Catch Girardo & Co. at the 2021 London Concours
07 June 2021
by Girardo & Co.
From today until Thursday, we’re at the London Concours in the City with the legendary Lindner Nocker Low Drag, the only Jaguar E-type Lightweight to have been modified to ‘low-drag’ specification by the factory, and the stunning 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia Spider 16M we’re currently offering for sale. Why not come and say hi?
An automotive oasis in the heart of London’s bustling financial district, the London Concours at the Honourable Artillery Company has deservedly earned its place on the list of can’t-miss British classic car events in recent years.
Held during the week, the London Concours is oriented around an exquisitely curated automotive beauty pageant comprising some 70 collector cars, which are divided into diverse 12 classes. Cast your mind back to last year’s event and you’ll remember we took five Lancia rally cars – four 037 Rallys and a Group IV Stratos – to exhibit in the ‘Lancia Legends’ class.
This year we’ve upped the ante. You’ll likely know that the Jaguar E-type turns 60-years-old in 2020, and as part of the London Concours’ ‘E-type Celebration’ class commemorating the occasion, we’ve brought arguably the most beautiful E-type of them all, the Lindner Nocker Low Drag, which we had the honour of selling earlier this year.
You can find out all you need to know about this incredibly special Jaguar by clicking here, but the long and short of its extraordinary history is as follows. One of the twelve hallowed E-type Lightweights built, chassis S850662 (or ‘4868 WK’, as it’s more commonly known) is the only example to have been modified to ‘low-drag’ specification by the Jaguar factory.
“This year we’ve upped the ante and brought arguably the most beautiful Jaguar E-type of them all, the Lindner Nocker Low Drag, which we had the honour of selling earlier this year.”
The voluptuous aerodynamic makeover was the brainchild of Malcolm Sayer, the man who designed the E-type in the first place, and was commissioned by the car’s owner Peter Lindner ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964.
Improving on perfection is no mean feat, but we reckon Sayer achieved just that in this instance. The riveted aluminium body swoops and curves in a sensuous manner that’s difficult to comprehend, enveloping the cabin and tapering away extravagantly into the delicate tail. “I don’t yet know of the speed of the Lindner car, but in the wind-tunnel it had 84% of the drag of a ‘standard’ E-type,” Sayer commented in a letter. In reality, we’re sure it’s even less.
During its sojourn to Coventry, ‘4868 WK’ was also treated to a raft of engine upgrades, including mechanic George Buck’s fabled six-branch exhaust manifold. This Jaguar’s 3.8-litre power unit was reportedly the most powerful XK engine Jaguar ever built, kicking out a staggering 340bhp! It’s also the only E-type fitted with a speedometer reading up to 200mph. Yikes.
If you happen to be in the capital tomorrow or Thursday and have a spare hour or two to kill, why not pop in to the Honourable Artillery Company for a mid-week automotive fix? The chance to get up close and personal with such a diverse and plentiful selection of collector cars seldom presents itself, especially in London. The chance to get up close and personal with the unique and ultra-significant Lindner Nocker Low Drag is even rarer!
On an additional note, the stunning 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia Spider 16M we’re currently offering for sale (click here to find out more) will also be exhibited on the stand of our trusted partner Classic Insurance Services. So do come and see the cars and say hello to one of the team. Marcus, Davide, Alex and Peter will be out in force and would be delighted to meet some of you.
Photos: Robert Cooper for Girardo & Co.
If you’d like to find out more information about the 2021 London Concours or buy advance tickets, please click here to visit the event’s official website.
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