Unusual classics overrun Rhineland castle

| 7 Aug 2014

Dozens of concours contenders descended on Schloss Dyck, near Düsseldorf from 1-3 August for the annual Classic Days celebrations. 

The popular venue was as crowded as ever, the fortified palace's grounds packed with racing legends and demonstrations throughout the three-day event, as well as the headline concours d'elegance.

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1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 cabriolet Visconteo. Note Corrado Lopresto's 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Aprile, Villa d'Este Coppa d'Oro winner in the background. 

Though displays of German-built classics took centre stage, British enthusiasts were also out in force; no fewer than 19 Bentleys featured as part of the Bentley Run including Mother Gun,  a few 4.5 Litres, a brace of Blowers and one 8 Litre example.

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The 1955 Paris Show Maserati Frua.

Bristols were also present in large numbers, including one of only five left-hand-drive 1957 405 Dropheads, while four Mercedes-Benz SS Rennsports offered a distinctly Saxon flavour.

An unusual 1949 Skoda 1100 Sport that raced at Le Mans in 1950 used the Schloss' courtyard as a temporary shelter, with the 1912 Senechal prototype also raising a few eyebrows.

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Very exotic Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Ghia.

The castle's relative proximity to Stuttgart ensured that Porsche would feature prominently, but it was Italian classics that proved the biggest hit with the crowd. A Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinetta Frua, which starred at the 1955 Paris Auto Salon was especially popular, closely followed by a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Cabriolet bodied by Touring (known as the Visconteo prototype).

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Famous 1937 Aston Martin Ulster.

Far from being simply a static display, a number of the cars were demonstrated at high speed. Chief among them was a 1953 Jaguar XK120, which was joined by a 1937 Aston Martin Ulster, a 1928 Bugatti Type 37A and an exotic 1939 Simca Eight Roux Barquette.

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1957 405 Drophead fronts Bristol display.

The Berlin-Rome 1939 Porsche Type 64 – the only one to survive with its original body – also drew the crowds, although it lacks its original engine.

Despite using Volkswagen parts to build its special cabriolet in 1957, the pale blue Wendler is listed everywhere as a Porsche because it looks vaguely like a 356.

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Touring the castle in style with a 1928 Type 37A.

Zagato was also honoured at Schloss Dyck with the outstanding pairing of a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint coupé and a 1962 Lancia Flaminia Sport.

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Mighty 1928 Mercedes-Benz SS Rennsport.

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Bentley Mother Gun.

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Porsche Type 64 with unique original body.

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356-like Volkswagen Wendler.

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Perhaps the rarest in the castle was the Senechal prototype.

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Delightful 1939 Simca Roux.

1949 Skoda with Le Mans history

1949 Skoda with Le Mans history.

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Amazing XK120.

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Zagatos shone at Schloss gardens.