Enthusiasts flock to annual Belgian classic spectacular

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A huge turnout of classics attracted more than 25,000 visitors to the Antwerp Classic Salon in Belgium from 28 February-2 March.

The 37th edition of the event showcased more than 400 vintage and classic cars, as well as restorations, spares, autojumble, clubs and automobilia over 20,000sq m in four huge halls.

Like many shows this year, the centrepiece was a special display celebrating Maserati's centenary. 

Under the banner of The Absolute Opposite to Ordinary, a host of Trident cars were displayed including 1966 Mistral, 1968 Mexico, 1971 Bora, 1975 Khamsin, 1955 250S and 1956 150S. The oldest on show was an extraordinary 1937 6CM.

 

Members of the Porsche Classic Club Belgium brought delightful 356 and 911 Speedsters, while the Belgian MG Owners' Club created a nice Loch Ness atmosphere as background to a much admired 1933 J2 #J3450. 

Local motor manufacture was represented by a 1926 Minerva AG16 with Feval body and art déco interior that was for sale at €60,000.

Cars for sale make up a big part of the event. A desirable viper green Porsche 911T Targa was sold within a few minutes from the opening, but the ex-Richard von Frankenberg 1958 Le Mans Porsche 718 1500 RSK Spider, #718004 was simply outstanding.

The Houtkamp Collection brought an amazing group of Aston Martins, Ferraris and Jaguar XKs for sale, but stealing the spotlight was an AC Ace that raced at the 1955 Grand Prix of Australia. 

Classic Park from The Netherlands offered a wonderfully restored 1954 Lancia Aurelia GT B20 2500 at a staggering €139,500, but only 573 Series 4 coupes were built.

One of the rarest cars in Antwerp was a 1963 Sunbeam Venezia coachbuilt by Touring and  rivalling a 1949 Talbot Lago with a price tag of €250,000 for public attention.

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