Those of you that read my pre-show previews and postcard from the Classic Motor Show 2012 will have known that this is a must attend event for any classic car fan or petrol head alike.
The 2013 Classic Motor Show did not disappoint.
The event seemed to be smaller than I remembered from the year before, and there were certainly less bikes, or so it seemed, but unsurprising really when the following week at the NEC was motorcycle live.
There is so much to see at this wonderful show, so we did not spend long looking as Austin Meastros and other such classics, we we drawn to the Classic Cars for sale area, Silverstone Auctions display, Ferrari Owners Club Stand, Bugatti Owners Club stand, Lamborghini Owners Club stand, GT40 Owners Club stand and the variety of car seller stands. After all it’s good to dream!
The Classic Cars for Sale area seemed smaller than last year and the cars for sale seemed a lot more expensive, but as we’ve said before in previous posts the classic car market has gone bonkers in the last 10 years, and prices have shot up dramatically on many cars. The cars that stood out to us were:
Fiat 595 Abarth
Again, I have seen this business several times now, and they always have a great selection of cars on display and this was no different. A great selection of cars, art, jewellery and automobillia on sale. For the first time ever we stayed and watch the auction proceedings, and wow what an experience. I definately would not bid with any alcohol in the system though, god only know what would happen with my competitive nature and a credit card. Anyway, what appeared reasonably priced items became overpriced (in our opinion) when we discovered that on the cars for sale they had an added buyer premium of 17.5% on top of sale price, then 20% VAT (UK tax) on top of that…is it just me or is this bonkers? I suppose for those that do not want to trawl the ads, it probably makes sense and is worth the premium.
The Ferrari Owners Club had some very nice cars such as the Enzo, F40, F50, and F430 Scuderia 16M, amongst others. Probably the owners stand of the weekend for us. We’ll done FOC.
This year we did not spend any time at the Wheeler Dealer stand/ build, as watching one hour on TV is okay, but to watch it real time is not for me personally.
All in all a great event, not one to be missed for any true classic car fan. Well done organisers, we very much look forward to next years event.
If you went to this years show, what did you think? What were your highlights and what could the organisers improve for next year?