Part of 168 Empire Corp’s festivities for the 168 EC-Drift and Motor Show was a small car show. If ever the audience tired of the drifting – yeah, right, as if that was possible – two rows of about twenty cars were lined up just beside the run up into the drift course for ogling.
Pop quiz: How easy is it to find a perfect 1936 Delahaye 135M Figoni et Falaschi Competition Coupe? Very. All one has to do is board a plane to Tennessee and head for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Rare cars like the 135M can easily be found in perfect condition; for such cars, no restoration will ever cost more than their value. But what if you went looking for a showroom-fresh Box Type Lancer today? Well, you’d probably be looking for a long time, much longer than you would spend on the Delahaye. Probably, but not today.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the most perfectly factory-fresh Box Type Lancer in current existence.
While MIAS 2014 had a massive array of cars on display, only a few stood out from the rest, at least from a personal perspective. Ford may have had the biggest display, and some of the vintage cars may be the most pristine examples, but some of my favourites stood without the fancy lights and obsessive restorations.