Stuttgart, 13. March 2014 – around 80,000 lovers of classic cars from germany and abroad will meet until sunday (16 march). March) on the stuttgart fairgrounds to the 14. Retro classics. 1400 exhibitors present over 3000 vehicles and a rough offer of accessories, car parts, and services, said karl ulrich herrmann, managing director of retro messen gmbh, in stuttgart on thursday. Retro classics is now one of the largest and most modern classic car trade fairs in europe, he said.
This was also confirmed by the president of the paris-based FIVA (federation internationale des vehicules anciens), patrick rollet, who came to stuttgart for the opening of the trade fair. The FIVA represents up to two million vehicle lovers on five continents through its 85 member associations, he said. The organization wants to position classic cars worldwide as part of the cultural heritage.
One of the biggest fairs
According to a study by FIVA, there are around 1.5 million registered historic vehicles in the EU. In germany, at the beginning of 2013, there were around 254.000 cars with H license plates (older than 30 years), reports the german association of the automotive industry (VDA).
According to FIVA, the classic car sector has an annual turnover of 16 billion euros across the EU. Top old-timers still achieve rough price increases. A not-so-rare mercedes-benz 300-SL-flugelturer, which just a few years ago cost around 500.000 euros just a few years ago, is now being sold at auction for over a million euros. In september, a mercedes silver arrow driven by juan manuel fangio was sold at auction in goodwood, great britain, for around 32 million euros.
At retro classics, porsche and mercedes-benz present their rough motorsport past and present at their "home game". Ferrari and maserati also spread sporting glamour. Numerous dealers and private individuals offer treasures from old sheet metal. A special feature of the show is the display of 22 top-class vintage french cars, including a very rare and much-awarded delahaye from the mullin automobile museum in oxnard, california.