Stuttgart’s four-day clas­sic show is big­ger than ever – and its or­gan­is­ers say it’s still ex­pand­ing

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Arip-roar­ingly suc­cess­ful Retro Clas­sics saw vis­i­tor num­bers peak at 90,000 in what is be­ing dubbed as the best show yet.

5000 square me­tres were added to the show, and this year a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion – ‘Pas­sione Ital­iana’ – show­cased a se­lec­tion of il­lus­tri­ous Fer­raris, Lam­borgh­i­nis, and Maser­atis. But the might of more fa­mil­iar Ital­ian clas­sics like Fiat Di­nos, Lan­cia In­te­grales, and Alfa Romeo 1300 Ju­niors stole much of the lime­light, along with a one-off Lan­cia Ful­via and a su­per­charged Lam­borgh­ini trac­tor.

More than 1550 ex­h­bitors and 3500 cars and mo­tor­cy­cles packed in to Stuttgart’s Messe. In a press con­fer­ence be­fore the event, show boss Karl-Ul­rich Her­rmann mused that Ger­man clas­sic car val­ues are lev­el­ling out. Clearly he didn’t tell the deal­ers – high mark ups filled the halls, in­clud­ing an ar­ray of € 250k (£216k) Porsche 911s.

Else­where, Young­timers were out in full force. The atrium was brim­ming with mod­ern clas­sic BMWs, Mercedes and Porsches. Her­rmann says that pre-war cars made up around 50 per cent of the cars on show in the first show – whereas this year it was closer to five per cent, re­flect­ing Ger­many’s chang­ing mar­ket.

BMW stole some of the lime­light from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz this year. BMW’s Stuttgart di­vi­sion and a col­lec­tion of clubs put on a daz­zling and di­verse dis­play of cars, rang­ing from a well used 840, to a mint-con­di­tion, one-owner from­new E3 2500, with plenty of 5-se­ries and 3-se­ries stun­ners in the mix too.

Such was the suc­cess of this year’s show that or­gan­is­ers are plan­ning to add an­other ex­hi­bi­tion hall to the event for 2018 in a bid to keep grow­ing num­bers of show­go­ers happy.

MercedesBenz 250 Langver­sion 1978 stretched limou­sine Mercedes was used as a taxi, and it still adorns its taxi sign on top of its roof. That ex­plains the 216,000km on the clock too.

Alfa Romeo GTV

2000 Achingly pretty 1986 Alfa in a sea of mainly Ger­man cars. Orig­i­nally reg­is­tered in Turin, Italy, it’s com­pleted just over 66,000km.

Fiat 1300 The diminu­tive Fiat is all but for­got­ten about in Ger­many. This 1963 model has never been re­stored, but is wear­ing a fresh coat of paint.

Citroën DS

20 This god­dess gar­nered the most at­ten­tion in the hall. The 1973 car has just 52,000km on the clock.

Rover SD1 3500

Vitesse Stun­ning 1985 SD1 took pride of place in the hall and it’s easy to see why. En­gine is re­port­edly in fine con­di­tion and it looked su­perb in a hall with few other Bri­tish clas­sics.


380 SL US model spec 1984 ’Benz with the Amer­i­can bumper over­rid­ers cer­tainly sticks out. It was repatriated back its home coun­try last De­cem­ber.

Jochen Mass cer­tainly had some great clas­sics to ad­mire in the USA-themed hall. Pic­tured here (right) is a 1972 Ford Mus­tang Fast­back Mach 1 is for sale at £28,344 (€32,900) – it has a re­spectable 84,404 miles on the clock.

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