European Classic Car Meet, 2011

I always try to attend the European Classic Car Meet put on by the Vintage Sports Car Club of Calgary in Stanley Park as there is often rare cars that I have no other chance to see. Held this year on July 16th car attendance looked to be a little down but there was as usual as a fantastic selection of cars. The highlights for this included this amazingly restored 1951 Siata Gran Sport. I’m definitely an obscure, small car guy and this one was perfect in every way.

1951 Siata Gran Sport

The engine was missing before restoration a Fiat engine was used with all the Siata specific parts added like the intake.

1951 Siata Gran Sport engine

Another car I’ve never had the privilege of seeing in the flesh is this 1967 Ghia 450 SS is a combination of Italian coachwork and American muscle. The American part is a 273cid Chrysler V-8, TorqueFlite three-speed automatic gearbox and a Mopar A-body (Plymouth Barracuda Formula S) chassis. The Italian is a Giorgetto Giugiaro designed Ghia body and interior. Only 52 were made. The owner just acquired this one and drove it back from California.

1967 Ghia 450 SS

Another recent addition was this 1967 Bizzarrini GT America. It had just been trailer-ed up from California which explains the tape over the headlight covers. The owner plans to get it drivable and mechanically solid but not do a full restoration. Powered by a 327cid Chevrolet V8.

1967 Bizzarrini Gt America

Another rarity on display was just a shell but nice to see such a rare car as this 1969 Iso Grifo 7 Litre. That is the body work man in the cowboy hat.

1969 Iso Grifo 7 Litre

And now for something British. A 1961 Aston Martin DB4 in an unusual but nice colour. A mid 70s V8 was beside it as well.

1961 Aston Martin DB4

From the parking area a brilliant Datsun 240Z in a great Seventies orange colour with slot mag wheels.

Datsun 240Z

I’ve always loved Sevens and this Caterham was extremely nice.

Caterham Super Seven

There are many, many more wonderful cars in the full event photo gallery.

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