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Auto Clássico at Porto


Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 s/n 8173

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 s/n 8173

 

Porto, 05-08 October, 2017

The 15th edition of the Auto Clássico show at the Exponor exhibition centre in Porto was extended from its usual three days to four days for 2017, as the Thursday was a public holiday, giving visitors and exhibitors an extra day to experience all that it had to offer. The show is claimed to be the largest of its type on the Iberian Peninsula, and attracted some 38000 visitors for the 2016 edition. The event is held in conjunction with, and incorporating, Motorshow Porto, an all singing, all dancing spectacular, featuring classic and modern rally cars doing demonstration and timed runs on a part indoor and part outdoor circuit laid out within the exhibition complex. This aspect is always very popular as spectators get to see tyre smoking drifts, jumps, plus the scream of competition engines spitting flames from the exhausts, with the popping and banging of the turbo waste gates on the modern cars, all up close and personal. The paddock areas for these cars were also open to the public, to enable them to admire and inspect them in detail.

The show featured a really diverse and interesting selection of classic cars, motorcycles and scooters, and also had support from local dealerships including Citroen, Opel, Porsche and Volvo, showing some current offerings along with classic examples of the marques, the latter’s display being particularly expansive, and included a rare P1900 Convertible. This model was the company’s venture into a fibreglass bodied sports car, which proved to be a failure, as only around 68 examples were built during 1956-7, before production ceased. On the Citroen stand there was a 2CV/Mehari based model designated FAF, a very angular and utilitarian vehicle produced specifically for the Portuguese military, although variations on the theme were built for other markets. FAF stood for Facile à Fabriquer and Facile à Financer (Easy to Manufacture, Easy to Finance), and when one looks at the plethora of flat panels, one can see why! 

There were also one make car clubs, including the independent Ferrari club, Clube Scuderia Rampante, who, given the size of the club, had an impressive seven car display, as a tribute to Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, and also the club’s 4th anniversary. They actually had nine member’s cars on display, as there was a 330 GT 2+2 S1 on an adjacent stand, together with a 512 TR in a separate feature display alongside a F40 in another part of the exhibition. The Fiat club celebrated the 60th anniversary of the now legendary 500 model, with a quartet of models on display, including a very early “suicide door” example. The Portuguese Navy had a display including a Chevrolet Thriftmaster personnel truck, a sort of early version of the “people carrier”, and a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL sedan, which was in use as officer transport right up to 1980. The Brigado de Transito (Traffic Police) also had a stand, featuring a Porsche 1600 S Police Car, a Zundapp motorcycle and sidecar and a Jeep. One of the most eye catching cars at the show, due in no small part to its colour, was the freshly restored lime green Lamborghini Espada, with its original contrasting lime and dark green interior, which was the star of the Good Old Times display. Unfortunately the owner had passed away during the course of the restoration, so never saw his beloved car returned to its former glory, but I am sure that he would have been proud of its impact on the show. 

It is de rigeur for any classic car show, to have an accessory area or hall, and Auto Clássico was no exception, with a complete hall dedicated to spare parts, tools, models, books and all sorts of automobile related ephemera. The show also featured a free indoor parking area for those arriving in classic cars, which gave attendees an additional area to investigate during their visit.

 

Clube Scuderia Rampante Ferrari Display


 

Model

Colour

Chassis #

Ferrari 250 GTE

Red

3927GT

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 S2

Pale Blue Met’

8173

Ferrari 308 GTBi

Red

37291

Ferrari F355 GTS

Yellow

106064

Ferrari 360 Modena F1

Black Met’

121315

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Black Met’

140001

Ferrari F430 Spider F1

Silver

144386

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 S1

Grey Met,

6185*

Ferrari 512 TR

Red

94015*

Keith Bluemel         
10/2017