Classics line up alongside latest cars at Geneva

| 7 Mar 2012

The Geneva Motor Show opens to the public tomorrow (8 March), and in amongst the shiny new metal lies the occasional classic.

Toyota has its latest GT86 on show, and is displaying it alongside a 2000GT. The two cars share a basic front-engine, rear-drive layout, but Toyota – in collaboration with Subaru – is planning to build rather more of the new model than the 337 2000GTs that were produced between 1967-'70.

Renault brought along its 1902 Type K (C&SC, October 2003), which looked beautifully patinated alongside the firm's new models. A Type K won the ’02 Paris-Vienna race in the hands of Marcel Renault, who averaged 39mph and arrived in the Austrian capital two hours before the first cars were expected.

To celebrate 35 years of modifying the Porsche 911 turbo, RUF has one of its 1977 3.3 turbos on its stand. The enlarged engine helped boost power to 303bhp instead of 260bhp, and it was mated to a five-speed gearbox.

Bertone marks its centenary (C&SC, April 2012) by showing one of the two 1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Spider prototypes, alongside the new wedge-shaped Nuccio Concept.

Both Lotus and Ferrari are making much of their heritage through films and audio, even if their stands are filled with their latest products. The British company offers highlights of its competition success through the years, reinforcing its fresh commitment to motor sport by showing an F1 car and the new LMP2 Le Mans contender.

Inside the impressive stand are photographs of famous cars and drivers, plus helmets from legends such as Graham Hill, Ayrton Senna and Ronnie Peterson.

Ferrari is also making good use of its racing success in its various presentations, as well as the marque's presence on the silver screen over the years. The brand-new FF is being shown in front of footage including Tom Selleck sliding his 308 off a grass verge in the opening credits of Magnum PI, and the 250GT Spider California in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

For the grand unveiling of the FF – which, like its Jensen namesake, features four-wheel drive – the Italian marque invited former F1 stars Jean Alesi (above) and Rene Arnoux on to its stand. Jacky Ickx (below), who nearly won the 1970 World Championship for the team, was also present in Geneva.