Motoring icons at Motorclassica 2015
Australia’s premier automotive extravaganza opens next month at Melbourne’s magnificent 19thcentury Royal Exhibition Building over the weekend of October 23–25, 2015.
Now entering its sixth consecutive year, Motorclassica will host a record number of manufacturers — and more than 100 cars and 50 motorcycles — over the course of its three days, as well as automotive memorabilia, artwork, models, and other collectibles.
Sure to be of interest to US– classic car fans will be a display paying tribute to 50 years of the Shelby Mustang and, in a major coup for Motorclassica, the brand-new 2015 Shelby Mustang will be previewed for the very first time in Australasia.
Featuring instantly recognizable styling that’s a homage to the original American designs of the mid to late ’60s, the 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has been prepared in Victoria, Australia, by Mustang Motorsport under official licence from Shelby America and is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V8 pushing out 373kw of power and 542Nm of torque.
The all-new Mustang’s debut at Motorclassica is sure to create much excitement among the many prospective buyers who have already put their deposit down ahead of the car’s official launch onto the Australian market in late 2015.
The event will also include a special tribute to five decades of the ‘Dino’ nameplate, with a retrospective display of delicious Ferrari Dino and lesser-known Fiat Dino models, looking back at one of the most loved cars of all time.
The car was named by company founder and patriarch Enzo Ferrari in tribute to his son Alfredo, nicknamed ‘Dino’, who died in 1956, and three mid-engined models carrying the Dino nameplate were built between 1968 and 1973.
Fiat also used the Dino name when it fitted the unique Ferrari V6 Dino engine originally developed for Formula 2 racing into a limited-run of coupés and Spyders between 1966 and 1973. Motorclassica’s Dino display will include three Dino 246 GTS, a pristine pair of the later 308 GT, two Fiat Dino Spyders, a Fiat Dino coupé, and a Lancia Stratos — the latter utilizing the Dino V6 engine.
Significantly, current Ferrari chairperson Sergio Marchionne recently announced that the hallowed Dino name will make a comeback on an all-new V6 mid-engined model that mirrors the original car of 50 years ago.
It wouldn’t be Motorclassica without the annual Australian International Concours d’elegance, recognizing the best of the best in a number of event categories with a trophy that’s a highly sought-after prize in the collector-car and motorcycle world.
Motorclassica 2015 will kick off, as usual, with another unique aspect of this automotive extravaganza: Tour Classica.
Tour Classica will see select Motorclassica exhibits drive in convoy through the streets of Melbourne’s CBD on Thursday morning (October 22) prior to making a grand entrance at the Royal Exhibition Building.
Another highlight also on the Motorclassica programme will be the annual Collector Car Auction, conducted by Theodore Bruce, which is expected to feature around 30 classic cars and motorcycles, as well as over 100 lots of automotive memorabilia.
Motorclassica attracted a record crowd of over 20,000 in 2014, and, as a result, the auction saw sales of more than A$2.5M, of which almost A$1.1M (excluding buyer’s premium) was for a rare 1954 Bentley R-type Continental.