Three significant classic car events are on tomorrow and you can choose to go Italian, German or take the whole smorgasbord.
There’s the Italian Car Day at Gloucester Park, the BMW Club Show ’n’ Shine in Peppermint Grove and the Motor Museum’s cruise for all types of classics starting from Wesley College.
All three events have in previous years proved to be well worth attending, so the only way to go wrong is to not go to any of them.
Alfa Romeo club member Andrew Murray told WestWHEELS this week the Italian Car Day would include a Ferrari F40 among a selection of Ferrari models dating from the 1970s through to current models.
Alfa Romeos on show will include a GTA Junior, a Zagato SZ and a brace of 105 Series models, while there will also be a display of Fiat 124 Spiders.
Meanwhile, some of the very cars which competed with those classic Italians for sales when new will be at the BMW event.
These include the BMW 2002s, 3.0-litre CS coupes and the early 3 Series and 5 Series models.
Over in South Perth, the Wesley College grounds will host the start of a cruise for all kinds of classics — apart from the Italian and the BMW ones.
Good results at auction
Remember the 1963 Fiat 2300 Ghia coupe mentioned in this column last week, which was set to be auctioned in Sydney last Monday night?
Well, as we suspected it would, it sold for a lot more than the $12,000 auction house Shannons gave as the lower end of the guiding price range.
The stylish coupe went for $30,000. It’s still not big money for what the car is, just less of a bargain than was suggested before the sale.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have drawn attention to it.
Early Toyota LandCruisers are continuing to attract interest from enthusiasts, and the 1980 BJ40 short wheelbase on offer at the sale brought $19,500.
Given what’s being asked for poorer examples of these elsewhere, that was OK buying.
With people still going bananas over barn finds, this auction did feature the obligatory barn-fresh classic.
The car was a 1952 Bristol 401, which although complete, needed a new interior at least. The engine looked to have recently received attention, and the vehicle sold for $37,000.
Despite the car still needing substantial restoration work, this was well bought given it’s rare (one of 618 built) and a desirable yet practical classic.
There’s one for sale in the UK for $108,000.
BMW Club Annual Show ’n’ Shine. Manners Hill Park, Peppermint Grove. bmwclubwa.asn.au or phone 0428 884 748.
Rotary Italian Car Day. Gloucester Park, 9.30am-3pm. Tickets $15 advance online; $20 gate. Kids free. See italiancarday.com.au.
Motor Museum Classic Car Run. Start from Wesley College, South Perth. Gates open 8.30am, depar10.30am. Email motormuseum@ optusnet.com.au or phone 9249 9457.
All Triumph and Standard Day. Stirling Square Gardens, Guildford, from 9am. Phone 0412 368 310.
Ford Model T Experience Day. Mussel Pool, Whiteman Park, 10am-3pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0407 773 358.
General Motors Owners’ Day. Blue Steel Oval, Bassendean, 10am-4pm. Adults $10, conc $7, kids $3, family $20. See gmownersday.com.au.
Celebration of the Motorcar. Cottesloe Civic Centre, 10.30am-3.30pm. Adults $20, kids $10. See celebration.org.au
Porsche Club of WA Concours d’Elegance. Perry Lakes Reserve, areas 5 & 6 off Underwood Ave, 9.30am-3pm. Free entry. See porscheclubofwesternaustralia.wildapricot.org.