Autoclassica 2017

By Fabrizio Panico

Photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

Editor: From time to time we have articles  with pictures from Motor Shows to inspire our appreciation of the cars our models are based on. Our regular writer Fabrizio visited the Autoclassica 2017 Car Show in Milan earlier this month and has shared some of the photographs he took. This is a prestigious event occupying several halls of a large exhibition centre. Some of the cars pictured have been modelled whilst others should be considered by manufacturers for future production.

The Autoclassica 2017 seemed to be a smaller show than usual with more car dealers than clubs in evidence. The pictures below show some of the interesting cars on display.

AGIP Service Station

One of the set piece displays matching a nice race prepared Alfa Romeo with period AGIP Petrol displays.


Castrol Dispenser

A nice display of an oil dispenser from the earlier days of motoring.


BAKU Petrol

More transport ephemera. A nicely restored petrol pump from the vintage car era.


Buick Super Eight Coupe 1950

With custom detailing.


Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta 1950

Classic car beautifully prepared for the show.


Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta LWB 1957

A beautiful example of one of the most desirable Ferrari models.


Ferrari 250 GTO 1962

Another extremely scarce and expensive Ferrari.


Ferrari 512M 1970

The 512M was developed from the 512S and was used in Endurance racing in the early 1970s. Several found their way to the US for use in NART races and one famously ended up in Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans.


Ferrari Dino 246 Tasmania 1968

This V6 engined racing car was developed by Ferrari for racing at a time when most of the teams effort was being put into V12 cars.  It was aimed at Formula Tasman which was a big draw in Australia and New Zealand at that time.


Fiat 501 coupé 1923

The Fiat 501 was made between 1919 and 1926. The 501 was Fiat’s first model after World War and nearly 50,000 were made in several body styles.


Fiat 2800 Torpedo Special 1947

This open car was  derived from the pre-war cars widely used by the Italian State.


Fiat Campagnola Raid Alger LeCap 1951

In 1951 Fiat’s management decided to beat the speed record of Africa’s crossing from Cape Town to Algiers with a Campagnola AR 51. The journey was completed in 11 days, 4 hours and 54 minutes.


Ford USA Model A Tudor 1929

A classic standard sedan from Ford USA


Isotta-Fraschini 8b

Made with a keen eye on the US export market owners included 8B owners included the Aga Khan III, William Randolph Hearst, Rudolph Valentino and Pope Pius XI. Few now exist.


Lamborghini LM002

Based upon earlier military vehicles the LM002 was made between 1986 and 1993.



Land Rover 80 Stationwagon Tickford 1950

Rover developed a seven-seater Station Wagon variant of the Land Rover in October 1948 based on the 80-inch chassis and powered by a 1,595cc petrol engine. This had a body made by Tickford of Newport Pagnell, constructed in the traditional way with alloy panelling over a wooden frame. Due to the cost of the vehicle it sold in very small numbers.


Maserati A6GCS 53 Berlinetta Pininfarina 1953

The A6 was made between 1947 and 1956 and carried coachwork from the major Italian stylists of the time. This classic shape from Pininfarina being one of the prettiest.  Fitted with a two litre straight six engine it was fast as well as beautiful.


Maserati Bora

Produced from 1971 to 1978 the Bora was fitted with a V8 engine and had a top speed of over 170 MPH.  A classic car and looks good in the very period paint colour.


MG YA 1951

Proof that badge engineering started long before BMC was formed. A small MG saloon was formed by using the underpinnings of the Morris 8. Nicely fitted inside the car struggled with a small engine.


Minerva Land Rover 80

Belgian car maker Minerva found itself in dire straights after the Second World War. Unable to design and build their own vehicle for military contracts they approached Rover and made Land Rovers fro the Belgian forces from kits of parts under licence arrangements until 1958. Here the front wings seem to differ from the UK Land Rover’s – I wonder if this has been modelled?


Morris Eight Tourer 1935

Quite a pretty car in this form this was quite a basic vehicle aimed at the mass market opening up for family cars in this inter-war period. Fitted with a engine of 918cc performance was limited  but it was well equipped and aimed at people who wanted something a little bit better than the well established Austin 7.


Panhard 24 BT 1965

The final Panhard car produced as in 1967 Citroen ceased to produce Panhard cars. Powered by a boxer engine driving the front wheels its light body allowed quite a modest engine to produce very sporty performance.


Porsche 356A 1600 Coupe 1957

Classic 356A Coupe as modelled by many firms. A lovely example on show here.


Rolls Royce USA Phantom I Roadster York 1930

Rolls Royce had their own factory in Springfield Massachusetts from 1921 to 1931. These were then bodied by US Coachbuilders often featuring white wall tyres and more flamboyant styling than many UK Rolls Royces. This car is one of the later US produced vehicles.


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