For the great anniversary “50th Essen Motor Show“ S.I.H.A. celebrates a minor exquisite anniversary: For the 36th time the Classic & Prestige Salon now takes place in the prestigious hall 1. With this sector the Essen show illustrates the high importance of the classic fair at the end of the season at the HP-festival in Essen: With more than 250, for a large part prestige and historic collector cars, about 25 of the most renowned international classic dealers, the Classic & Prestige Salon is the highlight and crowning final event of the 2017 classic car season.
For many of the expected far more than 300,000 visitors of the 50th Essen Motor Show the classics presented in hall 1 are one of the most important reasons to visit the fair. On the 8,100 square meters exhibition space, persons interested in classics find the essence of the international offerings of vintage cars, modern classics, historic motorsport and classic and prestige automobiles. Yet the classic salon is more than purely a sales show or foretaste of the next Techno-Classica Essen - the greatest classic fair in the world in the spring of the following year. Rather the Classic & Prestige Salon has developed into a competitive exhibition on the classic scene and to an attractive classic market on the highest level.
The spectacular vintage and classic car offerings extend from the classic car, offered in the region of seven-digit Euros of the type of a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta or Mercedes-Benz 300 SL up to the well-maintained youngtimer, as, for example, a BMW 320 convertible of the series E30 or E36 in the region of five-digit Euros. The majority of those on offer and the showpieces consist of – corresponding to the topic of the Essen Motor Show – classics with a strong sporting touch. Also at the main attraction of the Classic & Prestige Salons, the special display of S.I.H.A., the HP-bursting automobile superlatives are in the focus: Under the heading “50 years Supersports Cars“ the organizer presents a dozen of the most spectacular sports cars from 1967/1968 up to today.
Aston Martin Vulcan: introduced in Geneva in 2015, limited to 24 examples, has a 831 HP (611 kW) seven litre V12 engine - the most powerful ever built by Aston Martin.
BMW M1: Manufactured from 1978 until 1981 in an edition of 460, with a top speed of 262 km/h. It was at that time the fastest German sport car.
Bugatti Chiron: Built since 2016 with eight litre six cylinder W engine (1,500 HP, 1,103 kW) the one of 500 examples limited and chip-restricted to 420 km/h sports car from the VW group - at the moment most powerful road sports car.
Ferrari F40: From the last under the direction of Enzo Ferrari developed road sport car only 450 specimens should be built originally as of 1987. But because of the great demand and the hype, resulted from this, Ferrari manufactured until 1992 overall 1,315 pieces – also to slow down speculative price trends. The at this time most powerful and fastest road Ferrari is fired by a three-liters-central engine-V8 with two turbo-superchargers, which performs 478 HP (352 kW) and speeds up the partly built of carbon fiber reinforced artificial material two-seater up to 321 km/h.
Ford GT40: Built from 1964 until 1968 with 134 examples it was powered in the road version by a 4.7 litres V8 engine of different power – only about ten cars should have been sold for the road use. The up to 320 km/h fast racing versions with seven litre engines caused sensation especially with their victories in Le Mans 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.
Jaguar XJ 220: Built from 1992 until 1994 in an edition of 275 it should stand up to the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959 with its 549 Hp (404 kW) powerful V6-biturbo-engine from TWR with 3.5 litres cubic capacity and a top speed of 342 km/h.
Lamborghini Miura P400 SV: From 1971 built as the most powerful variant of the 1966 to 1973 built Miura in an edition of 150 pieces, with 385 HP (283 kW) powerful four litre 12 cylinder engine. It reaches a top speed of 295 km/h.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss: Produced in 2009 as the last variant of the SLR 722 with 75 built without a roof and windscreen it reached about 330 km/h with its 650 HP (478 kW) supercharged V8.
Mc Laren P1: Manufactured from 2013 until 2015 in an edition of 375, its 3.8 lire V8 bi-turbo engine produces 737 HP (542 kW), the electric motor of this hybrid vehicle provides an additional 179 HP (132 kW) – from the resulting 916 HP (674 kW) acceleration times of 2.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h as well as a top speed of (electronically restricted) 350 km/h can be achieved
Maserati MC 12: Technically closely related to the Ferrari Enzo, the 2004 and 2005 the Maserati Corsa in an edition of 50 reaches a top speed of 345 km/h thanks to its 632 HP (555 kW) powerful six litre V12 engine.
Porsche 959: With a top speed of 317 km/h the 292 examples built from 1986 until 1988 rear-engine sports car was at the beginning of its construction period the fastest car of the world. The two-seater, equipped with electronically controlled all-wheel drive, has a 2.9 litre six cylinder boxer engine, as the source of power which provides with supercharging 450 PS (331 kW).
Pagani Zonda Uno: Built in 2010 as a one-off based on the 12 limited Zonda C12 F by order of a member of the royal family of Qatar with turquoise coloured coat of lacquer the two-seater equipped with an AMG 602 HP (443 kW) 7.3 litre V12 engine reaches a top speed of more than 345 km/h.
Everything about Classic Cars – from the spare parts via literature and accessories to art
With the modernization of the Messe Essen nothing is obvious to the exhibitors and visitors of the Classic & Prestige Salons – classic clubs, suppliers of classic spare parts, accessories, vintage car literature, classic model cars and car art still present their wares. Overall there are about 120 exhibitors that deal with the classic automobile and connoisseur vehicles. This year they use the halls 1.0, 6.1, 7.1 as well as 8.0 and 8.1.
To the distinguished traditions of the Classic & Prestige Salons a Concours d’Elégance again belongs this year: To give the classic dealers an additional incentive to only bring the best of the best from their stock to Essen, a jury of international renowned classic specialists elect the most beautiful, best restored and most elegant vintage car to be the “Best of Show“.
Further information: www.siha.de and www.essen-motorshow.de
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