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MyCarHeaven is dedicated to showcasing, talking about and reviewing the most beautiful, cool, iconic and desirable cars, classic cars, supercars and hypercars. If you are reading this, then no doubt you’ll should either own or desire a beautiful cool, iconic or desirable car, due to it's beautiful looks, superb engineering, prestige of ownership or another personal reason. MyCarHeaven is where you can find information about the cars and associated cool stuff that really matters.

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The 1934 Bentley 3½ Litre drophead coupe

‘… the ability to traverse the rapidly crowding roads of Great Britain in less time, and with less, effort were points strong in its favour.’ Johnny Green on the 3½-Litre, Bentley, 50 Years of the Marque. Although Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley Motors in 1931 robbed the latter of its independence, it did at least ensure […] The post The 1934 Bentley 3½ Litre drophead coupe first appeared on My Car...

‘… the ability to traverse the rapidly crowding roads of Great Britain in less time, and with less, effort were points strong in its favour.’ Johnny Green on the 3½-Litre, Bentley, 50 Years of the Marque.

Although Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley Motors in 1931 robbed the latter of its independence, it did at least ensure the survival of the Bentley name. Launched at Ascot in August 1933, the first of the ‘Derby Bentleys’, as they would come to be known, continued the marque’s sporting associations but in a manner even more refined than before. Even W O Bentley himself acknowledged that the 3½-Litre model was the finest ever to bear his name. Based on the contemporary Rolls-Royce 20/25hp, the 3½-Litre Bentley was slightly shorter in the wheelbase and employed a tuned (115bhp) twin-SU-carburetor version of the former’s overhead-valve six. Add to this already remarkable package an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox and servo assisted brakes, and the result was a vehicle offering the driver effortless sports car performance in almost absolute silence. ‘The Silent Sports Car’, as it was swiftly dubbed, had few peers as a tireless long-distance tourer, combining as it did traditional Rolls-Royce refinement with Bentley performance and handling.

The Derby Bentley was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile and as befitted its sporting nature was almost always fitted with owner-driver saloon or drophead coupé coachwork, the ‘standard’ designs being the work of Park Ward. Of the 2,442 examples manufactured (including the subsequent 4¼-Litre model) almost 50% were originally bodied by Park Ward.

This particular Bentley was ordered by M.S. Spencer-Nairn, of Fife, Scotland, the heir to the Michael Nairn linoleum company. In chapter 12 of his published family history, Silver Spoon, Mr. Nairn wrote that he sold his 1932 Lagonda Open Tourer and bought “…my dream car, a 3½-Litre Bentley…to be fitted with a drop head coupé body made by Thrupp & Maberly.”

According to the factory build sheets Mr. Spencer-Nairn specified that his Bentley include several non standard items: a speedometer with a clock mounted in the upper center of the dial, a steering column and gear lever that were two inches shorter than was standard, also it is stated that car was to be used for both “town work and touring.”

Mr. Spencer-Nairn took delivery of the car on June 18, 1934. Chassis B75BL was stored during the war. After the war a more piratical Bentley saloon was ordered.

B75BL was sold to R.E. Merchant, of Derby, who owned it until 1984, it then came into the ownership of Howard Brown, a Californian working in London. It was repainted, and the chassis, mechanicals, and cosmetics were redone, resulting in a very reliable car and “a joy to drive.” When Howard and Kathie Brown returned to California they brought their Bentley. In 2008, Mr. Brown had the car’s body stripped to bare metal in preparation for repainting, but sadly, he died prior to its completion. The car remained in Mrs. Brown’s ownership until it was sold to its current owner, who completed the freshening.

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Our postcard from Salon Privé 2020

With so many car shows not going ahead in 2020, it was delightful that this years Salon Privé did go ahead, so a big well done has to go out to the organisers. This was the 15th Salon Privé to be held and the fifth or sixth (one or the other) at the wonderful Blenheim […] The post Our postcard from Salon Privé 2020 first appeared on My Car...

With so many car shows not going ahead in 2020, it was delightful that this years Salon Privé did go ahead, so a big well done has to go out to the organisers. This was the 15th Salon Privé to be held and the fifth or sixth (one or the other) at the wonderful Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Gorgeous architecture, stunning gardens and landscapes, then add iconic cars, desirable cars, beautiful cars, collectable classic cars, supercars, hypercars and ‘world-first’ unveiling’s of new cars, and a relaxed and exclusive environment you have one perfect event and our mycarheaven.

At this years event you had 18 first ever unveilings, with 6 World firsts, 4 European firsts, and then 8 UK firsts. Impressive stuff. Here are those cars that stood out to me the most (in no particular order):

Ares Design Panther Progettouno

The Panther Progettouno is the first in the ‘Legends Reborn’ series from Ares Design. Inspired by the original De Tomaso Pantera, the Panther echoes its key design cues but catapults them into the modern era. Beneath the bespoke carbon-fibre bodywork lies a Lamborghini Huracán. What particular grade of Huracán is left at the owner’s discretion but, if you’re keen to be a Panther owner, the team at Ares will help you find a suitable donor car and then set to work transforming it. This is a cool car, and we love it.

Ares Progettouno

Ares Design Project S1

A very cool car. The sort of car I could see Batman driving or appearing on GranTurismo (or any computer game for that matter) as a concept car, yet this car is real. Just 24 examples are planned to be built.  Ares “anticipates” a 0-62mph time of around 2.7sec from calculations. Price likely to be in the region of £450,000-500,000.

Ares S1 Project

Aspark Owl

The Aspark Owl is an all-electric battery-powered sports car manufactured by Japanese engineering firm Aspark, under development since 2018, with the goal of making the fastest accelerating electric car. It made it’s European debut at Salon Privé. It was a truely unique looking car, with a 0-60mph of 1.69 seconds. With 4 PMSM that produce 2012 horsepower (1480 kW), the Owl has a unique battery pack for a range of up to 450 km. Top speed is 248,ph (400 km/h). The Owl has a height of 99 cm: probably the lowest road legal electric hypercar in the world.

Aspark Owl

Bugatti Chiron

The fastest road car ever, the world record holder for top speed at 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h). Slightly different from the standard Chiron in that the car has a longer rear for improved aerodynamics. Nuts. I was advised that the car will not be cleaned and will stay as it was as a piece of history.

Koenigsegg Gemera

Personally I don’t get the need for this car, but it is cool none the less. The Gemera is the world’s first Mega-GT and Koenigsegg’s first four-seater. Extreme megacar meets spacious interior and ultimate performance. It has 1,700bhp, 2,580lb ft of torque, the ability to go from 0-62mph in 1.9s and up to 250mph in “record matching pace”. Only 300 will be built, and expect it to cost somewhere in the region of £1.55m (€1.7m). Bonkers.

Koenigsegg Gemera 2

Touring Superleggera Aero 3

What a beautiful and distinctive car. Would we expect anything less from this exceptional coach builder Touring Superleggera. The Touring Superleggera Aero 3 is retro-inspired V12 supercar, it is a dramatically restyled take on the Ferrari F12, with cues from 1930s racers. Touring says each of the 15 cars being built will take more than 5000 hours to complete. 

Aero

Zenvo TSR-S

This car has the biggest wing I’ve ever seen on a road car. Yes bigger than that on the McLaren Senna. A ridiculous road car, what road can you really drive this on? One of the most extreme hypercars in the world, and we love it. What a beast.

Zenvo

So what was different about this years event?

Well for starters it seemed a lot bigger, more company stands and even boats and helicopters. More undercover areas, areas to eat and sit down, no doubt due to the unique circumstances we find ourselves in with Covid-19 and social distancing.

Here’s our walk around the show…

I was really impressed with Ares Design, based out of Modena, Italy, and with 100 in their team, their cars and bikes on show were really special.

This year the event was 5 days, up from 3/4 days in previous years. This year there was a dedicated press day on the Tuesday, which we attended, and also we attended the Wednesday which we like to do, as this is the day that the Concours D’Elegance takes the live stage. Here is our video of the Salon Privé Concours D’Elegance.

Personally I saw many cars for the first time at this years Salon Privé (including those mentioned already above), those that stood out to me included the:

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari SF90 Stradale 2

and the Ferrari F8 Tributo,

FERRARI F8 TRIBUTO

All in all a great event. The car of the show was judged to have been 1932 Ex-Scuderia Ferrari 8C Monza. Beautiful.

Ferrari 8C Monza

Before he started building cars under his own name, Enzo Ferrari rose to international prominence by running Alfa Romeo’s works racing team during the 1930s. In 1932, Scuderia Ferrari entered an 8C Monza Zagato in various races and hillclimbs for the likes of legendary Italian ace Tazio Nuvolari. ‘The Flying Mantuan’ took it to victory in the Coppa Principe di Piemonte in July of that year, and also competed in the prestigious Klausenrennen hillclimb.

The 8C later finished second in the Targa Abruzzo at Pescara in the hands of Mario Tadini, but was subsequently disqualified because the event was for standard sports cars – the modified Alfa was not eligible. It is this very car – chassis number 2111044. How cool is that.

All in all a wonderful day out. Well organised, a great selection of cars on display, and for us it’s a must attend event. We cannot wait until next year.

Want to read more about Salon Privé that you can do so here. Loads more car shows featured so take a look around our site, enter some of our competitions, and get in touch, follow us on our social media channels @mycarheaven

Read our Top 10 classic cars from Salon Privé 2020.

Read our Top 10 supercars from Salon Privé 2020

Check out our favourite photos from Salon Privé 2020.

Please follow us on FacebookInstagramYouTube and Twitter. We are constantly posting a variety of videos, pictures and competitions.

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Our Top 10 hypercars from Salon Privé 2020

Delightfully this years Salon Privé did go ahead, so a big well done has to go out to the organisers. This was the 15th Salon Privé to be held and the fifth or sixth (one or the other) at the wonderful Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Georgeous architecture, stunning gardens and landscapes, then add some iconic […] The post Our Top 10 hypercars from Salon Privé 2020 first appeared on My Car...

Delightfully this years Salon Privé did go ahead, so a big well done has to go out to the organisers. This was the 15th Salon Privé to be held and the fifth or sixth (one or the other) at the wonderful Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Georgeous architecture, stunning gardens and landscapes, then add some iconic cars, desirable cars, beautiful cars, collectible classic cars, supercars, hypercars; and some world premieres of new cars in a relaxed and exclusive environment, you have one perfect event and our mycarheaven.

Here’s our top 10 hypercars from Salon Privé 2020, based on the cars we’d most like to own and drive.

  1. McLaren F1

In my opinion and the opinion if many other car fans this is the greatest Supercar / hypercars car of all time. Period.

2. Bugatti Chiron

The actual World record car, uncleaned, kept exactly as it was post record setting. Massive honour to see this car up close.

Respect. This Bugatti Chiron derivative (longer and a different designed back end) is the first hypercar to break the magic 300-mile-per-hour barrier (482.80 km/h). At the same time, Bugatti set a new TÜV-certified speed record with 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h). Bonkers.

Bugatti-Chiron

3. Koenigsegg Regera

Blue with gold leaf. If the car was not expensive enough at £1.2m, the owner Zach, from Zach’s Garage had all the gold striping done in actual gold leaf. Nuts. When I questioned Zach on what the car was like to drive he said astounding and left the Koenigsegg One:1 behind.

Koenigsegg Regera

4. Touring Superleggera Aero 3

This was one of the most striking supercars/ hypercars on show at Salon Prive. Love the unique look and design. What a beautiful and distinctive car. Would we expect anything less from this exceptional coach builder Touring Superleggera. The Touring Superleggera Aero 3 is retro-inspired V12 supercar, it is a dramatically restyled take on the Ferrari F12, with cues from 1930s racers. Touring says each of the 15 cars being built will take more than 5000 hours to complete. 

Touring Superleggera Aero 3

5. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

What’s not to love? Love the look, love the colour and it’s a SVJ.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

6. Ares Design S1 Project

If like me you’ve never heard of Ares, you have now. Based in Modena with approximately 100 staff they are a coachbuilder, and they had three cars on show at Salon Prive. Two feature in my top 10 supercars so that should tell you that they need to be respected.

If Batman were to have a hypercar then I’m sure this would be it. In black this car is menacing and looks futuristic, like a concept car that your get in Gran Turismo.

Ares S1 Project

The S1 will be powered by a naturally aspirated V8 that can rev up to 8,800 rpm and produce a 715 horses. 0-60mph expected to be in 2.7 secs, no electric, no hybrid, just the raw power from an 6.2 L LT2 V8 engine straight form a donor car. Namely a Corvette C8. We love it, what do you think? Priced at circa Euros 600,000.

7. 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari SF90 Stradale 2

Need we say anything here. Dreamy.

8. Ares Design Panther Progettouno

Ares Progettouno

For me it arouses memories of KITT from knight rider. Black is the only colour this should come in. What a machine; and one which is as visually impressive as it is rapid. A beast.

9. Aspark Owl

Aspark Owl

The Aspark Owl is an all-electric battery-powered sports car manufactured by Japanese engineering firm Aspark, under development since 2018, with the goal of making the fastest accelerating electric car. It made it’s European debut at Salon Privé. It was a truely unique looking car, with a 0-60mph of 1.69 seconds. With 4 PMSM that produce 2012 horsepower (1480 kW), the Owl has a unique battery pack for a range of up to 450 km. Top speed is 248,ph (400 km/h). The Owl has a height of 99 cm: probably the lowest road legal electric hypercar in the world.

10. Zenvo TSR-S

Zenvo

The Zenvo TSR-S Danish made, and complete with carbon fibre bodywork. Each alloy wheel takes two people 2 weeks to make. An ultra-exclusive design with only 5 to be made each year. Impressive – if you can find it!

Read more about Salon Privé here. Loads more car shows featured so take a look around our site, make sure you check out our postcard from Salon Privé 2020 and our favourite photos from the show.

Don’t miss our top 10 classic cars Salon Privé 2020, plus other ‘top 10s’ articles here.

Please follow us on FacebookInstagramYouTube and Twitter. We are constantly posting a variety of videos, pictures and competitions.

The post Our Top 10 hypercars from Salon Privé 2020 first appeared on My Car Heaven.


Our walkabout at Salon Privé 2020

Here’s our walk around the show, which gives you a flavour of what Salon Privé is all about. Here you’ll see amazing supercars, hypercars and classic cars on show. From the almost unobtainable Koenigsegg Gemera to the lavish new Rolls-Royce Ghost, to the iconic McLaren F1, the Salon Privé laid out only the very best […] The post Our walkabout at Salon Privé 2020 first appeared on My Car...

Here’s our walk around the show, which gives you a flavour of what Salon Privé is all about. Here you’ll see amazing supercars, hypercars and classic cars on show.

From the almost unobtainable Koenigsegg Gemera to the lavish new Rolls-Royce Ghost, to the iconic McLaren F1, the Salon Privé laid out only the very best and beautiful cars on the planet.

What is your favourite?

Read more about Salon Privé here. Loads more car shows featured so take a look around our site, make sure you check out our postcard from Salon Privé 2020 and our favourite photos from the show.

Don’t miss our top 10 classic cars Salon Privé 2020, plus other ‘top 10s’ articles here.

Please follow us on FacebookInstagramYouTube and Twitter. We are constantly posting a variety of videos, pictures and competitions.

The post Our walkabout at Salon Privé 2020 first appeared on My Car Heaven.


The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50

Here’s a great video we came across on YouTube by Harry’s Garage. Gordon Murray takes Harry round the GMA T.50 and explains why he decided to launch this new supercar now, which he sees as the rightful successor to the mighty McLaren F1. With a bespoke 3.9 litre Cosworth V12 that pumps out 663bhp at […] The post The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 first appeared on My Car...

Here’s a great video we came across on YouTube by Harry’s Garage.

Gordon Murray takes Harry round the GMA T.50 and explains why he decided to launch this new supercar now, which he sees as the rightful successor to the mighty McLaren F1.

With a bespoke 3.9 litre Cosworth V12 that pumps out 663bhp at an incredible 11,500 rpm and weighing only 986kg at the kerb, performance is going to be astonishing. Yet there’s enough luggage space to make this a usable GT.

The T.50 looks to be a truly amazing new supercar. Like the McLaren F1, Gordon Murray’s new car, the T. 50, has a naturally aspirated V12 and three seats. It also has a manual transmission and a giant fan on the back to generate downforce.

Production is limited to just 100 cars and each will cost around £2.83 ($3.64 million), and should be ready for it’s owners by 2022.

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Our top 10 cars from the Concours of Elegance 2020

The 9th Concours of Elegance took place at the Hampton Court Palace on 4-6th Sept 2020. It was a true delight that this event took place given so many events in 2020 have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines. 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which […] The post Our top 10 cars from the Concours of Elegance 2020 first appeared on My Car...

The 9th Concours of Elegance took place at the Hampton Court Palace on 4-6th Sept 2020. It was a true delight that this event took place given so many events in 2020 have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines. 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which had never been seen before in the UK were in attendance.

A big well done to the organisers for getting this event on and what a wonderful event it was. Here are our top 10 cars from the show. These are our choices based on the cars we’d most like to own, drive or have in the my car heaven car collection.

1954 Maserati 250F ex-works

My favourite racing car of all time, period and one of the cars I’d most like to drive. Open top, raw, purposeful and dangerous if you do not respect it.

1954 Maserati 250F ex-works

1996 McLaren F1 GTR

If you ever see a McLaren F1 at a show, it just has to be up there as one, if not the best car you’ll have the privilege to see. A truly sensational car and masterpiece. Believe it or not this car has been converted to road legal. Imagine this driving past you on the road, nuts. Here’s our video of this car.

1996 McLaren F1 GTR

McLaren Speedtail

Wow. Just wow. Another McLaren masterclass to follow the McLaren F1 and McLaren P1.

McLaren Speedtail

2018 Ford GT

I just love this car. In yellow, awesome.

2018 Ford GT

Ford GT40

This is an awesome, desirable, and iconic car, and with this colour combination, on a sunny day it just was immense. Love it.

ford gt40

Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada (Fiskens)

I love the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada, rare, low, noisy and purposeful, everything I love about a sports car.

Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada (Fiskens)

Ferrari 275 GTB (Fiskens)

In yellow, beautiful colour, beautiful design, it’s a Ferrari, what’s not to love? Super cool.

Ferrari 275 GTB (Fiskens)

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe by Gangloff

Just look at it. Stunning. Love the two tone colour paint work and of course in immaculate condition, oh and it’s a Bugatti.

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe by Gangloff

2018 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

Super rare (only 210 made), super purposeful and very nice looking.

2018 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution (4)

Which car lover/ racing driver would not love to drive this? Epic.

1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution (4)

Other beauties that caught my eye:

McLaren GT

What a cool supercar. Has to be one of the coolest and most practical modern GTs.

Mclaren GT

1958 Jaguar XK150 S Coupe by Bertone (35)

This is a stunning Jaguar. Immaculate. Loads of chrome. A headturner for sure.

1958 Jaguar XK150 S Coupe by Bertone (35)

1904 FIAT 24/32 Open Tourer (6)

As far as we know only 5 still survive. Love cars like this. Loads of bright work. Car art.

1904 FIAT 24/32 Open Tourer (6)

Make sure you check out our postcard from Concours of Elegance and our favourite photos from the show.

Check out our other ‘top 10s’ articles here.

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