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AL­MOST 200 rare, col­lectible, ex­otic, vin­tage and clas­sic cars, mo­tor­cy­cles and a cav­al­cade of Fer­raris wel­comed at­ten­dees at this year’s Motorclassica, held at the Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing in Mel­bourne. Head­lin­ing the ninth Motorclassica was a sea of pranc­ing horses on dis­play to cel­e­brate Fer­rari’s 70th an­niver­sary.

The gag­gle of Maranello mas­ter­pieces val­ued at over $40 mil­lion, in­cluded sev­eral F40s, an F50, an early 195 EL, 308s, 360s and 430s, a 288 GTO, an Enzo and a very rare AUD$12 mil­lion La Fer­rari Aperta.

As the doors were about to close on its Ade­laide plant, Gen­eral Mo­tors was hon­our­ing 100 years since the first Holden-bod­ied car was made in Aus­tralia, dis­play­ing over 30 cars in­clud­ing the fu­tur­is­tic Hur­ri­cane, sporty GTR-X and stun­ning Ef­fijy con­cept cars, while giv­ing show go­ers their first look at the 2018 im­ported Com­modore, a V6 all-wheel drive VXR model.

Mercedes-Benz was also cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of its go-fast divi­sion, AMG, with the de­but of the E63 S 4MATIC+ and the AMG GTR along­side the orig­i­nal Stuttgart-stormer, the C36 from 1995, the first jointly de­vel­oped pro­duc­tion model by Benz and AMG.

Lan­cia was an­other Ital­ian mar­que cel­e­brat­ing a birth­day, its 110th in fact and the ar­ray of Lan­cias dat­ing back to the 1900s was head­lined by the 1923 Lan­cia Lambda Tor­pedo.

Satur­day evening saw all eyes turn to the Motorclassica auc­tion and the mouth­wa­ter­ing ar­ray of pre­cious metal be­ing of­fered. Tak­ing cen­tre stage was a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, once owned by Bib Still­well and one-time saviour and owner of As­ton Martin, Vic­tor Gauntlett, as well as 1953 Le Mans win­ner, Dun­can Hamil­ton. The green D-Type, bear­ing chas­sis num­ber XKD 510 was the first ever cus­tomer­car and one of 54 made.

While bid­ding was strong for the well-pedi­greed D-Type, Jaguar’s first pure com­pe­ti­tion car de­vel­oped specif­i­cally to win the Le Mans 24 Hours, the high­est of­fer on the night was $5.5 mil­lion.

Up­stag­ing the D-Type and much other ex­ot­ica on the night was one of the small­est cars to go un­der the ham­mer, an orig­i­nal, con­cours 1969 Mini Cooper S. It sold for $91,650 (inc buyer premium), one of the high­est prices on the night.

Other solid re­sults in­cluded $241,000 for a 1958 Lister Jaguar ‘Knob­bly’ replica and $76,375 (inc buyer premium) for a 1999 Subaru WRX STI, stored for the past 15-years with 7,000km on the clock. Unique Cars very own long-time vin­tage and vet­eran ex­pert David Berthon won the ul­ti­mate car col­lec­tor ac­co­lade, 'Best in Show' at the Aus­tralian Con­cours d’Ele­gance, for his su­perbly re­stored 1913 Roll­sRoyce Sil­ver Ghost, one of six re­main­ing built to 1913 Span­ish GP win­ning spec.

It is fit­ting re­ward for David who has toiled for 15-years to bring the Sil­ver Ghost back to bet­ter than new con­di­tion.

Ac­cept­ing the award David said, “The re­ac­tion to the car from the pub­lic all week­end has been fan­tas­tic, that’s been the thrill for me, and this award is cream on the cake.”

Euro­pean brands were well rep­re­sented, in­clud­ing the old and the not so old, from the af­ford­able cat­e­gory right up to the kings-ran­som num­bers.

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