World's seventh oldest car to shine at Melbourne's Motorclassica this week

| 22 Oct 2013

The seventh oldest car in the world is to be one of the star attractions at Australia's Motorclassica, which gets underway this week.

The 1891 Panhard et Levassor is one of the first 100 motorised vehicles ever built and is the oldest survivor outside Europe.

It won't have far to travel to the event, however, having been owned by the same Melbourne family since 1984.

The Panhard et Levassor will be one or more than 150 vehicles on show inside Melbourne's spectacular Royal Exhibition Building from 25-27 October, with another 300 outside.

The event prelude is the Tour Classica on 24 October, which comprises a  crowd-pleasing convoy of 80 classics through the Victorian state capital's Central Business District.

Kicking off at 10am, there will be celebrity drivers including Mick Doohan, Valentino Balboni and Vern Schuppan and tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the route.

Motorclassica also encompasses a 32-car auction on the Saturday evening at which the only existing prototype of the first Holden will go under the hammer.

There will also be Bond cars (including the DBS from On Her Majesty's Secret Service) and supercars, while locals' appetites have been whetted since the beginning of the month with classics being on display at selected venues around the city.

For our previous story on the Holden prototype click here and for news of an incredible barnfind Isotta Fraschini that will be making its debut at the show click here.

For event info click here