While it’s true that our main focus here at paultan.org has always been on new cars, we know all too well that the sleek, tech-laden and direct-injected machines of today wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for their parents. They may not have ABS, but their looks alone can stop you dead in your tracks.
Last year’s Asia Klasika event, of which our sister site oto.my was a proud sponsor, served up a delicious dose of polished chrome and gleaming paintwork that saw many a jaw drop, and this year was no different.
Also known as the Malaysian International Vintage and Classic Car Concours, the 2013 event, held once again at the Matrade exhibition and convention centre, had quite a number of birthdays to celebrate – 50 years of Lamborghini, the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes 600 and SL Pagoda; 60 years of the Chevrolet Corvette and Mercedes Ponton; and 100 years of Aston Martin.
Paying tribute to those automotive hallmarks were trophies for best Aston, Corvette, 911, Lambo, Mercedes, Ferrari and Jaguar of the show, while the open class comprised Vintage (1960 and older), Classic (1961-1975) and Modern Classic (1976-1989) categories this time.
In a repeat win from last year, M. Sinnasamy bagged the coveted overall Best of Show trophy with his pristine 1965 MGB roadster, while James D’Cruz’s 1951 Porsche 356 ‘split-screen’ won Best Preserved Automobile.
Once again, HRH Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar of Johor graced the day with his presence as the event’s Royal Patron. After inspecting and admiring each of the cars in turn, His Royal Highness declared Chris Au’s 1967 Porsche 911 2.0 the winner of the second-ever Sultan’s Cup.
Some stunning classic machinery from His Royal Highness’ collection were of course present, including a Mercedes 600 Landaulet, Lamborghinis Jalpa, LM002 and Espada, as well as Astons Vantage, Volante and DB7 Zagato.
Travel back in time through our gallery below and you’ll spot, amongst other iconic pieces of motoring history, an Aston Martin Lagonda Series 4, a Ford Thunderbird, a Ferrari 400i and a Cadillac Eldorado Seville that looks like it could take off at any moment…