by Mike –
The jewel in the crown of Switzerland’s motor shows has just wrapped up and a bevy of classic cars came out to shine. Here are what we think are the top ten (there were new cars as well):
10: 1955 Ermini 357 Sport
Sleek, stylish and full of classic curvy goodness, the newly reconstituted Ermini was a feast for the eyes. Clocking in at just 1234 lbs the 357’s steel tube-frame aluminium Scaglietti body housed a 1.4-liter 120-hp DOHC Ermini engine that was simply begging for a test drive.
9: 2014 Morgan 3-Wheeler
With its bizarre yet beautiful design, this stubby little Morgan captured our hearts as only a classic design decades old can. A fragment of pure automobile history that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
8: 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
The ‘Flying Saucer’ has landed at the Geneva Motor Show this year and it still holds all the hallmarks of classic cool as it looks like it’s been driven straight out of the future by The Jetsons. The Touring Superleggera stand had knocked up a modern twist on this classic ’52 beauty and the original provided a helpful comparison.
7: 1974 Mitsubishi Lancer
A veteran rally racer that celebrates its 40th anniversary in Europe this year, the Mitsubishi Lancer looked as eager and rearing to race as it ever did in its heyday.
6: 1914 Pic-Pic MIV
This slice of motoring perfection celebrates its centenary in style this year and despite the inauspicious year of its birth it still doesn’t look like it’s been in the wars. On the contrary, its purring 4.3-liter 20/30-hp four-cylinder twin-block engine seems to beg all onlookers to jump in and take an exhilarating trip down motoring memory lane.
5: 2014 Morgan Plus 4 4-seater
Yours for a mere 77,200 Swiss francs, (a snip, really!) this hooded dark horse was powered by a direct-injected Ford 2.0-liter and five-speed Mazda gearbox.
4: 1989 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda’s stand this year is chock full of classic goodness as there’s one example of each generation of the beloved Miata but the 1989 original really takes the cake. More modern motoring efforts from Mazda are seeking to emulate the style and panache of this iconic vehicle.
3: 1923 Chenard et Walcker Sport
The very first winner of LeMans, this punchy racer could achieve a rocketing 93 mph due to its 3.0-liter 88/98-hp four-cylinder engine.
2: 1954 Jaguar D-type
A prime example of the unquestionable class and elegance that Jaguar produced in the glory days of the 1950s. Complete with stabilising fin it looked ready to take off at a moment’s notice.
1: 1960 Volkswagen Beetle
The unmistakable sight of Herbie the Love Bug is enough to lift the spirits of any classic car enthusiast. This year provided a special treat as the 1960 VW Beetle was on display with all manner of tools and accessories from the period surrounding it, giving a real sense that the car was a quick tune-up away from roaring off on an adventure.
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Not all of these photos are from the Geneva Motor Show.