Porsche’s 70th Anniversary to be Honoured at Salon Privé

By Paul Joseph

Visitors to this year’s edition of Salon Privé can expect to discover a very special celebration as the high profile event takes on the enviable challenge of honouring the 70th anniversary of Porsche, the iconic German car marquee.

The show, which is a major highlight on the UK’s luxury calendar, centres around high-end cars – both modern and classic – and so it is little surprise that they are planning to mark the Porsche milestone in a significant way.

Appropriately, 70 landmark examples of Porsche models will vie for honours during the hotly-anticipated Concours Masters Celebration of 70 Years of Porsche, staged within the majestic grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Now in its second year, Concours Masters Celebration combines a competitive element expected of a concours but with the relaxed atmosphere of an enthusiasts’ get-together. As such, owners, guests and visitors can expect an unforgettable day revelling in all-things Porsche.

Among the many rarities expected to be challenging for the silverware is a 1963 Porsche 356B GS Carrera 2000 Coupé with coachwork by Karosserie Reutter of Stuttgart. One of only twelve ever built in right-hand drive configuration, it was the fastest-ever variant of a road-going 356 during the period.

Similarly, another challenger for a later model class will be the 1997 Porsche 993 GT2, one of only 7 right-hand drive cars. Designed as Porsche’s customer race car for the 1995 season, only 167 were built, of which 110 were for track with 57 road-going.

Now in its 12th year, Salon Privé takes pride of place amongst the leading automotive shows of the world, including America’s Amelia Island Concours, Pebble Beach Concours and Italy’s Villa d’Este.

The 2018 edition of Salon Privé will be held from 30 August – 1 September.

By Paul Joseph