The London Classic Car Show (LCCS), hosted at the Excel Center, boasted a large number of quality classic cars that most of us would rarely see on the road. The show it’s self had a large selection of cars, from 12-Litre Bentley racers to late 80’s Ferraris and even a Porsche 918.
Back at Motor-Vision HQ we have decided to pick out our favourite 7 cars from the show! Take a look at our line-up:
Number #1 – Mercedes Benz 190E Evolution
The 190E Evo was a direct competitor for the BMW M3 Sport Evolution, packing a 2.5-Litre 16-Valve Cosworth powered engine. The Evo model however, was slightly different from the normal 190E as the cylinders were given a larger bore and a shorter stroke. The engine produced 224bhp but with a race tune they were capable of hitting 350bhp.
This particular model is the Evolution II which packed full SLS suspension, allowing in-cabin adjustment from the flick of a switch. The exterior was also given some treatment with a wider body-kit, a larger rear wing and 17” alloy wheels.
Number #2 – Porsche 930 Turbo
Between the years of 1975 to 1977 Porsche made their first turbocharged car, basing it on the 911 chassis. The car was fitted with a 3.0-Litre engine, of course with the addition of a turbocharger, it was officially called the 930 (or 930 Turbo Carrera in North America).
The 930 came with wide-wheel arches to house the larger width wheels and also a larger spoiler, dubbed the “whale tail”. This particular model has been fitted with a roll cage and slicks, clearly displaying some racing pedigree.
Number #3 – Abarth 595 Biposto Record
So not technically a “classic” car but the origins of the Abarth 595 will date back to the original Fiat 500, but with modern technology being so advanced it has been revived and pumped with technological steroids.
The 595, especially the Biposto Record has a 1.4-Litre Turbo engine producing 187bhp, with no rear seats and carbon-fibre bucket seats up front the car weighs in at 997kg – defining the old term of pocket rocket.
Number #4 – Lancia 037 Group B Rally Car
Lancia over the years made a name for themselves making cars that went wrong, from mechanical engine failures to the deteriorating bodies. What people do forget is that Lancia made history in the rally stages, especially with the 037 and later with the Delta.
For this reason we had to include the 037 in our line up! It proved itself in one of motorsport’s harshest trials and still to this day the car is ticking.
Number #5 – Chevrolet 3100
Wouldn’t be long before the American’s made an appearance, and what an entrance! This Custom 1957 3100 has been given a full restoration with upgrades and modifications along the way, such as the candy baby blue paint work and five-spoke American Racing wheels.
Unsure on whether this particular model is fitted with the 265 or 283 V8 or whether it has been given a completely new engine all together! Either way it sounds phenomenal.
Number #6 – Jaguar E-Type
At the LCCS you wasn’t more than 20-feet away from an E-Type, and rightly so! Being a UK based, indoor classic car show E-Type owners love it mainly because their cars won’t be touched by the weather.
This 1966 Series 1 has a 4.2-Litre, making these the most desirable over the 3.8-Litre variant as they had more power and more reliable parts whilst still looking as good.
Number #7 – Lamborghini Countach
Finally in our line-up is the Countach, personally one of Lamborghini’s best looking cars! Packing a 5.2-Litre V12 engine in the middle of the chassis this car was designed by Bertone to replace the Muira and was then taken over by the Diablo.
But nothing can replace such an iconic car, the angles of the body work, the sound and the name all give it this unique persona that not many modern cars have been able to encapsulate.