For the 29th time the Techno Classica took place in Essen. Around 1,200 exhibitors presented their jewels and everything about classic cars. Among them were some manufacturers, who, with their classic department, had build a bridge to the modern vehicles.
However, the number of vehicles exhibited has fallen significantly. This also resulted in more space and a greater share of spare parts dealers. As at the previous vintage events in Europe, the proportion of sporty racing cars at the Techno Classica has increased visibly. Among these were also genuine rarities such as the René Bonnet Aérodjet or the Deutsch Bonnet, both of which were on display at the same booth. Lovers of genuine rarities came at their expense at this years Techno Classica.
At the Rolls Royce booth the Silver Wraight with a Freestone & Webb bodywork was to be seen. An absolute individual item is the Volkswagen Type 10 with a special body from Stoll. The Autostadt showed a variety of models from the development of the design under the slogan “Form follows Function”. Among others, the Bugatti Type 15 and the NSU prototype Porsche Type 32.
On a turntable stood the fantastic Bugatti T57 C with a Gangloff bodywork.
Two Pegaso were on display at the show. On the GTÜ stand stood the Volkswagen Rometsch Coupé Lawrence. A unique piece.
A special jewel is the stylish Fiat 8V “Otto Vu” presenting itself with a special body from Vignale.
A real eye-catcher was the 1930 Hudson Great Eight, with which the former racing legend Heidi Hetzer rounded the world for almost three years. If you were lucky, you could meet Heidi Hetzer personally.
The small Goggomobil Cabriolet single piece was a real highlight.
The Volkswagen Classic appearance this year stood under the slogan “Wow Inside”. Four models from the Volkswagen Classic collection represented this motto impressively. From the outside, their sporting performance is hardly noticeable, because they present themselves with understatement as a wolf in sheep´s skin. Electromobility in its original form and its research development formed the second part of the exhibition under the slogan “driven by the future”. The first ever “E Golf” from 1980, the “Nils” from 2011 and the “Citystromer”, was a test project that proved itself in racing.
Anyone who wants to climb into the air in his living room could buy the pulpit of a former transport aircraft.
In the middle of the fair was the special exhibition of racing cars, which had participated in the Monaco Grand Prix in the fifties. Including the Maserati 250 F by Juan Manuel Fangio, the Silver Arrow, Ferrari Dino 246 F1, BRM Type 25, Cooper T45 and the Ferrari 225 S with Vignale sports body.
The classic departments of the automobile manufacturers also exhibited some special exhibitions.
Audi tradition dedicated a whole exhibition to the subject of NSU.
Volvo celebrated the 90th anniversary of the brand and showed some milestones from the companies history.
Citroen also celebrated 90 years. Therefore, the French manufacturer showed three automotive milestones of the brand at their booth.
Opel was dominated by the big sedans, like Opel Diplomat, Admiral, Senator or even the gilded Kapitän, which ran as the two-millionth Opel from the assembly line.
Of course a corresponding special exhibition could not be missing To the 70th anniversary of Ferrari. Appropriate Ferrari legends could be seen on the stand of Ferrari Eberlein. Distributed over the fair, however, the Ferraris were also the building the spearhead of the classic Supersportcars at the Techno Classica.
Mercedes Benz Classic presented this year an exhibition under the motto “Sport”. Among the exhibits were the former Simplex 1903 racing car, the Mercedes Benz SSK, the Mercedes Benz Stromlinie and the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé.