London has some of the best markets in the world. On any given weekend it’s not difficult to stumble upon some of the crazy bargains and amazing products on offer.
Astonishing variety and unique characters is what makes these markets memorable. Whether it be gourmet food at the Borough Markets, Vintage at Shoreditch, second-hand goods at Roman Road, or flower markets at Columbia Road. What has this got to do with cars, we hear you say? Well, we came across a vintage market that just so happens to appeal to even the most hardened gear-head.
A plethora of vintage vehicles gathered by the Thames to trade fashion, homewares and collectables at the South Bank Classic Car Boot Sale. It sure got our motor running in a truly retro way.
Car people tend to the the eclectic, eccentric type. Event organiser, Wayne Hemingway explains “We wondered if there were enough classic car owners who also had collections to sell, but ofcourse by their very nature, these are people who like to collect.”*
With the London Eye as the backdrop and amazingly some very pleasant Autumn sunshine, the double-decker bar serving Pims and Lemonade was a huge hit.
The best part of the day was that many of the prized product up for grabs was often being sold from a vehicle of the corresponding era. 40’s leather out of a Vintage Ford truck. 50’s out of 60’s out of an open MG.
To the funk and hip seventies.
We really can’t think of better way to browse for a vintage vinyl record or fifties crockery than from the boot of a beautiful vintage ride.
Appropriately-attired owners added to the glamour.
It was all quintessentially British.
Period food trucks, serving up some very tasty grub all added to the atmosphere.
Some even serving up Lobster.
This flawless low rider was immaculate in every way.
With one of the most elaborately detailed dashboards we’ve ever come across. Staggering.
We’ve got a ‘Car Feature’ on this car coming soon. Any guess what it might be?
With some deep-dish steelies this MGA looked rather tough.
The iconic lines of the Porsche 356 will never date.
Vintage signage adorns this equally used early Land Rover.
This one was something new for us. A BMW 2002 Touring. In 1971, the Touring hatchback version of the 2002 Series became available with all engine sizes available in the 2002 Series at the time.
The car was in top original condition with a hint of seventies patina.
This 3.0 CSL also caught our eye. Introduced in May 1972, the 3.0CSL was a homologation special built to make the car eligible for racing in the European Touring Car Championship. The five hundred 3.0CSLs exported to the UK were not quite as light as the others, as the importer had insisted on retaining the soundproofing, electric windows, and stock E9 bumpers on these cars.
Vintage Dinky toys aplenty.
Every young boys dream.
This 1964 Jenson CV8 Mk II was the ultimate GT of the 1960’s combining a British body with a big block Chrysler V8 engine. It was a true super car of its day. Only 500 of these striking cars were ever made.
The rear view is just as classy. The car is fitted with 3 speed Auto driving the 6.3 litre V8. Impressively, it pushes out 330 bhp / 425 ft-lb and does 0-60 in 6.7 Seconds. Pretty impressive for a 50 year old.
Those unique headlights are very eye-catching.
Like the Jensen, this Corvette 1967 Corvette Stingray C2 is from the Classic Car Club London. Upon payment of a joining fee, followed by an annual subscription, members receive an allocation of points, which they exchange for days in classic cars.
The double cockpit style, black and white combination in the Corvette interior oozes sex appeal.
Plymouth police car
The Blue Peel P50 was produced from 1962 to 1965 by the Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man. Until 2009 it held the record for the smallest automobile to go into production. It’s partner, the red Peel Trident was the second three-wheeled microcar made by the Peel between 1965 and 1966. The Trident featured a clear bubble top and either two seats or one seat with a detachable shopping basket. Famous for their appearances on Top Gear, James May described the Peel Trident as “something out of The Jetsons” and Jeremy Clarkson described the Trident and the P50 as his perfect two-car garage.
Big and brash American cruisers basked in the English sun.
Lashings of chrome upon perfectly polished bonnets.
There’s nothing like a bit of hot rod to spice up a gathering like this. When this thing rolled in, people stopped whatever they were doing and stared. A very slick ’32 Ford Coupe Rod. The subdued green top this car off perfectly.
Packing a serious punch.
Mod lighting was the stock in front of a Citroen Traction Avant. Gnome anyone?
1965 GT40 Recreation- another one that is available from Classic Car Club London
A beautiful Fiat Dino.
Inside a classy original interior. You could just tell this car was well-looked after.
We’re finishing with another of our favourites. The perfect hue for this drop top Porsche 356.
It’s no surprise that the South Bank Classic Car Boot sale is our new favourite market in London. For more information on this great event, check out the website here. Watch this space. We’ve got more coverage coming soon to Driven Threads.
DRIVEN TO PERFORM
*Quote from Time Out Magazine, 11/3/14