Fiats take centre stage at Maastricht

| 16 Jan 2012

Despite a wealth of anniversary celebrations and special features, it was the Fiats that stole the show at this year's Interclassics and Topmobiel.

Examples at the Dutch show in Maastricht from 13-15 January included the ex-Baroness Maria Antoinette d'Avanzo streamlined 1939 6C 1500 (lead picture), which was a Mille Miglia entrant in 1940.

Other outstanding Fiats on display were a 1950 1100E Zagato, one of just six built, a 1954 106 Sport Otto Vu Zagato and another 1955 8V Zagato.

The Fiats trumped rather more exotic fare including massive arrays of Porsches and Mille Miglia veterans in special groups.

They were also dwarfed by the 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK "Black Bear", which looked mighty close to the little Italian berlinettas.

Restorers and dealers were also out in force, such as Mercedes-Benz 190SL specialist Classic Car Venlo and Bart Holland, displaying concours specimens and showcasing their talents.

A lot of asking prices reflected a buoyant market, but seemed optimistic considering the economic crisis and the weakness of the Euro.

A below-average 246GTS Dino had a price tag of €162.000, while a superb Jaguar E-type 4.2 was valued at €132.000, and enthusiasts claimed to be "staggered" by the the €140.000 being asked for a Porsche 911S 2.4, albeit a very nice example.

Clubs were well represented, too, with brilliant stands for Alfa Romeo, Simca, Saab and Jaguar. The Dutch Healey Competitions display outclassed them all, though, with a Healey Café and a colourful Mille Miglia start line with a 1950 Healey Silverstone.