Mu­seum ded­i­cates on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion to Ital­ian cars in Ital­ian-street-themed sur­round­ings

Octane - - CONTENTS - Words and pho­tog­ra­phy Dirk de Jager

Au­toworld Ital­ian Car Pas­sion and es­sen­tial dates

La Vita e beLLa must have been the in­spi­ra­tion when Au­toworld, in Brus­sels, came up with its lat­est win­ter ex­po­si­tion: Ital­ian Car Pas­sion. In fact, this is Au­toworld’s fourth ma­jor year-end ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the bella macchina Ital­iana of the pe­riod from the 1950s to the ’80s.

This is a very broad sub­ject, of course, so the mu­seum has ded­i­cated a great deal of space to it. The en­tire up­per ex­hi­bi­tion floor is pre­sented as an Ital­ian vil­lage scene filled with cars rang­ing from nor­mal fam­ily cars to rare coach­built beau­ties and su­per­cars. It be­gins with an im­pres­sive line-up of spe­cial low-vol­ume cars such as a one-off 1952 Siata 8V Ber­tone that rarely sees the light of day, and the equally unique 1964 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Pin­in­fa­rina. In a fur­ther dis­play that’s mostly de­voted to rac­ing her­itage – which in Italy, of course, is a na­tional pas­time – high­lights in­clude the 1947 Cisi­talia 202S MM Nu­volari Spi­der.

The main pi­azza (where there is also an Italianthemed wine bar and café) in­cludes an as­ton­ish­ing ar­ray of cars, de­lib­er­ately in­tended to evoke the chaotic street scene of an Ital­ian town. Of the 75 cars and mo­tor­cy­cles present there are only six Pranc­ing Horses, to be found shar­ing the lime­light with prod­ucts from Fiat, Lan­cia, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, De To­maso, Siata and even ASA.

That said, the chance to see 250 GT SWB, 275 GTB/4, 288 GTO and the ex-Raquel Welch 275 GTS to­gether will please the crowds, but so will the Fiat Topolino, 500, Dino Spi­der and Alfa Gi­uli­etta Spi­der. The work of de­sign­ers and coach­builders such as Pin­in­fa­rina, Ber­tone, Gan­dini, Gi­u­giaro, Za­gato, Er­cole Spada and Tour­ing Su­per­leg­gera is demon­strated, in­clud­ing one of four 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volantes (on loan from the Turin Au­to­mo­bile Mu­seum) and the re­cent Disco Volante by Tour­ing Su­per­leg­gera. Su­per­cars in­clude Fer­rari F12 TdF, LaFerrari, Lam­borgh­ini Ve­neno Spi­der, Maserati MC12 Corsa and Bu­gatti EB110.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues un­til the end of Jan­uary 2016. For de­tails, visit www.italian­car­pas­


Clock­wise from left Siata 208S 8V Ber­tone leads dis­play; Ital­ian street scene adds at­mos­phere; black one-off Lan­cia B50 Vig­nale is ex-Gio­vanni Bracco; OSCA S187; Fer­rari 275 GTB/4.

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