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Retro Classics 2010: The special shows - Alfa, Peugeot, Baur, electromobility

Kai Klauder
Retro Classics 2010
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200 years of Peugeot - Few vehicles, small booth

The French are celebrating their 200th birthday this year. It is definitely worthy of the occasion to dare a big serve at Retro Classics. But the viewer is a little irritated by what is offered in Hall 3 - and disappointed. There are only five historic Peugeot on the stand. There is also a current model.

In detail you can see: The Peugeot 201 Coupé DL in yellow-black paint is one of only 2,235 built between 1934 and 1936 Copies. Its 1.3-liter in-line four-cylinder engine develops 28 hp at 4,000 rpm and accelerates the car, which weighs 645 kilograms, to 100 km /h.

The highlight at the Peugeot stand is the 301 D Coupé, which was also made between 1934 and 1936. More than 30,000 of these elegant coupés with a self-supporting body were produced. The 404 Coupé is around 30 years younger - a rarity that was built for six years from 1962, but only 6,834 left the production line.

Two representatives from the 500 series have come to Stuttgart: A 504 Coupé, which was built in 26,477 units for 15 years up to 1983, and a 505 Coupé Turbo prototype from 1984. The one-off is powered by a supercharged 2.1 -Liter four-cylinder with 140 HP powered.

Die Aufschneider - 100 years of Baur

In 1910 the company Baur Karosserie- und Fahrzeugbau was founded in Stuttgart-Berg and was family-owned until 1998. At first, Baur manufactured custom-built bodies, later the famous Horch Pullmann convertibles and Dyna Veritas were built in the family business. The clients were DKW, Audi, Maico, BMW and the Bitter CD was also manufactured in Berg.

The most popular are the Baur TC convertibles based on the BMW 3 Series. All three generations of the TC can be seen in Hall 7 at the Baur TC Club at Retro Classics 2010. The opportunity to see the TC3 sports car prototype is particularly rare. Only one example of the sleek coupé with a GRP skin over a tubular space frame was made in 1987. AsThe engine was the 170 hp straight-six from the 325i.

The 3-series pickup based on the E36 has a strange effect. The starting point for this project was a Baur TC 2, which was converted between 1984 and 1985 by AT-Design in Heidelberg in three copies for around 50,000 marks each into a practical two-seater with a loading area. The one shown at Retro Classics is currently the only known model.

There is also a rare Kohl Coupé with a removable roof , which is also based on an E36-TC 2 and was only produced four times at the Kohl car dealership in Aachen.

100 years Alfa - the show of the nameless

The Alfa special show in Hall 4 is one of the most worth seeing performances of the Retro Classics. Some of the vehicles are being presented to the public for the first time. Björn Schmidt, lawyer from Stuttgart, is responsible for part of the exhibition. He organized the vehicles - all privately owned - including top-class vehicles such as an Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C-2300 Monza Zagato Spider from 1932, or a beautiful Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Coupé Scaglione, which is on public display for the first time and whose original condition is convincing .

The most valuable car in the exhibition is an Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3). 'The last offered copies of the racing car, which was only built 15 times, sold for around 4.5 to five million', says Schmidt.

The second part of the anniversary show can only be found separated by a corridor. Here the 'Collezione Lopresto Milano' is shown, which mainly consists of prototypes. The cars are fascinating, but the whole thing has one flaw: there is no description of the vehicles. For three of the ten or so prototypes there are boards with the model designation, the others unfortunately have to remain nameless - also in our photo show. But the stand staff promises that the missing data sheets, which are missing on the way from Italy, will be delivered.

90 Years Mazda - the show of the wankel-brave

Hall 5 should definitely be marked in bold on the map of every visitor to Retro Classics. The special exhibition with 17 classics won't be on display again anytime soon. And there is a lot to discover. detailsRead about the Mazda special show here .

Live - 150 years of electric mobility

Anyone entering the fair through the East Entrance will be greeted by a small island dedicated to electromobility. Here there is an excursion into the beginnings of electric vehicles with the record car 'La Jamais Contente' by Belgian Camille Janatzky from 1899. The replica of the racing cigar conveys how the record driver must have felt 111 years ago when he - without engine noise - with A measured top speed of 105.876 km /h broke the 100 km /h mark for the first time.

The GM EV-1 announces the failed large-scale attempt to introduce electric mobility due to political reasons. The EV-1 was quite successful and coveted, but it was finally decided to reclaim and destroy all vehicles that were only issued as test vehicles by leasing. Only three of 1,117 copies survived, one of which can be seen in Stuttgart.

Read more about the GM EV-1 Here.

Four more vehicles are on the stand. A Detroit Electric Car, which was built from 1907 to 1930, an electric Opel GT with which Georg Opel, a grandson of the company founder, wanted to prove at the beginning of the 1970s that an electric motor-driven vehicle could well represent a concept for the future. The Strom-GT was developed together with Varta and Continental. Two electric motors with a total of 120 HP (briefly 160 HP) provided propulsion. The project failed because of the battery power. in a 100 km long-distance test, the batteries gave up after only 44 km.

E in an electrically powered Porsche Cayenne from tuner Ruf reaches almost 30 Years later a range of 200 kilometers - with driving performance similar to that of a sports car. This is also offered by the E-Wolf, which can also be seen. This small monoposto weighs only around 500 kilograms and should accelerate to 100 km /h in less than five seconds. TÜV Süd, Retro Classics and the electricity company EnBW are behind the appearance and will be testing electrically powered inner-city mobility in a large-scale trial with around 500 e-bikes from July 2010.

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