Antwerp Classic Salon celebrates 40th anniversary

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An incredible selection of classic Ferraris was drawn together from 3-5 March the headline the 70th anniversary of the Maranello marque and the 40th birthday of the Antwerp Classic Salon. Mario Laguna reports. 

In total, 14 significant Prancing Horses were put on display, ranging from a 1949 166 Inter Coupe by Touring through to a brand-new F12 Tour de France and an enchanting ex-Scuderia Ferrari 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 bodied by Zagato. 

One of the highlights of the Ferrari display was undoubtedly a 1952 225S Berlinetta Vignale, which was one of only 21 built. It shared the spotlight with a 1964 500 Superfast which once belonged to Peter Sellers. 

Another Ferrari with Hollywood pedigree also drew plenty of admirers: the 1965 275GTS was on loan from Brussels’ Autoworld. 
In addition to the headline-grabbing Ferraris, the perennial showing of national club gatherings proved a huge hit with the crowds.

One of the more eye-catching club displays featured a pair of pristine Peugeot 404 cabriolets dating from 1965 and 1967, and which took pride of place on the Club Belge des Anciennes stand. 

As ever, there were a number of classics offered for sale at the Antwerp Classic Salon. A 1964 Citroen 2CV Sahara boasted one of the more surprising asking prices: a staggering €115,000. For that, a potential owner would get two engines, four-wheel-drive capability, and exclusivity: just 100 are thought to survive. 

Elsewhere, a 1963 Fiat 600 fitted with an updated 750cc engine was offered for €24,950.

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