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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.


    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.


  • The Big Five - Presenting The European National Motor Museums

    The five leading motor museums of Europe will come together at the third edition of InterClassics Brussels. Without exception, these museums are renowned for their unique collections of classic cars. Aside from their varied collections, these museums show cars not merely as the most important invention ever, but also the impact of the car on society. The collections of these museums, totalling more than 1,500 classic cars, form an important part of the cultural heritage of five European countries. Each museum will present three of its most prized exhibits, including one pre-war classic car, one car that typifies its museum and one racing car. Never previously displayed and therefore a unique opportunity to see unique exhibits from five countries under one roof at InterClassics Brussels.


    The Big Five museums:
    Autoworld Museum Brussels, Belgium
    The Louwman Museum in The Hague, Netherlands
    The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, United Kingdom
    The Cité de l’Automobile/Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse, France
    Museo dell'Automobile in Turin, Italy

    Cycle Cars & Grand Sport Highlighting a forgotten motor history

    In the early years of the 20th century, the street was not yet dominated by cars. Automobiles were scarce and had only just been invented. They were the sole preserve of the wealthy. But the common people also came under the spell of the car, in particular the cheaper models: the voiturettes and cyclecars. Cyclecars were small, inexpensive and lightweight vehicles produced between about 1910 and the end of the 1920s. They were characterised by their light and sometimes rather fragile construction, and were designed to fill the gap between the motorcycle and the fully-fledged automobile. And they were even used for racing. Throughout France, competitions were held where you could compete with your own car. There was a speed trial, record attempt, hill climb or reliability run more or less every weekend. In those days, everything was still possible on the public highway. A golden age for true car enthusiasts! The cyclecar's demise came when the big car manufacturers started to produce more efficiently. Mass production of cars made them more affordable, putting them in competition with the cyclecars. During InterClassics Brussels, we will have around 20 cyclecars on display thanks to our cooperation with Amilcar-Cyclecar Club Netherlands and the Belgian and French clubs.


  • Legends of Spa-Francorchamps


    Since the early 1920s, the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps has resounded with a thousand and one fabulous tales of those heroic times in which they drove on earth roads at the wheel of awesome machines. The circuit was conceived by Liège aristocrats within a magic triangle between Francorchamps, Malmédy and Stavelot. While 1924 saw the first organisation of the famous 24 Hours of Francorchamps, only one year after Le Mans, the first real big international race for singleseaters, the European Grand Prix, was run in 1925. Seven cars took part in this event which saw the victory of the famous Alfa Romeo driver, Antonio Ascari. In 1939 Francorchamps was given a unique curve, reflected in the logo of InterClassics Brussels 2016: the raidillon, or steep rise. That bend, intended to be passed at very high speed, clearly showed what the circuit managers wanted to achieve with the track: to make it one of the fastest tracks in Europe. The curve has indeed become famous throughout the world, and is worshipped by drivers. This theme will be presented during InterClassics Brussels using 25 cars that took part in the circuit’s historic past.

    The Fascinating World of Microcars


    A microcar is a classic (production stopped before 1970), motorised three or four-wheel car with a capacity of up to 600 cc. The earliest microcars often had two seats and three wheels. Most of these cars were built in the 1950s and were called ‘cyclecars’ or ‘bubble cars’ (especially those with large curved windows). Microcars were usually developed for economic reasons during times of petrol or material shortages. Europe in particular, after the Second World War, represented the start of a heyday for the microcar. In Germany, aircraft manufacturers such as Messerschmitt and Heinkel could no longer build aircraft and so decided to try to produce these cockpits on three wheels. The story goes that they still had a supply of cockpit canopies, for which they designed a car to go underneath. Only a few models of microcar were mass-produced (more than 100 000), such as the Messerschmitt, the Goggomobil and the BMW Isetta. Many others were produced in dozens or hundreds. In fact, the large majority of the more than 1 500 models made by 500 manufacturers were produced just once or a few times. A very small percentage of these cars have withstood the test of time and are treasured by people either privately or as an automobile club. In partnership with the Belgian Microcar Club, we are pleased to present ‘The Fascinating World of Microcars’.

  • Bugatti: Art on wheels

    Bugatti is unparalleled, in all respects. The man behind the magical history of this pioneering sports car brand is Ettore Bugatti. He grew up in an artistic family, but had a great passion for technology. In 1909, this Italian with French nationality founded Automobiles Ettore Bugatti. His quest for technical perfection produced miraculous results on the racing circuit. Bugatti set the benchmark and achieved great successes that have gone down in motorsports history, while staying true to his origins. His fabulous designs were literally ‘art on wheels’. The history of this illustrious brand is presented at the show with the exhibition of twenty Bugattis. It’s an absolute highlight at InterClassics Brussels! .

    60 years Citroën DS

    The Citroën DS was launched at the Paris motor show in October 1955. Reactions such as ‘the car from Mars,’ ‘fallen from the sky,’ and ‘la Bombe Citroën’ hit newspaper headlines. On the first day of the Salon d’Automobile, 12,000 orders were placed for the Citroën DS19 – an absolute record which still stands today and will probably never be broken or even equalled by any car brand in the future. For its time – and this still holds true today – it was a unique design in terms of its design and technical innovations. Never before had so many technical innovations been used in a single car design. As such, in 2001 the DS was named the most revolutionary technological innovation of the twentieth century! The ‘60 years of the Citroën DS’ pavilion illustrates the history of the Citroën DS. .

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