Salon Privé

Un­usual art-deco Steyr pops up at the Ox­ford­shire con­cours

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Amove across the Blen­heim lawns to be­side the palace added ex­tra glam­our to the thir­teenth Salon Privé Con­cours, the first of three show days at the Ox­ford­shire venue. Cars in­cluded a Hollywood prop and Thir­ties coach­built style.

Steyr 220 Cabri­o­let

Twenty years af­ter its Lat­vian restora­tion started, a rare 1939 Steyr 220 Cabri­o­let made its show de­but. Said owner Felix Vencko, ‘When I first found it I didn’t like it much, but in the process of the restora­tion I grad­u­ally fell in love. Now I couldn’t imag­ine sell­ing it.’

The car was one of 20 bod­ied by Gläser, of which five are thought to sur­vive. ‘It was dis­played at the 1939 Ber­lin Show and bought by the Aus­trian am­bas­sador to Latvia. A friend of mine who re­stores old cars found it in 1995,’ said Vencko.

AC Co­bra 260

The fifth Co­bra 260 built, CSX2005, was shown for the first time in the UK since restora­tion. Flo­rian Seidl, who looks af­ter the 1962 car for Kurt En­gel­horn, said, ‘He bought it via a bro­ker from Donald Bell, who had owned it since the mid-seven­ties, and what we found was fas­ci­nat­ing. It still had its orig­i­nal 260ci engine when most were up­graded to 289. It’s an im­por­tant piece of his­tory.’

Af­ter first owner Richard Neil be­came frus­trated with its re­li­a­bil­ity prob­lems, in­clud­ing a break­down on a trans-usa trip, he traded it back to Shelby against an­other Co­bra.

Ac­cord­ing to Seidl, Shelby de­cided to use it to gain some pub­lic­ity, and hired it to Univer­sal Stu­dios for the film Killers, star­ring Lee Marvin, Angie Dick­in­son and Ron­ald Re­gan, later in­voic­ing the com­pany $397.50 for dam­age dur­ing film­ing. He then sold it to the Shelby Per­for­mance Driv­ing School. En­gel­horn de­cided to re­store the Co­bra to Driv­ing School spec­i­fi­ca­tion, com­plete with holes in the body­work where bumpers, the lug­gage rack and an­tenna had been.

1938 Lan­cia As­tura

When owner Lavren­tiv Strat­u­lat first saw this 1938 Boneschi­bod­ied Lan­cia As­tura SIV, the only sur­vivor of four, it was in a Ger­man col­lec­tion. ‘When I later found it for sale I was very happy to meet the car again,’ said Strat­u­lat. ‘It’s fab­u­lous – a spec­tac­u­lar de­sign and very avant garde for a 1938 car. It has an elec­tric hood that opens at the touch of a but­ton, very ad­vanced for the time. And it has such im­pres­sive pres­ence – it’s

haute cou­ture for cars.’ Apart from a re­paint, the cabri­o­let, which starred on Lan­cia’s Turin and Brus­sels show stands in 1938, is be­lieved to be in pre­served, orig­i­nal con­di­tion. Even the seats have never been re­trimmed.

1939 Steyr 220 mak­ing its show cir­cuit de­but

Lan­cia As­tura of 1938 came with an elec­tric hood

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