40th Antwerp Classic Salon : Pole Position in the Benelux countries

It's the Benelux's largest classic car event and in the classic car scene enjoys the reputation of being one of the vintage and classic car shows for connoisseurs: the Antwerp Classic Salon. The show is organised by SIHA Salons Automobiles BVBA in Antwerp and is being held in the Antwerp Expo from March 3 to 5 for the 40th time. The organisers are expecting more than 360 exhibitors from 10 countries and this year again more than 26,000 classic car enthusiasts will flock to the exhibition halls to feast their eyes on the special Ferrari feature, take a critical look at approximately 400 classic cars on sale, and take inspiration from the 50 or so club presentations. One speciality of the Antwerp Classic Salon is the spare parts market, and the array of products on offer - many for pre-war cars - which is a big attraction for the real experts. Further highlights are the sections devoted to vintage and classic car tuning, automobilia, literature, model cars, modern classics and exotic and prestige cars.

The Ferrari feature will include :

Alfa Romeo C6 1750 (ex-Luigi Scarfiotti, Scuderia Ferrari)
Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé, 1947 (VIN 0027)
Ferrari Formule 1 87/88C of Gerhard Berger
Ferrari 500 Superfast (ex-Peter Sellers)
Ferrari 250 GT Boano, 1956
Ferrari F40
Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Ferrari 365 GT4 BB
Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
Ferrari 330 GTC
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Ferrari 275 GT Spider (ex-Raquel Welch)
Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Ferrari 288 GTO with the special VIN-code 55555 (ex Jean Blaton, a famous Belgian pilot and father-in-law of Jacky Ickx)
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB
Ferrari 512 BB "European University"

Various dealers will have some mouth-watering pre and post war cars such as Lagonda and Rolls Royce. The variety of cars on display is outstanding with Jaguar, MG, Ferrari and Mercedes being well represented. The Antwerp show always brings a varied selection of American cars with Cadillacs and Packards of the thirties through to the Chevys and Fords of the fifties and sixties. Dealers from all over Europe bring approximately 300 cars and compete in the Concours d'Elegance.

Nearly three hundred and fifty exhibitors from about ten countries will be offering classic cars, motorbikes, spare parts and services at Antwerp. Several companies from the UK will be present. Spare parts suppliers will include NK Trading and many others offering parts for a wide variety of classics. Literature collectors will be catered for by Chaters. Over 200 stands will feature new and used parts, accessories, interior trim, rare literature, automobilia, models, curiosities and art objects, all with the theme of veteran, vintage and classic cars.

One section that will appeal to some of the new enthusiasts of classic cars will be the hall with a selection of cars for sale under €10,000.

The Antwerp show is the prime event for many Belgian clubs and they produce some outstanding displays in their pursuit of prizes in the National Club stand and Concours d'Elegance awards. Approximately fifty clubs will create some very professional stands in their efforts to secure first prize in the competition which is €1250!! In addition to judging the club stands the international jury will select the best cars from the 300 offered by the dealers for prizes in four categories. The prizegiving will take place at 12.00 on Sunday 5th March.

Venue : Antwerp Expo, Jan Van Rijswijckslaan, Antwerp (adjacent to the Berchem exit (5) from ring road)

Opening times : Friday March 3 14.00 - 20.00
Saturday March 4 9.00 - 18.00
Sunday March 5 9.00 - 18.00

Admission prices : Adult €17 Children (under 10) Free
Senior citizens €14 Groups (over 20) €14

Further information can be obtained from Mark Charles on 08712 770363, email or from the organisers office during the show on (tel) 00323 2485029 (fax) 00323 2484995.

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Travel information
Distances by road from channel ports are :(Miles) Calais 150, Ostend 80, Hook of Holland 100, Rotterdam 110. The nearest airports are Antwerp (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. For prices/bookings contact Orca Travel Ltd - Tel 01753 685668 Fax 01753 684925.




1. Show attraction - 70 years of Ferrari

2. Vintage and Classic car sales showroom with 450 cars

3. Vintage and Classic car tuning

4. "Better than new" presentation from international and professional restoration companies, old and new spare parts

5. Tuning and restoration advice for seventies classics

6. "The goldmine for collectors": old and new spare parts, automobilia, art, literature, accessories, and services

7. Exhibition stands from clubs and museums