Classic Motoring

Visitors had a chance to enjoy a range of vintage and classic motoring on display across the Show! To discover what went on at 2019’s Classic Motoring Zone, read below or click here for more info. 

Celebrating 50 Years of the Ford Capri

First unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1969 and marketed by Ford as ‘The Car You Always Promised Yourself’, the Capri proved highly popular throughout the world and nearly 1.9million of them were sold between 1969 and 1986. Not bad for a car renamed by Car magazine as a “Cortina in drag”.

It was intended as the European equivalent of the Mustang and Ford’s fastback coupe and was originally to be named Colt… but it was forced to rethink this as the name had already been trademarked by Mitsubishi (and Capri has an exotic ring to it!).

With the cost of the Capri initially starting at less than £900 (and if you wanted one with a bit more oomph, the 88bhp 1600GT came in at around £1040), the Capri represented style and relative affordability… and a whole new level of cool.

But in the early 1980s, with a growing trend towards hot hatchbacks and sports saloons, the Capri had witnessed its finest hour. It was losing its appeal and, with the introduction of the Fiesta, Escort and Sierra by Ford across Europe, sales of the Capri took a dive; it had sadly had its day and the last Ford Capri came off the production line in 1986.

Many of these fine cars are still enjoyed by owners of classic Capris up and down the country, and we celebrated the 50th anniversary of this style icon on Regent Street!

Celebrating 60 years of the Mini

First launched in 1959, the ground-breaking Mini not only revolutionised small car design forever but also became a classless British icon in the Swinging Sixties – an image that lives-on today with BMW’s homage to the innovative original which was designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by the ingenious Sir Alec Issigonis.

It was once as much a part of British automotive culture as individual parking meters or Regent petrol pumps. Not only was it one of the most influential cars in automotive history, but the trail-blazer also earned its spurs in competition. Maximising its nimble front-wheel-drive layout, higher performance versions quickly added to the Mini’s kudos. It was a car designed to be small, practical and economical yet which also went on to famously win three Monte Carlo Rallies plus see numerous giant-killing successes on the race track. Incredible credentials that have contributed to this little car’s legendary status.

The original Mini survived in production until the current millennium (just), with the final car coming off the production line at the Longbridge plant in October 2000, by which time around 1.5 million had been sold in Britain alone with more than five million around the world. The Mini legend lives on, and we were proud to celebrate 60 glorious years of the original Mini in our Classic Motoring Zone at the Show.

Abels Moving Services

Abels Moving Services has a rich moving heritage and was awarded the Royal Warrant in 1989 – a proud honour which they have held to this day.

It proudly owns a 1896 horse-drawn removal pantechnicon (as used in days gone by for the movement of personal possessions). The removal trucks used for this are thankfully more modern and come equipped with state-of-the-art technology but removal vehicles through the ages were on display at the Show.

Harrods

Harrods took part in the inaugural London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in 1898. Over the last few years, Harrods has developed a close partnership with the Run, which is believed to be the longest-running motoring event in the world. Harrods is an official sponsor of the event, and this year hosted the ever popular Saturday evening Participants’ Reception, supported by Hagerty. The annual event takes place on the eve of the Run and provides participants the perfect opportunity to meet and celebrate the start of the event.

In 2018, Harrods Director of Store Operations, James Healy, also took part in the historic Run, driving a 1901 electric Pope Waverley. The Pope Waverley is just one of the vintage vehicles which Harrods has preserved, as a nod to the rich history of the store.

Harrods was one of the first companies in the UK to develop an all-electric commercial fleet, introducing its first electric vehicle over 100 years ago and going on to build a fleet of over 60 electric vehicles – including solid-tyred American Walker electric vans – which delivered goods to the store’s local London customers.

Harrods maintains its commitment to innovating technology today. Over 100 years after the London department store first added an electric car to its fleet, Harrods returned to EV, with the addition of the 100 percent electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery van. The Nissan e-NV200 has been specially adapted to perfectly fit Harrods’ delivery needs. The load space of the van has been fully refridgerated and shelving units added to allow for fresh groceries to be transported in optimum condition. The exterior has also been wrapped in the traditional green and gold Harrods livery, making it recognisable as it travels around the city.