Truth be told, bygone automobiles don’t really enjoy present-day London’s chaotic and overcrowded roads – but there should be no overheating on Sunday June 24 when around 150 old motors gather in the five-acre Belgrave Square Garden for the second edition of the Belgravia Classic Car Show.
The informal, one-day event promises live music, a barbecue and an ice-cream stand – as well as the opportunity to see an impressively large number of truly interesting cars without having to venture out of town.
Organised by estate management company Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (and Belgrave Square Garden Events Committee) in conjunction with Chestertons and London groups the 96 Club and Waterloo Classics Car Club, the Classic Car Show promises vehicles spanning eight decades. One of the oldest exhibits will be a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental, the last Rolls-Royce model to have been designed by the marque’s co-founder, Henry Royce. The four-seater, 7.7-litre tourer is one of only 281 PII Continentals built.
Also of note is the unique “Steady Special”, a custom-built, 1934 Lancia Astura-based two-seater sports car designed by the late motoring writer and racing driver Ronald “Steady” Barker that has recently emerged from a six-year restoration after being off the road for more than half a century.
Spectators of a certain age, meanwhile, will recognise the 1970 Aston Martin DBS in striking “Bahama yellow” that was the actual car driven by the late Roger Moore as raffish Riviera agent Lord Brett Sinclair in the television series The Persuaders. Signed inside the boot lid by Moore and his Persuaders co-star Tony Curtis, it was sold at auction in 2014 for a record £535,500.
Also worth a look is a remarkable 1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo that is described as being in “timewarp” condition, and an example of the ultra-rare Jaguar XJR-15 from the early 1990s. There will be a “best in show” award sponsored by Sotheby’s.