While Rétromobile in Paris is often heralded as the start of the continental classic car season, it is really InterClassics & TopMobiel in The Netherlands that kicks it off.
Held in Maastricht from 17-19 January, this year's event paid opulent tribute to 100 years of Maserati, as well as celebrating Pre War Race Legend and Mustang Screen Heroes.
The Maserati centrepiece gathered interesting cars from private collections and museums alike. Among the dozen race cars, the ex-Stirling Moss 1958 420M Eldorado stole the show. Nearby was the 1953 A6GCS by Pininfarina, #2056, from the Panini Motor Museum.
Much of the space is taken by high-end dealers such as The Houtkamp Collection, The Gallery, Classic Park, Movendi and well known restorers like Classic Car Venlo and Bart Holland, all of them reporting brisk trade.
For example, Classic Park sold a rare 1961 Porsche 356 T5 Roadster by D'Ieteren with a price tag of €159,950. The Gallery sold a Lancia Flaminia Zagato and a Maserati 3500 GT.
Movendi was looking for €53,000 to find a new home for a 1963 Mini Cooper S 1071, #18658, with many Monte Carlo features.
Bart Holland displayed a nut and bolt rebuilt NSU Kohlmus, one of a handful built between 1969 and 1973.
One of the rarest cars on show, however, was a barchetta Ferrari-like 1951 Fiat Mille Miglia with aluminium Motto coachwork. The little etceterini gem, running on a modest 500 cc engine, is one of only seven produced and carried a pricetag of €110,000
Barnfinds were also on show. A 1949 Talbot Lago T26 was a crowd favourite, but a Fiat Abarth Sestriere, revived after 24 years of being hidden away was the most exciting find despite a hefty €31,500 asking price.
One-off Boano 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
Restored 1953 Allard Palm Beach MKI, €69,000
Rare 1928 D'Yrsan, ex-Montlhéry car
Rebuilt 1952 HRG Emperor
1934 Volpi boast V16 Cadillac engine (1931 Bugatti T54 behind)
A few fine XKs were for sale