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Techno Classica highlights: Jungle Book Rolls and Formula 1 Transit

Kai Klauder
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Techno Classica 2015 has just ended - around 190,000 visitors came to Essen over the five days to see the exhibition halls and to take a look around the outdoor area. The M otor Klassik editorial team was also on the road - presenting the tops and flops of Techno Classica 2015.

Dirk Johaes tops and flops of Techno Classica

Top 1 - Maserati 151: Maserati built the Tipo 151 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the closed racing sports car, the Hunaudieres Straight was accelerated to 320 km /h. The technology is conventional, but the aerodynamic body is spectacular.

The Maserati, which is now on display at the Maserati stand in Hall 3, belonged to Peter Kaus' former Rosso Bianco collection for many years . It is the second of three Tipo 151s that has a tragic story: In April 1965, US racing driver Lloyd “Lucky” Casner had a fatal accident in this car on the Hunaudieres straight.

Top 2 - DB HBR: A small, inconspicuous racing sports car in Hall 10 casts a spell over me after the Maserati: A DB, built by the company of Charles Deutsch and Rene Bonnet. The two French were specialists in slippery cars with small engines. What is interesting about this DB is the driver's central seating position.

The DB, which is powered by a Renault four-cylinder, has a proud racing history: The car with chassis number was first used in 2003 in the 24-hour race used by Le Mans. The following year, the car with starting number 038 also ran in the Mille Miglia. For me, the small open racing car is a real surprise from Techno Classica.

Top 3 - Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost “The Duchess”: Cars from the early decades of development are a trend of Techno Classica. One of the most spectacular exhibits of the brass era is the Rolls-Royce 40/50 from 1913. The first owner was the Nobel laureate in literature Rudyard Kipling, who wrote, for example, “The Jungle Book”.

The former Rolls von Kipling is part of the legendary Silver Ghost series. Rolls-Royce built a total of 7,824 examples of these cars. The luxury car from the early years can be seen at Thiesen's stand in Hall 10.

Rolls-Royce owner Kipling apparently liked it extravagant: the color of the leather is strikingly colorful. But alsothat makes this 40/50 with the chassis number 27NA a very special car.

The brand, the series and the first owner make the Silver Ghost a very special piece of automotive history. For me, the car from 1913 is one of the interesting exhibits in Essen, but it is an outsider at Thiesen's stand.

Top 4: Opel study “Geneva”: The The star of the Opel stand in Hall 2 is the Geneva study, which was shown at the 1975 Geneva Motor Show. At that time, Opel showed a cool sports coupé in bright orange.

But the study was nothing more than a body. The interior and the technology only existed in the head: A rotary engine with a mid-engine position in front of the rear axle was supposed to power the two-door - so there was already thinking about changing parking spaces in 1975.

With the Geneva study, Opel demonstrated great self-confidence: Walter Röhrl and Jochen Berger had their first major sporting success just a few months ago by winning the European Rally Championship and the GT, which is characterized by American design, appealed to young buyers in particular.

Top 5: Maserati Boomerang : And another study is for one of the highlights of Techno Classica: Axel Schütte shows the Boomerang from 1972. The angular concept comes from Giorgio Giugiaro, who created the model for his following designs.

First the boomerang caused a sensation at the Turin Motor Show. There Giugiaro only showed a 1: 1 model without technical giblets. The Maserati Boomerang is one of the most famous studies in automotive history. But the Giugiaro study is still a real eye-catcher today.

The Italian designer Giorgio Giugiaro showed his creativity not only with the exterior. The founder of Italdesign also demonstrated his inventiveness when designing the interior, for example with a speedometer embedded in the center of the steering wheel.

Flop 1 - Bentley 6.5 liter supercharged Petersen Racer: Although it looks like a Bentley Special from a distance, it is a twelve year old used car - a Bentley with modern technology that looks like a thirties classic, a Special 2.0. For me, a terrible car.

But the price for this weird box knocks out the bottom: this Petersen Racer is said to cost around 563,000 euros. That's a hell of a lot of money for a bit of fun on the country road with a car that just looks a bit like one of the legendary Bentley of the twenties.

Techno Classica tops and flops by Michael Schröder

Top 1 - Fiat 1100 S Spider, built in 1955: Truly a car that only strikes you at second glance - but one with a few nice details. The unique piece with aluminum body was drawn by Michelotti, is in the unrestored original condition and carries a 1.1-liter tuned by engine specialist Marino BrandoliFour-cylinder under its hood. In 1955 and 1956, this car took part in the Mille Miglia, among others, and has a detailed racing history and a FIVA pass. The whole thing has a price, of course: 425,000 euros.

Top 2 - Lancia Gamma Olgiata: Another unique piece that I really liked: Lancia Gamma 'Olgiata', a two-door Combination study based on the Lancia Gamma 2500 IE Coupé, which was presented in Paris in 1982. In any case, a pretty elegant model, on top of that roadworthy (Italian registration) and only 1009 kilometers on the meter. Despite a telephone request, the price could not be found out ('Price on request' is increasingly turning out to be a bad habit at classical fairs).

Top 3 -Ford LTD II Coupé: My star on the outdoor area is clearly a Ford LTD II Coupé, born in 1977, which has cheated almost unnoticed between the many supposed Porsche and Mercedes bargains. A great (and of course ready-to-drive) car in its original condition with a slight patina, but a model that hardly anyone has on their radar, which could not have been due to the condition or the price, that a 'Sold' sign in the window did not immediately appear was hanged. For 12,800 euros (including gas system) my personal trade fair highlight.

Flop 1 - Citroën BX 4 TC Turbo : A Citroën BX 4 TC Turbo from 1985 in Group B rallye Trim. One of a total of 200 hand-made models, of which only around 30 are said to exist. Of course, there is nothing to be said against the fact that this 200 hp vehicle is offered as a barn find in a new car condition. Only the price makes you smile: 210,000 euros are required ...

Flop 2 - BMW Cardi Roadster: An open sports car from a Russian design company from 1979. At first glance extremely interesting and with V 12 technology, but view number two reveals various design weaknesses. The price for this exotic: 145,000 euros.

Flop 3 - Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione 'by Jim Carpenter': No idea who Jim Carpenter is, but one after his transformation 288 GTO in a poorly crafted plastic bomber for Group B racing, you might not want to get to know this man. Just the sight of the front will bring tears to the eyes of any real Ferrari fan. The price for this 'treasure': 235,000 euros.

Alf Cremer's tops and flops of Techno Classica 2015

Flop 1- Citroën BX 4 TC Turbo, built in 1986: At the stand of Lamborghini specialist Klima-Lounge in Hall 10, it initially looked like a foreign body, while its cubist lines also come from Bertone head stylist Marcello Gandini, who already demonstrated his talent for the pioneering avant-garde with Miura and Countach.

This white giant fromCitroën, which looks like an experimental vehicle and is touted for 200,000 euros. To charge the monstrous sum for a Citroën BX seems ridiculous. But the history of the car is very interesting. It comes from the possession of the Swiss car artist Franco Sbarro, who already caused a sensation with his own daring designs, just think of the Sbarro Stash based on the VW K70, the Challenge and the Espera. His rather freely interpreted replicas of the BMW 328 or the Mercedes SSK also caused a stir in the 1970s.

No wonder that the eccentric Sbarro took a liking to the BX, which is the hyper-interpretation of a well-behaved production car. 300 pieces of the all-wheel drive were built, all but 40 copies have been officially bought back and destroyed by Citroën, various have had accidents. The company Klassik-Lounge estimates the number of survivors at around 30.

What is special about the Citroën BX 4 TC Turbo is that it is a high-performance sedan based on the Group B rally car . The charged and intercooled 2.2 liter aluminum four-cylinder has an output of 230 hp, which means the car is also 230 km /h fast. The inflated fender cheeks are reminiscent of the Audi Quattro.

The Klima-Lounge-BX is a new car and has 228 km on the clock. But 200,000 euros for this bizarre driving machine, whose initial registration will be questionable due to the changed regulations, seem absurd. That makes the once failed production car a flop again.

Flop 2 - Opel Commodore GS /E, built in 1977: I had one of the most entertaining conversations at the fair with a young, very optimistic man who offered three cars on the central outdoor area. A charmingly patinated Mercedes 200 petrol fintail for 4,500 euros, a very bizarre, flexed BMW 316 E21 “full convertible” for 8,000, whose unfinished construction site character was obvious. He still smelled of fresh paint in the trunk and the rear bench seat had not yet found its final resting position.

But I was attracted by the signal green Opel Commodore GS /E, and not just because of the fresh, spring green paint. Vinyl roof, steel sports rims, no harness belts, not lowered. that speaks to me and I could live with the black leatherette furniture inside. But, the price. 18,500 euros was initially on the sign behind the windshield. A few days later it was 16,500 euros. And then the details, well. The lettering is more glued than really fixed. The chrome wheel arch is missing as well as the typical decorative stripes. The substance is okay, the mileage of 180,000 is harmless.

The elegant 77 series Opel Coupé, which Classic Analytics estimates at a maximum of 12,000 euros, could not be a GS /E at all. The suspicion is that it is rather the slightly stripped special modelCommodore E of the last B year of construction. Not bad either, but not the top model GS /E. The extremely high price and this little fraudulent label make the Commo a flop. The little gasoline fin of our young auto optimist, on the other hand, is perfectly fine.

Flop 3 - Messerschmitt KR 200, built in 1955 : Potomac Motors, an active Dutch dealer in Hall 11 , repeatedly proves his knack for micro-cars and delivery vans from the fifties. In addition to the Ultrararissima Isetta Motocarro, Potomac exhibited a Messerschmitt cabin scooter on the outdoor area in the courtyard. Praised as 'Messerschmitt Convertible', although the English name for convertible suggests American road cruisers, the asking price for the two-tone toy car at 23,900 euros seemed very moderate.

But this is also why there are doubts as to whether it is really a real roadster, i.e. a KR 201, after all, the plexiglass pulpit of the three-wheeled scooter with airplane genes can all too easily be transformed into a cloth cap. That makes the Messerschmitt look like a flop despite its good condition and moderate price. In the course of the price boom, it is astonishing that the Messerschmitt does not move forward with violent jumps.

After all, only a few of the 46,000 pieces are left. The only one that goes off like a rocket is the Tg 500. It costs 100,000 euros more than the used one at Potomac.

Top 1 - Audi Quattro, built in 1981 : It actually doesn't fit into the AutoClass range in Hall 6. The mars red first-hand Audi Quattro appears strangely exotic among the Maserati models Ghibli, Mexico and Khamsin or between the Aston Martin DB6 and the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. A semi-precious stone between solitary top-class figures. But the Audi Quattro is unique.

It only has 64,000 kilometers on the analogue speedometer, it comes from the first series and still has the pull switch for the differential locks on the center console. Not to mention the angular double headlights, which are much more distinctive than the successor H4s with integrated lens. Quattro fans go crazy because of the shrill upholstery in zebra velor. The dealer is calling 79,000 euros for the Quattro in the condition of the year-old car.

Almost a bargain in view of the 911 price explosion. Otherwise I'm always from the driving group, but this Quattro is almost too good for that. In addition, the incorrect name Urquattro annoys me. The car was called Audi Quattro, Basta! Realistically, it is considered a collector's car with a speculative character. After all, the Quattro is a kind of M1 from Audi.

Only 11,000 copies with a high death rate due to sporting reasons encourage this. Now we need a not so good one to drive quickly. For example the one from the Isartal Motor Show for 48,000 euros.

Top 2 - JowettJupiter, built in 1950: The outdoor areas at the fair are the most productive terrain for bargain and exotic searches. 46,500 euros for a Jowett Jupiter in top condition are even both. I beg your pardon, what is the name of the cute roadster in a child's scheme, which is reminiscent of a carousel car? you might have to go back a bit. Jowett is an English manufacturer, you can see it in the lavish use of wood and leather. The shape is also classically British, but even connoisseurs only know about the two post-war models Jowett Javelin, a mid-range sedan and this Jowett Jupiter. The Jupiter can be rated as a small noble automobile.

It has an aluminum body on a tubular space frame and was multiple Le Mans class winner. The engine is a 1600 cubic OHV boxer, so completely untypical for British automotive engineering. We rate this rarity as a real top. The condition and price are convincing, the car has been carefully restored and it is the reliable entry ticket for every demanding classic car rally.

Top 1 - Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9, built in 1975: You have to treat me to a Mercedes. A very special and a particularly inexpensive one. Crime scene outdoor area at the exit of Hall 7 next to the Audi stand. This is usually in the sun, but the objects there are often a little shady, i.e. obscure. Mechanically I remove the rows, there a 250 CE, here a 280 S, W108, everything is fine and good and not at all bad.

Apart from a completely overpriced Porsche 912 Targa Soft-Window for 49,500 euros, there were no real ruins in Essen this time. And the Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 that magically attracts me is definitely not. His authority, the S-Class, stands firmly in the spring balls, the paintwork is shiny, the antenna is original, only the tires are not. Hardly anyone wants to invest in the expensive 215 /70-14, a rare special size, but the 205 does it too, after all, we don't want to put a 225 km /h top on the six-niner anymore.

The former costs only 17,500 euros Flagship with the complex hydropneumatic suspension. A conversation with the serious-looking salesperson honestly reveals the weak points immediately. The spring ball at the front right would have to be replaced, which certainly costs 1,000 euros and the body is, also immediately visible to me, slightly gnawed in the area of ​​the sills and wheel arches. The engine compartment standing sheets are flawless, and it looks dry in the trunk. No signs of rust under the mats.

So the substance of the 6.9 seems fine. Inside the car is in very good condition, the black leather upholstery has a satin finish. Headliner, door panels and center console convince. The latter are original and have not been tinkered with at all. According to Classic Analytics, really good six-nines cost 38,000 euros, which is less than half thata state of 3 in the lower segment of the note. 206,000 kilometers don't mean much to the M100, the solid cast block engine comes from the Mercedes 600 engine.

The 6.9 in classy anthracite metallic is a real temptation for me. Of course, the car can come up with a few unpleasant surprises, but this also happens with copies that are twice as expensive. If I had more courage I would do it. Only 7,000 cars, the high-tech top model of the seventies and almost as much displacement as an SSK. The Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 has potential, I can already see it in the wake of March 6th.

Kai Klauders tops and flops of Techno Classica 2015

Round Two days were time to sift through the offer that had two old new heroes this year: The Porsche 911 was represented in an incredible number and at even more incomprehensible prices. But that wasn't surprising. Instead, the price explosion of the VW Bulli of the first and second generation. Because in contrast to the Elgfer, one cannot speak of driving fun as a motivation for buying. A T1, especially the Samba, has now finally arrived in the hands of speculators. Too bad. High time to secure another T3 - because it drives superbly - and in this respect it is much more similar to the 911 than many think.

Supervan with Formula 1 engine

Driving fun is also the motivation for my Top1: The Ford Transit Supervan 3 was originally built around a 650 hp Formula 1 engine, but that was probably too extreme. Now a 299 hp three-liter V6 provides unprecedented acceleration in the transport industry - and a Vmax of 240 km /h.

My next two tops are more dedicated to the missed opportunities in automotive engineering: The Tatra T87 is one of the most progressive designs - every budding automotive engineer and designer should take a closer look at the phenomenal pre-war car - Top 2.

Top 3 is an automobile that I saw in person for the first time. The Seat Savio dates from 1966 and was designed by Pietro Frua. A vehicle that, with 7 seats over a length of only 3.54 m, is a real space miracle - and also conveys a rarely seen airy feeling.

Fried Bulli from Brazil

Let's come To the flops: At the very front is the seller, who brought 4 Bulli with him from Brazil - and advertises them at all entrances, display boards and poster stands. The years of manufacture are even printed on these A4-size slips of paper - between 1971 and 1974 these 'T1' models rolled off the production line. The condition of all four copies is questionable to bad. Welding wires stick out in the wheel arches, rust holes were simply painted over. The prices do not match this condition: between 24,500 and 39,500 euros. You can read more about the Bulli market at Techno Classica here.

We show my other two flops and other tops in our photo show.


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