Along with automobilia and vehicle parts, the Show hosted many attractions for car lovers from all over the world. Firstly, Claudio Baroni, one of the most important car collectors worldwide, exhibited some models from his collection. Ten period Mercedes-Benz displayed inside Hall 2, celebrating the lines, the power and the design of a brand that was a favourite with Steve Jobs and with Italian cinema: Let’s just remember that it was in a Mercedes 200 that Alberto Sordi and Carlo Verdone, father and son, had fun travelling up and down Italy in the hit film “In viaggio con papà”(1982), directed by Sordi himself.
The exquisite Sunbeam 1.6 H.P Sport 1930, was also on show: the only example in the world of this English model. The car’s history is special: in 1976 it ended up in Singapore where it was adapted to take part in motor races. “Rescued”and restored in England in 2004, since 2011 it is part of the Baroni collection.
Not only Mercedes: various vintage Maserati models were exhibited, and thanks to the partnership with Autozatti, the Maserati Ghibli was on display for all to admire. Sculpted shapes, clearly defined forms and connections formed of straight lines create movement in this design that dazzles and delights. Innovation creates perfect models.
And there is no contrast here between the older models, with their charm and imperfections, and the refined technology that produced the Ghibli. Indeed, even the most casual observer can sense the continuity between past and future, brought together here at Mercanteinauto.
An interesting exhibition from Registro Fiat as well as some historical military vehicles added to the fascinating mix this autumn 2016.
The Parma stage of the Mille Miglia antique car race revived through the photographs of Francesca Bocchia, Davide Cavalli and Fabrizio Effedueotto who chose to capture the long wait, the sensations experienced in the squares and throughout the charming villages on that Saturday, May 21, when the air filled is with the reassuring rumble of engines.
Mercanteinauto 2016 Gallery
1000 Miglia -20 May 2017