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
TURIN, ITALY, 12-14 FEBRUARY
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.