2017 Highlights: PH Photo Gallery

2017 was the year of the hypercar in London. We could make an entire album of just the various Chirons, LaFerraris, P1s and 918s we've seen in our capital over the past 12 months, but where's the fun in that? Instead we've collated some of our most special super, classic, and race car moments from 2017 here for you to enjoy. Yes, it does include Chirons, LaFerraris, P1s and 918s, but there's also a wealth of other gorgeous cars of mind-blowing beauty, interest and historic significance to make your lunch break slightly more enjoyable on a gloomy January day.

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight
One of six newly built Lightweight E-Types produced by Jaguar Heritage to complete a production run stretching all the way back to the 1960s, with each car hand built meticulously to precisely match the original 12 cars. They weigh only 1,040kg, pack a nippy 340hp, and would set you back an eye-watering £1.2 million each, making them the most expensive Jaguar at retail. A bargain, however, when you consider one of the original 12 could cost close to £6 million, and it is rather pretty! We were lucky enough to catch one by Green Park Station, and in amongst the Priuses, Range Rovers, and London Buses it didn't half turn heads.

Mercedes Benz 300SL
They may be identical to the originals down to each nut and bolt, but the modern Lightweight E-Type is always going to lack something - history. The striking matte silver 300SL we snapped behind the Grosvenor Hotel, on the other hand, was everything we love about spotting classics with a story behind them. This particular car, which was actually being used as a wedding car that day, had formerly belonged to racer Porfirio Rubirosa and was even signed by Sir Stirling Moss.

Ferrari 250 GTO
3387GT, otherwise known as the second ever Ferrari 250GTO, painted in striking Blu Genziana and costing a record breaking £45 million! The iconic racer placed 6th at the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans and we were fortunate enough to get a rare glimpse of it on the street leaving the ExCeL after the London Classic Car Show.

McLaren P1 Project 300
A product of the McLaren Special Operations division, Project 300 was the 300th McLaren P1 built and features a host of unique and bespoke features. '903 HP' decals painted on either side of the engine compartment were a bold choice, however the most daring option was probably the addition of louvres above the front arches, like those available on the 675LT. Apparently the very expensive option is non-functional anyway - a similar, albeit functional, design having been tested on the P1 GTR in development, but found to destabilise the airflow to the back of the car.

McLaren P1 LM
One of only six McLaren P1 LMs ever produced by Lanzante Motorsport, as a tribute to the original F1 LM. Four like this one were painted McLaren Orange, and the remaining two, one of which is the prototype, were painted Ueno Clinic Grey. Lanzante were of course the team that took the F1 GTR to victory at Le Mans in 1995, and now they specialise in road-converting F1 and P1 GTRs.

Mansory JS1
A bespoke version of the LP700 Aventador, commissioned for billionaire James Stunt, which is known as the Mansory J.S.1. The car has no performance modifications, however has been completely rebodied in custom carbon weave, and had a serious interior overhaul. It will not be to everyone's taste, but you cannot deny the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Singer Le Mans Comission
A truly beautiful reimagination of the Porsche 911 built by American company Singer Vehicle Design. Each car is bespoke, but they all have one thing in common - being absolutely drop dead gorgeous.

Mercedes Benz Vision Gran Turismo
This concept car was designed by Mercedes for the PlayStation game Gran Turismo, as part of the Vision Gran Turismo series which many other manufacturers have also contributed to. However, not every manufacturer chose to realise their creation in the flesh, rather than keeping it confined to pixels. Mercedes on the other hand did build their car and it ended up being Batman's daily in the new Justice League film allowing us to see it in London before the premiere!

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  • smilo996 18 Jan 2018

    Would be great if they were full size.

  • treeroy 18 Jan 2018

    why are these cars all in cities?

  • Omaruk 18 Jan 2018

    I gues because it says "2017 was the year of the hypercar in London. We could make an entire album of just the various Chirons, LaFerraris, P1s and 918s we've seen in our capital over the past 12 months"

  • rob.e 18 Jan 2018

    Some great pics there.

    What’s the story with the SWB? Flat tyre?

  • loudlashadjuster 18 Jan 2018

    Pretty sure I could even make out the odd parked car in those woeful thumbnail-sized images. ICMFP?

    Maybe 2018's the year PH fixes its CMS to allow for decent images? Here's hoping thumbup

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