AutoClassica Milano 2016

From the 25th till the 27th of november 2016, Milan.

Because of all the hype surrounding Duemila Ruote by RM Sotheby’s you would almost forget the auction was part of Autoclassica Milano. Not the other way around. And it would be a pity to forget about Autoclassica Milano, because it had a lot to offer, especially for the fans of italian (super)cars. With seventieth birthday of Ferrari coming up it was no surprise that the Maranello cars were in  the spotlight. Next to lots of  308, 550 Maranello and Testarossa cars, there was a rare yellow Ferrari F50. Some other lesser known Italian carbrands could be found in Milan such as: Siata, Osca, Ermini and Stanguellini.

The supercar enthusiast had a fieldday at the Mistral Motors boot! Several different Lamborghini Diablos could be admired, even a  Diablo GT, with a 6 liter engine sending almost 600 hp to the rearwheels. But even more exclusive: A Pagani Zonda Roadster F and a Pagani Huayra Carbon edition!

Quite a few official dealers were present at the event such as: Abarth, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McLaren and even Tesla. Lamborghini dealer Bonaldi Motori from Bergamo brought a beautiful Miura! And some modern lamborghinis: a Huracan Spyder, a Huracan GT3 racecar and a Lamborghini Centenario! The Centenario was built in honor of Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini and is limited to 20 cars.

Sadly there are not much Lancia dealers left and the cars have almost entirely disappeared from the streets. It’s sad because Lancia has such a rich history in racing, mainly in the WRC. Some of these legendary cars were on display such as the Stratos, 037 and the Delta.

That italians love racing and fast cars is an understatement.  Martino Finotto owned a Formule 1 team in which Carlo Facetti was a pilot. Later on they would build several racars together. The most infamous is probably the Carma FF, built of a Ferrari 308 base, this car was ridiculously fast (700 hp) but at the same time very unreliable. Which resulted in very few noteworthy results.  The 1960 Fiat Abarth 1000 was a different story, developed in a windtunnel and designed by Pinifarina, it set nine speedrecords. Alfa Romeo had some of their best autosport moments with the Alfa Romeo 155, it won the popular DTM Championship, the 155 GTA did very well in the Italian, British & Spanish touring championships.

Pictures & text: Steven, Translation: Jonas

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