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Supercharged Lamborghini Diablo takes Best of Show at London Concours

Pictures: Charlie Brenninkmeijer

Top honours at the eighth London Concours (4-6 June) went to a 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 prototype. The car was creation with factory blessing by Lamborghini Hoecker in Landau, Germany who used a supercharger to add over 100bhp to the standard V12 and upping power from 525bhp to a monstrous 634bhp. On the German autobahn it is said to regularly hit 225mph. The 1994 conversion – which unsurprisingly included uprated brakes! – set the then-owner back almost €200,000 over the cost the car

The concours, which takes place at the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of The City, hosted some 80 contenders in an exclectic selection of classes ranging from Purple Reign (you can guess the theme) to Zagatos, the latter class jusged by Andrea Zagato himself.

While the Lamborghini was Best in Show, the Chaiman’s Award, the gift of judges’ chairman Peter Read, went to a Formula 1 car, the ever-popular Penthouse-and-Rizla-liveried Cosworth DFV-powered Hesketh 308E. 

A full list of class awards is at the bottom of this story, but beyond the classics, visitors and guests enjoyed fine food and drink, Iconic Auctioneers Luxury Lifestyle Auction, seminars and discussions, including a live recording the Smith and Sniff podcast, and more.

London Concours director Andrew Evans said: ‘We’re in the privileged position of having already established the London Concours as a must-attend event in the summer calendar, but we never rest on our laurels. In recent years we’ve expanded from a two-day into a three-day event, transformed our luxurious hospitality and evolved more and more content for visitors to enjoy. 

‘A rotating selection of automotive celebrations, in addition to nine classes and a live Lifestyle Auction by Iconic Auctioneers drew in more visitors to the London Concours than ever before.’

2024 Winners – London Concours
Best in Show
– 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Supercharged Prototype
Chairman’s Award – Hesketh 308E

Great British Racing, Presented by Hilton & Moss – 1986 Jaguar XJR-9
Highly Commended – 1967 Ford Escort Mk1Highly Commended – 1986 MG Metro 6R4

Carnaby Street, Presented by Intapp – 1977 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante
Highly Commended – 1970 Ferrari 365 GTCHighly Commended – 1961 Harrington Le Mans

Coachbuilt Greats – Zagato, Presented by DRVN – 2001 Ferrari 550 GTZ Barchetta
Highly Commended – 1991 Alfa Romeo SZHighly Commended – 1960 Bristol 406 Zagato

Purple Reign, Presented by Magneto – 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Supercharged
Highly Commended – 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring

The Hypercars, Presented by Apollo Capital – 2023 Ferrari SP3 Daytona
Highly Commended – 2006 Porsche Carrera GTHighly Commended – 2015 Jaguar C-X75

Corvette – A Design Icon, Presented by Classic & Sports Car and The Classic Corvette Club UK – 1971 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray LT-1
Highly Commended – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Split Screen CoupeHighly Commended – 2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06

Aero Front Enlightened, Sponsored by Concours of Elegance – 1973 De Tomaso Pantera GTS Group 4
Highly Commended – 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400Highly Commended – 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder

The Legendary V12, presented by EMM London Private Office – 1999 Ferrari F50
Highly Commended – 1972 The Beast
Highly Commended – 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Wild Cards, presented by Adrian Flux – 2007 TVR Scamander Amphibious
Highly Commended – 1966 Iso Grifo GL350Highly Commended – 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S ‘Pontoon’ Cabriolet

Classic & Sports Car Editor’s Award – 1966 Iso Grifo GL350

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