Hidden away amongst the shiny new cars on display at this year’s Geneva Motor Show are a few classic gems from an earlier era.
Chief among these are a trio of the most iconic Jeep models – an original early 1940s military Jeep, a mid-‘50s Station Wagon and an early-‘70s Cherokee – proudly taking centre stage on the stylish Jeep stand to mark the American off-roading king’s 75th anniversary (and also distract attention away from the fact that the brand has no new models to shout about this year).
Next to Jeep are the lively Fiat and Abarth stands, with the new Mazda-MX-5 based 124 Spider making its Geneva debut, supported by a delightful original 1966 Fiat 125 Spider, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Volvo used the reveal of its new V90 wagon to show-off its sporting estate heritage with a 1972 1800 ES on display from its own classic collection. Aston Martin used a similar trick for the new DB11 launch too, reinforcing its history with a stunning DB5.
Honda placed the ex-Ginther RA272 F1 racer next to the new NSX to emphasis its sporting roots, and Touring of Turin positioned an original ‘50s Alfa Romeo 1900 Disco Volante next to its new 2016 interpretation of the same car.
The prize for the most original and unusual piece of nostalgia at the Show though must go to the odd Microlino, a new electric ‘bubble car’ inspired by the 1950s BMW Isetta, complete with front opening door! All very retro…
Photography by Gary Axon