locking horns with the earls court stars
A 25-car salute to Lamborghini’s heritage was the star attraction at the Revival’s homage to Earls Court motor shows of years gone by – and Revival visitors were encouraged to choose their favourite.
The ‘Raging Bulls’ display in the centre of this indoor exhibition featured five Miuras, including a 1967 Jota and two SVs, but it was refreshing to see showgoers crowding around a 1956 DL30 – one of Lamborghini’s first tractors.
Porsche used its 915 prototype (right) – essentially a stretched 911 with a raised roofline – to explore the idea that sports cars can have more than two seats. It was joined on the stand by the 989, a 1989 four-door fastback that pre-empts today’s Panamera.
Jaguar Classics’ stand included the Alpine Rally-winning 1950 XK120, a 1956 long-nose D-type and the XJR-9 that won the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour race, while Aston Martin showed off a lone DB4 on its display alongside its newer models. Meanwhile Maserati brought along a 1964 5000GT – one of only 34 ever made.
But our favourite was the 1958 Series II Land Rover (right), which the manufacturer believes is one of the oldest RHD survivors. The 88in was restored by the Dunsfold Collection.
Earls Court was an evocative display, and perfect opportunity for people to see cars that rarely venture beyond their manufacturers’ heritage collections.
chris wood’s Miura P400s, colin clarke’s espada and the 1967 Jota starred in the revival’s lamborghini display. cars on show
stretch the 911’s wheelbase by 35cm and – hey presto – you end up with the 915 four-seater.
This restored 1958 land rover series ii with rHD was a ccw favourite at earls court.