Newsletter 08/2019

Dear classic car friends,

While most of you are out in the scorching sun enjoying your classic cars - which is exactly what you should do! - we offer you a refreshing breeze of memories, as well as a sunny look at some future events.

In this newsletter:

  • 30 years of Marreyt Classics activity - Part IV: After the basic 2CV, the top-range Citroëns
  • Events, past and future: Techno Classica Essen, Mille Miglia, Pebble Beach
  • Celebrate the Zagato Centennial with us!
  • Stock update
  • Recently requested cars

30 years of Marreyt Classics activity - Part IV: After the basic 2CV, the top-range Citroëns.

2018 was a year of celebration, as it was exactly thirty years that Bernard Marreyt founded Marreyt Classics! It doesn't seem that long ago: the years have simply flown by, and this is all thanks to the fascinating classic car adventures that we've had along the way, together with all of you. In each newsletter we will tell you some of these captivating stories as we guide you through the history of Marreyt Classics, from the early beginnings to where we are today.

"After more than 100 Citroën 2CV passing through my hands while studying at the university, the least I can say is that when graduating from university I was infected by the mechanical virus and more specifically the classic car virus.

The logical step forward was an upgrade in the CitroŽn family, concentrating on the phenomenal DS and the ultimate Citroën dream in design and technology: the SM.

The typical Citroën hydropneumatic terminology became very familiar to me: pompe, conjoncteur-disjoncteur, accumulateur, huile LHM, sphéres, correcteur de hauteur, cafetière, etc...

From all the different cars I have driven, the DS is probably the one which gave me the biggest feel-good sensation.

I liked the purity of design (Flaminio Bertoni) of the monophare, the sensation when driving at night with the later DS models having directional lights, the comfort of the exclusive Pallas.

Sadly from all these Déesses not one remained in my classic car collection, but... some years ago I compensated this by buying and restoring (with the help of my friend Gilbert) a 1970 SM.

I am a great fan of the "very chique" Robert Opron design for the stylish exterior bodylines but also top-class interior. Most impressive are the incomparable driving dynamics thanks to the hydropneumatic suspension, the extremely powerful braking assistance, the diravi power steering and last but not least the 2.7 Maserati V6 engine with 4 overhead cams and 3 double Webers carbs."

Events, past and future: Techno Classica Essen, Mille Miglia, Pebble Beach

In our last newsletter, we invited all of you to come and visit us on our stand at Techno Classica Essen, and your response was overwhelming - thank you! In between the many visits, Bernard was called to the SIHA stand to receive not one, but two prizes: one for the 1961 Maserati 3500GT Coupé Speciale by Frua (which we sold during the show!), and one for our 1938 Siata 500 World Record Car by Motto.

Speaking of our Siata World Record Car, keep an eye open if you visit the Museo dell'Automobile in Torino: this little Fiat Topolino based gem with an exceptional history will be on display in this major automotive museum! What better place to show this one-off with triple Turinese heritage?

The next major event for our team - one that's circled in red in our mechanics' agenda - was the Mille Miglia. Our team had spent most of winter and spring returning an authentic ex-Mille Miglia MGA 1500 back to its original "Glacier Blue" specification and enhancing its reliability so it could take part in this year's edition. Those of you who follow our Instagram page already know that the five teams for which we provided support made it to the finish line safe and sound, thanks to the expertise of our skilled craftsmen. One of the teams even kept a video diary of their thousand mile journey: the 2019 Mille Miglia aboard a 1951 Parisotto. If you're jealous of their Italian adventure, just give us a call! We have several authentic ex-Mille Miglia cars for sale that are not advertised on our website.
This week is also one we've been looking forward to: Pebble Beach! It seems that we are steadily becoming a "Preservation Class" regular at this world-renowned Concours d'Elegance. Last year, we presented two cars in what we consider to be the most beautiful class, our 1953 Hudson Italia Prototype and our 1961 Maserati 3500GT by Touring. This year, our conservative restoration efforts on a very rare (one of 33 ex.) and entirely original Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C 2.8 by Zagato have been rewarded by an invite to the Preservation Class. Surely an essential car to have on display at Pebble Beach during the 100 year celebration of Zagato!
Speaking of which...

Celebrate the Zagato Centennial with us!

For one hundred years, Zagato has been synonymous with extraordinary avant-garde designs that leave no-one indifferent. Why not join us in celebrating their centenary with one of these striking cars?
Lancia Appia Sport Zagato - 1962
Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato - 1963
Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato 1.2 - 1966
Alfa Romeo 1300 Junior Zagato - 1972
Stock update

The following exquisite vehicles have arrived in our showroom since our last newsletter:

Lancia Appia Sport Zagato - 1962
Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider by Touring - 1960
Jaguar MkII 3.8 Convertible LHD - 1962
Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Touring 5-window Coupé - 1954
Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupé LHD - 1959
Lancia Flaminia 2.8 3C Convertibile by Touring - 1964
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 750B - 1956

Recently requested cars

If you have one of the following cars in your garage, or if you know one for sale, we and our clients would be happy to hear about it:

Jaguar XK140 DHC or OTS
1962 Jaguar E-Type Roadster restoration project
Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Bentley S1/S2/S3 Drophead Coupé LHD
Lancia Fulvia 1600HF or Zagato 2nd series

Warm greetings,

Bernard Marreyt & Luc Swerts and team

Marreyt Classics & Twin Cam

Victor Bocquéstraat 15
9300 Aalst
Tel: +32 (0)53 63 12 33

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