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Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova

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With great cars, an international auction house and a diverse swap meet, Padova Auto e Moto d’Epoca has become one of the must-see events for European classic car lovers.

Did we fail to mention the food? Here’s a snapshot of the best of Padova (Padua in English):

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Tripling-Down on a Niche Market: This vendor decided that there are not nearly enough silver Maserati Mistrals in the world (we agree) and presented three-in-a-row.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Manufacturer Stand: Citroen embraced 1960’s French culture with a retro display focusing on its past.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Car We All Once Hated: Who could have imagined a green-on-green Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC would capture our imagination?

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Car We All Once Hated II: It took a while for everyone to warm to Marcello Gandini’s wedge design, but the Ferrari Dino GT4 is undeniably stunning with European bumpers and in any color except red.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Modern Car Display: Italian’s love passionate design, and nothing spoke to their hearts like the Pagani Zonda – even if it does have a Mercedes powerplant.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Limited Production Car: Precious little information exists about the Pettenella Leontina, a faithful replica of the pre-war Alfa Romeo 6C 1750. An estimated 14 examples were made in the early 1970s by the San Leo-based carrozzeria, and outward appearances would fool all but the most ardent Alfa experts. A collectible car in its own right at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Movie Car: This Alfa Romeo 6cb2500 Cabriolet was an evocative co-star, appearing alongside Academy Award-winning actress Maggie Smith in HBO Film’s “My House in Umbria.”

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Restoration-In-Progress: Lots of contenders here, but the correct details of this Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce won the day for us.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Whatzit: We can only assume that someday this Ferrari 250 GTE will be restored, but the clearcoat paint over rust and the modern wheels took us aback for a moment.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Lancia: A faithful reproduction of one of the Zagato-bodied Fulvia Competizione HF cars that competed successfully at Daytona.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Iconoclast: Oddly compelling, this Iso Rivolta GT 300 was apparently ordered with electric green paint, a black vinyl top, brown velour interior, and a driver’s-side spotlight. We’d love to meet the original owner, as there’s sure to be an interesting personality behind it all.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Product Placement: Borrani Wheels fitted their new line of Turbo Sport bimetal knock-off wheels to an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint in the outside lot.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Diorama: A forlorn Lancia Appia in a barn-find setting at a club display.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Service Car Display: Polizia manned their popular annual display with the infamous Squadra Pantera Ferrari 250 GTE police pursuit car.

, Fairest of the Fiera: The best of Padova, ClassicCars.com JournalBest Classic Car Overall: Achingly beautiful and graceful beyond reproach, everything we love about vintage Italian cars was embodied in the 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Allemano Coupe at the Maserati Classiche stand.

William Hall
William Hall is a writer, classic car broker and collector based in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He has spent the whole of his professional career in the automotive industry, starting as an auto-parts delivery driver at the age of 16 to working for some of the nation's premier restoration shops. He is a concours judge and a consultant to LeMay-America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

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