10 Must-See Classic Cars At Grand Basel Motor Show
In advance of this new car show coming to Hong Kong next year, petrol head Michael Wan zooms off to Basel, Switzerland, to geek out with some of the world’s most desirable motors.
Scroll through the gallery below to check out his top 10:
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (1960)
An iconic British sports car with a Zagato body. Only 20 were built.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Coupe (1962)
One of the most coveted Ferraris on the market.
Automobili Amos Integrale Speciale (2018)
Boutique engineering company Automobili Amos, which was founded by racing driver Eugenio Amos, took the Lancia Delta Integrale and created a completely modernised car using more than 1,000 new components, including a wider body constructed from hand-beaten aluminium panels. Restored, re-imagined and remarkable.
Ferrari SP38 (1981)
Nicknamed Deborah, this one-off Ferrari was custom-built by the Ferrari Design Centre for a mystery VIP customer. The chassis and running gear is from a 488 GTB.
Aston Martin DB3 (1952)
In 1952 this model placed second, third and fourth at Silverstone motor racing circuit in England. It’s pretty rare and I love the red lipstick.
BMW 507 (1956)
This model was only produced from 1956 to 1959 and was intended to be exported to the US. In the end only 250 cars were ever produced. Famous rock star Elvis Presley had one.
Fiat 8V Vignale (1953)
What draws me to this car is the shape, the sportiness, the sex appeal. It has a gently curving low roofline with small, discreet windows—a classic and enduring design that is still apparent in many modern sports cars today.
Fiat Panda (1979)
This is one of the most memorable cars designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro, who received the Car Designer of the Century award in 1999. The Fiat Panda is widely loved because it’s a purposeful, practical car for everyday people—so practical that the spare wheel sits next to the engine in the front.
GFG Sibylla Concept (2018)
Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro worked together with his son Fabrizio to create this car in celebration of his birthday—he turned 80 this year. What I love about this car is that the design makes reference to Giugiaro’s designs of the 1960s and 70s yet this is a fully electric car of the future.
Porsche 550 Spyder (1956)
It was in this model of Porsche that James Dean died after a crash in 1955. His nickname for it was “Little Bastard”.
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See also: Grand Basel—The Art Basel Of Cars—Opens In Switzerland