Salon Prive in Syon Park next week will have its best line-up yet.
These include a 1912 Bugatti Type 16 number 471 – the oldest competition Bugatti and the personal racing car of Ettore Bugatti, a 1953 Pegaso Z-102 (Pegaso was a would-be 1950s Spanish Ferrari), a 1934 Aston Martin Ulster, a "Lamborghini Flying Star" (the Turin Motor Show car), a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, a 1965 ISO Grifo A3C, a 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale and a 1963 Shelby Cobra 289.
That is an impressive list, but, just as an aside, it deserves a bit more care by Salon Prive. It reports the "1961 Lamborghini Flying Star" – difficult, as Lamborghini did not exist in 1961, and this is a Flying Star II, made in 1966 (pictured). It is scary how many classic car publications, who are meant to be experts, happily reprinted that piece of nonsense.
Anyway, other individual cars with great histories include a 1967 Lotus 47 GT that has been stowed away for decades. The 47 GT was a racing version of the ground-breaking mid-engined Lotus Europa. It was once timed at 181 mph, which is a daunting prospect in a tiny car that weighed next to nothing.
There will also be King George V's Daimler 'Royal Four' Limousine. In 1923, the King commissioned seven cars to be built to his own specification and four were placed into service, hence the 'Royal Four' name.
Two of the highlights of the Ferrari presence will be a 166MM Barchetta and a 166 Inter Coupé. The 1950 Barchetta is the 16th of just 25 bodied by Carrozzeria Touring and it competed at the famous Targa Florio and Mille Miglia events, and in more recent times, Monaco Historique and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The 1949 Inter Coupé is also a Mille Miglia contender, but its competition background didn't begin until the mid-nineties. Since then it has been displayed in shows and concours events throughout Europe where it has received numerous awards.