Always one of the best European Motor Shows, this year’s 50th Geneva Show was packed with even more interest than usual. Star of the Show was the exciting four-wheel-drive Audi Quattro, described elsewhere in this issue, but every corner hid a novelty.
Ferrari sprung a surprise with their Mondial 8, shown on the left, a revival of a famous model name from the fifties. Maserati had their new Quattroporte as a show centrepiece. Reliant showed their GTC convertible for the first time, and on the more mundane side Fiat introduced a five-door version of the 127. Renault’s new Fuego coupé, in many guises, looked impressive. Mercedes displayed their new range of SLs and SLCs as well as the S-class saloons.
Gratifyingly, one of the most impressive stands belonged to BL, whose offerings included the new and very well-received, TR7 Drophead and a four-door version of the Range-Rover, to be built for BL in limited numbers by Monteverdi. A period street scene included several cars from BL Heritage, including the Daimler tested by W.B. in Motor Sport last November.
Peugeot revived Gregoire rear suspension in a bid for a flat floor area in their 305 Break, another Show announcement. Beuttler had a nice “Twin-Top” conversion on a Mazda RX7, with twin removable panels like a Corvette Stingray. Saab introduced a conventional three-box version of the previously hatchbacked 900 range. Lancia’s neat little f.w.d. Delta, Car of the Year, shared the Lancia stand with a revised Beta Montecarlo.
Illustrated here are a few of the more interesting cars and people photographed by the Deputy Editor during a walk round the Show.