Close-Up: Classic Brits at Salon Privé

On June 23rd RM Auctions is staging a staggering sale of classic British motorcars during the Salon Privé, an English garden party-style car show and luxury goods fair at Syon Park, the sprawling London estate of the Duke of Northumberland. There will also be a Concours d’Elegance highlighting categories including the Ferrari 250 Competizione and motorcycles from the Steve McQueen era. Dubbed the “Quintessentially English” sale, the auction features a range of desirable examples from famed UK marques made during the last century, with estimates ranging from about £50,000 – £500,000. We were especially taken with some of the hand-finished details on the cars, pictured here.

Among the avarice-inducing vehicles on offer are a number of Bentleys including a 1929 Speed Six ‘Le Mans’ Style Tourer and a 1955 R-Type Continental Fastback; several Jaguars including a 1960 XK150 3.8S Fixed Head Coupé and a 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ 2+2 Coupé; a plethora of Aston Martins including a 1937 15/98 Roadster, a 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Coupé, a 1964 DB5 Coupé, and a 1977 V8 Series III Coupé.; and a few examples of lesser-known models including a 1952 Tojeiro MG Barchetta Sports Racer, a 1961 Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Coupé, a 1960 AC Aceca Bristol, and a 1976 Jensen Interceptor Mark III Convertible.

Jared Paul Stern is the editor of DRIVEN.

All images courtesy of RM Auctions.

Comments on “Close-Up: Classic Brits at Salon Privé

    Dana Plexion June 9, 2011 @ 7:02 PM:

    I’m going to need a mop.

    jeremiah hagleron June 9, 2011 @ 9:26 PM:

    oh man! beautiful.

    2buttonswagon June 9, 2011 @ 10:22 PM:

    Dear god I love these….I’ll have to buy 2 or 3.

    JFPisaon June 9, 2011 @ 11:19 PM:


    18milesperhouron June 10, 2011 @ 1:42 AM:

    I’m genetically predisposed to love swoopy, fastback coupes (me: ’63 356). My mom had that Jag E-type and I remember how loooooooong it took me to wash it as a kid – that long-ass nose!

    Conor Berryon June 10, 2011 @ 6:30 AM:

    To me there is always the conflict of owning a work of art like that where the enjoyment is to use it as it was intended to be used or to keep it in pristine condition.

    Ramalhonion June 10, 2011 @ 7:54 AM:

    The 1964 Aston DB5 just does it for me! Being a Bond fan it’s just perfect. And to this that back in Goldfinger (the first time the Aston appeared in a Bond movie) they had to buy them. They brand didn’t think it would be great publicity! lololol…
    I would give a bit of my left pinky for one of those! Not all of it. Just a little.. lol…
    It’s too bad that automotive brands nowadays don’t do cars with this much style. I can’t really remember of any current model that will live to be a classic like the ones depicted above.
    Great Post as usual Michael..

    Ryan Hineson June 10, 2011 @ 9:35 AM:

    There’s an E-Type like that one for sale down the street from me. You guys want it?

    Kevinon June 10, 2011 @ 11:15 AM:

    gorgeous. that ’92 Vector on the RM site is unbelievably awesome….

    2buttonswagon June 10, 2011 @ 11:35 AM:

    @ Ryan Hines:

    I’ll have my people call your people to call their people. I’m interested. We’ll start there.

    chrison June 10, 2011 @ 12:11 PM:

    Enzo Ferrari supposedly said the e-type was the most beautiful car in the world.And he was from a competing car co. at that!!

    CMYKjunkieon June 10, 2011 @ 1:51 PM:

    Car porn at it’s finest!

    “And I’m spent!”

    Daniel Newmanon June 10, 2011 @ 4:47 PM:

    @ Ryan Hines:

    They’ve only got one down the street from you? I was hoping to buy a family pack.

    Savile Joeon June 11, 2011 @ 1:59 PM:

    That E Type Jag is the dream.

    Smith&Ratliffon June 11, 2011 @ 9:02 PM:

    That Aston is near-perfect.

    JRSon June 13, 2011 @ 5:59 PM:

    I agree with S&R – the Aston is outstanding. Great post.

    D. Buckneron June 15, 2011 @ 6:08 AM:

    Our genteel cousins can really do the work when it comes to petrol fired beautiful can’t they?

    @alleycollectionon June 23, 2011 @ 1:53 AM:

    My heart says Aston, but everything else says that E-Type for best in show. I still would have liked to have seen a Lancia in the mix…that’s right I said it, a Lancia.

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