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Relaxed chat on a Sunday morning.

It is a sunny Sunday morning. The visitors wander back and forth between the cars in front of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, taking a look at the first treasures that have rolled onto the hill, and have a chat here and there: “Cars & Coffee” has begun. This year, it takes place on every summer’s Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., up to and including 8 September 2019.

Lots of chrome sheen included: the vehicles at the “Cars & Coffee” classic meet open to all brands.

Lots of chrome sheen included: the vehicles at the “Cars & Coffee” classic meet open to all brands.

Fully fit for everyday use: Martin drives 10,000 kilometres each year with his 300 SL Roadster.

Fully fit for everyday use: Martin drives 10,000 kilometres each year with his 300 SL Roadster.

Perfect technology and lots of patina.

A 300 SL Roadster demonstrates a classic colour combination: silver on the outside, red on the inside. What stands out, however, is the patina – as the body is dull in some places and has a dent here and there. “Every dent tells a story,” says Martin, proud owner of this super sports car from the 1950s. “I deliberately leave the vehicle just as it is.” Technically, however, the sports car is in the best condition and, with a few retrofittable modifications, is even fit for everyday use. “I drive around 10,000 kilometres with the roadster each year.”

Thirteen summer Sundays.

“Cars & Coffee” – this year, there’s a total of thirteen summer Sundays with vintage and classic cars of all brands at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Fans talk about their treasures, and there are relaxed chats about classic vehicles and the subtleties of automotive culture. The Mercedes-Benz Summer Lounge serves coffee, cool drinks and summer snacks. Around 250 vehicles will be exhibited throughout the day on this Sunday. “Cars & Coffee” has established itself as a casual meeting in the region.

Today’s special topic: sports cars. And wonderful, they roll onto the site alongside saloons, coupés, small cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes. Future classics are also included. Such as those belonging to Rolf and Roland, who have both travelled to Stuttgart from Ansbach in Franconia. 

History of motorsports: Rolf’s Mercedes-AMG GT is reminiscent of a historic Formula One victory.

History of motorsports: Rolf’s Mercedes-AMG GT is reminiscent of a historic Formula One victory.

Special topic: sports cars.

One of them has brought a Mercedes-AMG GT with him, the other a GT Roadster. “The design and feeling of this sports car are what inspire me,” says Rolf, “as well as its total suitability for everyday use.” But the history also resonates: the GT is adorned with the big red starting number 18. “Just like the Silver Arrow belonging to Juan Manuel Fangio at the French Grand Prix in Reims in July 1954,” he explains with enthusiasm.

Mercedes-AMG GT: 
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,4 l/100 km;
CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 261 g/km.1

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster:
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,5–11,4 l/100 km;
CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 262–261 g/km.1

A Polo becomes a group A vehicle.

Peter can also take a sporty approach, as with a lot of dedication and even more work, he has transformed his first-generation Volkswagen Polo into an automotive work of art. He bought it in 1989 – and no detail has been left unchanged. “16-valve engine, five-speed gearbox, sports suspension, hi-fi system and much more,” he recounts. “The conversion took five years. I wanted to transform the Polo into a group A vehicle.” This reflects real enthusiasm for motorsports.

“Power: enough,” says Peter about his Polo with a kerb weight of 840 kilograms.

“Power: enough,” says Peter about his Polo with a kerb weight of 840 kilograms.

Twelve cylinders and turbine wheel rims. A Lorinser CL 60 from 2003.

Twelve cylinders and turbine wheel rims. A Lorinser CL 60 from 2003.

Travelled to “Cars & Coffee” from Sweden.

Markus and Charlotte have had perhaps the furthest journey today: the young couple have travelled from Strömsund in Sweden in a CL 60. A Japanese reimport with just 4,500 kilometres on the clock. The 2003 vehicle worked on by Lorinser combines high performance with refined ambience. “We already came to ‘Cars & Coffee’ a few years ago,” reports Charlotte, “in our BMW M3. That’s when we said: next time, we’ll come in the Mercedes-Benz.” And voilà, here they are, combining it with a week’s holiday in Germany and surely a few rapid kilometres on the Autobahn.

Emotionality as a purchasing factor.

“Cars & Coffee” inspires with its variety of vehicles and brands. For example, British flair is exuded by a white Austin Healey 100/6 from 1958. The roadster was once dubbed “The Pig” by Pat Moss, sister of Sir Stirling Moss and also an experienced racing driver, because of its driving style. “It’s as hard as a rock. Such a classic car is never a sensible purchase, however,” says its owner Frank, as “emotionality is always the casting vote.” He saw such a vehicle when he was a student – and made his dream of having his own Austin Healey a reality in 1987.

British flair: Austin Healey 100/6, dubbed “The Pig”.

British flair: Austin Healey 100/6, dubbed “The Pig”.

From Stuttgart to Japan and back: Porsche 968 from 1992.

From Stuttgart to Japan and back: Porsche 968 from 1992.

Instruction manual in Japanese.

Close-up, a Porsche 968 Cabriolet blinks at the Austin Healey. It, too, is a reimport from Japan, as Ernst from Stuttgart reveals with shining eyes. “Take a look inside the engine compartment, where you can still see the Japanese stickers. And the instruction manual is also in Japanese. I can’t understand a word,” he laughs. “I even found Japanese coins in the interior.” These are now preserved in a case and remain in the classic from 1992.

A real pile-of-snow find.

It is rare for the “Adenauer” to also be on the hill. Most of these very representative Mercedes-Benz 300 models had black paintwork in the 1950s – this one has a mild green. “That’s the original colour shade,” says Max, who tinkered with cars in his profession even before he was retired. “Thirty years ago, I saw the car in a pile of snow on a work trip to Sweden,” he reports and shows a photo of the car from back then that even still has a little bit of snow left on top. 

“A new battery was enough and off the saloon went. Once it was back in Germany, I completely restored it.” His enthusiasm spreads to those standing around him as they nod in appreciation. “Cars & Coffee” simply connects visitors and fans. Coffee included.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 12.08.2019.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.