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Salon Privé: one of the world’s largest classic car shows returns

Highlights for this year include four classic Ferraris made for post-war America, and a special edition Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith.

With the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance just over a week away, car companies from around the world are revealing what they’re bringing to the classic car show. Below you can find a list of debuts that will take place at the Blenheim Palace in early September.

  • Ferrari's 1953 342 America coupe.
    Ferrari's 1953 342 America coupe.

Classic Ferrari models designed for post-war America

Shortly after Ferrari was founded in the early 1940s, the company recognized the potential of the United States as a profitable automotive market; as a result, the Italian luxury car manufacturer began creating models for American clients inspired by typically American exterior vehicle styling. Four of these models — which are all grand tourers with a V12 placed in the front — will be making an appearance at this year’s Salon Privé in early September.

The quartet includes two 342 Americas from the early ’50s, a Ferrari 500 Superfast from the mid ’60s, and a 1967 365 California Spyder. The pair of 342s on display make up one-third of the only six ever created.

The 500 Superfast coupe was popular among celebrities including Peter Sellars and Gunter Sachs, while the California Spyder was originally designed for the company’s most premium clients who demanded “a more exclusive and striking styling of grand touring coachwork.”

Tushek TS 900 H Apex

Tushek TS 900 H Apex

Earlier this month, the Salon Privé announced that the Slovenian car manufacturer Tushek Supercars will be using the event to launch its TS 900 H Apex hybrid hypercar. Thanks to its V8 engine being paired with two electric motors, the model can produce 950 hp and reach a high speed of 236 mph.

Alpine A110S

Alpine is slated to unveil their range topping A110S, a two-seater that is expected to compete with Porsche’s 718S. According to a press release published by Salon Privé, “it’s as much a high-performance sports car as it is a daily driver.”

Automobili Pininfarina Battista

Though Pininfarina’s electric all-electric Battista was first unveiled earlier this year, an “enhanced” version of the ultra-exclusive battery-powered hypercar will make its debut at the UK car show.

Rimac Automobili Rimac C_Two

In late July, the directors of the Salon Privé announced that the Croatia-based automobile company Rimac Automobili will be launching Rimac C_Two, an all-electric GT that can accelerate from 0 to 65 mph in just 1.85 seconds.

Jannarelly Design-1

The Design-1 sports car is the result of Anthony Jannarelly’s mission to create the perfect car for himself. Its design was inspired by the high-performing Italian cars of the 60s. Though Jannarelly originally wanted to make only one model, enthusiasm for the car online led the manufacturer to launch his own brand.

Puritalia Berlinetta

Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Puritalia revealed their latest and most powerful hybrid model: the Berlinetta. In addition to this Salon Privé debut for the Berlinetta, the company will also announce its upcoming UK and Australian dealerships.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith

Just a few weeks ago at the Pebble Beach car show in California, Rolls-Royce unveiled the special-edition Ghost Zenith, a model created to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Ghost. While in terms of specs, the Ghost Zenith is essentially the same as the standard model, the interior is more luxurious than ever.

With the show still over a week away, more is sure to be announced.

The Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance will take place in the gardens of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, from September 5 to 8, 2019.


Images: Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance and Tushek