It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment the magic started wearing off motor shows. Whatever the reasons and timing, a new breed of motoring event has sprung up instead – the latest being Grand Basel.

Awkwardly named, it has to be said, Grand Basel follows on from Art Basel, held in the Swiss city of that name and a significant global show for art collectors and traders.

Grand Basel now hopes to fill that slot for cars, concentrating on historically significant cars, cars that are culturally important and cars that are just simply beautiful or exciting.

The organisers talk about it as a show for “automotive masterpieces”, “a platform for automotive culture”, “a marketplace” and a “space for discussion”.

Certainly, the first event was graced by any number of outstanding Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche and Lamborghini models, plus some significant concepts – all drawn from car makers' back catalogues.

What Grand Basel definitely is not is a show for OEM car makers with huge sales stands covered in branding and trying to push the metal. That’s a different type of car show altogether.