Stretched XK is the talk of Antwerp

| 6 Mar 2013

A 1951 Jaguar XK120, which had been restored to concours condition, was the star car for the 20,000 visitors to the Antwerp Classic Salon from 1-3 March.

Commissioned by New Zealander David Mitchell, chassis number 660750 was stretched to accommodate his need for four seats and featured aluminium panels hand-beaten by coachbuilder Abbott. It may not have been to everyone’s taste, but it certainly caused a stir!

A 1967 Citroën DS had taken the opposite approach to the Jaguar, with a shortened punt to aid an assault on the Moroccan Rally in 1969.

It was one of three DSs, the other examples were by Chapron and sold on the spot as two of the 400 cars up for grabs at the event.

Others included a pair of MGs from classic car dealer Movendi. The first, chassis number J0483, was a 1933 MGJ2 converted to J4 specification in the ’80s with a sticker price of €72,500. There was also a 1933 MGK2 #MGK2001, which was the first of only 20 built.

Other rarities included a restored green 1934 Lanchester LA10 (€64,000), an elegant 1949 Delahaye 135M cabriolet by Guilloré (€175,000), while Albion Cars sold a1965 TVR Griffith 200, with GTO front air intakes, for €110,000.

As Porsche’s 911 celebrates its 50th anniversary, one of 300 displays featured at a cross-section of  rear-engined sports car and proved one of the main crowd pullers.

The clubs hall, Scuderia Antwerpia, featured the ongoing restoration of the one-off and presently body-less 1964 Vixen GT, while an unrestored 1934 Imperia showcased Belgium’s car-building heritage.

The event’s autojumble offered everything from parts to books, models and automobilia, plus Brussels Autoworld previewed its next special event Ferdinand Porsche From Electric to Electric, which starts on 6 December.  

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