Star car one of many set to take to London’s famous tailoring street as part of Concours on Savile Row on May 22–23

Formerly owned by late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, this 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide (main image) is set to be one of many exciting and rare cars on display at Concours on Savile Row on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23. Presented by H. Huntsman & Sons and Hagerty Insurance, the car will be displayed outside the former’s tailor shop where Watts’ suits will also be on show.

The displays will form the backdrop for a personal discussion about Charlie Watts with Paul Sexton, author of the official Charlie Watts biography, along with automotive expert Simon Taylor and Huntsman head cutter Dario Carnera.

Charlie Watts bought his Lagonda in 1983 but the car has not been seen in over 40 years. The car was one of a handful capable of breaking 100mph before the Second World War. Production ended when war broke out after just six were made. Watts never sampled the car’s ability himself; despite his passion, he never obtained a driving licence.

The drummer’s connection to Savile Row and Huntsman in particular is strong, with Watts having made over 200 orders for suits from the high-end tailor. Three of the house tweed sport coats set to be on display were commissioned specifically to complement a car from Watt’s collection.

Other highlights of the Concours on Saville row are set to include David Gandy’s bespoke 1954 Jaguar XK120 by Jaguar Classic, a 1995 McLaren F1 and the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina that was the first Ferrari ever sold in the UK. 

Other rarities will include a 1971 Monteverdi 375L, a 1968 De Tomaso Mangusta and an MG 14/28 Bullnose Supersports Salonette – the sole surviving example with Carbodies salonette coachwork.

David Gandy's bespoke Jaguar XK150 will be on display

David Gandy’s bespoke Jaguar XK120 will be on display

A replica of John Lennon’s hand-painted Rolls-Royce Phantom V will also be on show – a particularly fitting addition given Savile Row’s famous connection to the Beatles and their Apple Records headquarters.

Besides the automotive attractions, tours of famous Savile Row tailors are set to feature, along with a main stage featuring important names in car design and tailoring, plus live music. A competition for the best-dressed attendee will also be running – visitors are encouraged to ‘dress to impress’.

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