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Panther Six

The 5th Salon Privé Concours d’ Elégance in association with Chubb Insurance which takes place at the Hurlingham Club on 21-23 July, has pulled together one of the finest and rarest collections of 200mph ‘Hypercars’ from the past 40 years.

“These cars have formed the basis of every car-loving schoolboy’s dreams over the past four decades”, says Andrew Bagley, co-founder of Salon Privé. “At one point or another, each of these cars has represented the pinnacle of supercar engineering and performance and in the case of the Panther Six, the epitome of exclusivity and rarity.”

The Panther Six on display is one of only two cars ever made, one white, one black. Described as ‘arguably the most famous supercar of the 1970’s’ , the car’s six wheeled design, outrageous appearance and huge specification, make it as much of a crowd-stopper today as it was at launch in 1977. With power coming from a twin turbocharged 8.2 litre Cadillac V8, claimed to develop over 600bhp, the car boasted a phenomenal top speed in excess of 200mph. This particular half of the only existing pair is currently for sale with Geneva-based classic car consultant and broker, Simon Kidston.

Other entrants in the class, whilst perhaps less outrageous, are no less desirable. Ferrari has always been at the pinnacle of supercar engineering and its two flagships from two consecutive decades, the F40 & F50, represent the pinnacle of the Maranello firm’s dedication to producing the ultimate performance cars. Porsche’s 1980’s development of the 911 into Group B rallying specification spawned the awesome four-wheel drive 959, while Jaguar’s 1990’s foray into the supercar arena produced the rare and immensely fast XJ220. Other ‘hypercar’ rarities such as the Aston Martin V600 Le Mans and Bugatti EB110 GT will also grace the lawns of the Hurlingham Club. For many though, the undoubted king of the modern supercar era, McLaren’s iconic F1, will be the undisputed highlight of their visit to Salon Privé.

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