• Nov 8, 2006
Updated captions by John


Another one of those small classic car shows that seem to pop up all over the place on any given weekend, the Best of France and Italy show, now in its 6th year, was held this past Sunday. Every year it manages to draw out some of the greatest examples of French and Italian classics that are such a part of the European car scene. But this show is held in America, and more specifically California, so some of the vehicles are very rare sights for showgoers. Held at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, it's a showcase for the best of French and Italian motoring machinery. This is a non-judged show, covering everything from "the rough restoration project to the serious concours offering."

Entrants are encouraged to bring their whole collection, although the organizers point out that even if you don't have a car, there are plenty for sale. Sure there are modern examples of Europe's finest, but the biggest reason to attend this show, compared to similar concours around SoCal, are the oddball creations that always manage to find their way into the field: "The intent of this gathering is to provide a meeting place for those marques that get little attention at the fancier concours." Local celebrities often show up at this event, a stone's throw from Burbank and Hollywood. Leno often brings some wonderfully weird creation and Bruce Meter almost always has some outrageously awesome Ferrari from the '50s or '60s to share. Here we offer a small taste via the photos of our friend Duane at SoCalSpeedZone.com. Full gallery available by following the read link. Enjoy.



Abarth

Fiat X1/9

Fiat 8V Zagato

Abarth project

Abarth

Abarth plus

Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

Alfa Romeo TZ1

2CVs

Alfa Romeo 1900 Zagato

Lancia Fulvia HPE

Peugeots

Citroen CX and DS row

Matra Bonnet D'Jet

Matra Murena

Peugeot 402 Eclipse

Marcos

DeTomaso Guara

Maserati Sebring S2

Renault LeCar Turbos

Maserati 3500

Citroen Traction Avants

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

Ferraris

Lamborghini Diablos


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  • 5 Comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet cars, but your captions need some work.

      Isn't the "Marcos" a Matra as well?

      FWIW, I'd give my left foot for a Bagheera. Anyone know the best way to get one into the US?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Renault 5, not "Renault LeCar" - that was a crappy US PR name.
      • 8 Years Ago
      5 and 6 are of a Fiat 8V (not an Alfa)
      10 is an Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider
      11 is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint - probably a veloce - maybe a lightweight
      12 is an Alfa Romeo TZ1
      15 is an Alfa Romeo 1900 Zagato
      24 is a Matra Bonnet D'Jet
      25 is a Matra Murena
      26 is a Peugeot 402 Eclipse (not a Tatra)
      26 is a Maserati Sebring S2
      30 is a Maserati 3500
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOT!!!! No Alpine Renaults!!! (or at least the Dinalpin cars?!?)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The paint scheme on the Fiat X1/9 is painful (number 4), but I still love the X1/9.

      I had a '74 with the little 1.3l - a blast to drive. A friend recently picked up an '80 (sadly, it appears the original 1.5l dual cam died at some point in the past, and was replaced with a 1.3l single cam).

      The X1/9 did fairly well in the US - but could have been a big hit if it was about 10% larger all the way around (with about 25% more motor), and didn't have the habit of rusting away...