British Royals shine at biggest ever Dutch show

| 18 Jan 2016

A striking collection of classics celebrating 100 years of BMW drew record a record number of visitors to InterClassics Maastricht from 15-17 January. More than 29,000 fans packed into the show’s exhibition halls despite a thick blanket of snow covering the Ardennes and making travel a challenge. 

The main theme for the event was the centenary of German manufacturer BMW, with a number of rare vehicles going on display. A 1932 Type 3/20 AM1 was joined by other early examples, such as a 1936 319 and a 327 from three years later, but the star of the BMW display was arguably a 1957 507. Just 254 examples of the Albrecht Graf Goertz-designed V8 roadster were ever made. 

An impressive line-up of eight 2002s celebrated the model’s 50th anniversary, with the BMW Bavaria Club Belgium picking up second place in the Best Club Stand of Show category. 

A special display of ‘British Royals’ – historic Rolls-Royce and Bentley models – also proved a hit with visitors. A highlight was a 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith bodied by Hooper, which was ordered by Hilary Wilson, Countess of Munster and was later owned by Jean D’Agostino in Las Vegas. 

Fighting off stiff competition for the show’s Best Pre-War Car award was a 1927 Excelsior Albert SWB Cabriolet, which proved a firm favourite with the crowds as well as the judges. Owner and marque specialist Raoul Thybaut explained that the car was originally built for a diplomat in London, but was discovered in South Africa a few years ago. The car’s outstanding condition was the result of a recent restoration to its original specification. 

Other prizes went to a 1964 Osca 1600 GT2, which picked up the Best Car From the Sixties gong and a rare 1960 Fiat 2100 by Vignale, which was judged the Best Restoration Project. 

Away from the show cars, a number of interesting classics crossed the block at the weekend. The Gallery sold an original 1974 Ferrari Dino 246GT with just 66,000km on the clock, while a 1962 250GTE once belonging to engineer, racer and journalist Giovanni Lurani Cernuschi was also offered.