Motorclassica

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by Natasha D
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2 November 2011
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Natasha works in public relations for IMAX Melbourne and the Royal Exhibition Building.

If you are a car enthusiast, a historian or somebody who takes interest in the evolution of popular culture, you would have found something of interest at Motorclassica, the motor vehicle exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Building from 21 to 23 October.

The exhibition featured more than 150 veteran, vintage and classic motor vehicles worth more than $100 million. Eighty-six years after the Motor Show first opened at the Royal Exhibition Building, Motorclassica brings an amazing collection of vehicles that are a step back in time.

But for me, the most enjoyable thing about Motorclassica was the story attached to every vehicle brought in for display – some of them outright intriguing. This shiny red 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet is the only one of its kind in Australia and has an interesting history: it was originally owned by a prominent Third Reich Official.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet
Image: Natasha Duckett
Source: Museum Victoria
 

This 1932 Chrysler Imperial Sedan looks like something out of an old New York Gangster movie, because it could well be! This model was believed to have been owned and driven by the New York gangster, Jack "Legs" Diamond.

1932 Chrysler Imperial Sedan 1932 Chrysler Imperial Sedan
Image: Natasha Duckett
Source: Museum Victoria
 

This 1973 Holden Brock HDT LJ GTR XVI Torana made its first appearance at Bathurst in 1973 and went on to become the stuff of legend with Brock going on to win the 1973 Manufacturer's Championship and the 1974 Touring Car Championship in this car.

 1973 Holden Brock HDT LJ GTR XVI Torana 1973 Holden Brock HDT LJ GTR XVI Torana
Image: Natasha Duckett
Source: Museum Victoria
 

But according to car enthusiast Norbert Probst it is this 1969 Brabham BT28 Formula 3 vehicle that stole the show:

1969 Brabham BT28 Formula 3 vehicle 1969 Brabham BT28 Formula 3 vehicle
Image: Natasha Duckett
Source: Museum Victoria
 

"Jack Brabham built his own cars, drove them, was his own mechanic. He was the all rounder of Australia. He did it all well," said Mr Probst.

Motor Show at the Royal Exhibition Building, May 1963. Motor Show at the Royal Exhibition Building, May 1963.
Image: Edwin G. Adamson
Source: Museum Victoria
 

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Pat B 2 November, 2011 15:45
I saw Molly Meldrum there! and a great Fiat Abarth
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nv 9 November, 2011 09:54
COOLIO!
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John T 27 July, 2013 12:35
Great image of the 1963 Melbourne motorshow. I believe the car I am restoring was displayed at the 1963 Melbourne motorshow. I was wondering if MV had more images or other content relating to the 1963 Melbourne motorshow. I would live to find an image of my Triumph Spitfire on display! Can you help?
Discovery Centre 27 July, 2013 14:44
Hi John, we will send you an email with some suggestions of places to look for images.
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