InterClassics Maastricht presents 18 prized specimens during 25th anniversary edition

Maastricht, 12 December 2017 - Now one of the most prominent classic-car shows in Europe, InterClassics Maastricht will be celebrating its 25th anniversary during the 2018 edition of the event, to be held from 11 through 14 January 2018. This anniversary edition will be characterised by the highlights from the last 25 years. The unique collection of 18 prized specimens that will be on display are based on the 18 themes that have been presented over the last 25 years. These include the Jaguar D-Type (1956) ‘XKD 606, the 1957 Le Mans winner’, and the 1964 Aston Martin DB, the original DB5 that the engineer ‘Q’ presented secret agent James Bond with in the film Goldfinger after Bond had completed his mission. Also on display will be an original Porsche 550 Spyder 1500 RS, from the State of Art Classic Porsche Collection, known for its very rich racing history. There will also be a broad platform for displaying everything related to classic cars, from spare parts to memorabilia.

Although the themes that will be the focus of the exhibition are now well-known and familiar to the attendees, they were not always a regular part of the show. The first theme was introduced in 2003, and a total of 18 themes have been presented since then. The 2014 event even featured three themes: Maserati 100 Years, Pre-War Race Legends and Mustang Big Screen Heroes. Ferrari is the only brand that has been presented twice; in 2008 with the theme ‘60 years of Ferrari’, and the brand was once again in the spotlights during the last edition of the event, when 25 prized specimens from 70 years of Ferrari were on display.

Jaguar D-Type (1956) ‘XKD 606, the 1957 Le Mans Winner’ (Jaguar themes in 2004 and 2015)
In 1957, the XKD 606 completed the hat trick for Jaguar with three consecutive Le Mans victories. The car covered a record distance of 4,397 km, clocking an average speed of 183 km/hour, a record that went undefeated for four years. After Le Mans, the abandoned D-type ended up in the club racing circuit. After a crash, the car was ultimately split into two parts: the body, with its rear suspension, and the subframe containing the engine. Both components were completed using replica spare parts, resulting in two ‘original’ cars. The Louwman Museum in The Hague ultimately managed to acquire both cars, and after a lengthy restoration carried out with a keen eye for history, the original components were reunited once again. The car has now been returned to the state it was in when it achieved such great success in 1957. The Louwman Museum made this car available on loan for the event.                                                                                                     

Aston Martin DB5 ‘James Bond’ (1964) (‘Cars on Film’ theme from 2007)
Linked together for eternity: James Bond, Sean Connery and Aston Martin. This is the original DB5 that the engineer ‘Q’ presented secret agent James Bond with in the film Goldfinger after Bond had completed his mission. The Aston Martin boasts the following technical innovations:

  • two Browning machine guns mounted behind the turn signals at the front;
  • hydraulic extending front and rear ramming bumpers;
  • revolving number plate with English, Swiss and French registration numbers;
  • telescoping knives in the left rear wheel hub for shredding tyres.

All of the modifications to this DB5, one of four models that was fully equipped with these features (three of which still exist), were applied at the Aston Martin factory. The scene in which the car is presented to James Bond was filmed in a corner of the factory. The Louwman Museum made this car available on loan for the event.

Porsche 550 Spyder (1955) (Porsche theme, 2012) 
This exclusive and original Porsche 550 Spyder 1500 RS, from the State of Art Classic Porsche Collection, was known for its very rich racing history. This Porsche was driven in the 1957 Mille Miglia, the Spa Francorchamps GP that same year, and in the 1959 Holland Hillclimb. The car later made an appearance in several editions of the Mille Miglia, including the 2011 race, when it was driven by Prince Bernhard Jr. of the Netherlands and again in 2013, driven by Ben Pon. Weighing in at 550 kilogrammes and powered by 115 hp, this Porsche reaches top speeds of 220 km/hour.

InterClassics Maastricht will be held from Thursday, 11 through Sunday, 14 January 2018 at MECC Maastricht. The classic car trade exhibition traditionally attracts many buyers and enthusiasts. With 35,000 m2 of exhibition floor space for 275 exhibitors and more than 800 classic cars on display, InterClassics Maastricht is the largest classic-car event in the Benelux. Admission tickets are available for purchase online at a discount. Free admission for children 12 and under. For further information on InterClassics Maastricht, please visit www.interclassicsmaastricht.nl.