BEST CARS FROM STUTTGART SHOW
Stuttgart’s four-day classic show is bigger than ever – and its organisers say it’s still expanding
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.
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.