Cars As Art – a seminar at the Royal Academy

The car as a work of art is a notion that has always been hotly contested. The most sought-after collector automobiles are rare, unique and highly desirable. But does that give them the status of ‘art’? Vehicles require maintenance, are a depreciating asset and are not generally protected by copyright law. The car is first and foremost a functional object, whereas works of art are primarily created for their aesthetic value. 

With the most desirable collector cars now reaching tens of millions of pounds at auction and in private sales, now is a good time to consider the evidence, with contributions from leading experts from the collector car, art and investment worlds. 

The Classic Car Seminar, in association with Blick Rothenberg, will be held in the Benjamin West lecture theatre at the Royal Academy of Arts on the second day of Concours on Savile Row.


  • Simon Taylor: Historian, broadcaster and author

Panel Experts

  • Clive Robertson: Head of collector cars, Healys LLP
  • John Mayhead: Market expert, Hagerty
  • Ian Callum CBE: British car designer
  • Susan Spash: Personal tax and inheritance specialist, Blick Rothenberg
  • Julian Radcliffe OBE: Chairman Art Loss Register/Classic Car Register 
  • Additional panellists to be confirmed

It all takes place at the Royal Academy of Arts on May 25, 2023, beginning with coffee and pastries at 9:30am. The seminar starts at 10am and closes at 11am. Come and join us for the round table, and then head over to Savile Row to enjoy the most exclusive free classic car show in London. Entry to the seminar is free, but we ask that you register your interest to attend by May 20. Register your interest by emailing