RETRO CLAS­SICS STUTTGART

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

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.

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