RETRO CLASSICS STUTTGART
STUTTGART, GERMANY, 17-20 MARCH
Retro Classics Stuttgart was jam-packed with great cars from across the spectrum, with high-end Oldtimer glamour mixing it with Youngtimer heroes. And with more than 800 classics for sale, showgoers with deep pockets were spoilt for choice.
Stuttgart is home to Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, and this was reflected in the number of Porsche 911s and W113 Pagodas lining the halls. Munich and Wolfsburg were also well represented, with a BMW club stand showing an E9 Batmobile and an M1, and there were scores of Beetle convertibles.
However, British and Italian marques put in a good showing, with all three generations of the Triumph Spitfire proving to be a big draw on its club stand, and there were Jaguars popping up in most halls.
Porsche’s star attraction was a display to mark the Porsche 924’s 40th birthday, as well as the launch of a dedicated display of ‘Transaxle Porsches’ at the company’s Museum in Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz were keen to celebrate several key cars in its history, with representatives from the C126, W123 and SLK clubs taking great pride in their cars.
More than 90,000 people attended this year’s show, with Saturday in particular drawing the crowds.
‘What makes Retro Classics a success is the fact that the exhibition is more than just rows of vehicles,’ says Karl Ulrich Hermann, managing partner of organiser Retro Messen. ‘It’s also about showing the cultural heritage of vehicles and its participants in an appealing setting.’ Nathan Chadwick Kienle Automobiltechnik, a Mercedes-Benz restoration specialist based in Heimerdingen, showed off this W108-generation 280SE cabriolet. The Isetta club of Germany brought along this unusual Frua-bodied BMW 1600GT, which was originally built by Glas in Frankfurt. A new draw at Retro Classica this year was the venue’s green infield section, the Rothaus Park, being given over to dealers offering vehicles for sale – including this stunning trio of British classics.