Salon Privé, London’s boutique automotive show, opened its doors today with UK debuts of the Spyker B6 Venator Spyder, Icona Vulcano and BMW’s all-new X5 M50d.

The event runs until Friday (6th September) with tomorrow featuring Boodles Ladies’ Day and the Royal College of Art ‘Concours of the Future’ design exhibition. Friday’s highlight will be the Audemars Piguet British Super Car Day.

Yesterday’s Chubb Insurance Tour d’Elégance officially opened the event and featured a collection of 50 stunning cars from 1928 to the present day. The tour began at the Royal Automobile Club at Woodcote Park, taking in Mercedes-Benz World, the historic Brooklands circuit and museum, Hampton Court and Bushy Park before arriving at the home of Salon Privé, Syon Park.



The total value of cars participating in the parade was estimated at £25 million, while the total value of all Salon Privé entrants is put at £65 million.

British marque Ginetta are displaying their G40R and the G60 road cars, while CEO Lawrence Tomlinson took the opportunity to announce a new affordable race series – the Ginetta Driver’s Club. For £28,950, the all-inclusive package includes a Ginetta G40R road car, track days, tuition and entry into four race weekends supporting the British GT Championship.

Also on display within the Salon Privé ‘Concept Lawn’ are the Ford Evos, Lightning GT and the Tauro V8 Spyder from Spanish automaker Tauro Sport Auto.