Why you want to visit Stuttgart's Retro Classics 2018
There’s far more than just the Porsche 911 and various Mercedes-Benz saloons to be found during 2018’s Retro Classics event in Stuttgart. Here’s some highlights so far
Stuttgart’s Retro Classics show has found itself tarnished by keyboard warriors and brainwashed wagon-jumpers in the run-up to the 18th annual event. Taking to forums and stalking anyone who will listen, critical enthusiasts claim Retro Classics 2018 is brimmed only with Porsche 911s, Mercedes-Benz 190s, some more Porsche 911s, Audi Quattros and some further Porsche 911 variants.
Well, that claim is nonsense. For 2018’s showcase in the Messe Stuttgart centre there’s a broad range of vehicles covering everything – from daily hacks of yesteryear, to supercars, to…erm…agricultural farm machinery.
Gawking surprise aside, there’s a serious point to the displayed heavyweights. Stretching from modern day back to the origins of agricultural motorisation – this is a display that will never be seen again. As far as one-offs go, this cabinet of mud-plugging muscle has to be seen to be believed – entitled ‘Giants of the Field’. We’ll report on that soon.
However, if tracked workhorses and tractors larger than most semi-detached houses don’t quite satisfy your cravings, there are nine other halls packed with cars from across the globe. Mazda drift cars, pre-war Horches, project barn finds – it’s ten halls and all manner of corridors lined with Ferraris, Aston Martins and the odd Brit offering; tucked away in the ‘English corner by Retro Classics’.
For those seeking the most German of automotive offerings, this is the main artery of the event. Yes, there are - shock - lashings of 911s, but they are complimented by every other vehicle in the Porsche range; alongside rarities and genuinely groundbreaking engineering marvels from all calibre of marques.
Deep within the displays you’ll discover the likes of a V12 Mercedes S-class W140, the daintiest example of BMW’s now-legendary 507 and an Audi V8 – now so rare that most believe it to be extinct, although for good reason. The engine itself claims the coveted title as one of the most problematic, unreliable and downright challenging powerplants to ever grace a production line. Seeing one of these up close remains a seldom found opportunity.
Should you be more of a 4x4 driver than anything else, the good news is that you are well catered for. The bad news is, there is so much to find peppered throughout the insane coverage that your bank account will never be safe again – especially as so many are up for grabs.
Over 1000 vehicles – commercial, classic and modern – are untaken at the time of writing; including Rowan Atkinson’s Lancia Thema and Colin McRae’s WRC 1999 Ford Focus rally car.
The latter two are offered by Silverstone Auctions. You can view the full lot listings for Saturday’s sale here.
Before you so much as enter the building, there is a presentation of highly desirable classics, all offered for various prices. Besides luxurious barges of Range Rover P38 and Mercedes G-Wagen ilk, Ford Mustangs, Citroën Dyanes, Fiat 500s, Mercedes 450 SLs And BMW 750is are all seeking new homes. There is a DeLorean DMC-12 and a Jaguar XK140 adoring the entrance too.
As if that’s not enough mouth-watering excitement as a taster, a stunt team continuously display the capabilities of the iconic UniMog on a man-made course within a holding pen, mere feet away from a priceless swathe of heritage vehicles.
Special celebrations at Retro Classics 2018
Mated to all manner of celebrations, a number of pre-war treasures have been amassed in public after many years away from communal attention. A display from Mr Saulius Karosas brings together the world’s largest collection of ‘Karossier Erdmann & Rossi vehicles’. Made up of more than 80 cars, the throng includes sought-after examples of incredibly early Horch, Audi, Maybach, Rolls-Royce and Bentley models.
‘I’m very glad, and proud, to show this collection here,’ explained Karl-Ulrich Herrmann, Managing Director of RETRO Messen GmbH. ‘I admired this collection 25 years ago in Berlin.’
Porsche are celebrating their 70th anniversary throughout 2018, with a curtain-raiser during the popular Stuttgart event. Besides a Porsche Museum exhibition residing in Hall 4 that is sure to get all Porsche purists’ hearts racing, there are to be short guided tours and autographing slots with legendary racing drivers Walter Röhrl and Hans Herrmann on Saturday (March 24) and Sunday (March 25) at 2pm each day.
The BMW Z1’s 40th birthday celebrations are worth viewing, with an exceptional Schnitzer M1 Turbo residing in Hall 4.
You can find out more about the upcoming three days with the AutoClassics' Retro Classics preview.
Classic Cars for Sale
1968 Pontiac LeMans fuel: gas title status: clean transmission: automatic All original with Pontiac 2bbl 350 V8, 2-speed automatic powerglide. American racing rims, rear drag bags, glass pack, and EFI. Late 90s restoration. Runs, drives and idles great! Get many compliments and shows well at car events. Will consider trade for Mustang Bullitt, Mustang V8, Dodge Challenger V8, Ford Rap
Exceptionally original and wonderfully preserved 1993 VW Golf Karmann Convertible. Probably not the car you are used to from Legendary Classics but sometimes you come across something so great that you just not can pass it up. This VW golf is in absolute top condition and except for the soft top that was replaced a few years ago everything on this car is extremely original. This Karmann body V
Very nice matching numbers 1973 Triumph TR6. Overall condition very good. This British roadster shows no rust on body or undercarriage. Our TR6 recently received a full service including a full rebuild of the carburation system. The 2.5 6 cylinder engine runs strong and smooth. The British racing green paint is very nice. The car still has its original black leather interior which is in good
This 1987 Porsche 944 Targa is a rare sight. Especially in this condition. The former owner spend two years travelling around with a Porsche mechanic to find the perfect 944 and saw hundreds of cars. He finally found this particular example and it is what can be expected after such a search. Nearly perfect. Of course this 944 Targa shows no rust what so ever. The 2.5 engine runs strong smooth.