Motorclassica starts this week

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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jaguar type d This Jaguar D-type will attract strong international interest. jaguar type d

Premium event opens this Friday - who will win the concours?

Motorclassica starts this week
Last year's Motorclassica winner made our cover on issue 395.

Melbourne's premium concours d'elegance, Motorclassica, opens at the historic Royal Exhibition Building this Friday at 9.00am and this year has Ferrari as its feature marque.

However it's the concours which got the real attention last year, and we're more than a bit curious to see what happens this time around.

Meanwhiloe Ferrari is celebrating 70 years of production and the occasion is being recognised with a big gathering by the local club.

Other marque highlights include 100 years of Holden coachbuilding, 110 years of Lancia and 95 years of motorcycle brand Moto Guzzi.

While the show doesn't start till Friday, there is a car and motorcycle tour starting at Alexandra Gardens at 10.20 this Thursday morning. The parade is largely for show, however it also plays a role in the concours judging. Should two vehicles be tied on points, being able to complete the drive could swing the end result.

Speaking of the concours, this has become a fiercely fought competition. Some restoration projects were begun over a year ago specifically to compete in this event and you can expect both the range of the machinery and the quality of what's on show to be very high.

Last year the winner of the car division (there is also a motorcycle class) was a Monaro - a very controversial decision and a vehicle we then featured on our front cover in issue number 395.

Not to be forgotten is the Mossgreen collector car auction: lots range from models through to a big variety of cars.

This one is very likely to attract international interest, as the headline offering is a 1955 Jaguar D-type. These iconic sports cars are rare and in big demand, which goes some way to explainging the $7-8 million estimate. this could easily turn out to be the most valuable car sold at auction in this country.

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