Thousands of rare and desirable cars were on show at the ninth Retro Classics show held at the new Messe Stuttgart exhibition halls on 13-15 March.
With an incredible display of Ferraris narrowly upstaged by a collection of 17 Abarths, the motorsport display in Hall 4 of the ten-hall venue wowed the crowds, up 14% to 57,000 in visitor numbers on last year. Leo Aumuller brought a part of his Abarth collection to show the fascinated German visitors and explained ‘there’s no favorite I have’, adding ‘each one is special’. The Zwickau Museum displayed two amazing Horch models, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the maker. The 1948 Horch 930S streamliner shown incorporated a built-in fold-out sink in the outer wing.
Other makers celebrating major anniversaries included Unimog, with a special display of 60 years of the iconic four-wheel-drives using axles to the Ledwinka principle, while Bugattis came from the former Schlumpf collection.
The dealer hall was packed with amazing exhibits from respected restorers such as Mechachrom, Mirbach and Kienle Automobiltechnik, which displayed an amazing 3-axle Mercedes-Benz G3A as used during WW2.
Younger classics were well-represented with amazing stands from the German association of Opel Clubs, and Passats from Passat Kartei Deutschland, plus many Audi models, and rarities from Lloyd, DKW and Glas. British cars were gathered together with Union Jacks flying over them.
In the foyer, an amazing collection of vintage Rolls-Royce cars from the Maharaja era were accompanied by stacks of vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases and travelling baggage. For 2009, Retro Classics filled the venue with 1050 stands taken, and organizer Ulrich Hermann vowed to make next year’s event ‘bigger and better again’.