Turin’s big­gest ever show cel­e­brates Ber­tone, Lam­borgh­ini and the Fiat 500 ranges.

Turin’s big­gest-ever car show cel­e­brates Lam­borgh­i­nis, Ber­tone-crafted rar­i­ties and just about ev­ery Fiat 500 made

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A dis­play cel­e­brat­ing the Lam­borgh­ini Miura’s half­cen­tury and a gath­er­ing of Ber­tone con­cept cars from the past four decades were the star draws at Italy’s premier clas­sic show.

Now in its 34th year, the 2016 run­ning of Turin’s sea­son-opener was the big­gest yet, with all man­ner of main­stream, ex­otic and es­o­teric clas­sics crammed into five halls within the his­toric Lin­gotto Fierre Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, just a stone’s throw from Fiat’s for­mer fac­tory and its fa­mous rooftop test track.

Lam­borgh­ini Club Italia put on a stel­lar dis­play of the ma­chine for which the term ‘supercar’ was first coined, with lu­mi­nar­ies such as Lilli Ber­tone vis­it­ing the stand to dis­cuss the Miura and its im­por­tance to the Ber­tone styling house that shaped it. Ap­pro­pri­ately, the dis­play was next to the show’s cen­tre­piece – an ar­ray of Stile Ber­tone con­cept cars from the past 40 years, which had pre­vi­ously been part of the firm’s fac­tory col­lec­tion. High­lights in­cluded the 1969 Au­to­bianchi Run­about that fore­told the Fiat X1/9, the 1973 NSU Ro80-based Trapeze and the ex­tra­or­di­nary Chevro­let Corvette-based Nivola from 1990.

It wasn’t all ex­ot­ica, how­ever. Pre­dictably, Fi­ats were in abun­dance, with the im­mor­tal 500 be­ing the most prom­i­nent among their num­ber. Ev­ery pos­si­ble per­mu­ta­tion was on dis­play, from the early Nuova to stretched lim­ou­sines, via fire en­gines and tuned ver­sions from the likes of Abarth, Gian­nini and Fran­cis Lom­bardi.

The halls ded­i­cated to car sales en­joyed brisk busi­ness, while the large au­to­jum­ble yielded all man­ner of trea­sures, rang­ing from small trim parts to Lan­cia Beta HPE styling mod­els. Richard He­sel­tine

Lam­borgh­ini Miura’s half-cen­tury was hon­oured with ev­ery pro­duc­tion variant on dis­play, this SV edi­tion be­ing ar­guably the most de­sir­able. Al­most a bar­gain; this Fiat 600-based Abarth 1000TC replica was up for sale for €30,000 (£23,170). One of weirder clas­sics for sale was this 1971 Snow Trac. Bud­ding Arc­tic ex­plor­ers had to pay €26,500 (£20,460). A group of ex­pa­tri­ate UK kit cars from the 1980s and ’90s. A sil­ver RMB Gen­try along­side a Moss and a JBA Fal­con. This Fran­cis Lom­bardi My Car was sold on the show’s first day. Gor­geous Za­gato-bod­ied Abarth was one of sev­eral on show. It could have been yours for around €110,000 (£85,560). Au­to­bianchi Prim­ula Coupé was one of the last cars styled by Car­rozze­ria Tour­ing be­fore it closed in ’66. Won­drous one-off Au­to­bianchi Run­about was styled in 1969 by Ber­tone’s res­i­dent ge­nius, Mar­cello Gan­dini. The show in­cor­po­rated an area for tuned and cus­tomised cars, in­clud­ing this low­ered Lan­cia Delta In­te­grale. Bizarre-look­ing Fiat 900T-based con­trap­tion was one of the less cel­e­brated ‘coach­built’ ve­hi­cles in the for sale area. This un­usual ma­chine be­gan life as a pre-WW2 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom II. It was re­worked in the 1960s for Ar­gen­tinian ac­tor, Luis San­drini.

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