S-type seals vic­tory in Lon­don

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Amer­i­can col­lec­tor Bruce Mc­caw scooped his se­cond Con­cours of El­e­gance win with his daz­zling 1929 Mercedes-benz S-type at the 31 Au­gust-2 Septem­ber show.

The 2017 Peb­ble Beach win­ner scored an out­right vic­tory at Hamp­ton Court, which is now the per­ma­nent home of the premier Bri­tish con­cours. Un­like other events, the awards are voted for by fel­low en­trants rather than a judg­ing panel. Mc­caw’s Barker-bod­ied beauty was first owned by Earl Howe, who used it in the 1930s.

The classy show also fea­tured spe­cial awards judged by decade for the first time. The ear­li­est class went to Harold Peter’s cute 1909 Isotta-fras­chini FENC Tipo A, which has re­cently re­turned to Europe from the USA. Other class win­ners in­cluded a highly orig­i­nal Alfa Romeo 8C-2300. This Figo­ni­bod­ied spi­der was pre­vi­ously owned by a French­man for 67 years, hav­ing been gifted the car as a 21st-birth­day present. Un­seen for decades, it was dis­cov­ered in time­warp con­di­tion near Paris in 2013.

Fur­ther highly orig­i­nal clas­sics on dis­play in­cluded An­thony Ma­clean’s Lancia As­tura Fa­rina Bocca, which looked very rak­ish with the ’screen folded flat. Just four of six sur­vive, and this car was first owned by one of Mus­solini’s gen­er­als. Unique fea­tures in­clude a novel lat­tice-style leather in­te­rior.

Among the other win­ning high­lights were An­dreas Mohringer’s lovely ex-stir­ling Moss Maserati 300S, the Fin­burgh fam­ily’s Porsche 917K and Coxinga Wid­jojo’s Lam­borgh­ini Miura.

Mercedes S-type was com­mis­sioned by Earl Howe to tour the Con­ti­nent dur­ing the ’30s

Nice 21st-birth­day present: Alfa 8C-2300

Isotta has re­turned from a stint in the USA

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