In its fourth year at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building, Motorclassica is a premier event for the Australian automotive scene.
Driven Threads attended the event last Saturday and we were thoroughly impressed by more than 450 cars and motorcycles on display in and around the building, including the adjacent ‘Club Sandwich’ club displays.
More than 20,000 people flocked to the show over three days to admire the vintage, veteran and classic metal.
Motorclassica is Australia’s national Concours D’Elegance event.
Where, cars are judged and thoroughly inspected on their authenticity, condition and pedigree in their appropriate category.
Also featured inside the building was the Theodore Bruce auction collection. The stand out car for many was a 1947 Holden Prototype -the oldest Australian-made Holden, which reached a winning bid of $600,000.
Among other manufacturers displaying their latest creations was Jaguar, which was showcasing its newest models in Australia, the beautiful and compact F-TYPE.
and its aggressive XFR-S.
But it was Lamborghini that had the most significant presence at the event, continuing its celebrations of 50 years of supercar production with a display featuring everything from the 400GT to the Aventador.
Appropriately, the guest of honour was renowned Lamborghini test driver, Valentino Balboni. Balboni spoke passionately about his experiences in testing and developing famous cars such as the Muira, Espada and Countach. For a man, with such an amazing role and life experiences, he was brilliantly humble and genuinely passionate. His love for all things Lamborghini is clearly still evident today.
This 1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 was a development of the first Lambo the 305GT. The 400GT used an enlarged 3929 cc V12 engine. Over 2 years, 224 examples were built, replaced in 1968 by the Islero. This example was the first Lamborghini imported to Australia as a left hand drive and converted here to right hand drive. Amazingly, it has remaining in the one family from new.
Named after a famous fighting bull, this particular 1968 Lamborghini Islero has been in the same ownership for 40 years, and has never been restored. This model was introduced after the 400GT. Six weber carbies fed the 350 hp V12 producing a top speed of 150mph. Ferruccio Lamborghini drove an Islero, as did his brother. The car is also famous for its appearance in the Roger Moore thriller the Man who Haunted Himself.
The legendary Muira was considered the first ‘supercar’ and was produced from 1966-1972. At launch it was the fastest production car available.
This 1969 Muria S is a factory right hand drive. It is finished in its original colour Verde Muira. Valentino Balboni stated that he prefers Murias finished in bright colours- yellow, orange and red or Verde Muira. We tend to agree.
New versions of the Miura arrived in 1968; the Miura P400 S (more commonly known as the Miura S) featured a stiffened chassis and more power, with the V12 developing 370 bhp at 7000 rpm.
The ‘Club Sandwich’ display outside was a breath-taking display of the more Lamborghini’s. It was utterly Lambo City.
White on white has never looked so good. The angular lines of the Countach are just as desirable now as they were when the car was unveiled. The Countach, which replaced the Espada as Lamborghini’s best-selling car, was in production from 1974 to 1988.
A plethora of Diablos, Gallardos and Murciélagos were crammed in like sardines. It was an expensive car park.
The prancing horse, was also there in full force.
Some healthy aero and track presence is a welcome addition to this 458 Italia.
Back inside, this 1974 Alfa Rome Montreal caught our attention. As the name suggests, this model was launced in Montreal. Powered by a 90 degree V8 with competition features like dry sump lubrication and fuel injection. Almost 4000 were produced from 1970-1977, ironically none were sold in Montreal.
With seductive bodywork was this 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce, designed by Bertone. This example was purchased in Italy and converted to Right Hand Drive when brought to Australian in the early 1970’s. Astonishingly, it has travelled only 9,800km in 50 years.
This exquisite 1929 Bugatti Type 44 Open Tourer was eye-catching to say the least. Featuring an inline eight cyclinder engine displacing nearly 3 litres producing 80bhp. With a Lavocat et Marsaud tourer body, this particular example was Australian-delivered from new and has had only three owners.
This 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Coupe is simply sublime. The Pininfarina designed GT coupe was an instant sensation when launched. The standard 275GTB was produced by Scaglietti and was available with three or six Weber twin-choke carbies. The 3.3 litre engine developed over 280 bhp and had independent rear suspension. It was capable of 260kph. This long-nose example was imported to Australia, new from the factory to be used as the Italian Consul car in Canberra.
Immaculate in every way. This Dino was superb.
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale was again a head turner. First presented as a prototype at the 1957 Turin Salon, using the Guielletta’s twin cam four, the Sprint Speciale was put into limited production to comply with FIA homologation regulations. This car was driven extensively to shows around Europe before being shipped to Australia by its new owner, last year.
Another marque, we are passionate about at Driven Threads is Aston Martin. And there were plenty to drool over.
This magnificent 1950 Aston Martin DB2 is owned by Vern Schuppan. It was built as a sister car to the Le Mans team cars. This car has a competition history having competed at Fisherman’s Bend, Rob Roy and in the 1956 Australian Grand Prix.
This DB3 was also gorgeous in every way.
This 1970 DB6 Mk 2 is capable of 0-60mph in under 7 seconds and a top speed of 148mph.
The famous 6 cyclinder Aston engine was right at home in this DB Zagato replica.
For current-day exotica to amazing vehicles of a bygone era, Motorclassica has no rival.
We hope you have enjoyed our coverage from Motorclassica 2013.
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