Italian legends draw huge crowds in Brussels

| 7 Dec 2015

A glittering array of Italian classics were put on show at Brussels' Autoworld Museum on 3 December as part of a celebration of the country's motoring heritage that is set to run until 31 January 2016.

Dozens of Italy's finest classics had been polished and prepared for the event, with representatives of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati joined by a number of less well-known marques, including Siata.

The county's famous design houses were also honoured, with fine examples of Pinifarina, Bertone, Touring Superleggera, Zagato and Gandini all featuring heavily.

A 1972 Lamborgihini Miura P400 SV proved a popular draw, taking pride of place outside a mock renaissance palace, but the limelight belonged to the 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider, which was paired with a one-off 2013 Disco Volante coupé by Touring Superleggera.

The diversity and quality of the classics on show was more than matched by the museum's stunning backdrops, which included a very convincing Italian village scene, complete with a fully working fountain, the frontages of several buildings, as well as authentic sounds, which were played throughout the day.

A 1957 Moretti 750 Spider was much admired on the opening day, as were a 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider, which had fittingly starred at the Belgian city's motor show in 1955, plus a split-winder Siata 208S 8V from three years earlier.

A 1964 Alfa Romeo 6C 2600 Pinifarina coupe and 1953 Fiat 1900 Ghia convertible also proved a hit with visitors.

No display of Italian motoring heritage would be complete without a smattering of modern supercars, and the Autoworld Museum didn't disappoint: a brand-new 2015 LaFerrari and the very first Lamborghini Veneno were undoubtedly the stars of the show for younger enthusiasts.