Five best cars from Mo­tor­clas­sica ‘16

South Waikato News - - Motoring -

Mo­tor­clas­sica is the finest col­lec­tion of clas­sic cars you’ll see in Aus­trala­sia. Here are our picks for best in show. By Damien O’car­roll.

Held in the main hall of the his­toric and beau­ti­ful Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing in Mel­bourne, the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Con­cours d’el­e­gance and Clas­sic Mo­tor Show - or Mo­tor­clas­sica - has quickly es­tab­lished it­self as one of the must-sees of the dow­nun­der mo­tor­ing scene.

With more than 100 ut­terly stun­ning clas­sic cars on dis­play, Mo­tor­clas­sica has also be­come a place that Mercedes-benz likes to un­veil some rather stun­ning new cars at, and this year was no ex­cep­tion as the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer chose Mo­tor­clas­sica to un­veil the stun­ning (and rather large) Mercedes-amg S 65 cabri­o­let.

Pack­ing a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 that pumps out 463kw of power and a rather stag­ger­ing 1000Nm of torque, the S 65 tops a range of S-class cabrios with its prodi­gious $461,200 ask­ing price.

But while the S 65 was deeply im­pres­sive, the clas­sic metal on show was the main fo­cus of Mo­tor­clas­sica, so here are our five favourites of the show. 65 and cel­e­brate its 130th birth­day at that there would be some rather tasty clas­sic Ben­zes there, and they don’t come much more "clas­sic" than that car that started it all.

While this par­tic­u­lar Mo­tor­wa­gen isn’t an orig­i­nal (only 25 were ever built and just a few re­main to­day) it is an ex­act replica that was built by ap­pren­tices at the Mercedes fac­tory. Need­less to say, it is still worth a vast sum of money…

Abarth did some bril­liantly men­tal things to tiny Fi­ats in the 1960s, but prob­a­bly the best (and ar­guably most men­tal) was the Fiat 600-based Abarth 750.

The gor­geous lit­tle ex­am­ple at Mo­tor­clas­sica was one of the rarer 1000 ver­sions, com­plete with the roar­ing 56kw engine that was cooled both via an oil cooler in the com­i­cally large front bumper, as well as the per­ma­nently opened state of the rear engine cover!

It wasn’t all Euro­pean clas­sics at Mo­tor­clas­sica, as this gor­geous 240Z proves that Ja­panese clas­sics were also rep­re­sented. In­tended to prove to Amer­ica that Nis­san could build ex­cit­ing cars, the 240Z was even­tu­ally sold there as a Dat­sun be­cause it sounded "less Ja­panese".

This par­tic­u­lar car was orig­i­nally ex­ported from the UK to Zim­babwe where it lived for 30 years be­fore it was taken to South Africa and un­der­went a full restora­tion. The cur­rent owner brought it into Aus­tralia ear­lier this year. 119kw. It also packs 1940 hy­draulic brakes, repack­ing the orig­i­nal me­chan­i­cal brakes.

The Mo­tor­clas­sica show takes place in the ap­pro­pri­ately el­e­gant Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing in Mel­bourne.

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