Motorclassica celebrates 50 years of the supercar

Star-studded lineup for prestigious Australian show

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Fifty years of the supercar is the theme for this year’s Motorclassica in Melbourne, which will boast an “unprecedented” number of iconic exotica.

As a tribute to mark the period since the Lamborghini Muira was introduced in 1965, show-goers who pack the Royal Exhibition Hall over the October 23-25 weekend will see a flotilla of the world’s best sports cars.

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Topping the list in value will be a McLaren F1, today priced at $10 million, which will join other bedroom pin-ups from over the years that also now top seven figures.

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The beautiful, $1 million Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona will sit beside a $1.5 million F40, a $2 million 288 GTO and a Testarossa on display.

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One of the newest and rarest of the lot will be a $1.5 million Pagani Zonda.

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A Lamborghini Diablo will feature alongside a Countach LP400 and of course the Muira, while in the German camp a Porsche 959 – tagged as the most technologically advanced car of its time – and Carrera GT will be shown.

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Jaguar’s only supercar, the XJ220, might have been lonely if the Ford GT isn’t also appearing as the lone Blue Oval example of a breed that Motorclassica describes as: “hard to define, there’s no dictionary definition, but fundamentally these are the ultimate road cars.”

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“To celebrate everything that’s special about these amazing machines, we’ve assembled a truly fabulous collection of the fastest and rarest, it’s a line-up the likes of which has never been seen in Australia before,” adds Motorclassica event director Paul Mathers.

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For its sixth year running, Motorclassica will aim to have 20 supercars on display out of a total 100 cars and 50 motorcycles as part of other exhibits – such as 50 years of the Ferrari Dino and the Bugatti Owners Club, and 70 years of MV Agusta.

 

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