“Infobox Techno-Classica”: Leading Trade Fair in the Classic Car Arena
First-rate exhibits that for the most part will only be shown here, spectacular performances and always the latest thing from the scene: these factors make the Techno-Classica in Essen the leading international trade fair in the classic car arena. When the 31st edition of the fair starts on April 10 (through April 14, 2019), fans of both young and old classic cars will travel to Essen from all over the world. In 2018 there were more than 180,000 visitors from over 40 countries.
Volkswagen at the Techno-Classica 2019
Volkswagen Classic, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimer und Volkswagen Classic Parts will all be represented under the “The World of Volkswagen Classics” theme. The stand at the fair will be divided into three special areas. The “Records” area will host a Nardo W12, a Shell Marathon Volkswagen, a Corrado G60, a Lupo 3L, the “World Champion” Beetle and the “Alaska Feuerland” Golf. The “70 Years of Beetle Convertibles / 70 Years Hebmüller” area will feature a Karmann Beetle 1100 convertible from 1949 and a Hebmüller convertible built in 1950. The third special area will showcase apprentices from Volkswagen Osnabrück restoring – live – a Volkswagen Type 3, a Volkswagen 1600 TL, Volkswagen’s first hatchback sedan, from the year 1968.
Visitors in 2019 will be treated to a special world-class exhibit with the title “Tour de France Automobile Legends”. Around the “Palais de L’Automobile” at the center of the fair, some of the most legendary participants in the road race, which was held between 1899 and 1986, then revived in 1992 as a racing event for historic vehicles, will be presented. On display will be, for example, a Ferrari 250 Tour de France, a Porsche 356 A, a 1500 GS Carrera, a Deutsch-Bonnet HBR 5, a racing version of a Jaguar MK II and a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta (SWB). These classics can sometimes fetch tens of millions in collector circles.
This year’s program will be more extensive than ever: for the first time Techno-Classica will occupy a total of twelve halls at Essen’s Grugapark. The exhibition has been revised significantly to ensure a clearer and more transparent layout. More than 20 car brands will have their own stands on-site. Around 2,700 collectors’ cars will be offered for sale by mostly well-known professionals. Everything that can inspire a collector’s enthusiasm will be on view at the fair: from the distinguished Rolls-Royce and pre-war rarities like Isotta-Fraschini to sports cars by Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Maserati. The organizers have taken care to make sure the most appealing young classic cars will be available for purchase. Over 30 percent of the vehicles on offer will be affordable “plug-and-play” classics-to-be.