London Motor Show 2017 kicked off with a successful first day drawing a large crowd hoping to see anything from Vauxhalls to Lamborghinis. They weren’t disappointed. There was the usual array of mass production models such as the Hyundai Tucson, Mini Coopers and Volkswagen Golfs. This also included the introduction of the new MG XS. Unfortunately the overall launch of MG’s new benchmark model was somewhat lacking in enthusiasm and overall style. The XS looked dated and drab compared to other budget rivals such as the Hyundai Tucson. Making somewhat of a fail when many are hoping for an MG revival.
However, things did improve for the show, once MG had their moment. The HR Owen stand with its abundance of super cars on display such as the Lamborghini Aventador S with it’s 750bhp V12 drew the crowds. Aston Martin displayed a fine selection of cars based around their 900bhp out of this world Valkyrie. Only 150 will be made housing a 6.5 litre V12 making this one amazing Hypercar.
It seems however that the true stars of the London Motor Show were not he major manufacturers but instead the smaller designers like David Brown Automotive and Kahn Design. David Brown Automotive had on display their Speedback GT paying homage to the heydays of Aston Martins past. Next to this was their little star that was unveiled to the crowd. The Mini Remastered, style on the iconic 1960s favourite this was an updated version with a price tag to match. £75,000 in fact.
It seemed American Muscle was extremely popular at this years show thanks to the Clive Sutton team and their display of Mustangs and Challengers. Perhaps this is something we may see more of on British roads thanks to Ford’s introduction of the first ever right hand Mustang just over 2 years ago.
The star of the show in our eyes though had to be the Stratstone Jaguar Lightweight GT E-Type, one of the “missing six’. Originally 12 were built in 1963 only for the final 6 chassis’ to be discovered many years later in 2014. They were meticulously constructed using tools and techniques of the era to create these near identical versions. Admired by many but with a price of £1.5 million very few will ever have the opportunity to be behind the wheel of one.
Author Matthew Pearson