25th birthday celebrations at Interclassics Maastricht
It was party time at the Netherlands show – which meant special displays and cars for sale, from Jaguar D-type to a Mitsubishi Lancer GLX
A record crowd rewarded the Interclassics organisers' efforts to make the 25th anniversary event of the classics show a memorable event. The Maastricht (Netherlands) event saw its visitors numbers climb an impressive 15 percent.
Interclassics saw close to 34,500 visitors during the four-day event in Maastricht, showcasing some spectacular classics along with a wide offer of classic cars for sale. For the 25th anniversary of the show, organisers decided on a ‘best of’ theme regrouping some of the finest cars Interclassics has had on display in the previous years.
The Louwman museum from The Hague thus lent ‘XKD 606’, the 1957 Le Mans winning Jaguar D-Type, as well its 007 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. The central stand was furthermore displaying an ex-Gerhard Berger Ferrari F1/87, the chassis number 1 Type 54 Bugatti Achille Varzi raced in 1931, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB, a 1968 prototype Aston Martin DBS, two 8V Fiats (Mille Miglia Vignale and Supersonic), a BMW 507 that BMW Classic sent over, a Mercedes 500K and others. And that was just the central display.
Other surprises showed up as well, such as the recently Davenport Cars restored 1935 SS1 Airline Saloon, allegedly one of fifteen left. Oddities included a pristine 1987 Mitsubishi Lancer GLX, one owner and just 12,700km, offered for an eye-watering €7490. Well, you only need to find the right Lancer-fan, don’t you? The Mercedes 190SL turned out to be a popular offering and of course the whole Porsche catalogue, with high asking prices for old as well as younger models.
With over 300 stands covering 35,000 square metres, Interclassics has established itself firmly as a high-quality event for car lovers as well as potential buyers, with a big diversity in cars offered as its main source of interest. Even if you are not buying, just strolling around and checking the cars turned out to be a day well spent.
Photography by Dirk de Jager