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The NEC Classic Motor Show round up

AOL Cars UK logo AOL Cars UK 19/11/2017 Ted Welford

a police car parked in a parking lot © Provided by AOL Cars UK The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show held at the NEC has to be one of the most diverse shows in the UK for classic car and bike enthusiasts, and AOL Cars headed along for the event's final day.

Held at the huge Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, there were five halls crammed with car club stands, cars for sale, an auction, live stages and automotive paraphernalia.

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Spending just a few hours at the event makes you realise just how appreciated classic cars still are in the UK - with over 71,000 people attending over the course of the three days.

Our highlights include the appropriately named Azzurro Dino (blue) Ferrari Dino and an immaculate Porsche 356 - the car that inspired the Porsche 911 – as well as a stunning Mercedes 300SL Gullwing.

Despite it being a classic motor show, we couldn't help but notice some of the newer metal on show. A new-shape BMW M5 as well as a Miami Blue Porsche 911 GT3 RS grabbed our attention in particular, and there was even a Land Rover Defender SVX from the latest James Bond film Spectre on show.

We also got to watch a fantastic Silverstone Auctions on the Sunday. Highlights included an original Only and Fools and Horses van that sold for £41,625 as well as a host of ultra-low mileage Fords that sold for crazy amounts.

TV hosts Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead also appeared on the live stage ahead of the new series of Wheeler Dealer, which airs on January 1 on the Discovery Channel.

Yet, despite all the expensive metal on display, it was actually a humble second-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI that won the coveted 'car of the show' in the 'Pride of Ownership' competition.

The NEC Classic Motor Show is definitely one for classic enthusiasts not to miss. The dates have already been announced for next year's event, which will take place between November 9 and 11.

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