Classic fans flock to Barcelona’s Auto Retro

| 14 Dec 2011

More than 50,000 classic enthusiasts visited this year’s Auto Retro Barcelona from 3-6 December.The 28th running of the show in the Catalan capital’s Montjuïc de Fira featured 600-plus cars with headline displays from Seat and Nissan, both established carmakers in the region.Seat’s line-up was centred around the evolution of the marque’s city models, from the 133, Panda and Marbella to the Arosa and Arosa II, while Nissan treated fans to a string of Z sports cars, including the 240Z and 300ZX – along with the 350Z and latest 370Z variants.Nissan’s stand also included a poster celebrating its rally heritage with a depiction of the 1971 Safari Rally-winning 240Z by Argentinian artist Juan Carlos Ferrigno.The clubs turnout impressed, too, with standouts such as Mercedes-Benz Club España, which celebrated the brand’s 125th anniversary with a display featuring the well-travelled replica of the 1886 Patent-Motorwagen (below).

Also honoured was the golden anniversary of Jaguar’s E-type, with various versions on show, while the BMW line-up paid tribute to the M3, launched 25 years ago.

Also celebrated were local motor sport heroes, including F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari and constructor Ramón López, along with coachbuilder Pedro Serra and photographer Joan Aymamí.

The Impala Motorcycle Club’s 50th celebrations (below) for the Montesa Impala 175 were impressive, while highlights of the Retroaviación and Retronautica sections included five aero engines and a 1962 Riva-Crusader Superflor.

Next year’s Auto Retro Barcelona takes place from 6-9 December: see www.autoretro.