Clas­sics head to Euro­pean cap­i­tal

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The an­niver­sary of the 1948 Earls Court Mo­tor Show has been dif­fi­cult to avoid in 2018 – not so at In­ter­clas­sics Brus­sels, which of­fered in­stead a cel­e­bra­tion of the 1958 World Expo as its cen­tre­piece from 16-18 Novem­ber.

Held on the same site as the orig­i­nal show, ‘60 Years of World Expo/ Cars of ’58’ gath­ered a re­mark­able se­lec­tion of ground­break­ing ve­hi­cles, each dis­played on a four-lane mock high­way bi­sect­ing Hall 5. Among the high­lights were an Alpine A106, an Opel Olympia Rekord and a Peu­geot 203, plus a Jaguar MKIX and a charm­ing Lan­cia Aure­lia Con­vert­ible.

Away from the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, at­ten­tion was drawn by a two-tone Rolls-royce Phan­tom II, a Mon­teverdi 375L High Speed fin­ished in Dia­mant­blaumet, a Bronze Me­tal­izatto Iso Ri­volta GT and a glo­ri­ous De­lage D8-105 in black with con­trast­ing cream roof, part of the Bon­hams dis­play.

Porsche added to its 70th-birth­day cel­e­bra­tions by mark­ing an­other mile­stone – 60 years of the 356 Speed­ster: the Stuttgart firm’s stand was teem­ing with 356s.

Mean­while, a fine se­lec­tion of younger clas­sics pro­vided va­ri­ety, in­clud­ing a Re­nault 5 Turbo, a 1979 Toy­ota Land Cruiser BJ40 and a Re­nault Clio Wil­liams, plus a rare Fiat Ritmo Abarth 2000 – bet­ter known as a Strada on these shores. Three gen­er­a­tions of Ford GT, each fin­ished in Gulf colours, proved a talk­ing point, as did a wild cus­tom Lamborghini trac­tor with a gold key en­crusted with di­a­monds – yours for a cool €250,000.

A high­way through the main hall fea­tured the stars of 1958, from Cadil­lac to Peu­geot 203

1960 Cen­te­nario Trat­tori rod is one of five

Mille Miglia Coupé, part of 356 cel­e­bra­tion

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