The last car transporters left the Padua exhibition center, officially closing the last major international trade fair: the 37th edition of Auto e Moto d’Epoca thus won its challenge, in a historical period of canceled events and fear of recovering. By motorbike. Passion prevailed – says organizer Mario Carlo Baccaglini of Intermeeting – and, at the end of the fair, the positive outcome with a good turnout of a particularly sensitive and passionate audience, and the participation of many collectors and experts in the sector. It was the most difficult edition ever, but everything was carried out in maximum safety with very strict controls, from spacing, to temperature detection at the entrance, the obligation to wear a mask indoors and outdoors.

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And if the big international traders were missing from the appeal, Unable to reach Italy, all the major Italian dealers confirmed their presence: it was important to be there – explains Simone Bertolero of Auto Classic – despite the inevitable decline in sales. In hall 15, which brought together some of the most important national dealers, Italian cars – Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini – and German cars changed hands, with Porsche and Mercedes at the top of the collectors’ approval rating, and an evident generational change in the negotiations . The market is going through a period of epochal transformations – says Patrizio Zaccarelli, Marketing Director of Ruote da Sogno – and requests are addressed to more and more recent models, the so-called youngtimers from the seventies onwards, or the supercars of the nineties. “Below the commercial profile – continues Zaccarelli – Auto e Moto d’Epoca confirms itself, even in this difficult moment, the most important Italian stage and the one of greatest profit for sales, especially in the top segment.

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In short, Vintage Cars and Motorcycles become the mirror of a car culture which is taking new paths, and this generational change is also confirmed in the publishing field in the stands dedicated to the most sought-after publications. The market is moving towards the modern era – explains Stefano Nada, commercial director of Giorgio Nada Editore – the public has almost completely abandoned the pre-war suggestions, and is mainly looking for books dedicated to models and racing from the seventies and eighties, a period to which is now addressing the generation of new collectors to all intents and purposes. The lower and foreseeable turnout of the public at the weekend allowed the true enthusiasts present to enjoy the roundup of unique models that have transformed this edition of Vintage Cars and Motorcycles into a large widespread museum. Like the racing Porsches of the Claro Collection – from the 550 Spyder of the Targa Florio of 1956 to the 917 in Gulf livery of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 – or the most emblematic specimens exhibited in the exhibition “The ordinary becomes extraordinary” organized in collaboration with Aci Storico, with Nuvolari’s Cisitalia D46, Piero Taruffi’s Bisiluro Tarf, Lancia Aprilia Paganelli, or the models brought by the Nicolis Museum, one above all the 1950 Fiat 1100 E Vistotal, set up by Carrozzeria Castagna of Milan with the windshield without uprights, originally called “Vutotal” to allow, in fact, total visibility. Vintage cars and motorbikes have been an example for the entire exhibition sector – says Luca Veronesi, General Manager of the Padua Fair – we have shown that an event of this magnitude can be held in absolute safety and with the highest quality.

27 October 2020 (change October 27, 2020 | 12:40)

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