Every year, the InterClassics in Maastricht marks the start of the classic car season in the Benelux countries. It is also one of the leading trade fairs in Europe. On four days, around 33,000 visitors came to the 26th edition of InterClassics. On 35,000 square meters of vintage enthusiasts will find what their heart desires. Especially the colorful mixture makes the fair interesting. Here you will find from the exclusive Luxusoldtimer to entry-level models under 25,000 euros a variety of copies.
This year, the Italian brand Lancia was the focus of the fair. The highlights from the more than 100-year history of the brand have been presented in collaboration with the Lancia Club of the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as several museums in an impressive exhibition pavilion, including the only surviving Lancia D23 Spyder Pininfarina, provided by the Louwman Museum.
Gianni Lancia, ambitious son of the founder Vincenzo and after his death in 1937 director of the car brand, found that Lancia had to prove himself in racing. He developed a racing car program, in collaboration with the then sixty-year-old designer Vittorio Jano, who had switched from Alfa Romeo to Lancia. After World War II, Gianni built a race car based on the new Aurelia GT, the D20 Coupe. The Targa Florio won Lancia, but in Le Mans failed the cars. Lancia decided to technically adapt two D20s and sawed off the roof to get an open race car. The result was the Lancia D23. Later, two D20er were rebuilt and provided with a De Dion rear axle, which significantly improved the road holding.
Already in his race debut at the Monza Grand Prix, this Lancia D23 Spyder Pininfarina took second place thanks to his driver Felice Bonetto. In the difficult Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico, the Lancia racing team used five cars: two D23s, shown at the InterClassics for Bracco and a second for Castellotti, as well as three new D24ers for Fangio, Bonetto and Taruffi. On the fourth leg, Bonetto was deadly, overshadowing Lancia’s eventual 1-2-3 victory: Fangio finished first, Taruffi second and Castellotti third with his D23. Bracco had left with a broken rear wheel. The color blue is exceptional for an Italian racing car. In this color the car started in Monza in 1953. This is the only surviving original Lancia D23, built in 1953, provided by the Louwman Museum and exhibited in the annual theme area of the InterClassics Maastricht. A total of 25 unique Lancias were on display, including the 1938 Lancia Astura Pininfarina, the 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Martini 5 and the 1956 Lancia Aurelia B247 Spider.
The offer of this fair was very varied, both for buyers and for classic car lovers. The British auction house Coys held its biggest auction in the history of the InterClassics Maastricht. Among other things, a vintage car of Pop legend Phil Collins came under the hammer. The approximately 300 exhibitors showed their most beautiful and most exclusive classic cars and everything connected with them, from components to collectors‘ items. In addition, visitors could simulate on the Circuit de Monte Carlo. These were two high-quality full-motion racing simulators ready. The five-time world champion in Simracen, Maastricht’s Bono Huis, performed live at the Simracen against the Dutch professional racer Xavier Maassen at the Circuit de Monte Carlo in 1966, a premiere in the world of classic car fairs. The classic car with which this race was driven was the 1975 McLaren M23. It won Bono Huis.
InterClassics‘ manager Erik Panis looks back with satisfaction on the show: „We are very pleased to welcome more than 30,000 visitors this year as well. This is the second year in a row that we have been able to attract such a high number of visitors and is a sign that the desire to buy and the interest of classic car enthusiasts are not waning. “