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It’s a good idea to run a classic car show in the New Year. Christmas is over, the weather is rubbish, everybody is looking forward to their credit card bill at the end of the month – not. So what we need is a car show to lift the spirits and for those of us who love their classics we have been looking forward to the first ever classic car event at Excel in London ever since it was proposed over a year ago.

First impressions? Well a tad underwhelming to be frank at least as far as the marketing of the event is concerned. Great location, potentially a great format but the promotional effort just seemed a little half-hearted.

Get off the train at Customs House and you see a multitude of signage suggesting that you were actually visiting the London Boat Show which has been held coincidentally at Excel this time of the year for most of the last decade.

Nothing wrong with a boat show being on at the same time and in fact there is probably a lot in common between boat buyers and classic car buyers. Both are obsessed with their toys and think nothing of pouring money into bottomless pits of expenditure. Wives are noted by their absence.

However having found the entrance to the classic car extravaganza it was obvious this was not a half-baked event as far as the exhibitors were concerned. Many of the well-established names in the classic car world were very much in attendance – Joe Macari, Hexagon, JD Classics, Frank Dale and Nicholas Mee – along with a healthy contingent of restorers and other assorted specialist service providers.

A ‘Hall of Fame’ section of the show featured a number of historic Formula One racing cars including Mansell’s ‘Red Five’ plus a huge nod to Adrian Newey’s contribution to motor sport. Some truly great cars were on show in this section.

Certainly the industry seemed to be taking the new event very seriously indeed.

Since the people behind the event have a history of putting together well-organised events such as the Top Gear road-shows it was no surprise to find a ‘live’ feature to entertain the crowds.

A ‘runway’ or ‘catwalk’ ran the length of the hall and at certain times of the day a gaggle of selected classics would make their way individually up and down the track while a commentary about each car was belted out over the PA system.

For those attracted by the aural sensations of a Lamborghini Diablo being fired up this was a lovely place to be. Add to that the explosive arrival of an historic F1 car such as Ayrton Senna’s Lotus 97T which provided a piece of gratuitous wheelspin at each turn at the end of the track and it was schoolboy nirvana. Nice.

It would be impractical to discuss every exhibitor and car in detail but if you are a classic car lover you would not be disappointed and there is plenty to ogle at. Most stands were welcoming and inviting for visitors and in fact most of the cars were left unlocked so peering inside a concours classic was not an issue for the exhibitors it seems.

Amongst the highlights for us were the Eagle E-types which although accepted are ‘re-creations’ rather than original classics the standard of finish and detail of their cars was deeply impressive. A lime-green Stratos also captured our hearts along with a short wheel-base Quattro and every single Ferrari 275 on display.  Hang on what about the Jensen Interceptor Convertible, Lotus Elan, McLaren F1 GTR, Miura, DB6 Vantage and Porsche 912? The list could go on and on but take a look at our show images and decide which are your own favourites.

Will we be going in 2016? Try and stop us, might even try and see a few boats next time too!

Finished in Moonlight Blue Metallic with a Black Leather/Alcantara interior this July 2012 registered, right hand drive S4 Avant Black Edition has recorded 18,000 miles with two owners and comes with the following specification:-

Black Edition, 7-Speed S Tronic Transmission with Paddle Shift, ‘S’ Sports Suspension, 19” 5-Arm Rotor Design Titanium Finish Alloy Wheels, Four New 255/35 R19 Tyres, Sports seats with electric adjustment and lumbar support, 3-spoke ‘S’ Sports Multi-function Flat-bottomed Steering Wheel with Aluminium-look Paddle Shift, Multi-media Interface with Sat Nav and Bluetooth Prep, Split-folding rear seats, Glass Panoramic Sunroof, Just had First Audi Service, Taxed until end November 2014, Audi Warranty until 21st July 2015, HPI Checked.

This S4 Avant Black Edition is being sold on behalf of the owner and is currently on sale at £31995

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or 07809 890969. You can also email sales@thecarspy.net.

Finished in Phantom Black with Black/Silver Leather Interior this one owner October 2011 registered S5 Sportback has recorded only 6000 miles and comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

SUPER SPORT SEATS, TECH PACK HIGH, BANG & OLUFSEN, DAB RADIO, AUDI MUSIC INTERFACE, DVD SAT NAV, 20” 7 ARM ALLOYS, PHONE PREP, CRUISE CONTROL, ELECTRIC SEATS WITH DRIVER MEMORY, FOLDING DOOR MIRRORS WITH MEMORY.

This S5 Sportback is available to purchase today at £43560 including VAT (excluding shipping/delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Audi S5 Sportback in Phantom Black

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Finished in Phantom Black with Black Leather Interior this new, unregistered S8 comes with the following specification:-

Ceramic Brakes, B&O Advanced Sound System, Assistance Pack with Pre Sense Plus (Includes Adaptive Cruise with Stop / Go + Audi Side Assist), Power Door Closure, Front & Rear Camera, Comfort Head Restraints, Electric Tilt / Slide Sunroof, Electric Rear & Rear Side Blinds, Seat Ventilation & Massage for Front Seats, Deluxe 4 Zone Climate Control, Night Vision, List Price OTR £102820 inc VAT.

This S8 is available to purchase today at £88000 inc VAT (excluding shipping/delivery costs)

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Audi S8 in Phantom Black

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Finished in Cobalt Blue with Black Nappa Leather Interior this June 2012 registered, Q3 2.0T FSI has recorded 3000 miles andcomes with the following specification:-

19″ 5-segment Spoke Alloys, Heated Front Seats, Audi parking plus, Technology Pack: HDD Navigation, MMI Navigation Plus, SD Card Readers, DVD Player. S-Line Body Styling, Front Sport Seats with Electric Lumbar, Xenon Plus Headlights including Daytime Running Lights. List Price OTR New £35795 inc VAT.

This Q3 is available to purchase today at £30000 inc VAT (excluding shipping/delivery costs)

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Audi Q3 in Cobalt Blue

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Finished in Glacier White Metallic with Black/Lunar Silver Interior this new, unregistered S8 comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Assistance pack/pre sense plus, Comfort head restraints – rear, Deluxe 4-zone climate control including rear comfort centre armrest, Electric sun blinds for rear window and for rear door windows, Night vision assistant with pedestrian detection, Seat ventilation and massage function for front seats, Audi Parking System Advanced with top view, Plus power door closure. List Price £87400 inc VAT.

This S8 is available to purchase today at £82400 inc VAT (excluding Shipping/Delivery costs)

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Audi S8 in Glacier White

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Finished in Phantom Black with Black Leather Interior this February 2012 registered, long wheelbase diesel A8 has recorded 500 miles only andcomes with the following specification:-

Front & Rear View Camera, Bluetooth Phone Prep High with Audi Connect, BOSE Sound System, Electric Tilt/Slide Sunroof, Heated Front & Outer Rear Seats, Electric Rear Blind & Electric Rear Side Blinds, Deluxe 4 Zone Climate, Advanced Voice Recognition, Audi Parking Advanced, Advanced Key – Keyless Entry + Keyless Go, Power Boot, 19″ 10 spoke Y Design Alloys, DAB Radio, AMI, 60gb Hard Drive, HDD Based Navigation, DVD Player + 2 X SD Card Readers, MMI Touch, Cruise, Electric Steering Column, Door Mirrors (Electric, Heated, Folding, Auto Dimming), ADRVM, 4 Spoke MFSW with Paddles, Double Glazing, Xenon Plus Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, Audi Drive Select, Light/Rain Sensor Pack. List price £64715 inc VAT.

This LWB A8 is available to purchase today at £43000 inc VAT (excluding shipping/delivery costs)

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Audi A8 3.0 Tdi LWB in Phantom Black

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