MOTORCLASSICA PAYS TRIBUTE TO FERRARI LEGEND

By , 16 October, 2015


Fifty years of Ferrari’s legendary Dino will be celebrated at this year’s Motorclassica.

Australia’s premier celebration of the automotive lifestyle will assemble a tribute to the Dino nameplate with a display of Ferrari and Fiat Dinos, at this year’s event at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on 23-25 October.

Named in tribute to his son Alfredo, nicknamed Dino, who died in 1956, company founder and patriarch Enzo Ferrari built three mid-engined models carrying the Dino nameplate between 1968 and 1973.

Fiat also used the Dino name, when it fitted the unique Ferrari V6 Dino engine originally developed for Formula 2 racing, to a limited-run of Coupes and Spyders between 1966 and 1973.

“Customer demand for classic Ferrari’s, and in particular the Ferrari Dino, has seen the market value of these vehicles rise dramatically within the past five years,” Ferrari Australasia's CEO Herbert Appleroth said.

“A Dino display of this many classic vehicles is unprecedented in Australia, and we are excited to be officially involved in Motorclassica in 2015, the 50th anniversary year of the Dino.”

Motorclassica’s Dino display will include four Dino 246 GTs and a pristine pair of the later 308 V8-engined wedge.

Three Fiat Dino Spyders will also be joined by a Fiat Dino Coupe and a Lancia Stratos in the Motorclassica display, the latter utilising the Dino V6 engine under a special deal signed with Enzo Ferrari himself.

“The Dino is one of the most beautiful and desirable Ferraris of all time, and local sales have recently rocketed past the half a million dollar mark,” Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers said.

“But while the Ferrari Dino is well known to most people, far fewer know the Fiat Dino, a very rare car in this country because, unlike the Ferrari, it was never sold here.”

Motorclassica is Australia’s premier annual exhibition of unique, classic, collectable, vintage, veteran and historically significant cars and motorcycles.

Centrepiece of Motorclassica 2015 will be a ‘50 Years of the Supercar’ tribute, the global automotive genre that began with the legendary Lamborghini Miura of the mid ‘60s.

Motorclassica has assembled an extraordinary line-up of ‘Supercars’ from around the globe, the highlight for many being the appearance of a McLaren F1 similar to that recently sold by actor Rowan Atkinson for $16 million.

Even rarer than the McLaren will be a Pagani Zonda, worth a cool $1.5 million, and for a long time the fastest production road car ever built.

Ferrari fans will be excited to see an F40 on display, courtesy of the famous Fox Classic Car Collection, but at $1.5 million it’s not as rare as the $2 million Ferrari 288 GTO which will park beside it, both joined by a $1 million Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, surely one of the most stylish cars ever made.

The car that is credited with starting it all, the Lamborghini Muira, will be partnered by the most futuristic design ever to make it into production, a Lamborghini Countach LP400.

Confirmed too is a Porsche 959, the most technologically advanced car of its time.

Jaguar only ever built one mid-engined sports car capable of earning the Supercar tag, and Motorclassica will have an example of this ultra-rare XJ220 in its display, which will sit alongside the XJR-15 – the limited-release, roadgoing version of the Le Mans champion.

Bugatti owners and enthusiasts will also mark 50 years of their Club in Australia with an unprecedented display of the classic French cars worth more than $15 million, at Motorclassica.

There are many other strings to the Motorclassica 2015 bow too … the Australian International Concours d’Elegance will attract around 150 entrants, there will be a collector car and memorabilia auction, plus the ‘Club Sandwich’ external car club displays which will draw 200 cars per day.

Then there’s the annual ‘Tour Classica’, which will see select entrants convoy through Melbourne’s CBD to the Royal Exhibition Building, to officially kick start the Motorclassica festivities.

Motorclassica will also entertain with special guest speakers on centre stage, vendors offering motoring paraphernalia, collectibles, automotive artwork and books, and specialists providing restoration support services.

Additional information on Motorclassica 2015, to be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from 23-25 October, is available on www.motorclassica.com.au

Source: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs