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GALLERY: Highlights From The Geneva International Auto Show

Alex Sobran By Alex Sobran
March 13, 2017
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Photography by Ted Gushue

“What are the future classics?” It’s a question that’s thrown around seemingly ad-infinitum amongst car collectors, drivers, journalists, really any group of people that fosters even a mild interest in the automobile. As with any important question where subjectivity abounds, there are of course the standard, safe answers that ensure you won’t get into an argument about whether or not Teslas are overhyped gadgets or if the lack of electric car ownership equates you with top-tier heathenism. Those answers tend to revolve around cars like the Toyota 86, the Mazda Miata, the Porsche Cayman, and all the others that people like to point toward as heralding in a new age of affordable sports cars. You can’t really disagree with those responses, but that doesn’t mean they’re the exhaustive list of the incoming class either.

The supercars on display at Geneva this year are hard for me to picture in my garage, but they still evoke some tangible thoughts and excitement all the same, because they show us what’s to come, which rivalries will be be rekindled, how technology will continue forging the future of driving, and what the next generation will form their budding opinions on. Things change all the time; no category of classic cars is any more “correct” than the next. Don’t forget that the Model T was at one point the newest gizmo on the (unpaved) block.

So yes, Petrolicious may have a slight affinity for cars of the vintage variety, but that doesn’t mean the next wave of things being built isn’t interesting now and won’t earn significance as they age. Geneva certainly proves that point. Whether it’s the leading bleeding edge of performance embodied in the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 (with its bright and shiny new name attached now, Valkyrie) or the call-backs to the past like RUF’s CTR or Alpine’s new Porsche-fighter, there are surely some newcomers with staying power.

 

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Keith Walker
Keith Walker

Wishing the new Alpine is brought to the USA, howabout starting a petition in the name of class, Petrolicious??? It’s a crime it is not coming here.

Ross Grimson
Ross Grimson

Petrolicious; love your stuff, thank you, thank you, thank you! In order to increase our knowledge and viewing pleasure, how about you make it your policy to include the marque and model pertaining to the listed pictures! Please!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

As far as I’m concerned there were only two cars worthy of our attention at Geneva . The Rub CTR ‘ YellowBird ‘ .. and the devoid of flappy paddle shifty thingy Porsche GT3 . Everything else was pretense , marketing hype , virtual vaporware [ of which none will see the light of a production day ] and rehashed cosmetic surgery redos As for the CaterPine ? A failure in the making and a travesty on the best of days . Any of the so called badge engineered Alfa’s ? Blatant marketing hype . The Ferrari 812 ? A… Read more »

Derelict
Derelict

Did you not see the Bentley? It was gorgeous.

Also, you seem to be missing the point of car shows and concepts. They show off proposed design language while gauging public reaction. They also give the engineers and designers an opportunity to stretch their legs, so to speak.

As usual, you have missed the point. And the comma. And the question mark. And the space bar.

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer

Yep, the new Alpine get my attention. Most of high dollar exotica no longer interests me beyond the initial amazement at the technology. But, Mr. Gushue, what, pray tell is the roadster with the Alfa Romeo grille????

Conjecture about future classics is fun but my crystal ball is about as reliable at the Marelli electrics on an old Ducati single.

B Bop
B Bop

The roadster with the Alfa grill is a Disco Volante Spyder. I believe it’s based on the Alfa Romeo 8 C

Matt Tiene
Matt Tiene

The Disco Volante is built but the Touring coach building company in Milan. They basically take an Alfa Romeo 8c, tear the body panels off and hand beat new ones. Its easily one of the prettiest recent cars.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Slightly tempted by the new Alpine 110. The Ferrari 812 Superfast looks good too but really can’t see the need for 800ps on the road.