26th edition of InterClassics Maastricht pays tribute to ‘La Grandezza della Lancia’

The Italian brand Lancia will be in the spotlights during the 26th edition of InterClassics Maastricht. The highlights from the rich, more than 100-year history of the brand will be presented in cooperation with the Lancia Clubs of the Netherlands and Belgium and various museums. Fans will be able to indulge their passion for the classics during InterClassics Maastricht from 10 through 13 January 2019 at MECC Maastricht. 

Theme logo for InterClassics Maastricht 2019 
Faithful to tradition, each year the theme of the exhibition is visualised using a now-recognisable image in retro style. The choice of the image for the 26th edition of InterClassics Maastricht was made by the faithful InterClassics support base. The professional support base was given the opportunity to cast their votes via social media for one of the two proposed images. Both theme images display an illustration of a typical Lancia: the rare D23 race car from 1953 and a Delta HF Integrale 8V from the 1990s. It was an exciting neck-on-neck race, and the majority of the voters, 53%, voted for the illustration of the D23 to be the theme logo image for next year’s exhibition. Both this D23, the only remaining model left of this illustrious Lancia racing model, as well as the Delta HF Integrale 8V are just two of the 25 prized specimens that will be on display at the theme square. The Lancia D23 is being made available by the Louwman Museum. 

As the son of a well-off Italian producer of tinned meat, Vincenzo Lancia started out as a bookkeeper at the automotive pioneer Ceirano, a company that was acquired by Fiat in 1899. Lancia was designated as a test driver and also a Grand Prix racer, in addition to Felice Nazzaro. In spite of his racing successes, in 1906 at the age of 25, Lancia decided to start his own automotive factory, together with partner Claudio Fogolin. Lancia ultimately grew to become a brand that stood out over the years thanks to its striking technical innovations. In this regard, the Lambda and Aprilia models are historical milestones. After World War II, his son Gianni continued the tradition with the legendary Aurelia GT, but also a costly Formula 1 project. After the launch of the three innovative yet unprofitable models Flaminia, Flavia and Fulvia, Fiat acquired Lancia in 1969. Even after the takeover, Lancia still had the relative freedom to develop unique cars that were unparalleled in rally racing such as the Stratos and Delta HF Integrale. A few years ago, a strategic re-orientation led to the decision by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles management to pull the Lancia brand off the market.

InterClassics Maastricht will be held from Thursday, 10 through Sunday, 13 January 2019 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. For further information on InterClassics Maastricht, please visit www.interclassicsmaastricht.nl.