London Concours to Chart 60 Years of Supercar Evolution

By Paul Joseph

London is to play host to its own parade of vintage and classic motor vehicles this June – known around the world as a 'Concours' - promising to chart more than 60 years of supercar evolution

Taking place within the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters in the City of London, the City Concours will showcase some of the most iconic, extreme and beautiful performance cars ever built.

Among the cars on show will be what is considered by many the world’s first ever supercar, the 1950s Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’. One of the most iconic shapes in existence, the 300SL, with its upwards-opening ‘Gullwing’ doors, was the first in a line of performance-focused Mercedes SL models that continues to this day.

With a revolutionary fuel-injected engine and the title of world’s fastest production car – with a speed of 161mph – the 300SL has all the ingredients for supercar status.

From the mid-1980s, another world’s fastest car will also be on display; the Ferrari 288 GTO – the first production car to break through the 186mph barrier. Built for an extreme race series that never actually raced, the GTO is a lightweight mid-engined supercar with fibreglass panels, and a 400hp twin-turbocharged V8 engine.

And among the very latest breed of supercars on display will be the Ferrari LaFerrari, a 963hp technological marvel featuring active aerodynamics and petrol-electric power. With a host of Formula One-derived technologies, a top speed of ‘over 217mph’ and only 499 ever produced, the LaFerrari is the ideal modern representation of a supercar.

These supercars will be just a few of the incredible models displayed from 8-9 June. Each of the cars, from legendary motorsport contenders to pre-war rarities, has been carefully picked by a panel of experts, including those from the event’s partners at Octane and evo magazines.

By Paul Joseph