Mid-January’s Interclassics exhibition at Maastricht isn’t just the leading indoor classic car show in The Netherlands; increasingly it is now regarded by many as the New Year’s classic car season opener.
Attracting many of the top-draw Continental classic car dealers, Interclassics focuses more on the premium end of the ‘oldtimer’ market, with plenty of desirable Ferraris, Maseratis, Aston Martins, E-Types and 911s on display. The bottom end of the classic car scene isn’t overlooked though, with a good selection of VW Beetles, Fiat 500s and Minis presented for sale, most at jaw-dropping prices.
Despite Maastricht’s geographical proximity to the German and Belgian borders, exquisitely prepared Italian classics seemed to dominate, rather than cars from the Fatherland, France or the UK.
Among the desirable Italian exotica to be found in the bright halls of the Maastricht MECC unusual star turns included a tatty example of a 1963 Viotti-bodied Fiat 2100 Coupe, one of fewer than 10 built, and possibly the sole surviving example. A cute 1950s Moretti 750 Barchetta, an uber-rare 1964 Autobianchi Stellina, purposeful 1970 Abarth 2000 SE10 and cool 1964 OSCA 1500 GTS also taught our eye, as did a totally original 1972 Fiat 128 Coupe with less than 2,600 kilometres on the clock!
Away from the classic dealer exhibits, Interclassics had two themed displays; one focused on the Rolls-Royce and Bentley marques, with suitable cars supplied by the local Dutch enthusiast clubs, including immaculate Phantom IIs and post-war Bentley Continentals.
The other themed area celebrated the centenary of the founding of BMW, with a rich selection of cars, from the early Austin Seven-based Dixis, through to the brand new 7-Series, via a 328, 507, Isetta, 2002 Turbo, Jagermeister competition E21 320i, Procar M1, and Z1 ‘art car.’ Away from the official BMW display, a one-off BMW Glas V8 coupe with Frua coachwork was also an exceptional find at the Interclassics Maastricht.
Photography by Gary Axon