Extraordinary and Exquisite; Motorclassica 2016

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Motorclassica is now a globally-recognised Concours d’Elegance event. After running for seven year’s at Melbourne’s iconic Exhibition building, this event seems to get grander and larger each year.

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This annual running event attracts some of the most beautiful cars from collections not only around Australia but also from around the world

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With over 500 vehicles on display both inside and outside the building as well as the celebration marques for 2016 including 90 years of the Touring Superleggera, 100 years of BMW and 130 years of Mercedes-Benz, this year’s event was one of the best, with an brilliant turn out of high quality vehicles on display.

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Early Alfa Romeo are impeccably beautiful machines. This 1953 1900CS Touring caught our eye for the right reasons. As did the Spider in a similar hue parked next to it.

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The BMW M1, BMW’s first mid-engine vehicle was produced from only 1978 to 1981. Lamborghini entered into an agreement with BMW to build a production racing car for homologation, but conflicts arose that prompted BMW to produce the car themselves. The result; the BMW M1. It employs a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L six-cylinder petrol engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection.

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We’re pretty certain we’ve never seen one of these before. With a Mille Miglia and Californian Mille history, this is a rare 1954 Fiat 8V Rapi.

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Abarth was on hand, displaying he new Fiat 124 Abarth. Based on the new MX-5 platform. Fiat’s 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder petrol engine, is tuned by Abarth resulting in 125kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm of torque from 2500rpm. Abarth says it will propel the 1060kg 124 Spider to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds, compared to a close 7.1 seconds for the rival 118kW MX-5.

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This 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT touring coupe was in remarkably original condition.

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This masterpiece is a 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B MM. With its original body and many components missing, this is was hand crafted over a period of 13 years. Many parts were sourced overseas.

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As found. This barn find 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster with its authentic dust sold for $80,000.

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This exquisite 1931 Delage D8S de Villars Roadster. With a 4.0 litre, in line 8 cylinder engine, when new Delage claimed a minimum top speed of 160 km/h.

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Unfortunately, the day we attended Melbourne’s weather gods weren’t playing fairly. Intermittent heavy rains dampened the atmosphere in the outdoor club-sandwich displays.

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But we were still able to make the most of it.

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Thanks so much for reading.

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More coming soon. Watch this space.

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