Mo­tor­ing icons at Mo­tor­clas­sica 2015

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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.

Mo­tor­clas­sica high­lights

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.

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