Essen goes for the full Monte


The Monte Carlo Rally’s 100th birthday is getting a last hurrah at this year’s Essen Motor Show – which opened in the German city last weekend – thanks to the display of famous Monte cars heading the show’s classic section.

The AC-6 Sport (below) that Victor Bruce and William Brunel drove to victory in 1926 and the Hotchkiss 686 GS, which Jean Trevoux and Marcel Lesurque entered in 1949, are lined up with Allard-founder Sydney’s 1952 P1 Coupe, which he and Guy Warburton campaigned across the Alps in ’52. 

Adding to the theme is the Jaguar Mk VII (lead image above) that the trio of Ronnie Adams, Frank Millar and Leslie Johnson entered in the annual regularity event four years later.

Additional highlights – in support of the show’s other centenary celebrations, the birth of Juan Fangio in 1911 – include the 1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000CM (below), which the five-time Formula 1 champ raced. It’s making a return to the Essen Messe for the second year running.

No event can escape the E-type’s 50th anniversary either but the Essen Motor Show has a different take on it, thanks to Tobias Aichele’s battery-powered example (below), which recently won the RAC’s Future Car Challenge.

Also impressing is the show’s selection of classics for sale, with standouts including a 1973 Porsche 2.4S Targa at €98,000 and a Pinin Farina-bodied 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet (below) on offer for €145,000.

The Essen Motor Show runs from 26 November to 4 December. Entry costs €16 (€8 for parking).

Story and pictures courtesy of Mario Laguna.


Mario Laguna

Needless to mention, Graeme, my pleasure.

And for those who would like to know, the Alfa Romeo is Chasis No 916.009. First registered on 3 September, 1948 by a Mr José Ruiz-Jiménez Cortés in Madrid (according to R de Mateos files).

For the electric E-Type, it is Car No. 875145, Body R1243 and engine was R1209-9



In January 2012 at their inaugural Scottsdale, Arizona auction I understand that Bonham's is offering PLG 728 the 1952 Bentley R Type chassis number B69SR driven to class victory in the 1953 Monte Carlo Rally by Mike Couper. The car is still largely original/well preserved and in fabulous condition, having never been damaged or run down nor restored. The car came from the factory with a Continental R spec motor that was further modified for the Rally and it has that motor to this day.

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