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60 YEARS WORLD EXPO / CARS OF ’58

Sixty years ago, the World Expo was held from 17 April to 19 October 1958 at the Heyzel grounds in Brussels under the name ‘Expo ‘58’. On 7 May 1948, the Belgian government decided to organise the World Expo to be held in 1955. However, the outbreak of the Korean War caused delays in the schedule and the government postponed the event to 1958. This World Expo was dominated by the belief in freedom and progress, a concept that was so characteristic of the 1950s and 1960s. Expo 58 was forever indelibly imprinted in the collective memory. It is without a doubt one of the most important events in Belgium’s post-war history. Opened by King Boudewijn, the Expo drew 42 million visitors. The most important and iconic element of Expo 58 is undoubtedly the Atomium; nine gigantic spheres that together depict an iron crystal structure, magnified 165 billion times. 60 years later, we will take a look back at the Expo 58 during InterClassics Brussels 2018. We will celebrate this auspicious anniversary with a special exposition featuring a unique collection of cars from the year 1958 in cooperation with the Belgian Vintage Vehicles Association (BFOV) in Hall 5.

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70 YEARS PORSCHE 356

Fast, pure and full of emotion and experience: Porsche has been synonymous with the ultimate sports cars for 70 years now. The brand was built on the life’s work of Professor Ferdinand Porsche, a tradition continued by his son Ferry. The very first Porsche was registered on 8 June 1948; the 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster was built by Ferry Porsche. Porsche used many Volkswagen parts in the production process such as the air-cooled Boxster engine. The reason for this was that Ferdinand Porsche was involved in the development of this car in the 1930s. The mechanical parts including the engine, the shock absorber and the chassis were all built by Volkswagen. The Porsche 356 remained in production until 1965. Between 1948 and 1965, 76,313 models of the Porsche 356 were built. The 356 was followed by the Porsche 911. The 356 was the realisation of the sports car that Ferry Porsche had always dreamt of. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume: ‘His vision is still reflected in everything that continues to make the Porsche brand so special today.’ Porsche’s anniversary year will be celebrated under the motto ‘70 years of Porsche sports cars’. An exceptional collection of Porsche 356s will be on display in Hall 6 during InterClassics Brussels 2018.

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