Classic Elegance Pop Up Headlight Marvels At The 8th Annual London Concours

Classic Elegance: Pop-Up Headlight Marvels at the 8th Annual London Concours

In just under three weeks, the heart of London will witness an extraordinary celebration of automotive design at the 8th annual London Concours. Running from June 4-6, 2024, at the Honourable Artillery Company near Old Street, this event will showcase some of the most iconic cars from the 1960s and 1970s, with a special focus…

Classic Elegance Pop Up Headlight Marvels At The 8th Annual London Concours

In just under three weeks, the heart of London will witness an extraordinary celebration of automotive design at the 8th annual London Concours. Running from June 4-6, 2024, at the Honourable Artillery Company near Old Street, this event will showcase some of the most iconic cars from the 1960s and 1970s, with a special focus on those featuring the beloved pop-up headlights.

One of the main attractions of this year’s Concours is the “Enlightened: All About Aero” class, which pays homage to the era when pop-up headlights revolutionized car design. This innovative feature allowed manufacturers to create sleeker, more aerodynamic shapes, leading to some of the most avant-garde and beautiful designs in automotive history. Despite being eventually phased out due to safety regulations, pop-up headlights left an indelible mark on car design.

Among the standout vehicles on display will be Harry Metcalfe’s treasured Lotus Elan. This lightweight sports car, introduced in 1962, was a technological marvel of its time, featuring a dual overhead cam, 1.6-litre engine, four-wheel disc brakes, and independent suspension. The Elan’s aerodynamic design, including its stylishly integrated headlights, allowed it to deliver impressive performance, matching more powerful cars of its era. Metcalfe’s ‘Sprint’ variant, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in under 7 seconds, exemplifies British engineering ingenuity and the pure sports car formula.

The Lancia Stratos, another highlight, showcases the cutting-edge design prowess of Marcello Gandini at Bertone. This rally legend, with its pop-up headlights and streamlined nose, was built to conquer the World Rally Championship, winning titles in 1974, 1975, and 1976. Its mid-mounted Ferrari Dino V6 engine and ultra-short wheelbase made it a formidable competitor on the rally stages. Only 492 road versions were produced, making it a highly coveted icon of the era.

Also featured will be the Lamborghini Miura P400, renowned as the world’s first true supercar. The Miura on display is particularly special as the first right-hand drive Miura in the UK, one of just 26 produced. This car, originally showcased at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1967, captured the hearts of enthusiasts with its striking Royal Blue paint and off-white leather interior. Its connection to Thomas Cook, who unknowingly ordered this very show car in a different color, adds a fascinating historical twist.

The 1973 De Tomaso Pantera GTS in competition Group 4 specification will also make an appearance. This Italian-American hybrid, with its aggressive pop-up light adorned nose and powerful American V8 engine, was designed for the racetrack. The upgraded competition model on display boasts an impressive 490bhp, offering a thrilling glimpse into the high-speed potential of this legendary car.

Rounding off the display is the ultra-rare Maserati Ghibli Spider. Introduced in 1968, this elegant convertible features pop-up headlights and a sleek design, making it a standout in the US market. The SS model on display, equipped with a 4.7-litre engine, exemplifies high-performance grand touring and timeless Italian elegance.

This year’s London Concours will feature over 80 machines, ranging from classic beauties to modern hypercars, creating a vibrant automotive garden party in the heart of the city. In addition to the stunning cars, attendees can enjoy a range of gourmet food and drink options, the all-day Club Concours hospitality experience, engaging live discussions, and a curated selection of luxury brands and boutiques.

Tickets for the London Concours are now available starting at £35. Don’t miss the chance to witness these automotive masterpieces and immerse yourself in a celebration of design and engineering excellence.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets.


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