GENEVA IN­TER­NA­TIONAL MO­TOR SHOW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

GENEVA, SWITZER­LAND, 3-13 MARCH

Porsche, Fiat and As­ton Martin are among the man­u­fac­tur­ers to dig out gems from their her­itage col­lec­tions to help draw vis­i­tors onto their stands at this year’s Geneva show.

The 10-day event is tra­di­tion­ally a hot­bed of new car launches, but any­one search­ing around the seven halls of the Geneva Pal­Expo venue will find plenty of clas­sics com­pet­ing with the brand new of­fer­ings for show­go­ers’ at­ten­tion.

Jeep is be­hind one of the show’s big­gest clas­sic dis­plays, with a 1941 Willys MB, a 1946 Willys Sta­tion Wagon and a 1976 Wagoneer Cus­tom help­ing to mark the man­u­fac­turer’s 75th an­niver­sary. Porsche’s launch of the 718 Boxster was sup­ported by a 1960 718 RS Spy­der from its her­itage col­lec­tion in Stuttgart, while Fiat’s five-strong show­ing of new 124 Spi­ders was com­ple­mented by a 1966 model, with its Rome reg­is­tra­tion num­ber in­tact.

Ger­man tun­ing leg­end Brabus also used its stand to pro­mote its clas­sic restora­tion busi­ness with four his­toric of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing a 1955 300SL roadster, a 280 SE Cabri­o­let and two R107-gen­er­a­tion 280SLs. Ruf’s stand was also dom­i­nated by older of­fer­ings, with a freshly re­stored 911 2.7 Car­rera RS go­ing on show along­side highly tuned ver­sions of the 964 and 993 gen­er­a­tions of the 911.

Even the sev­enth hall, pre­dom­i­nantly used by Switzer­land’s au­to­mo­tive spe­cial­ists rather than man­u­fac­tur­ers, was worth wan­der­ing around for in search of clas­sics. No­line showed off a Mini May­fair to pro­mote its car clean­ing prod­ucts, garage ramp man­u­fac­turer Ispro put a 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV6 on show and oil man­u­fac­turer Mo­torexon brought along a Chevro­let Corvette L88. David Simis­ter Porsche’s 1960 718 RS Spy­der was used to help pro­mote the launch of an­other of the Stuttgart man­u­fac­turer’s four pot sports cars – the new 718 Boxster. One of the stars of Ger­man per­for­mance car cus­tomiser Ruf’s stand was this freshly re­stored Porsche 911 2.7 Car­rera RS which, un­like its other of­fer­ings, has been kept more or less as stan­dard.

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