InterClassics Brussels 2019

A gathering of car enthusiasts at Brussels Expo

by | Nov 26, 2019 | Shows & Events

Photo Credit: Wouter Melissen

InterClassics Brussels 2019

A gathering of car enthusiasts at Brussels Expo

by | Nov 26, 2019 | Shows & Events

Photo Credit: Wouter Melissen

The arrival of fall in Europe traditionally means that the events move indoors. Among the first this year was the InterClassics Brussels. The three-day classic car motor show is a spin-off of the InterClassics Maastricht event held each year in early January. Although staged in the Belgian capital for the fifth time in 2019, it has been firmly established as a set fixture on the calendar. The show is hosted in four halls of the massive Brussels Expo, which sits just across from the famous Atomium monument that was built for the 1958 World Expo.

The striking Atomium monument built for the 1958 World Expo

Car enthusiasts of all sorts are gathered, thanks to a wide variety of exhibitors that ranged from classic car dealers, artists, book and automobilia vendors to specialist clubs. There was also a section reserved for private sellers to offer their car for sale. Additionally, floor space was reserved for several unique displays that included a celebration of 100 years of Bentley and an homage to five of Italy’s most famous carrozzerie. New for this year’s event was an auction staged by local specialists, Noble.

The Bentley display was filled with a fine mix of models produced in the last 100 years

Officially, the headlining theme of the show was Great Italian Designers. An accurate description would have been Great Italian Coach-builders, as the cars shown on the unique display were created by five of the carrozzerie, but were the work of many more designers. Among our favorites were the Pininfarina-bodied Ferrari 500 Superfast that was initially owned by actor Peter Sellers, Bertone’s Iso Grifo that was penned by the great Giorgietto Giugiaro and a lovely Fiat 8V with a lightweight Zagato body. 

Pininfarina was represented by this Lancia Aurelia B20 GT and the ex-Peter Sellers Ferrari 500 Superfast

The exquisite Iso Grifo is just one of many designs that resulted in Giorgietto Giugiaro being named the automotive designer of the 20th century

One of the many Italian coach-builders missing was Stabilimenti Farina. This omission was addressed by French dealer Galerie des Damiers, who showed a unique Farina bodied Jaguar XK120, originally shown at the 1952 Brussels Motor Show.

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Returning ‘home’ was this 1952 Brussels Motor Show, Stabilimenti Farina-bodied Jaguar XK120

With floor space at a premium, some exhibitors made sure to fill their stand to the brim, while others could afford to give the cars on display ample space. That was certainly the case with Officina Caira, who brought three relatively modern Grand Prix cars. Among them was the very first Jaguar F1 racer, which was raced during the 2000 season, and one of the very rare and painfully unsuccessful Porsche-powered Footwork-Arrows. As it turns out, this was just a small selection of the current offering of the Brussels-based company, which also serves as the official dealer for the Sauber and Alfa Romeo Racing team. From their past, a 2007 BMW-Sauber was shown on the stand.

The BMW-Sauber F1.07 on display at the Officina Caira stand

For many years, the perfectly restored cars ruled the world, but recently the interest in original vehicles began to grow. InterClassics also featured two impressive cars that fit that bill, although at two ends of the market. 

At the lower end sat a Volvo 850 T5 that had initially been delivered to Italy in 1995. Despite being almost 25 years old, it had just 19,800 km on the odometer, and the wheels reportedly had never even come off the car. It had nevertheless been driven annually, so it was very much in full running order.

With less than 20,000 km on the odometer, this is a time-warp Volvo 850 T5

For the discerning enthusiast with a slightly larger budget, there was also a Ferrari Dino 246 GT on display that was recently discovered in a barn. It was originally delivered to Belgium and was presented with 63,000 km on the odometer.

Delivered new to Belgian, this highly original Ferrari 246 Dino GT was recently discovered in a barn

During the three-day event, the InterClassics Brussels welcomed an impressive 25,000 visitors. Considering the great variety and quality on display, they will certainly not have left the Brussels Expo disappointed.

 

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