A stunning array of etceterinis took centre stage at the first Interclassics Brussels, which took place in the Belgian city from 6-8 November. Mario Laguna reports.
Dozens of early Porsche 911s were joined by a handful of Ferrari 246GTs and Lamborghini Miuras, each vying with De Tomaso Vallelungas and Panteras, Mercedes-Benz 300SLs and even a Lancia Appia Zagato for the crowd's attention at the inaugural Belgian show, but it was a trio of ex-Mille Miglia giant killers that truly stole the show.
A rare 1952 Parisotto 750 Siata Sport and 1951 Stanguellini 1100 priced at €250,000 and €225,000 took a starring role on the stand of local car dealer Bernard Marreyt, while a 1953 Bandini Maserati – one of just four wide chassis models – completed the trio.
Away from the miniature Italian racers, one of the main themes of the event was the 60th anniversary of the Citroën DS. Among the classics marking the celebration was an ex-1956 Paris Motor Show Coupé le Dandy, a 1966 Majesty from Detroit and an ex-Baroness Wendel La Lorraine.
No fewer than 30 examples of Molsheim's finest turned out to celebrate the French marque, including a unique 1954 Brown, which enjoyed a rare outing from its Autoworld home. The car was created in the mid 1950s by Jacques Brown and was based on a 1938 Type 57. It was fitted with an innovative polyester body which, though offering significant weight savings, sacrificed some of the original car's elegance.
Elsewhere, Autoworld promoted its forthcoming Italian Cars exhibition by displaying a 1961 Osca Maserati, while tour specialist L'Imperial Classic presented a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which is a veteran of 10 of its rallies.
An ex-Colin Chapman Lotus also put in an appearance.