The 42nd edition of the Antwerp Classic Salon opens at 2 pm on Friday, March 1, 2019. The 20,000 sqm. of Antwerp Expo are being filled with hundreds of top classic cars, literature, scale models, automobilia, parts, clothing. In short: everything related to the classic car.
This 42nd edition has 4 main themes: Lamborghini, la sensazione Italiana, 100 years of Citroën, 60 years of Mini and 65 years of Chevrolet Corvette.

Lamborghini, la sensazione Italiana
Together with a lot of Belgian and European collectors, we'll show in hall 4 of Antwerp Expo the complete overview of the history of the iconic Italian brand Lamborghini. From the first 350 GT, through the Miura, the Espada, the Countach to the new Aventador. Not everyone knows that Lamborghini was originally a builder of agricultural tractors. These are also incorporated in the exhibition.
100 Years of Citroën
In collaboration with the Belgian Club of Old Citroën's and the DS/SM Club we'll bring in hall 1 an extensive overview of the most legendary cars of this French brand. Both clubs will show the Type A, the Rosalie, the B10 / B14, special versions of the Traction Avant and the DS, the 2CV, the Ami, the Dyane, the GS, the CX, the BX and many more.
60 Years of Mini
At the 42nd Antwerp Classic Salon we also celebrate the birthday of a British icon, the Mini. In a unique framework we present a complete overview of the various types, models, derivations and special versions of this sympathetic car.
65 Years of Chevrolet Corvette
The Belgian Corvette Club brings a selection of unique Corvettes to Antwerp. From the first C1 from 1954 to the latest C8.

Main themes: Lamborghini, la sensazione Italiana, 100 Years of Citroën, 60 Years of Mini and 65 Years of Chevrolet Corvette
An organisation of: SIHA Salons Automobiles BVBA - Antwerpen
Location: Antwerp Expo, Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 191, Antwerp, Belgium
Date: Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 3 2019
How to reach us: Ring Antwerp, Exit 5, Wilrijk - Antwerp Expo. Please mention in press communication: The Antwerp Expo, which is the venue for the Antwerp Classic Salon, is located OUTSIDE the Low Emission Zone. From whichever direction you may be travelling (Ghent, Brussels, Limburg or the Netherlands), you NEVER have to drive through the Low Emission Zone. Also not when you drive back from the Antwerp Expo to Ghent, Brussels, Limburg or the Netherlands.
Exhibition layout: 4 Halls, 20,000 sqm.
Exhibitors and participants: 350 exhibitors and participants from fourteen countries including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland.
Visitors 2018: 27,520
Exhibition and sale of: Oldtimers, classic cars, motor bikes, restoration companies and suppliers, new and used accessories and parts, interiors, maintenance products, rare literature, miniatures and models, art objects about classic cars and automobiles, club stands and museums with presentations of their most beautiful cars.
Opening hours: Friday, March 1, 2 pm - 8 pm Saturday, March 2, 9 am - 6 pm Sunday, March 3, 9 am - 6 pm
Admission prices: Adults: € 17,00 at the entrance
Adults: € 14,00 online pre sale, (
Children under 10 accompanied by an adult: FREE
Persons with disabilities presenting their European Disability Card: FREE
National club stand award
The Antwerp Classic Salon is the annual meeting point for members of the leading Belgian and Dutch classic car clubs. Here they compete for the prize for the most original club stand and their members compete for the B.F.O.V. prize for the most beautiful cars owned by their members.
The award ceremony will take place on Sunday 3 March 2019 around 12 am.
Concours D'élégance - for the most exclusive and original cars
Every year, exhibitors - who exhibit or offer classic cars for sale - always look forward to the annual "Meguiar's Concours d'élégance".
A highly professional jury of Belgian and Dutch experts in the field of classic cars select the three most beautiful cars on display in three age categories.
" from 1885 to 1955
" from 1956 to 1975
" from 1976 to 1990
Additionally, they also award - over all the years of manufacture - a prize for "The Best Car of the Show".
The award ceremony will take place on Sunday 3 March 2019 around 12 am.
Antwerp Classic Salon
The range of international old-timer and classic car dealers and restoration companies (from Belgium, Germany, England, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland) at the 42nd Antwerp Classic Salon is always very extensive and exclusive. On 12,000 sqm, more than 400 cars are offered for sale, many of which will undoubtedly change the ownership. Restoration objects, classics in original condition and already restored classics. In other words: something for everyone.
Back to new
Internationally renowned restoration companies demonstrate their specialism at the 42nd Antwerp Classic Salon and inform visitors, traders and collectors how professionals bring classic cars back to top condition.
The treasure chest of the Antwerp Classic Salon - new and used parts
The 42nd Antwerp Classic Salon has been known for years as the shopping hub for oldtimer and classic car owners who are looking for parts for the most diverse car brands. They will find two kilometers of stands with new and used parts, accessories, interior parts, maintenance products, scarce specialist literature, nostalgic automobilia, miniatures, curiosities and art objects with classic cars as theme and much more.
Enjoy at every level
The Antwerp Classic Salon is a show where everyone gets their money's worth. You can enjoy the unfeasible but also what you can buy. You can dream away from Italian design and enjoy romantic English nostalgia. Yet it is not exclusively a show for expensive cars. You will also find a nice Volkswagen Beetle, a 2CV or a Fiat 500.
Make it a weekend in Antwerp
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 is the first Sunday of the month. This means that the city center of Antwerp is also "shopping Sunday" and the shops in the famous shopping streets such as the Meir are open.

Lamborghini, la sensazione Italiana

Ferruccio Lamborghini was originally a tractor manufacturer in Italy and Spain. After a dispute with Enzo Ferrari and his dismay with a patronizing reply by Ferrari, in 1963 Lamborghini decided to embark himself on the development and construction of a sports car with the attacking bull in the logo.
The first Lamborghini, the 350 GTV, was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963, just 4 months after the order was placed. It had a 3.5 litre V12 engine with a capacity of 360 HP, developed by an engineering firm called Società Autostar. Giotto Bizzarrini, a former Ferrari engineer, was the brains behind this engine. The bodywork was designed by Carrozzeria Touring.
The prototype of this 350 GTV became the model for the Lamborghini 350 GT. It remained in production for 2 years. 120 of these cars were ultimately sold. In 1965, Gian Paolo Dallara improved the Bizzarini V12. The cylinder capacity was increased to 3.9 litres and it was brought on the market as the 400 GT (later also as 2+2).
In the meantime, the P400 was developed, which would hit the car market in 1967 as the legendary Miura. It set the standard for sports cars with a mid-engine.
The 400 GT was followed up by the Islero, but this was not a commercial success. Ferruccio Lamborghini called on the services of Mario Marazzi, a designer at Bertone. He designed the Marzal, a four-seater on the elongated chassis of the Miura. The Marzal never went into production however.
In the meantime, Gian Paolo Dallara left Lamborghini because he was not pleased about the fact that Lamborghini would not embark on automobile sport. He went to work for De Tomaso, and was replaced by his assistant, Paolo Paolo Stanzani.
Bertone convinced Lamborghini to make a real 4-seater. Marcello Gandini designed the Lamborghini Espada, driven by a 3.9 litre V12 engine placed in front. The Espada was a success. More than 1,200 of these cars were sold in 10 years.It formed the basis for the Jarama.
As a reaction to the amended Italian taxation legislation and as an opponent of the Dino 246, the Maserati Merak and the Porsche 911, Lamborghini built the Urraco. This car had a V8 engine and 220 HP.
At the Geneva Motor Show in 1971 Lamborghini unveiled the prototype of the LP500, which would subsequently go down in history as the Countach - again with a 4.9 litre V12 engine.
In the beginning of the 1970s, Lamborghini's tractor company ran into serious financial problems. An order cancelled because of state intervention by Bolivia delivered the fatal blow. All the staff were taken over by the tractor manufacturer SAME.
The financial problems spread also to the car production. The production version of the LP500 was not finished and the engine capacity was cut to 4 litres. In the meantime, Lamborghini sold the majority stake in his company to his Swiss friend Georges-Henri Rosetti.
The Countach was launched in 1974 and would remain in production until 1988.
In 1978 Lamborghini went bankrupt. The Swiss brothers Mimran were appointed temporary administrators by the court. They launched the Jalpa and the Silhouette during this period.

In 1984 the Mimran brothers became the fully-fledged owners of Lamborghini. Their first car was the LM002 SUV. It turned out to be a failure. Fortunately, the upgrade of the Countach, the Quattrovalvole - which boasted 455 HP - managed to salvage the situation somewhat.
And yet the Mimran brothers could not keep the ship afloat. It was Lee Iacocca, the boss of the Chrysler corporation who took over Lamborghini, unbeknownst to the shareholders of Chrysler. Chrysler decided to launch Lamborghini in auto racing.
The Diablo was unveiled in 1990. It was the fastest car in the world at the time, and accounted for good sales, enabling Lamborghini to return to the black. Lamborghini then started to develop V12 engines for racing boats.
The success of the Diablo was short lived. The price tag of $240,000 was too high.
Chrysler went again in search of a buyer and fond one in Indonesia. The Diablo was updated and managed to turn a profit again.
The financial crisis which hit Asia in 1998 meant that Lamborghini changed hands again. The new CEO of Volkswagen AG, Ferdinand Piëch, was hunting for a bargain and had previously bought Bentley and Bugatti. Lamborghini also wound up in the hands of Audi AG.
After 11 years of production, it was time to replace the Diablo. The successor was the Murciélago, designed by the Belgian designer Luc Donckerwolke, who had in the meantime taken over the reins at Lamborghini.
In 2003, the "baby-Lambo" was launched. The Gallardo, as it was named, was equipped with a V10 engine. It remained in production until 2013, and a total of 14,022 such cars were built. It was in turn followed by the Huracàn LP610, which thanks to a 610 HP engine, could achieve a top speed of 325 km/hour and accelerated from 0 to 100 km in 3.2 seconds.
The 700 HP Aventador was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 as the successor of the Murciélago.


MiniThe Mini is an icon in the car world, just like the Citroën 2CV, the Fiat 500 and the VW Beetle. It is also the icon of British pop culture of the 1960s. It was named the most influential car of the 20th century, after the Ford Model T, but ahead of the Citroën DS and the VW Beetle.
It was designed as a two-door car - with front-wheel drive and a transverse engine, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis. The basis of its development was the fuel shortage that followed the Suez crisis in 1956. But Britain was also inspired by the success of the Fiat 500 which was launched in Italy in 1957.
It had its home base in England (Longbridge and Cowley) but was produced under licence throughout the world. Well known licensees included Authi in Spain and Innocenti in Italy. In England, the Mini was originally brought out as Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor.
The original Mini Mark I got several updates: Mark II, the Clubman/1275 GT and the Mark III. For the bodywork, the choice fell on a basic version, a station wagon variety (Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Seven Countryman), and an open off-road vehicle (Mini Moke).
A typical feature of the Mini was the suspension. Rubber cones were used instead of conventional springs. This led not only to an extensive space saving but also better suspension. In 1964 the system was replaced by the Hydrolastic spring system.
In the mid-1960s the Minis were also successful in auto racing, both in rallies and on circuits. The development of the Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper 'S' evidently abetted this trend.
In 1967 the Mini Mark II was launched, recognized by a larger front grill and rear window.
In 1969 the Mini Mark III was brought on the market. This was immediately recognizable by the door hinges which were henceforth mounted in the door frame instead of on the outside of the door. From then on, the Mini was no longer called Austin or Morris, but simply Mini. In 1980, it was called Austin Mini again, and as of 1988 Rover Mini.
The Mini Mark IV was launched in 1976. It got its engines (1100 and 1300 cc) from the Austin Metro. A Mark V, VI, and VII would follow.
In addition to its own upgrades and bodyworks, the Mini got numerous derivatives, the most important of which were the Wolseley Hornet and the Riley Elf. All sorts of "special" versions appeared also, usually linked to British events.
The British auto industry went through turbulent years with all sorts of takeovers. In England the Mini ended up with Rover, which was in turn acquired by BMW in 1994. The production of this British icon stopped in 2000 after 41 years.

Admission prices : Adult €17 (at door) €14 (online) Children (under 10) accompanied by an adult Free

Further information can be obtained from Mark Charles

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Travel information
Distances by road from channel ports are :(Miles) Dover 150, Ostend 80, Hook of Holland 100, Rotterdam 110. The nearest airports are Duerne (10 mins) and Brussels (30 mins).

Ferry bookings
Discounts have been negotiated with ferry companies for the following routes:
Dover - Calais, Harwich - Hook of Holland, Hull - Rotterdam, Hull - Zeebrugge and Eurotunnel.

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