Displays dazzle at Belgian classic show

| 4 Mar 2012

The 20,000sq m of Antwerp Expo were taken over by 50 car clubs, museums and collections – as well as dozens of dealers from Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Luxembourg and Great Britain – for the annual Belgian classic car show from 2-4 March.

Organisers were confident that more than last year's 26,000 visitors would flock to the event.

Best among a wealth of great displays was the recreated desert filling station – complete with cactus – put together by the Forties and Fifties American Cars Enthusiasts and starring a striking Chevrolet Impala (main image).

A pair of gorgeous S1 Jaguar E-types also stood out. Displayed by the Dutch Houtkamp Collection, the beautifully restored 1963 3.8 roadster sold on the spot for €89,500, while a matching 1963 coupé was looking for a new home at €69,500.

Regular attendant the Porsche Classic Club of Belgium brought a couple of diesel tractors and the Royal Veteran Car Club Belgium surprised with a wonderful array of interesting cars ranging from a 1902 Renault Type 13 Paris-Vienne to a 1934 MG NA, a 1921 Bugatti Type 13 Brescia and a 1924 Rolls-Royce 20HP. 

The Flemish section of the Belgian Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club had one of the most luxurious club stands, packed with a trio of mighty '30s Le Mans Bentleys. 

Meanwhile, the Triumph Enthusiast Club Belgium displayed two TR7s with rally history.

Creating quite a stir among fans of exotica was the ex-Bill Harrah, ex-Nicolas Cage black-over-red 1951 Bugatti 101 Antem (chassis 101504). 

The Runnymede Motor Company travelled from the UK with a nicely restored, rally-prepped 1958 Aston Martin DB MKIII with an asking price of €146,500.

German model specialist Nils Koch specialises in Porsche history and individually customises models to customers' specifications. Even the Porsche Museum has commissioned Koch's models and he is especially proud of his 1966 906 and 1967 910 Bergspiders.

Prices for Porsches were steady. A restored Danish black 356 Speedster was asking €210,000, while a silver 1954 356 pre-A, chassis 52127, had a price tag of €95,000. Porsche 911 values still strong at €55,000 for a blue 1972 2.4E and double that for a viper green 1973 2.4S.