GIMS Qatar 2023: Classic Cars Showcased At Geneva International Motor Show Qatar

The Geneva International Motor Show serves as the perfect platform for car brands to launch or reveal their future products to the world. The motor show is also a perfect platform to educate enthusiasts about the realm of cars by showcasing amazing classic cars with rich heritage that are also beautiful works of art. Here are all the classic cars that were present at the GIMS Qatar 2023.

1927 Rolls-Royce Twenty HP Tourer

This elegant four-door Rolls-Royce Twenty HP Tourer started life as a ‘Demonstrator’ and was later owned and used by the Nawab of Sachin who was the descendant of the Siddi Daynasty. It is powered by a 3.1-litre, 6-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed gearbox.

1964 Lincoln Continental 4-Door Convertible ‘Popemobile’

The 1964 Lincoln Continental 4-Door Convertible was used to ferry Pope Paul VI when he visited India. This car was later gifted to Mother Teresa. Suicide doors, which hinged at the rear rather than the front, were a notable feature of the 4-door convertible model. The 1964 Lincoln Continental was powered by a 7L V8 engine paired with a 3-speed automatic gearbox.

1979 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI 7-Passenger Enclosed Limousine

Another car displayed from Yohan Poonawalla’s collection, this RR Phantom VI was built by H.J. Mulliner Park Ward. This classic car had a royal heritage as it was used by Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III. Powering this classic car is a 6.75L V8 engine paired with an automatic gearbox. The RR had electrically operated rear seats for maximum comfort and convenience.

1925 Rolls-Royce ‘Silver Ghost’ Piccadilly Roadster

The 1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost is one of the oldest cars that was on display at the motor show built by Merrimac coach builders. At the time, this classic car earned the title ‘the best car in the world’ and was originally owned by the bond dealer A.E. Fitkin in New York. The Silver Ghost is powered by a 7.4L 6-cylinder engine paired with a 3-speed gearbox.  

1920 Ballot ⅜ LC Grand Prix

Being the oldest car in the classic car gallery, it was a treat to auto and motorsport enthusiasts as the Ballot comes from a rich racing heritage. It was Initially sold to Malcolm Campbell who raced it at Brooklands. The Ballot was also the first ever car to win the first-ever Italian Grand Prix in 1921. The classic race car is powered by a 3L 8-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed gearbox.

1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V 7-Passenger Enclosed Limousine

This particular car was named the star of the classics gallery for several reasons. It was first showcased at the 1962 Geneva International Motor Show, which was then delivered to the ruler of Qatar Sheikh Ahmed Bin Ali Al Thani. This Rolls-Royce Phantom V ties Qatar and GIMS for over 60 years. The Phantom V is powered by a 6.2L 8-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

1930 Bentley Speed Six Folkestone Close-Coupled Saloon

One of two ever-built Speed Six, this Bentley was owned by the 10th Duke of Manchester. The classic car went through complete restoration with over 3500 hours making it extremely desirable. The 6.5-litre 6-cylinder engine comes paired with a 4-speed gearbox.

1949 Bentley Mark VI 4-Light Touring Saloon

The 1949 Mark VI was originally built to serve the Maharaja of Mysore in India, who was the second richest man in the world at the time. This classic car has undergone restoration with details from factory-build sheets from Hooper & Co. The 1949 Bentley Mark VI is powered by a 4.6L engine paired with a 4-speed gearbox.

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon

The Phantom III was delivered new to the Chairman and Managing Director of Whitehead Iron & Steel Company Limited, Gustavus Henry Latham. It is also the first ever car from Rolls Royce to use a 12-cylinder engine. A 7.3-litre engine paired with a 4-speed gearbox powers the Phantom built by coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon

The Mark II Phantom is another car that was on display owned by the ‘King of Speed’ Sir Malcolm Campbell. This classic car was coach-built by Barker and is one of the models part of the ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ showcase held back in 2017. The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was powered by a 7.6-litre 6-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed gearbox.

1928 Rolls-Royce Sports Phantom 17EX Experimental

1 of 3 Experimental Phantom Mark 1 built under the direct supervision of Sir Henry Royce was made specifically to break the 100mph speed barrier. The Experimental Phantom was delivered new to the Maharaja of Kashmir. The Rolls-Royce Sports Phantom 17EX is powered by a 7.8-litre 6-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed gearbox.

1965 Mercer-Cobra Roadster

1 of the 2 cars showcased at the Qatar Classic Car Pavilion, the 1965 Mercer-Cobra Roadster was designed by the famous Virgil Exner Sr. and later built by The Copper Development Association of America showcasing the use case of copper. The Italian styling is complemented by the 4.7L V8 engine powering the Shelby AC Cars at the time.

1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB

The 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB is every collector’s wet dream as it features the coachwork from the ‘Sculptor of Dreams’ Sergio Scaglietti. This particular 250 GT was part of the second series and has a sail panel behind the side window. This particular car has appeared and competed in a number of races including the Mille Miglia, Tour de France, Reims and German GP Races. The 3L V12 engine was paired with a 4-speed gearbox and is known to be one of the greatest powertrains built by Ferrari.

There you have it, that was the collection of metal art showcased at the Geneva International Motor Show. Throughout the auto show, these classic cars got as much attention as the new cars that were unveiled at the motor show.

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