By ETF, 12 October, 2017

Australia’s premier classic and collector car exhibition, Motorclassica, is set to shine in its eighth year with its largest array of special features yet, when the doors open at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from this Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October.

Motorclassica is Australia’s most prestigious automotive event, uniquely mixing rare, exotic and collectable cars and motorcycles from around the world with the latest contemporary high-end sports and performance models.

“Eight years on it feels like Motorclassica is now firmly established on the annual Australian events calendar and is the go-to event for automotive enthusiasts,” Motorclassica, Event Director Paul Mathers said.

“For Motorclassica attendees, we annually assemble the very best entries for the Concours, we are over-subscribed with cars for display both inside the venue and outside in the Club Sandwich arena, and we have a number of key automotive manufacturers revealing new product or celebrating significant milestones.

“Motorclassica 2017 is going to be hugely exciting because it will combine the very best of all of these elements. It’s already clear this is going to be a very special and memorable show.”

Motorclassica 2017 will again play host to ever-popular features such as the Australian International Concours D’Elegance, the daily Club Sandwich car club displays, the VIP Lounge for entrants and special guests, and the Saturday evening Classic Car Auction, conducted this year for the first time by Mossgreen.

It all begins with the annual Tour Classica, which will see Motorclassica cars convoy from Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the Yarra River, through the Melbourne CBD to the world-heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building tomorrow, Thursday 12 October. This year, the cavalcade will be led by the Holden concept car EFIJY, the first time the vehicle has taken to the roads.

EFIJY is on display as part of a celebration marking 100 years since the first Holden-bodied car was made in Australia, decades before General Motors started making Holden branded cars here.

The bitter-sweet celebration, coincides with the closure of Holden’s local manufacturing facility, that same weekend.

Along with showcasing Holden car making and design, the very first Australian-built Holden 48/215 (FX) prototype from 1948 will be shown, along with two other significant concept cars from its history, plus a unique display of all five generations of Commodores, the first time such a tribute has been assembled.

And to put it all into perspective, Holden has chosen Motorclassica to reveal to the public for the very first time its first fully-imported 2018 Commodore model.

The major highlight of Motorclassica 2017 will be a celebration of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary, one of only a select number of global events officially supported and sanctioned by the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

From the early 195 EL, to the limited edition LaFerrari Aperta, built to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary in 2017, the classic line up at Motorclassica will also include several of the most important Ferrari models from throughout history. Australian audiences will share first-hand the “Driven by Emotion” heritage passed on through generations of the Ferrari marque, with an exceptional display of classic Ferraris on show for the public to enjoy.

In addition to a tribute display inside the Exhibition Building as the featured marque in the Concours d’Elegance, the Ferrari Club will also bring 70 cars to mark this very special anniversary for display in the Club Sandwich on the Saturday.

For the fifth consecutive year, Motorclassica welcomes Mercedes-Benz to the event as an exhibitor, with the prestigious marque celebrating half a century of AMG, a brand synonymous with high-performance both in racing and on the road, after being set up as a racing engine force in 1967.

To mark the occasion, Motorclassica guests will have the pleasure of seeing the superb AMG GT R, E 63 s 4MATIC+ and C 36 AMG on show.

Mercedes-Benz will also be unveiling an additional never-seen-before vehicle on opening night, to be displayed alongside another of Mercedes-Benz’s most recent model offerings, the brand’s stunning new E-Class Cabriolet.

For those looking for a trip down memory lane, a 1924 Benz Tourer will also be available for viewing.

Outside of the Royal Exhibition Building across the weekend, Mercedes-Benz will once again host its ever-popular Drive Experience, with test drives being conducted from the Nicholson Street entrance.

Tying in perfectly with the national Lancia Rally, Motorclassica will also pay tribute to 110 years of this innovative Italian marque with a number of iconic Lancia rally cars in original race livery, accompanied by a display of very rare models including one of just two 1947 Lancia Aprila Spyder Gransport Ghia that exist in the world, a limited 1957 Lancia Appia GT Zagato and a Lancia Flaminia Supersport Zagato.

And in something a little different, Motorclassica will recognise Australia’s status as the first country outside the USA to race speedway and celebrate these vintage years with a display of speedway midgets from the 1930s to 1960s.

The Australian International Concours d’Elegance will see the country’s premier classic and collector cars and motorcycles competing in multiple classes for the most prestigious show awards on the calendar, while more than 30 collector cars will go under the hammer when Mossgreen conducts the annual Motorclassica auction.

The highest-value car ever to go to public auction in Australia will cross the block, with one of the most iconic and coveted cars in the collector car world, the 1955 Jaguar D-type expected to sell for between $7 million and $8 million.

Owned in Europe by the renowned former Le Mans 24 Hour winner Duncan Hamilton, chassis XKD510 enjoyed many successes in the UK and French West Africa before going to Singapore, and eventually Australia in the late ‘60s.

Noted Jaguar collector Ian Cummins owned it for a time here before Australian motor racing legend and former President of Lear Jet, Bib Stillwell bought the car at auction for a then World record price. Stillwell took it to the USA, where he successfully campaigned it across America on the historic racing scene. Of recent times the car has featured on display at the famed Donington Museum in the UK, before returning to Australia again.

XKD510 is the only genuine D-Type Jaguar in Australia.

A 1956 Cooper Climax T39 Bob-tail sports car once raced by British-born American Lance Reventlow, the son of Woolworth’s heiress Barbara Hutton, is estimated to bring more than $400,000, as well as a 1934 MG Q Type with Australian racing history driven by Hope Bartlett and Jumbo Goddard.

For Jaguar enthusiasts who miss out on the D-type, there is an example of the coveted flat-floor 1961 E-type 3.8, expected to fetch more than $300,000, which has been in single family ownership for 43 years.

Other highly desirable cars in the 2017 Motorclassica Auction will be a 1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ recreation, a very original 1965 Porsche 911, two Maserati Ghiblis and an outstanding 1969 Mini Cooper S.

Ever popular, the Lorbek Luxury Cars supported Club Sandwich will return and see more than 200 car and motorcycle club members attend to display and talk about their vehicles in the areas adjacent to the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building.

Motorclassica’s official charity for 2017 is the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.

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Source: ETF