From the Thursday the 15th until Sunday the 18th of Feburary, Excel London will open its doors to the fourth London Classic Car Show. There was a time not that long ago when car shows in the capital were few and far between. More than 800 cars are expected to be there. Previous years have seen everything from British classics such as the Jaguar E-Type and Morris Minor, to American muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Ford Mustang. This year will be no exception.
The focus will be on Specials, limited editions, one-offs, and prototypes. Already confirmed for the show is the sole surviving pre-war Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe but. More importantly, this is the very car used by Winston Churchill for his political campaigns between 1944 and 1949.
A XJ-S cabriolet built specially for Diana, Princess of Wales will also be present. Unlike the regular XJ-S which was a two-seater, this V12 powered car was uniquely fitted with two small rear seats just so the young Princes William and Harry could ride along with their mother and her bodyguard.
TV star Philip Glenister will curate the Getaway Cars. This will include criminal favourites such as the MK1 Ford Transit, Jaguar Mark 2, and maybe even a Mini Cooper S, famously used by Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) and his gang to escape from the Carabinieri di Torino in the original Italian Job movie.
Motorsports classics, including those driven by racing legends Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Nelson Piquet, and Michael Schumacher are also expected to make an appearance. A more unusual addition is an Alfa RLTF piloted by Enzo Ferrari and Alberto Ascari on the 1923 Targa Florio.
Look out for these and more at the London Classic Car Show at Excel from the 15th – 18th of February.