Maastricht starts with a flier
The continent’s show season opener in Holland promises great things for the year ahead, with more visitors than ever before
Despite heavy snow, the 24th InterClassics in Maastricht marked a great start for the 2017 season in mainland Europe, with more than 26,600 visitors making the event - up from 25,000 in 2016.
The well organised indoor event has earned a firm place on the classic event calendar, with an increasing number of British fans travelling to Holland to enjoy the show.
There were two special exhibitions at the heart of the show this year. For the 70th anniversary of Ferrari a spectacular display showing cars of the Enzo Ferrari era was put together. The display included the 1960 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, the 166 MM and the F40. The Ferrari 500 Superfast Speziale once owned by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands was also displayed.
The second big display featured the prestigious Facel Vega marque, presented by the Amicale Facel showing an impressive selection of the complete range of all models from the original FV, to the ultra rare AustinHealey-engined Facel 6.
Classics for sale were wide ranging, and with a bit of haggling, something suitable for every pocket was available – from a basic Citroën Visa to supercars commanding high six-figure prices. And after years of rising values, prices of the traditional British roadster, the MGB, seem to have stalled on the Dutch market – good news for those looking for an affordable classic at this year’s show.
In between the omnipresent Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferraricrowd, plenty of 1960s and ‘70s family cars were looking for new owners. A slightly smaller area for club displays and a variety of autojumble stalls rounded the show off.
’Classics for sale were wide ranging – from a Visa to supercars’
A 1965 Morris Moke, modified by Pavesi in Italy and including original waterski and picnic set, carried a €38,500 price tag. A filling station provided a colourful setting for the Small BMW Club display. This 1971 Marcos 3.0-litre was one of few non-competition cars on display at the show. Aftermarket suspension firm Eibach brought this Mercedes-Benz 280 SL W113, showing the breadth of its range. Among the cars marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari was the 500 Superfast Speziale with Royal connections – it was formerly owned by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Amicale Facel displayed the complete range of models from the French marque. All seven remaining Lotus 49s were reunited for the show. EVENT REPORT Events diary - Brooklands is the place for vintage action