Motorclassica 2017: Ferrari Fan Utopia
Melbourne's 2017 Australian International Concourse d'Elegance (Motorclassica) has been and gone. Ferrari fans were treated to virtual heaven as the show helped celebrate the marques 70th anniversary as a sports car manufacturer.
That's not to say there wasn't a menagerie of grand cars on display; (also commemorated were Holden, Lancia & AMG) if you couldn't find something you liked at this year's event you're either not a car fan or your dead.
As a one-eyed Ferrari fan, I was in my happy place, nearly wetting my pants over an immaculate 1966 275 GTB Coupe. The incredible thing about it, sitting there plonked in the forecourt of the showgrounds it garnered relatively little attention, I guess the average punter didn't know they were looking at a car worth between $5 - $7 mill AUD. Ugh.
Other highlights for the crew were a slew of Aussie Bolwell Nagari's, a fibreglass creation usually fitted with American V8 drivetrains. A real beauty in the flesh, its simple lines echoing classic styling themes of 60's club racers and has hints of Ferrari 250 GTO and Fairlady 240 Z about it. You'd be lucky to see one, yet there were seven on show. I can see Nagari prices heading north.
My star of show was the 1970 Monteverdi 375L High Speed. Only nine right-hand drive versions built, making it a rare bird indeed. It's a crazy Italian-American hybrid, impractically big, imposing but my idea of car candy. How good is it? A 7.0litre Chrysler V8 up front pushing out 375bhp with a top speed of 161mph in hand-built Italian coachwork, glorious.
Best in show went to the 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost owned and presented by David Berthon. The resurrection of old Roller took 15 years to complete, a well-deserved winner.
Check out our highlights gallery from this year's show.