This year’s Salon Privé held at Blenheim Palace will home an exceptional lineup of cars, each set to go under the scrupulous “glass” of a team of esteemed judges.
Opening on 1 September the event attracts car lovers from around the world.
One entry likely to turn heads is a Pininfarina-designed 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Long Wheel Base Aerodinamico. Built in the same vein as super-rare and special Ferraris of today like the F12 tdf, it was destined for Ferrari’s most loyal and handpicked customers.
Fitted with a V12 typical of the period, the 4.0-litre engine lends the LWB its “400” name. Developing 335bhp and a 5-speed manual gearbox, the car had a factory claimed top speed of 178mph.
This specific car was granted a unique specification in accordance with the customer, Erwin Goldschmidt, one of Enzo Ferrari’s close companions. This included the addition of a grab handle for Mr Goldschmidt’s wife and a Bolster between the front seats.
The 400 is one of several Ferraris taking to the Blenheim palace grounds this year.
The will be 3 250s for the judges scrutinize, including a 250 Europa Short Chassis Prototype, and coupe and cabriolet versions of the 250 GT Pininfarina Series II.
Other V12s from Modena include a 275 GTB/4, a beautiful 330 GTC and a 1971 365 GTB/Daytona.
More Ferraris worth a special attention include a 512 BBi, best known for its 180 degree V12 – not strictly a boxer, as the name might suggest. More conventional but equally revered prancing-horse-badged models include a 288 GTO and that turbocharged legend, the F40.
Other highlights of the Salon Privé concours too, from a 1968 Ford GT40 Mk3, through a 1973 Porsche 911 2.7RS Touring, to the eight different Lamborghini Miuras lining up to celebrate 50 years of the model.
The Salon Privé gates open on 1 September carrying on into the weekend.
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