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The star cars of London's new City Concours car show

Evo logo Evo 30/04/2017 Jordan Katsianis
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Some of the world's most distinguished and beautiful cars will be on show in the City of London on June 8 and 9 at a new event called City Concours. In the same vein as the elaborate Pebble Beach or Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este car shows, City Concours will be a showcase of the world’s most beautiful cars held on the Lawns of the Royal Honourable Artillery Company in London in association with evo’s sister title Octane.

Both new and old automotive icons will be on show, from the Touring Superleggera Disco Volante to the exquisite Jaguar D-Type. There are also super-rare motorsport models such as Porsche’s 911 GT1 – a barely road-legal homologation special that allowed Porsche to rival the McLaren F1 GTR in sportscar racing.

Andrew Evans, City Concours Director, said: “We’ve got some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts sourcing incredible cars for the City Concours, and I think that really shows here. The D-Type and Disco Volante are a perfect representation of the event; rare, beautiful, and each with a story behind them. We’ll be confirming more cars and partners over the next few weeks, but it’s clear already that this will be one of the most incredible gatherings of cars and luxury brands that the City of London has ever seen.” 

Scroll down for more on some of the cars that will be featuring on the City Concours lawn, and an exclusive offer for evo readers giving you 2 for 1 tickets (£35 for two rather than £35 each) for the event as well as 20% off breakfast and lunch.

City Concours preview: the star cars

Jaguar XKSS

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Widely heralded as the world's first supercar, the XKSS was the true embodiment of 'racing car for the road'. Famously driven by James Dean, the XKSS was essentially one of Jaguar's Le Mans-winning D-Types with a windscreen and a bit of extra practicality. At the time – during the '50s – there was almost nothing this fast or focused on the road. 

Porsche 911 2.7 RS

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It's no secret that classic Porsche values have skyrocketed over the last 10 years, but there's one particular model that's outgrown the rest. The Porsche 911 2.7 RS, with its ducktail spoiler, larger engine and lightweight approach is perhaps the purest 911 experience you can have. Produced in very limited numbers, these 2.7 RS variants often command price tags of over £500,000.

Jaguar XJR-15

The Jaguar XJR-15 is a one of the most focused road cars ever produced, having been directly derived from the Jaguar XJR-9 that won at Le Mans in 1988. The carbon fibre tub and high-tech racing suspension both came straight from the Le Mans racer, as did the 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 450hp. That's not too much by today's standards, but with a kerbweight of just 1050kg you could expect 0-60mph in under four seconds and a top speed of 215mph. 

Bugatti EB110

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You've no doubt heard of the Chiron and the Veyron, but before them both came the EB110. Only 139 were ever built, making it quite the rarity, and it’s powered by a quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12 engine. It's capable of the kind of speeds known to modern Bugatti fans, too, with a top speed of 217mph and 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds. 

Lexus LFA

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Not a name you normally associate with the world of high-end supercars, Lexus began production of the LFA in late 2010. Only 500 were ever built, and this technological Japanese masterpiece was powered by a 4.8-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine. It was built around a carbon fibre reinforced polymer monocoque and a carbon fibre body, weighing in at just 1480kg. 

Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder

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One-of-seven to be produced, this hand-crafted car comes from coachbuilders, Touring Superleggera, and is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider. The design is inspired by the Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante of the ‘50s, but this modern day interpretation has a little more power; underneath the bonnet is a 4.7-litre V8.

Porsche 911 GT1

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Homologated from the car that won Le Mans in 1998, the 911 GT1 is perhaps the most extreme Porsche road car ever built. Underneath the carbon fibre bodyshell is a 3.2-litre flat-six twin-turbocharged engine with 550hp and slightly softer independent double wishbone suspension compared with the racing car. 

Jaguar D-Type

The hypercar Holy Trinity

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The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder together sparked the latest argument on which is the best supercar in the world. At City Concours visitors will have the chance to decide for themselves as all three gather on the Honourable Artillery Company lawns.

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