O ldtimer auctions are in Switzerland especially interesting because of the variety of brands. But also the linguistic and - especially for southern Germans - spatial proximity speak in favor of visiting an auction in the southern neighboring country. For cars that are more than 30 years old, seven percent import sales tax is due. It gets expensive for younger cars; VAT and customs duties must be paid for vehicles built up to 1989. Swiss cars are generally considered to be well-maintained and well-equipped, and the mileage is often lower than in Germany - the speeds driven are anyway due to strictly controlled speed limits.
Over 90 vehicles at the autumn auction
The oldtimer gallery Toffen auctions up to 100 vehicles every autumn. In a former industrial hall on the outskirts of the municipality of Toffen south of Bern, the classic cars, Vespas, motorcycles and tractors are available for viewing and auction. This year the selection ranged from the Alfa Romeo Giulia to the Mercedes SL and Porsche 911 to the VW Beetle. Numerous models from British and American manufacturers were parked in between.
The oldest car is from 1919, the youngest from 2006
Cheap from Chrysler and Bentley
Toffenis known for always offering bargains. In fact, 3,057 euros were enough to get into possession of a Volvo 760 GLE. The buyer of a Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor also gets a lot of car for the money: The blue retractable roof convertible with four-digit mileage sold for the equivalent of 6115 euros including premium.