Dino 246 F1, Lamborghini LM002, Miura Jota, Stanley H4 Gentleman's Speedy Roadster and the Renault 5 Turbo Maxi.

LCCS also celebrated this year's 'motoring icon', F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell, who attended and even drove a 1993 Benetton F1 car on the Grand Avenue. Indoors, you can imagine, this was not quiet. TV actor Phillip Glenister was also in attendance and had curated the 'Getaway Cars' exhibit featuring iconic and infamous escape cars from history, including the Mini Cooper and Impreza P1.

The show also featured the public unveiling of the Lister Thunder - a 675hp supercar based on the F-Type Jaguar. This car sounded immense, and has the numbers to back it up, with a top speed of 208mph.

Other stands across the show displayed the likes of a Koenigsegg CCXR, Ferrari 288 GTO, an ex-Sultan of Brunei 500SL 6.0 AMG and a BMW 507, some of which we managed to catch leaving the show on Sunday night.



1993 Jaguar XJ220C
Jaguar Sport supplied four XJ220 chassis to TWR Racing in 1993, which were then race prepared for the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. Three cars raced, with a spare car left over, number 53. Its sister car actually won its class, but was disqualified because of a technicality. Due to the race regulations, these Le Mans cars actually ran slightly less power than the road going version; however, they were still capable of over 200mph on the Mulsanne Straight. Car number 53 was driven on the Grand Avenue during this year's London Classic Car Show as part of the Historic Motorsport International feature.


1959 Ferrari Dino 246 F1
This front-engined Ferrari Formula One car featured a V6 engine designed in part by Alfredo 'Dino' Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari's son. In 1959 it narrowly lost the title with Englishman Tony Brooks at the wheel. The year after, however, the car claimed the last ever victory for a front-engined F1 car.


1991 Lamborghini LM002
What Urus? The LM002 is the original 'Rambo Lambo', hailing from a 1977 US military project by Lamborghini which later lost out to the Hummer. However, Lamborghini continued with its mid-engined V12 LM001 concept and eventually put a front-engined variant into production in 1985. Independent suspension, high ground clearance and a 450bhp 5.2 litre Countach V12 made it the most expensive SUV in the world. Weighing in at a massive 3.1 tonnes, it could manage 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 121mph, with an eye watering 2mpg! Only 301 were ever made, with the final examples featuring a Diablo engine, including the one at the show.


1969 Lamborghini Miura S 'Jota'
Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace wanted to maximize the potential of the Miura S, so much so that he built his own test car. This became known as the Jota, which was so ahead of its time that Lamborghini could only use a small number of the improvements on the sportier Miura SV when it was released. Unfortunately, the original car was destroyed in a fire; however, five SVs were converted to Jota spec, with the example on show being the closest visually and mechanically to the original.


1907 Stanley H4 Gentleman's Speedy Roadster
The H4 was the oldest car on the Grand Avenue at LCCS; in its day though it was the fastest car in the world, capable of a blistering 80mph under steam power. 111 years ago, it cost $1,200. The 27-gallon water tank was heated using jet fuel, and the whole car weighed only 612kg. Only two were made in 1907, and the example at the show normally resides at the Isle of Man Motor Museum.


1984 Renault 5 Turbo Maxi
This Renault 5 mid-engined 2WD rally car started life as a Group 4-spec 210hp racer which finished 3rd at the 1984 Circuit of Ireland rally. However, it was rebuilt to Group B spec and lightened using Kevlar and carbon body panels, allowing it to win the British Tarmac Championship. Later it was upgraded to 280hp and even won the British Alpine Championship. It also looks incredibly cool, doesn't it?

MG Metro 6R4
MG Metro 6R4

Mercedes Benz 500SL 6.0 AMG
Mercedes Benz 500SL 6.0 AMG

Lotus Judd Type 101
Lotus Judd Type 101

Lister Thunder
Lister Thunder

Land Rover Centre steer
Land Rover Centre steer

Lancia Stratos
Lancia Stratos

Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini Diablo

Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini Countach

Koenigsegg CCXR
Koenigsegg CCXR

Jaguar XJR15
Jaguar XJR15

Ford Sierra Cosworth
Ford Sierra Cosworth

Ford RS200
Ford RS200

Ford Mustang Boss 302
Ford Mustang Boss 302

Fiat Abarth 595SS
Fiat Abarth 595SS

Ferrari 250s
Ferrari 250s

Ferrari 250 TR Evocation
Ferrari 250 TR Evocation

Eagles
Eagles

Eagle Speedster
Eagle Speedster

BMW 507
BMW 507

Batmobile
Batmobile

Audi Quattro
Audi Quattro

Aston Martin DB4
Aston Martin DB4

Alfa Romeo Montreal
Alfa Romeo Montreal

Subaru Impreza WRC
Subaru Impreza WRC

Subaru Impreza P1
Subaru Impreza P1

Porsche 993 GT2
Porsche 993 GT2

Porsche 962
Porsche 962

Porsche 365B Carrera Abarth
Porsche 365B Carrera Abarth

Mini Cooper
Mini Cooper

MG X Power SVR
MG X Power SVR

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Comments (7) Join the discussion on the forum

  • sparta6 02 Mar 2018

    It was a good line up. But why within the Bridge Bar enclosure do they insist on serving beer and wine from plastic cups ?
    We are capable of using a glass behind the safety barriers, just as we are capable of purchasing a classic vehicle.
    Save the plastic beakers for children and then we might return next year

  • myhandle 02 Mar 2018

    The Diablo is winking , such a flirt! Very nice cars there.

  • Aes87 02 Mar 2018

    Ooo that BMW 507 is nice

  • Midgster 02 Mar 2018

    It was a great show, so many cars, new and old I must have walked round 5 times.
    Managed 2 great moments while there.
    1) To sit in an identical car to my 2nd (and favourite car) from 28 years ago. A black 1985 205 GTi. Brought some great memories flooding back
    2) To sit in a white Lamborghini Countach (identical to my Athena poster) and then close the scissor door too. Awesome!

    I'm 45 years old and felt like Christmas morning when I was 7 years old.

    It was also hard to see the estimated auction price of the Countach considering I nearly bought one 20 years ago for £35,000 but decided although I could afford the car, I couldn't afford the running costs. Bought a TVR Chimaera instead. Still have the TVR and although has recently risen in value, is still below what I paid for it and well below what the Countach is worth. Oh hindsight!

    Although replicas, the GT40's on show were simply incredible. Especially the silver one on the Duncan Hamilton stand.


    Edited by Midgster on Friday 2nd March 20:55

  • sisu 03 Mar 2018

    That orange Miura Jota was done in Japan in the early 90s not in Italy in the 70s.
    Its the cheapest Miura for sale at the moment and has been for 2 years for a reason.
    The front clam is 5cm shorter than an S or SV, yet the wheel arches are shagged, the rear clam has no boot and there is no interior.


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