Classic Motor Show Birmingham NEC 2023 – Part One

On Friday 10th November I made my annual pilgrimage to the temporary cathedral dedicated to worshipping classic cars that is the Birmingham NEC. I have attended, religiously :-), for the past six years and in my opinion this was the best ever. Over this period I could be forgiven for thinking that “I have seen it all” but each year I encounter cars I have never seen before, and this year was certainly no exception. So many cars attracted my attention that there will have to be two parts to this report. In previous Classic Motor Shows at the NEC posts I have suggested that it is the friendliest show of its type. Attendees are so polite and courteous and the people manning the stands so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. What’s not to like? 

My approach has always been to photograph rare and unusual cars when that I come across together with a few outstanding favourites. For no logical reason it seems that Morris cars caught my eye more than any other marque. Without more ado here are this year’s finds –

ALLARD

!947-48 Allard J1
!947-48 Allard J1
1946 -50 Allard K1
1946 -50 Allard K1

1946 -50 Allard K1. Rear.

1952 Allard J2X Le Mans.
1952 Allard J2X Le Mans.

1952 J2X Le Mans. Rear

ALVIS

1936 Alvis 3 1/2 Ltr. Coupe by Bertelli.
1936 Alvis 3 1/2 Ltr. Coupe by Bertelli.

1936 Alvis 3 1/2 Ltr. Coupe by Bertelli. Rear.

AUSTIN

1931 Austin 7 Ulster
1931 Austin 7 Ulster
1934 Austin 7 EK75 'Speedy'
1934 Austin 7 EK75 ‘Speedy’

1934 Austin 7 EK75 'Speedy'. Rear

Austin Healey

1962 Austin Healey replica Sebring Sprite
1962 Austin Healey replica Sebring Sprite

1962 Austin Healey replica Sebring Sprite. Rear.

Austin Healey 3000 Mk. I replica works rally car.
Austin Healey 3000 Mk. I replica works rally car. The personal car of the two Everard brothers, Dan and Chris. It could be yours for £165,000.

 

The JME Healeys stand at the Classic Motor Show Birmingham NEC 2003
The JME Healeys stand

BENTLEY

1925 Bentley 3Ltr.
1925 Bentley 3Ltr.

1925 Bentley 3Ltr. Rear.

BUGATTI

1928 Bugatti Type 44
1928 Bugatti Type 44

1928 Bugatti Type 44. Rear.

1934 Bugatti Type 59 GP car
1934 Bugatti Type 59 GP car

1934 Bugatti Type 59 GP car. Rear

CHEVROLET

2011 Chevrolet Corvestte GS Roadster
2011 Chevrolet Corvestte GS Roadster

2011 Chevrolet Corvestte GS Roadster. Rear.

DE TOMASO

1983 De Tomaso Panters GT5
1983 De Tomaso Panters GT5

1985 De Tomaso Panters GT5. Engine & Gearbox.

 

 

1971 De Tomaso "Pushbutton". Rear.
1971 De Tomaso “Pushbutton”.

1971 De Tomaso "Pushbutton". Front

 

1967 - 71 De Tomaso Mangusta
1967 – 71 De Tomaso Mangusta

1967 - 71 De Tomaso Mangusta. Rear.

FIAT

c.1960s Fiat 600 Multipla
c.1960s Fiat 600 Multipla

c.1960s Fiat 600 Multipla. Rear.

FORD

1993 Ford Focus RS Cosworth Rally Car by M Sport.
1993 Ford Focus RS Cosworth Rally Car by M Sport

1993 Ford Focus RS Cosworth Rally Car by M Sport. Rear.

Ford GT 40 replica by AK Sportscars.
Ford GT 40 replica by AK Sportscars,

Ford GT 40 replica by AK Sportscars. Rear.

FRAZER NASH

1936 Fraser Nash BMW 319/55
1936 Fraser Nash BMW 319/55

1936 Fraser Nash BMW 319/55. Rear.

GSM DELTA

1960 GSM Delta (UK Built).
1960 GSM Delta (UK Built). Originally designed and built in South Africa, as the GSM Dart, in the late 1950s, around 30 cars were built in the U.K. in 1960 – 61.

1960 GSM Delta (UK Built). Rear.

HILLMAN

1976 Hillman Imp Customised
1976 Hillman Imp Customised

1976 Hillman Imp Customised. Rear

HUDSON

1935 Spikins Hudson (U.K.) Special
1935 Spikins Hudson (U.K.) Special

1935 Spikins Hudson (U.K.) Special. Rear.

That’s the end of part One

Classic Motor Show Birmingham NEC 2023 – Part Two

Nick

 

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