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Geneva’s Classic History

By March 11, 2019 No Comments

The Geneva Motor Show is in full swing at the moment revealing the latest high tech automobiles soon to be on our roads. The show has over 100 years of history and has unveiled some incredible historic classic cars in its time. So ClassicLine has decided to take a look at some of Geneva’s highlight classics from its time as the premier motor show.

Alfa Romeo Montreal – 1970

The first production Alfa Romeo Montreal was unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, the original concept was revealed at Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada which is where the car gets its name. The stylish coupe was powered by a smooth 2.7 litre V8 derived from the 2.0 litre engine in the Tipo 33 Prototype race car.

Ford Puma RS – 1999

The Ford Puma RS was revealed at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. It used technology from the Puma racing and rally car and was originally meant to sell 500 units in the UK. Unfortunately the top spec Subaru Impreza was £2,000 cheaper than the Puma so less than half the cars were sold to customers.

Ferrari 250 MM – 1953

The Ferrari 250 S raced and won the 1952 Mille Miglia event, so for 1953 Ferrari unveiled the 250 MM at the Geneva Motor Show. The racing thoroughbred was incredibly popular with the gentleman racers of the day with 250 MMs competing across the globe, with one coming 4th in the 1954 Mille Miglia.

Audi Quattro – 1980

The road going version of the rallying legend debuted at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show. The Turbo icon of the 80’s was an aggressive boxy car capable of 0 to 60mph in just 6.8 seconds. The Quattro is famous not only for its rally victories but for appearing alongside Philip Glenister in the BBC series Ashes to Ashes.

Lamborghini Miura P400 – 1966

The Miura only just made its debut at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the prototype unveiled at the show didn’t have an engine fitted as none of the engineers had time to check if the transverse V12 would fit in the sleek Bertone body. During the show the Lamborghini team would turn away any press who showed an interest in seeing the engine bay. This didn’t affect the success of the car which went into production the following year.
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