The Classicist: London's Luxe Salon Prive Comes to 'Gosford Park'
The Salon Privé, Europe's finest and largest dedicated display of supercars, exotics, classics and luxury goods in an English garden party setting, is moving to an amazing new venue this summer to house the largest exhibition to date and an incredible auction alongside. Syon Park (above), the sprawling London estate of the Duke of Northumberland, whose family have lived there for over 400 years, is best known as the mansion used in the movie Gosford Park and is the last surviving ducal residence retaining its country estate in Greater London, making a fitting new setting for the five-star event slated for June 22nd – 24th.
To mark the occasion, RM Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction house, has selected Salon Privé as the venue for its third annual European sale. Themed 'Quintessentially English' and scheduled for June 23, the new RM sale is set to become a regular fixture on the company's global events calendar, catering specifically for collectors with an affinity for British marques. Also joining the luxe event, now in its sixth season, for the first time is Land Rover who have confirmed that they will show the new Range Rover Evoque models which guests will be able to test drive.
2011 marks a return to the event for Porsche alongside such brands as Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Maserati, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz, Morgan and Rolls-Royce. In addition to the stunning display of modern super and luxury cars, the event's internationally renowned Concours d'Elégance returns with seven new categories and a display of some of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world. Examples of this year's categories include Ferrari 250 Competizione, Historic Grand Prix Single Seaters, Grand Routier, Oddballs, Motorcycles from the Steve McQueen era and a collection of stunning Rolls-Royce models to celebrate the 100 year centenary of the Spirit of Ecstasy. [cont'd]
Gallery: Salon Prive & Syon Park
Tickets for the luxe event start from £175.00 (about $280) and include champagne, a lobster luncheon, and afternoon tea. Elegant dress is indicated. Leading early consignments for the auction meanwhile is a stunning 1929 Bentley Speed Six "Le Mans" VDP Tourer, built on a 1929 'Big Six' chassis using a 1930 Speed Six engine. The car is superbly executed with a Le Mans petrol tank, gravel guards, dual rear brakes and Vanden Plas style bodywork. This Speed Six was treated to a recent restoration by a UK based specialist with every moving part replaced or re-built during the restoration, and is expected to fetch up to $850,000.