A 32-year-old Proton Saga recently bagged the Concours de l’Ordinaire award at UK’s 2021 Hagerty Festival, which celebrates the “unexceptional”.
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According to Malay Mail, the event, which happened at the Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire over the weekend, brought together 50 classic cars to compete for the top prize.
A rare 1.5GL Black Knight Edition Saga took the top spot, beating out the other 49 contestants.
In the official website, it says that the owner of the Proton Saga, Jon Coupland acquired the car in 2019 and now uses it sparingly to drive to car events.
He said that the car’s original owner garaged the car back in 1993 with less than 6,000km on the clock.
“It remained in the garage until 2017 when it was sold to its second owner before being driven for nearly a further 16,000km,” he said.
The 30-year-old police officer said that he has been a car enthusiast from a young age and this is his first time taking part in Hagerty’s Festival.
“I was over the moon to be accepted for the concours, so to have impressed the judges enough to have won the overall prize is beyond my wildest dreams.”
He took home the ultimate prize in the competition, a golden-coloured Hagerty trophy shaped like a mug of tea.
The iconic Proton Saga, manufactured in 1989 only sold 201 units of the Black Knight Edition Saga in the UK.
A check on the UK’s How Many Left website, which tracks the number of vehicles registered in the UK, shows that Coupland’s Proton Saga is the only one of its kind in existence.
That is a beautiful car. Congratulations, Jon!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat