The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham


 

Birmingham, 12-14, November, 2021

Another show with a 2020 pandemic hiatus, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, returned to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre over the weekend of 12-14 November with a vast array of classic vehicles for the delectation of visitors. The official attendance figure was over 63,000 for the three days of the show. The show occupied Halls 1 to 5 and Hall 8 of the complex, with the latter hall being the domain of no less than 37 different Ford clubs. Half of Hall 3 was designated as a “Dealer Hall”, with the remainder of it made up predominantly of trade stands and an autojumble area. Spread through these exhibition areas there some 3000 vehicles and around 270 one marque or model clubs, collectively spanning over 100 years of motoring history.

Through the great diversity of vehicles on display, walking the aisles one has a glorious trip down memory lane, with constant reminders of cars that were once common sights on the roads the length and breadth of the country, which for the most part have since been consigned to the scrap heap. Full credit is due to the enthusiasts of the various makes and models, with their passion for preserving, restoring and maintaining these vehicles, some of which are quite ordinary, in the sense that they are not high value assets, but are all part of motoring’s rich pageant. The show is also a reminder of long lost marques and models, particularly British ones, even more mainstream ones like AC, Alvis, Austin, Hillman, Morris, Singer, Triumph and Wolseley, through to more niche market examples like Fairthorpe, Gilbern, Gordon Keeble and Jensen.

Lest it be thought that it was predominantly British affair, there were plenty of foreign club stands, ranging from Alpine, through Citroen, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot, to Volkswagen to name but a few. The Bugatti Owners’ Club display featured an interesting array of pre-war models. The Lamborghini Club UK display included a Miura P400 in pale blue, a silver Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, together with a Diablo Roadster boasting twin superchargers. The De Tomaso Owners’ Club display included a Pantera GTS and a Longchamp GTSE in metallic bronze, reported to be one of only seven RHD examples produced. The Ferrari Owners’ Club stand had a three car display comprising of a F355 Challenge car, a F40 and a 550 Barchetta. Possibly one of the rarest, at least in Western Europe, cars at the show was a Polish Warszawa 223 Saloon, not the prettiest confection, but certainly rare!

The show featured a two day expansive Silverstone Auctions auction with a diverse array of cars, motorcycles and automobilia on offer, and achieved  strong sell-through rates, 81% each for the car and motorcycle sections and 84% for the automobilia, notably with all but one of the eleven Ferrari models offered selling. It was a Ferrari that took the honours for the top sale at the auction, this being the 330 GTC, chassis # 10547, which achieved £540,000. A regular feature of the show is The Sporting Bears Motor Club’s Dream Rides, where in exchange for a charitable donation visitors had a ten-mile passenger ride, this raised £28,913 for the chosen charities.  As previously noted, there were also numerous trade car sales displays, and stands selling almost everything conceivable associated with the automobile, plus a large autojumble area, together with a variety of live features and workshops.

Silverstone Auction – Ferrari Lots

Lot #

Model

Chassis #

Selling Price

317

F430 Spider F1

160971

£94,500

338

360 Spider F1

129431

£56,250

341

330 GT 2+2

9315

£208,125

342

365 GT4 2+2

17835

£76,000

343

612 Scaglietti

136257

Not Sold

344

330 GTC

10547

£540,000

345

F430 Spider (Manual)

144326

£115,875

347

F430 Scuderia 16M Spider

166278

£320,625

516

F512M

101873

£202,500

517

360 Spider F1”Modificato”

127177

£48,937

518

F12 N-Largo by Novitech

203399

£225,000

 

Keith Bluemel           11/2021.