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Techno-Classica Essen: The world's biggest classic car experience ... plus a disruptive new technology

Techno-Classica Essen: The wor...
Part museum, part used car lot: The breadth and depth of expertise across countless automotive fields on display in Essen augurs well for an industry that has sprung from nowhere in the last three decades and while its ultimate destiny is still unfolding, when viewed through the prism of this event, the future for the classic car industry appears bright.
Part museum, part used car lot: The breadth and depth of expertise across countless automotive fields on display in Essen augurs well for an industry that has sprung from nowhere in the last three decades and while its ultimate destiny is still unfolding, when viewed through the prism of this event, the future for the classic car industry appears bright.
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Series I and II E-Type Jaguars in particular were fraught with quality control issues in the day. It's very likely that restored E-Types from Jaguar Classic are a cut above anything produced by the factory in period.
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Series I and II E-Type Jaguars in particular were fraught with quality control issues in the day. It's very likely that restored E-Types from Jaguar Classic are a cut above anything produced by the factory in period.
Series I and II E-Type Jaguars in particular were fraught with quality control issues in the day. It's very likely that restored E-Types from Jaguar Classic are a cut above anything produced by the factory in period.
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Series I and II E-Type Jaguars in particular were fraught with quality control issues in the day. It's very likely that restored E-Types from Jaguar Classic are a cut above anything produced by the factory in period.
Series I and II E-Type Jaguars in particular were fraught with quality control issues in the day. It's very likely that restored E-Types from Jaguar Classic are a cut above anything produced by the factory in period.
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Series I and II E-Type Jaguars in particular were fraught with quality control issues in the day. It's very likely that restored E-Types from Jaguar Classic are a cut above anything produced by the factory in period.
Jaguar Classic went to enormous lengths at Techno-Classica to show the quality of its services.
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Jaguar Classic went to enormous lengths at Techno-Classica to show the quality of its services.
Series I and II E-Type Jaguars in particular were fraught with quality control issues in the day. It's very likely that restored E-Types from Jaguar Classic are a cut above anything produced by the factory in period. This was a sign on the wall of the Jaguar Classic booth.
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Series I and II E-Type Jaguars in particular were fraught with quality control issues in the day. It's very likely that restored E-Types from Jaguar Classic are a cut above anything produced by the factory in period. This was a sign on the wall of the Jaguar Classic booth.
One of the landmark media notifications at Techno-Classica was Land Rover Classic's announcement that it is restoring 25 Series I models to original 1948 factory specification and the cars are available to the public. The show car (pictured) began life as a CKD (Knock Down Vehicle) despatched as a kit from Solihull and assembled locally for the Australian market. It was sold new to a large farm in Queensland (where large farms are the size of small countries) and based on it's experience with this car the Pentland property eventually grew it's own fleet of a dozen Land Rovers. Despite a close inspection of the vehicle, I found it impossible to distinguish it from new.
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One of the landmark media notifications at Techno-Classica was Land Rover Classic's announcement that it is restoring 25 Series I models to original 1948 factory specification and the cars are available to the public. The show car (pictured) began life as a CKD (Knock Down Vehicle) despatched as a kit from Solihull and assembled locally for the Australian market. It was sold new to a large farm in Queensland (where large farms are the size of small countries) and based on it's experience with this car the Pentland property eventually grew it's own fleet of a dozen Land Rovers. Despite a close inspection of the vehicle, I found it impossible to distinguish it from new.
The underside of the Series 1 Land Rover was perfection. Almost certainly better than new.
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The underside of the Series 1 Land Rover was perfection. Almost certainly better than new.
This quaint 1954 Mercedes-Benz 170 SD service wagon was sitting in the little-used Western foyer of Messe Essen, and I passed it a dozen times on my way to and from the press room before I spied the name on the door. This was the service truck from Juan Manuel Fangio's Mercedes dealership in Buenos Aires. Even before he joined the Mercedes Formula One team, Fangio had acquired the Argentine Mercedes concession. He ultimately became President of Mercedes-Benz Argentina in 1974, and its Honorary President for Life in 1987.
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This quaint 1954 Mercedes-Benz 170 SD service wagon was sitting in the little-used Western foyer of Messe Essen, and I passed it a dozen times on my way to and from the press room before I spied the name on the door. This was the service truck from Juan Manuel Fangio's Mercedes dealership in Buenos Aires. Even before he joined the Mercedes Formula One team, Fangio had acquired the Argentine Mercedes concession. He ultimately became President of Mercedes-Benz Argentina in 1974, and its Honorary President for Life in 1987.
The paint on the Series 1 Land Rover restored by Land Rover Classic was also perfection.
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The paint on the Series 1 Land Rover restored by Land Rover Classic was also perfection.
Land Rover Classic's restored Series I models are now available to the public.
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Land Rover Classic's restored Series I models are now available to the public.
Land Rover Classic's restored Series I models are now available to the public.
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Land Rover Classic's restored Series I models are now available to the public.
Land Rover Classic's stand at Techno-Classica showcased one of the cars from the famous 1955-56 Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition
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Land Rover Classic's stand at Techno-Classica showcased one of the cars from the famous 1955-56 Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition
This quaint 1954 Mercedes-Benz 170 SD was a service truck from Juan Manuel Fangio's Mercedes dealership in Buenos Aires. Even before he joined the Mercedes Formula One team, Fangio had acquired the Argentine Mercedes concession. He ultimately became President of Mercedes-Benz Argentina in 1974, and its Honorary President for Life in 1987.
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This quaint 1954 Mercedes-Benz 170 SD was a service truck from Juan Manuel Fangio's Mercedes dealership in Buenos Aires. Even before he joined the Mercedes Formula One team, Fangio had acquired the Argentine Mercedes concession. He ultimately became President of Mercedes-Benz Argentina in 1974, and its Honorary President for Life in 1987.
One of the dilemmas faced by someone who has restored an oldtimer, is procuring a period-appropriate entertainment device for the dashboard. Slotting the latest digital sound system into a 1950s classic is decidedly gauche, so as more post-war cars are returned to new condition, there's now a thriving business sourcing, restoring and selling appropriate second hand period car radios and sound systems.
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One of the dilemmas faced by someone who has restored an oldtimer, is procuring a period-appropriate entertainment device for the dashboard. Slotting the latest digital sound system into a 1950s classic is decidedly gauche, so as more post-war cars are returned to new condition, there's now a thriving business sourcing, restoring and selling appropriate second hand period car radios and sound systems.
More than 220 classic clubs turned up this year to display their enthusiasm and enrol new members and the levels of enthusiasm was contagious - car clubs are part of the social fabric of German society and it only takes a quick glance at these images to see the camaraderie involved.
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More than 220 classic clubs turned up this year to display their enthusiasm and enrol new members and the levels of enthusiasm was contagious - car clubs are part of the social fabric of German society and it only takes a quick glance at these images to see the camaraderie involved.
The clubs contest the "Techno-Classica Club Grand Prix" for the best booth presentation and competition was fierce with the winning stand taken out by the Fiat 500 club, which created a model kit car theme for the stand. Just how many hours were involved in choreographing this grand schema is almost beyond imagination.
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The clubs contest the "Techno-Classica Club Grand Prix" for the best booth presentation and competition was fierce with the winning stand taken out by the Fiat 500 club, which created a model kit car theme for the stand. Just how many hours were involved in choreographing this grand schema is almost beyond imagination.
Part of the fun of restoring a car is getting it as close as possible by hunting down the correct key and fob, switch, knob, door handle, badge, carpet and seat material, tool kit, fuel line, rubber trim, ad infinitum, or replacing items that have perished to the point of detracting from your masterpiece with exactly the right patina.
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Part of the fun of restoring a car is getting it as close as possible by hunting down the correct key and fob, switch, knob, door handle, badge, carpet and seat material, tool kit, fuel line, rubber trim, ad infinitum, or replacing items that have perished to the point of detracting from your masterpiece with exactly the right patina.
This automotive key specialist worked close to every minute of the show
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This automotive key specialist worked close to every minute of the show
Every stand was worth exploring
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Every stand was worth exploring
Dutch Classic car radiator specialist Blaak can repair or restore any classic radiator, and can even build complete radiators from drawings or photographs.
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Dutch Classic car radiator specialist Blaak can repair or restore any classic radiator, and can even build complete radiators from drawings or photographs.
Interior restoration services for the elite classic car are now a highly-specialised art form
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Interior restoration services for the elite classic car are now a highly-specialised art form
Specialists come in many forms - the correct tool kit is a key component of any restoration
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Specialists come in many forms - the correct tool kit is a key component of any restoration
Bramsche-based Alexander's Oldtimer ElektrikAlexander's Oldtimer Elektrik will supply almost any electrical need for any make or model of car or motorcycle.
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Bramsche-based Alexander's Oldtimer ElektrikAlexander's Oldtimer Elektrik will supply almost any electrical need for any make or model of car or motorcycle.
Think of it as a giant "trash & treasure" market except there's no trash. Everything is very valuable to someone because it's the part they've been looking for. Whatsmore, the dealers really know their stuff. If German is not your language, nealy everyone speaks English and a translation app on your phone will bridge any gaps - much like the auction price coffee table books in Talian and German, you only need a few words to explain what you're looking for because model designations are a universal language
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Think of it as a giant "trash & treasure" market except there's no trash. Everything is very valuable to someone because it's the part they've been looking for. Whatsmore, the dealers really know their stuff. If German is not your language, nealy everyone speaks English and a translation app on your phone will bridge any gaps - much like the auction price coffee table books in Talian and German, you only need a few words to explain what you're looking for because model designations are a universal language
Speedometers, tachometers, fuel gauges ...
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Speedometers, tachometers, fuel gauges ...
Specialists of every hue
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Specialists of every hue
Every era, every style,
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Every era, every style,
Chapal began as a family-run tannery in1832, becoming a globally recognised luxury brand more recently.
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Chapal began as a family-run tannery in1832, becoming a globally recognised luxury brand more recently.
An open car, particularly a fast open car with a low windscreen, requires eye protection. Any style, any colour, and you can tell when you're going really fast because your cheeks start to flap : )
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An open car, particularly a fast open car with a low windscreen, requires eye protection. Any style, any colour, and you can tell when you're going really fast because your cheeks start to flap : )
The WW1 flying helmet certainly found an unexpected marketplace as the automobile became commonplace. Between the wars, they were the only option.
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The WW1 flying helmet certainly found an unexpected marketplace as the automobile became commonplace. Between the wars, they were the only option.
Motoring head wear
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Motoring head wear
Motoring head wear
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Motoring head wear
Motoring head wear
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Motoring head wear
Motoring head wear
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Motoring head wear
Motoring head wear
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Motoring head wear
Motoring head wear
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Motoring head wear
Motoring head wear
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Motoring head wear
Motoring head wear
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Motoring head wear
Sporting jackets by Sigrid Axthelm
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Sporting jackets by Sigrid Axthelm
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of all of the clothing available at Techno-Classica is the array of overalls on offer. It's part of the job description of professional race teams to look good at all times, but in the real world of club and classic racing, that's somewhat harder to achieve when you're elbow deep and racing the clock to get the damned thing going for the next event. Salvation is at hand, because amongst the outlier suppliers were stands with every team mechanic uniform ever seen inside Parc fermé. Look closely at the image below and you'll see the uniforms of dozens of teams, many long since extinct. If you're going period racing in style, you can get what you need here.
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Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of all of the clothing available at Techno-Classica is the array of overalls on offer. It's part of the job description of professional race teams to look good at all times, but in the real world of club and classic racing, that's somewhat harder to achieve when you're elbow deep and racing the clock to get the damned thing going for the next event. Salvation is at hand, because amongst the outlier suppliers were stands with every team mechanic uniform ever seen inside Parc fermé. Look closely at the image below and you'll see the uniforms of dozens of teams, many long since extinct. If you're going period racing in style, you can get what you need here.
Jackets and overalls - couturier and proletarian
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Jackets and overalls - couturier and proletarian
Jackets of every persuasion
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Jackets of every persuasion
Jackets of every persuasion
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Jackets of every persuasion
Jackets of every persuasion
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Jackets of every persuasion
Jacket clothing of every persuasion
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Jacket clothing of every persuasion
Jacket clothing of every persuasion
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Jacket clothing of every persuasion
Jacket clothing of every persuasion
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Jacket clothing of every persuasion
Jacket clothing of every persuasion
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Jacket clothing of every persuasion
Hats, jackets and boots, and everything in between
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Hats, jackets and boots, and everything in between
Hats for the ladies
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Hats for the ladies
Watchbands and other adornments, color matched to perfection
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Watchbands and other adornments, color matched to perfection
Pacto Store. Vintage handmade racing helmets from Costa Rica. There's a store in San Jose too.
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Pacto Store. Vintage handmade racing helmets from Costa Rica. There's a store in San Jose too.
The Grandprix Originals booth
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Greycar.com/ specializes in period clothing and accessories
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Greycar.com/ specializes in period clothing and accessories
Writing a description for the diverse offerings here is challenging. Sadly, I can't work out what his web address is because the show has closed and I've lost his card. Any suggestions?
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Writing a description for the diverse offerings here is challenging. Sadly, I can't work out what his web address is because the show has closed and I've lost his card. Any suggestions?
Automotive clothing of every description and price range
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Automotive clothing of every description and price range
Automotive clothing of every description and price range
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Automotive clothing of every description and price range
Automotive clothing of every description and price range
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Automotive clothing of every description and price range
Chapal again, and a lovely period race suit
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Chapal again, and a lovely period race suit
Beautiful stuff, but again, can't find the web site.
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Beautiful stuff, but again, can't find the web site.
More German leather wear
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More German leather wear
More German leather wear
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More German leather wear
Moetefindt does a wonderful range of towable transport options for beautiful cars that double as showcases for the contents with heavy duty curtains that can be drawn back
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Moetefindt does a wonderful range of towable transport options for beautiful cars that double as showcases for the contents with heavy duty curtains that can be drawn back
Beautiful artifacts, and not just automobilia, of every type were on display
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Beautiful artifacts, and not just automobilia, of every type were on display
A mechanical objet d'art
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A mechanical objet d'art
A stunning array of beautiful things for boys
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A stunning array of beautiful things for boys
A stunning array of beautiful things for boys
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A stunning array of beautiful things for boys
Another stunning array of beautiful things for boys
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Another stunning array of beautiful things for boys
More beautiful auto things
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More beautiful auto things
More beautiful auto things
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More beautiful auto things
Another Arte in motion coffee table, this one without the cylinders and heads
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Another Arte in motion coffee table, this one without the cylinders and heads
Arte in motion furniture
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Arte in motion furniture
Some extraordinary promotional art from a century ago
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Some extraordinary promotional art from a century ago
BMW showed it's origins on the BMW Classic stand
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BMW showed it's origins on the BMW Classic stand
A Porsche-themed coffee table - probably 180 kW in its heyday
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A Porsche-themed coffee table - probably 180 kW in its heyday
Key fobs and wrist adornments to finish that outfit
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Key fobs and wrist adornments to finish that outfit
Steve McQueen is still near the top of the list for celebrity association
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Steve McQueen is still near the top of the list for celebrity association
More gorgeous boys toys and adornments
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More gorgeous boys toys and adornments
This stand was superb with some very desirable objects. Dead centre is a periscope.
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This stand was superb with some very desirable objects. Dead centre is a periscope.
More desirable objects
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More desirable objects
Almost every prop imaginable to set the mood
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Almost every prop imaginable to set the mood
The art of Ferencz Olivier is beautiful in any setting.
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The art of Ferencz Olivier is beautiful in any setting.
The art of Ferencz Olivier is beautiful in any setting.
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The art of Ferencz Olivier is beautiful in any setting.
Automotive-themed art and furniture
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Automotive-themed art and furniture
Prints for all purposes from Dilling Fine Art
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Prints for all purposes from Dilling Fine Art
Prints for all purposes from Dilling Fine Art
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Prints for all purposes from Dilling Fine Art
That's a real, period velocipede in the centre - you could spend hours of ferreting for THAT object on many stands
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That's a real, period velocipede in the centre - you could spend hours of ferreting for THAT object on many stands
Something to delight everyone ... unless you're a polar bear
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Something to delight everyone ... unless you're a polar bear
Something to delight everyone ... unless you're a tiger
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Something to delight everyone ... unless you're a tiger
It just didn't seem to end ... a treasure on every flat surface
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It just didn't seem to end ... a treasure on every flat surface
If this automobilia doesn't make your blood course a little faster, you're probably at the wrong show
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If this automobilia doesn't make your blood course a little faster, you're probably at the wrong show
All tastes catered for
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All tastes catered for
Americana everything from the fifties and beyond
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Americana everything from the fifties and beyond
Authentic Mercedes-Benz racing wheels past their use-by date are now turned into coffee tables at EUR500 a shot
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Authentic Mercedes-Benz racing wheels past their use-by date are now turned into coffee tables at EUR500 a shot
Before the days of transponders and mobile phones, they used stopwatches. Seriously, people relied on these things for accurate lap times and there was a human needed to press the button, beautiful but ...
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Before the days of transponders and mobile phones, they used stopwatches. Seriously, people relied on these things for accurate lap times and there was a human needed to press the button, beautiful but ...
More period timekeeping gear
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More period timekeeping gear
The older the object, even with mundane things, the more comely it became
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The older the object, even with mundane things, the more comely it became
Jukeboxes. Not really automobilia, but somehow appropriate
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Jukeboxes. Not really automobilia, but somehow appropriate
American-flavored couches and adornments
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American-flavored couches and adornments
Period gas pumps
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Period gas pumps
For the man with everything ... a miniature steam engine
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For the man with everything ... a miniature steam engine
Prints of every imaginable automotive facet
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Prints of every imaginable automotive facet
Wall hangings ...
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Wall hangings ...
Models of almost every car ever made
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Models of almost every car ever made
and still more models
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and still more models
More prints, with motorcycling throughly catered for too
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More prints, with motorcycling throughly catered for too
Automotive books, records, posters ....
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Automotive books, records, posters ....
Two of the cars which competed in the 1955 Mille Miglia, then and now. A Mercedes 300 SLR which needs no introduction, and a Porsche 550 Spyder, one of around 100 built with Wendler bodywork. The 550 had just 1500cc of boxer four engine, produced around 110 bhp weighs just 550 kg. Six of these left the start line in 1955 and three of them finished in the placings of their class, with one eighth outright.
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Two of the cars which competed in the 1955 Mille Miglia, then and now. A Mercedes 300 SLR which needs no introduction, and a Porsche 550 Spyder, one of around 100 built with Wendler bodywork. The 550 had just 1500cc of boxer four engine, produced around 110 bhp weighs just 550 kg. Six of these left the start line in 1955 and three of them finished in the placings of their class, with one eighth outright.
Showing signs of mishap along the way, a Porsche 550 during the 1955 event. Used 550 Spyders now sell for around 400 times their price when new. Last month Gooding sold Jerry Seinfeld's unmolested 550 at Amelia Island for $5,335,000.
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Showing signs of mishap along the way, a Porsche 550 during the 1955 event. Used 550 Spyders now sell for around 400 times their price when new. Last month Gooding sold Jerry Seinfeld's unmolested 550 at Amelia Island for $5,335,000.
Fangio's 300 SLR and the trophies await the judges decision.
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Fangio's 300 SLR and the trophies await the judges decision.
Fangio's Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. A close relation of this car held the world record for a car at auction not long ago. This one lives in the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart most of the time.
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Fangio's Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. A close relation of this car held the world record for a car at auction not long ago. This one lives in the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart most of the time.
The only Maserati 300S to start the 1955 Mille Miglia retired after five hours with transmission failure but Sir Sterling Moss drove one to victory in two 1956 events and was quoted as saying " this is one of the most beautiful, most balanced and easiest to control racing cars ever built."
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The only Maserati 300S to start the 1955 Mille Miglia retired after five hours with transmission failure but Sir Sterling Moss drove one to victory in two 1956 events and was quoted as saying " this is one of the most beautiful, most balanced and easiest to control racing cars ever built."
The Porsche 550 Spyder had a 1500cc boxer four-cylinder engine, produced around 110 bhp weighs just 550 kg. Six of these left the start line in 1955 and three of them finished in the placings of their class, with one eighth outright.
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The Porsche 550 Spyder had a 1500cc boxer four-cylinder engine, produced around 110 bhp weighs just 550 kg. Six of these left the start line in 1955 and three of them finished in the placings of their class, with one eighth outright.
One of just 114 Fiat 8V (actually they had V8 engines, but Fiat were under the impression that Ford had copyright on the term) cars produced, of which just 30 were produced with an aluminum Zagato body and were hence some 90 kg lighter than the factory steel-bodied cars.
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One of just 114 Fiat 8V (actually they had V8 engines, but Fiat were under the impression that Ford had copyright on the term) cars produced, of which just 30 were produced with an aluminum Zagato body and were hence some 90 kg lighter than the factory steel-bodied cars.
Five Fiat 8V Zagato Coupes started the 1955 Mille Miglia and four finished, with a best of thirteenth place. Today, they are one of the most coveted collector cars from Fiat.
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Five Fiat 8V Zagato Coupes started the 1955 Mille Miglia and four finished, with a best of thirteenth place. Today, they are one of the most coveted collector cars from Fiat.
The only factory-entered Ferrari 750 Monza to compete in the 1955 Mille Miglia was that of Sergio Sighinolfi who drove alone and finished sixth of the 279 starters. Four privately entered 750 Monzas also started for a best of 27th place.
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The only factory-entered Ferrari 750 Monza to compete in the 1955 Mille Miglia was that of Sergio Sighinolfi who drove alone and finished sixth of the 279 starters. Four privately entered 750 Monzas also started for a best of 27th place.
The 750 Monza Ferrari today is a highly sought after collector car, with the highest price yet achieved being $4,070,000 at RM's Monterey 2013 auction
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The 750 Monza Ferrari today is a highly sought after collector car, with the highest price yet achieved being $4,070,000 at RM's Monterey 2013 auction
Only 31 Ferrari 750 Monzas were built in 1954 and 1955 and they achieved 55 significant race wins in the ensuing years.
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Only 31 Ferrari 750 Monzas were built in 1954 and 1955 and they achieved 55 significant race wins in the ensuing years.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W196S) was derived from the all-conquering W196 Formula One car, bored and stroked to three liters and boosted to 310 bhp (230 kW). It won the 1955 World Sportscar Championship but was part of the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans tragedy where a 300 SLR driven by Pierre Levegh flew into the crowd killing 84 people in the most horrendous accident in motor racing history. Mercedes-Benz cancelled it's racing program in the aftermath of the tragedy and the 300 SLR never raced again.
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The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W196S) was derived from the all-conquering W196 Formula One car, bored and stroked to three liters and boosted to 310 bhp (230 kW). It won the 1955 World Sportscar Championship but was part of the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans tragedy where a 300 SLR driven by Pierre Levegh flew into the crowd killing 84 people in the most horrendous accident in motor racing history. Mercedes-Benz cancelled it's racing program in the aftermath of the tragedy and the 300 SLR never raced again.
The Maserati 300S is quite sought after and very rare these days. In a Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013, a 300S sold for £4,033,500
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The Maserati 300S is quite sought after and very rare these days. In a Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013, a 300S sold for £4,033,500
The Official Formula 1 Opus is a book of 852 pages, half a meter square, weighing 37 kilograms. It is the biggest book on Formula One racing ever produced, lovingly hand-bound in the finest leather and silk, and will make any coffee table look good. There are a two editions, with the "Champions Edition" limited to 100 copies and personally signed by every living F1 champion. You could buy both editions at Techno-Classica, with the "Champions Edition" normally retailing for €25,000 at a special show rate of €18,750 and the "Classic Edition" which normally goes for €3,750, available for €2,950.
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The Official Formula 1 Opus is a book of 852 pages, half a meter square, weighing 37 kilograms. It is the biggest book on Formula One racing ever produced, lovingly hand-bound in the finest leather and silk, and will make any coffee table look good. There are a two editions, with the "Champions Edition" limited to 100 copies and personally signed by every living F1 champion. You could buy both editions at Techno-Classica, with the "Champions Edition" normally retailing for €25,000 at a special show rate of €18,750 and the "Classic Edition" which normally goes for €3,750, available for €2,950.
This 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was one of more than 2500 classic cars on sale at Techno-Classica, having made the journey across the channel from Vintage & Prestige Fine Motorcars in Essex (U.K.). Available for the princely sum of GBP£1,600,000 (EUR 1.996 million), the 107 year-old car came with a complete history and attracted constant interest throughout the five days of the show. We presume it now has a new owner.
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This 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was one of more than 2500 classic cars on sale at Techno-Classica, having made the journey across the channel from Vintage & Prestige Fine Motorcars in Essex (U.K.). Available for the princely sum of GBP£1,600,000 (EUR 1.996 million), the 107 year-old car came with a complete history and attracted constant interest throughout the five days of the show. We presume it now has a new owner.
A 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost on sale for GBP1.6 million
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A 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost on sale for GBP1.6 million
The heart of a 1930 Bentley 6 and 1/2 litre Speed Six, plus one of it's many admirers. The asking price was EUR 2.0 million.
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The heart of a 1930 Bentley 6 and 1/2 litre Speed Six, plus one of it's many admirers. The asking price was EUR 2.0 million.
There was no price tag, but this rather unique 1934 Armstrong Siddeley 5000 Streamline managed to stop many a passer by, and it was for sale. Armstrong Siddeley also made aircraft engines and did so well enough to be purchased by Rolls-Royce which was more interested in its aircraft engine business than it's luxury cars. Sadly, this eventually led to the demise of the marque.
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There was no price tag, but this rather unique 1934 Armstrong Siddeley 5000 Streamline managed to stop many a passer by, and it was for sale. Armstrong Siddeley also made aircraft engines and did so well enough to be purchased by Rolls-Royce which was more interested in its aircraft engine business than it's luxury cars. Sadly, this eventually led to the demise of the marque.
An incredibly rare short wheelbase 8 litre Hispano-Suiza Boulogne from 1925 is the only remaining example with a factory racing body. For sale, but they weren't about to say for how much to a member of the media. A unique opportunity if it's still available from Madrid-based dealer Francisco Pueche. That's the car as it was discovered in 1976 - quite some barnfind!
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An incredibly rare short wheelbase 8 litre Hispano-Suiza Boulogne from 1925 is the only remaining example with a factory racing body. For sale, but they weren't about to say for how much to a member of the media. A unique opportunity if it's still available from Madrid-based dealer Francisco Pueche. That's the car as it was discovered in 1976 - quite some barnfind!
The HAGI index measures the value of rare cars as an alternative asset class and uses the type of rigorous financial methodology usually associated with more traditional investments. The breadth of HAGI's research enables it to publish market indices on rare Porsche, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz cars and it now tracks the entire rare car market globally. This comparison between the the HAGI Top Index (the most accurate measure of the rare collector's automobile market) and the S&P 500 (Standard & Poor's 500 stock market index of the top 500 American companies based on their share valuation on the NYSE and NASDAQ) since 1980 perfectly illustrates the initial bubble, the Tulip Mania moment and the subsequent sustained growth in values.
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The HAGI index measures the value of rare cars as an alternative asset class and uses the type of rigorous financial methodology usually associated with more traditional investments. The breadth of HAGI's research enables it to publish market indices on rare Porsche, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz cars and it now tracks the entire rare car market globally. This comparison between the the HAGI Top Index (the most accurate measure of the rare collector's automobile market) and the S&P 500 (Standard & Poor's 500 stock market index of the top 500 American companies based on their share valuation on the NYSE and NASDAQ) since 1980 perfectly illustrates the initial bubble, the Tulip Mania moment and the subsequent sustained growth in values.
A comparison of the HAGI Top Index (the most accurate measure of the rare collector's automobile market) and the DAX (German stock market index of 30 "blue chip" German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) from December, 2008 to February, 2015.
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A comparison of the HAGI Top Index (the most accurate measure of the rare collector's automobile market) and the DAX (German stock market index of 30 "blue chip" German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) from December, 2008 to February, 2015.
A comparison of the HAGI Top Index (the most accurate measure of the rare collector's automobile market) and the DAX (German stock market index of 30 major German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) from February, 2011 to the present.
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A comparison of the HAGI Top Index (the most accurate measure of the rare collector's automobile market) and the DAX (German stock market index of 30 major German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) from February, 2011 to the present.
Techno-Classica is spread over such a large area that the crowd never seems that big. All these cars are for sale.
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Techno-Classica is spread over such a large area that the crowd never seems that big. All these cars are for sale.
Part museum, part used car lot: The breadth and depth of expertise across countless automotive fields on display in Essen augurs well for an industry that has sprung from nowhere in the last three decades and while its ultimate destiny is still unfolding, when viewed through the prism of this event, the future for the classic car industry appears bright.
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Part museum, part used car lot: The breadth and depth of expertise across countless automotive fields on display in Essen augurs well for an industry that has sprung from nowhere in the last three decades and while its ultimate destiny is still unfolding, when viewed through the prism of this event, the future for the classic car industry appears bright.
Just one section of the vast Volkswagen Hall with it's dream team of constituent marques.
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Just one section of the vast Volkswagen Hall with it's dream team of constituent marques.
The throughfares between the halls were great fun. Beer stalls, good German nosh, good nature all round ... much merriment.
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The throughfares between the halls were great fun. Beer stalls, good German nosh, good nature all round ... much merriment.
This Arte in Motion's coffee table was based on a seven-cylinder Jacobs aircraft motor. You can also buy coffee tables based on Continental, Lycoming or Pratt & Whitney motors - all coming in around EUR18,000 apiece.
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This Arte in Motion's coffee table was based on a seven-cylinder Jacobs aircraft motor. You can also buy coffee tables based on Continental, Lycoming or Pratt & Whitney motors - all coming in around EUR18,000 apiece.
A bare Porsche 911 body shell took pride of place in the Porsche Classic section
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A bare Porsche 911 body shell took pride of place in the Porsche Classic section
A Bugatti T35 in the Volkswagen Hall
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A Bugatti T35 in the Volkswagen Hall
Pursang's Bugatti T35 replica
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Pursang's Bugatti T35 replica
Pursang is a small company located in Paraná Entre Rios, about 450 km from Buenos Aires in Argentina. Essentially, if you want a car produced that was made pre-WW2, they can do it. F'rinstance, a brand new, atom-perfect Type 35 Bugatti or Alfa 8C Monza, they are the go-to guys.
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Pursang is a small company located in Paraná Entre Rios, about 450 km from Buenos Aires in Argentina. Essentially, if you want a car produced that was made pre-WW2, they can do it. F'rinstance, a brand new, atom-perfect Type 35 Bugatti or Alfa 8C Monza, they are the go-to guys.
Pursang's Bugatti T35 replica
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Pursang's Bugatti T35 replica
Inside the cockpit of the Pursang Bugatti T35
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Inside the cockpit of the Pursang Bugatti T35
London's Chater's was just one of several major automotive booksellers at the show
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London's Chater's was just one of several major automotive booksellers at the show