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Historic cars highlight classic motor show

PORTUGAL’S LARGEST classic car show, Motorclássico, returns to Lisbon on April 11, 12 and 13.

This, the fifth annual event of the Salão Internacional de Automóveis e Motorciclos Clássicos, promises to be bigger and better than ever with 13,000sqm of exhibition space at Lisbon’s exhibitions centre FIL.

This year’s highlight will be the exhibition of rare and seminal Volkswagen models, tracing the history of this cult German car manufacturer between 1938 and 2003.

It is the largest classic car event of its kind in Portugal, and attracts collectors and exhibitors from all over the world, involving commercial dealers, institutions, museums and classic car buffs.

The growing interest by car lovers in the classic car market is reflected by the increasing numbers of visitors passing through the turn styles at FIL as well as the turnover of business between car dealers.

In 2007, the results exceeded expectations: more than 38,000 people visited the fair over the three day event which raised over one million euros in terms of car and ticket sales.


This year, predictions put the numbers at 42,000 visitors passing through FIL’s pavilion 3, where various stands will exhibit cars, motorcycles and velocipedes.

Apart from the 70th anniversary Commemoration to the legendary Volkswagen, visitors will also be able to step back in time and see some rare Bugatti cars in what promises to be another highlight at Motorclássico.

Several rare models worth millions of euros will be on display, including the Type 52 Baby Bugatti, owned by the Caramulo Car Museum and the racing champion Type 35 Bugatti which has won 1850 competitions.

Also worth looking out for at this year’s show is an exhibition called 50cc Dreams dedicated to classic 50cc sports motorbikes.

The event will be sponsored by six major sponsors: Mercedes Benz, BPI, ACP – Automóvel Clube de Portugal, SOV, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Câmara Municipal de Tondela.

Motorclássico will be open between 6pm and 11pm on April 11, 11am to 11pm on April 12 and 11am to 9pm on April 13. Tickets cost eight euros for adults and three euros for children.

For more information, please visit website www.motorclassico.com (website available in English).

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