Paul Pietsch Classic 2015: The vehicle classes

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Class 1 (up to year of construction 1930)

V from the early days of the automobile up to 1930 the arch of the oldest vehicle class spans. Engines up to eight liters, mostly distributed over six or eight cylinders, fuel two-seater roadsters under large hoods or drive sedans that are reminiscent of stagecoaches. The Rally AZ built in France, built in 1924, is rather atypical, it has an 1100 four-cylinder with just 40 hp under the hood.

Class 2 (from 1931 to 1946)

The limits of automotive growth have been reached. At least as far as the cubic capacities are concerned, this seems certain. That is why vehicles between 1931 and the end of the Second World War are also referred to as “post vintage” automobiles. The Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Stelvio represents the luxury class here, driven by a befitting eight-cylinder, which mobilizes 130 hp in the version without a compressor from 3.2 liters displacement.

Grade 3 (from 1947 to 1961)

The period up to 1961 is also known as the “Post War” era. Pretzel Beetles, Opel Kapitän and Ford Taunus mobilized the masses after the war. For the better off, the Mercedes gullwing, Porsche 356 and Austin-Healey became icons of increasing mobile freedom. Or special bodies like the type 696 from the Swiss body builder Beutler, based on Beetle or optionally on Porsche technology - but always with a boxer engine.

Grade 4 (from 1962 to 1969)

During the 1960s, the German economic boom entered its final phase. Typical vehicles of this era are the Mercedes Pagoda, the VW Beetle and the BMW of the 'new class' or the Peugeot 404 from our French neighbor. In the USA, a 4.7 liter V8 powered the legendary Ford Mustang from 1964 onwards, which also celebrated great sales success due to its comparatively low price.

Class 5 (from 1970 to 1976)

Anyone who saw these cars as new in their youth would like to count them among the young timers, but with around 40 years under their belt, they countmeanwhile to the classic cars. For example the VW Golf I, which replaced the eternal Beetle. A Mercedes-Benz of the W 115 series, a Ford Capri and even the first Fiesta are also integrated here. And the everyday hero VW T2, especially as a flatbed, has now become very rare. Here is a survivor from 1971.

Class 6 (from 1977 to 1994)

The youngtimer class. Cars that are mostly between 20 and 30 years old and are well on their way to becoming classics. This includes the Audi Quattro from 1988, but also a Porsche 911 Carrera or a Mercedes-Benz W 126 and a VW T3 bus. Even the Mercedes C 140 is now one of them, here as a 600 V12, built in 1992. The car in the picture used to belong to Paul Pietsch - note the license plate of the current owner from Luxembourg.

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