Car of the Year 2019

Please see the finalists for this year's Historic Motoring Awards Car of the Year, the finalists were hand selected by the Octane team, but the winner is up to you! Voting is free, please use the form below to submit your vote (only one vote per person). Voting will close on the 23rd September. 

Talbot Lago T26

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport by Figoni & Falaschi This amazing car was presumed to have been lost, but has now emerged after nearly 56 years. It is a one-off by Figoni & Falaschi on the Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport chassis, of which approximately 30 cars were built. It is unique in being the only Grand Sport bodied by Figoni & Falaschi. It is also the only example of the further development of the iconic ‘teardrop’ design from the renowned French coachbuilder. The car has an interesting history, having been sold new to a ‘Zipper King’, thus the only car with a zipper on its nose.

Lamborghini Countach

1977 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopica As featured on the cover of Octane 190, this car, which belongs to classic car broker Simon Kidston, was fresh from a brilliantly executed nut and bolt restoration that allowed Harry Metcalfe to experience, some 42 years on, what a factory-fresh, first-generation Countach would have felt like. In its stunning Viola Metallizzato and driven in breathtaking Alpine scenery, the legendary Gandini- designed V12 was originally built for Swiss entrepreneur Michael Noss.

Invicta S-type Low Chassis

1932 Invicta S-type Low Chassis, ex Raymond Mays This is a masterpiece of patinated originality and a mechanical dream to drive, even better than a ‘normal’ Low Chassis, already one of the best and most underrated pre-war cars. ‘White Invicta’ Chassis S119 was delivered directly to Bourne from Noel Macklin’s Surrey works, where it was prepped for competition via lightening and fettling the engine. Future ERA and BRM boss, the beret- wearing Raymond Mays then competed in it extensively and with great success. After falling of the map, it was rediscovered in Aden of all places by a pair of art students and sympathetically brought back to life.

Porsche 917

1969 Porsche 917 Considering the Porsche 917, always driven on the knife-edge, went on to be one of the dominant forces in motorsport, its beginnings may have been beautiful, but were inauspicious in competition terms. The shape was delectable on this first car, but the ‘aero’ was not right, prompting the introduction of the truncated Kamm tail. Chassis number 1, fresh from a 3000-hour restoration, never even raced, but as the first car – the progenitor of all that was to come, the testbed of the 4494cc mid-mounted 12 cylinder horizontally opposed engine – it remains one of the most significant cars in motorsport history.

Skinner Special

Skinner Special Yes, Skinner as in Skinner Union of SU Carburetters fame. Based on a 1920s sidevalve Morris Minor, this car was acquired and campaigned successfully in small-capacity formulae by Peter Skinner in the early 1930s. By the mid-’30s, however, he and father Carl decided it needed a power boost… and that the chassis could handle a 4168cc Hudson straight eight fed by a gulping quartet of carbs – SUs of course. Reskinned to match its more dashing mechanical spec, the resulting special was re-chassised several times in its competition career, but retains an undeniable air of historical authenticity.

Jaguar C-type

1952 Jaguar C-type This shapely beauty took top honours against fierce competition at the Octane- backed London Concours in June. As well as having history with Stirling Moss, the Mille Miglia and being the first to win a race (the Reims 12 Hours) equipped with disc brakes, this much-campaigned car, chassis XKC005, is famed for a remarkable adventure in which it was driven from its home in Coventry to Monaco, finished sixth in the Grand Prix (driven by Tommy Wisdom, the first non-Ferrari home) and was promptly driven back to the UK. Despite its gleaming condition, we can confirm that current owner Richard Frankel proudly uses it with similar gusto.

Aston Martin Sports

1928 Aston Martin Sports No pre-war Aston Martin was especially plentiful, but the Sports was particularly rare with only a few being built. Despite that, however, this graceful vintage Brit was the building blocks for all the great models – the Speed, the International, the Ulster – that would follow. What makes this car a worthy candidate for Octane’s car of the year, is its astonishing originality and the fact that many consider it to be the oldest unrestored Aston Martin in the world. Powered by a 1495cc four, the little two-seat sports car is actually good for around 80mph.

Bugatti Type 50/50B

1939 Bugatti Type 50/50B, ex Jean-Pierre Wimille On loan from the Cité de L’Automobile (the former Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse) this completely original and unrestored works Type 59/50B Bugatti made a historic return to Prescott Hillclimb in 2019 as one of the main exhibits of The Bugatti Trust summer exhibition ’Jean Bugatti and Jean-Pierre Wimille - Prescott 80 years ago’. It was the first time it had left France since its previous visit to Gloucestershire! Wearing twin-rear wheels and fitted with an eight- cylinder supercharged 4.7-litre type 50B engine, the Type 59 had been campaigned in the first ever Bugatti Owners’ Club International hill climb at Prescott by works ace and war hero Jean-Pierre Wimille.

BMW Garmisch Recreation

2019 BMW Garmisch recreation at the Concours d’Eleganze at Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, BMW unveiled a very special one-off tribute to the genius of designer of Marcello Gandini. The company had painstakingly rebuilt from scratch the unique BMW Garmisch, a concept car that Gandini had designed for Bertone, but which disappeared after make its debut at the Geneva Salon in 1970. Used in part as a showcase for the skills of the BMW team, the car’s creation was aided by Gandini himself who contributed much missing information.

Alfa Romeo 8C

1937 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2900B BERLINETTA Not only did this sublime Alfa Romeo win the coveted title of Best of Show at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but it also scooped the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, a concours of concours winners that gives the ultimate accolade to one of the winners of the eight premier concours from around the world. Owned by David and Ginny Sydorick of Los Angeles, California, 412020 is the first of only five known Berlinettas built on the Lungo chassis and is the car that Touring refers to as the beginning of Superleggera.

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