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13 October 2017

Motorclassica 2017 is Australia's best exotic and classic car show

By James ClearyJames Cleary
Ferrari headlines the 2017 Motorclassica. (image credit: James Cleary)

​More than 160 mouthwateringly rare and exotic classic cars, plus motorcycles, automobilia, and the odd selection of brand new precious metal, is currently on display at The Royal Exhibition Building in the heart of Melbourne.

Offered up under one historical roof, the mechanical feast otherwise known as Motorclassica, isn’t just a globally recognised classic car show, it incorporates the Australian International Concours d’Elegance, and a high-profile collector car auction, presented by Mossgreen.

This year Ferrari is celebrating 70 years of going fast in red, with a range of rare machinery on display, including a 288 GTO, multiple F40s, an F50, an Enzo, a La Ferrari Aperta, and many more scarlet heroes.

  • Ferrari F50. (image credit: James Cleary) Ferrari F50. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1967 Ferrari 330 GT. (image credit: James Cleary) 1967 Ferrari 330 GT. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Ferrari 275 convertible. (image credit: James Cleary) Ferrari 275 convertible. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Ferrari Daytona. (image credit: James Cleary) Ferrari Daytona. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Ferrari Dino. (image credit: James Cleary) Ferrari Dino. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Ferrari Testarossa. (image credit: James Cleary) Ferrari Testarossa. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale. (image credit: James Cleary) Ferrari 458 Speciale. (image credit: James Cleary)

Mercedes-Benz is marking 50 years of AMG performance, with a pristine 1995 (W202) C 36 AMG taking a prominent position. The first model jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and AMG, the C 36 AMG was powered by a 206kW, 3.6-litre in-line six.

Just over 20 years on, the 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 in the Bathurst-bashing Mercedes-AMG GT R sitting close by, produces 430kW (and 700Nm!).

And with local manufacturing only days away from its final curtain, Holden is there in force with a big selection of significant cars, including an amazing FJ wagon, an as-new VB Commodore SL/E, and the amazing Efigy concept custom.

  • 2005 Holden Efijy concept. (image credit: James Cleary) 2005 Holden Efijy concept. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden 48-215. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden 48-215. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden FJ wagon. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden FJ wagon. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden FB sedan. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden FB sedan. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1958 Holden FC sedan. (image credit: James Cleary) 1958 Holden FC sedan. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden HD Premier. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden HD Premier. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1969 Holden Hurricane. (image credit: James Cleary) 1969 Holden Hurricane. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1970 Holden Torana GTR-X. (image credit: James Cleary) 1970 Holden Torana GTR-X. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1970 Holden Monaro HG GTS350. (image credit: James Cleary) 1970 Holden Monaro HG GTS350. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden Torana LC GTR. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden Torana LC GTR. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Two of Peter Brock's racing Toranas, an XU-1 and an SLR 5000. (image credit: James Cleary) Two of Peter Brock's racing Toranas, an XU-1 and an SLR 5000. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden Torana SLR 5000. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden Torana SLR 5000. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden Sandman. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden Sandman. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden HX Monaro. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden HX Monaro. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Holden VB Commodore SL/E. (image credit: James Cleary) Holden VB Commodore SL/E. (image credit: James Cleary)

Star of the 54 lot Mossgreen auction is a genuine 1955 Jaguar D-Type short-nose estimated to fetch between $7,000,000 and $8,000,000 when it goes under the hammer on Sunday night. Go on, get in there and chuck in a cheeky bid. You never know…

It’s hard to know where to start in nominating stand-outs, but for us, a superbly presented 1970 Holden HG Monaro 350 in glowing shade of ‘Lina Mint Green’ is an Aussie muscle car dream, and an impossibly perfect Lamborghini Espada is also a show-stopper.

Motorclassica runs from Fri Oct 13 (spooky!), to Sun Oct 15. 

  • 1923 Aston Martin. (image credit: James Cleary) 1923 Aston Martin. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Lancia Lambda. (image credit: James Cleary) Lancia Lambda. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1927 Delage DM boat tail. (image credit: James Cleary) 1927 Delage DM boat tail. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1927 Rolls Royce Phantom 1. (image credit: James Cleary) 1927 Rolls Royce Phantom 1. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. (image credit: James Cleary) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1967 Maserati Mexico coupe. (image credit: James Cleary) 1967 Maserati Mexico coupe. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO. (image credit: James Cleary) 1969 Pontiac GTO. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • 1977 Lancia Montercarlo. (image credit: James Cleary) 1977 Lancia Montercarlo. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Chevrolet Corvette. (image credit: James Cleary) Chevrolet Corvette. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Citroen DS. (image credit: James Cleary) Citroen DS. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Fiat 124 spyder. (image credit: James Cleary) Fiat 124 spyder. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Fiat Dino. (image credit: James Cleary) Fiat Dino. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Jaguar D-type. (image credit: James Cleary) Jaguar D-type. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Jaguar E-type. (image credit: James Cleary) Jaguar E-type. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Jaguar XK120. (image credit: James Cleary) Jaguar XK120. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Jaguar XK150. (image credit: James Cleary) Jaguar XK150. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Lancia Appia. (image credit: James Cleary) Lancia Appia. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Lamborghini Espada. (image credit: James Cleary) Lamborghini Espada. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Lancia Flaminia Sport. (image credit: James Cleary) Lancia Flaminia Sport. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Lancia Flavia. (image credit: James Cleary) Lancia Flavia. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Lancia Fulvia Rallye. (image credit: James Cleary) Lancia Fulvia Rallye. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Lancia Stratos HF. (image credit: James Cleary) Lancia Stratos HF. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Mercedes C36 AMG. (image credit: James Cleary) Mercedes C36 AMG. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Morris Mini. (image credit: James Cleary) Morris Mini. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Porsche 911. (image credit: James Cleary) Porsche 911. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Porsche 911 Carrera. (image credit: James Cleary) Porsche 911 Carrera. (image credit: James Cleary)
  • Alvis TC 108G. (image credit: James Cleary) Alvis TC 108G. (image credit: James Cleary)
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  • Maserati 250F. (image credit: James Cleary) Maserati 250F. (image credit: James Cleary)

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