Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Retro Classics 2016 in Stuttgart.
A journey through time in the fascinating world of the brand's cabriolets and roadsters.
The dream of open-top driving is closely linked with the 130-year history of the motor car. Sporty roadsters and luxurious cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz play a pivotal role in this respect. At the Retro Classics the brand is presenting an exquisite selection of open-top vehicles sporting the three-pointed star. The Mercedes-Benz Classic stand picks up on the theme with its intricate, airy architecture while consummately showcasing three classic vehicles and two new Mercedes-Benz models. The Mercedes-Benz Classic exhibition area in Hall 7 also provides a stage for the “ALL TIME STARS” on offer for sale, along with numerous Mercedes-Benz brand clubs. The 16th Retro Classics will be held between 17 and 20 March 2016 at the Stuttgart exhibition centre.
Mercedes-Benz will be attending the Retro Classics in Stuttgart, offering visitors a journey through time in the fascinating world of the brand’s cabriolets and roadsters. The exhibition covers everything from the 300 SL racing sports car (W 194) from 1952 and the classic sports car 300 SL Roadster (W 198) from 1957, the 190 E 2.6 Cabriolet prototype (W 201) from 1990, to the new SL (R 231) and the recently premiered C-Class Cabriolet (A 205).
The SL legend.
The 300 SL racing sports car (W 194) and the 300 SL Roadster (W 198) bear testimony to the successes of the 1950s and the SL legend. The racing sports car stands for the overwhelmingly successful return of Mercedes-Benz to motor racing in the 1952 season for the first time after the Second World War. The vehicle proved an outright winner, securing impressive double victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico. The racing sports car also gave rise to the famous standard-production “Gullwing” 300 SL (W 198) from 1954, which made its debut in spring 1957 in the open-top variant, the 300 SL Roadster. Together with the 190 SL (W 121) launched in 1955, the 300 SL Roadster started the tradition of open-top Mercedes-Benz standard-production sports cars with the magical abbreviation SL, which the new generation of the SL (R 231) propels forward into the future.
A glance back at 1990 reveals how the Mercedes-Benz development department was toying with the idea of producing a cabriolet to join the compact saloon (W 201). The original prototype on display at the Retro Classics is the road-going result of these deliberations. Even if the open-top “Baby Benz” did not enter series production, the study was a key decision-making aid for the 124 series Cabriolet unveiled in 1991 and today ranks among the forebears of the new C-Class Cabriolet (A 205).
Mercedes-Benz ALL TIME STARS.
The ALL TIME STARS from Mercedes-Benz Classic have their own stand in Hall 7 at the Retro Classics. The high-quality Mercedes-Benz modern classics and vintage vehicles on offer for sale reflect the huge diversity of the brand’s vehicles over the ages. The line-up features all cars made by Mercedes-Benz and the predecessor brands. The focus is on classics that are suitable for everyday driving. Maximum transparency was the guiding principle behind their selection: the Mercedes-Benz Classic experts subjected each vehicle to a comprehensive 160-item checklist.
The classics are categorised into three editions that describe their condition and authenticity: the Concours Edition includes modern classics and vintage vehicles in rare original condition with low mileage and vehicles that have been carefully restored by the Mercedes-Benz Classic experts in Fellbach/Stuttgart.
The Collectors Edition comprises vintage vehicles and modern classics that are in excellent condition both technically and visually. Their patina gives them a particularly special character. The Drivers Edition is aimed at individuals looking for vintage vehicles and modern classics suitable for everyday driving and for people who enjoy working on cars. These cars are in good technical condition but still offer potential for further restoration work.
The place to be for classic car enthusiasts.
The Stuttgart exhibition centre will once again be the place to be for classic car enthusiasts from 17 to 20 March 2016. The 16th edition of the Retro Classics is setting new standards for the world of classic cars. The organisers responded to the success of the past few years by increasing the exhibition space to around 125,000 square metres. 2015 alone saw more than 85,000 visitors attend the Retro Classics along with over 1500 exhibitors.
Retro Classics 2016 starts on 17 March with a preview day from 11 a.m. and finishes later that day with the 'Retro Night' (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.). On 18 March, Retro Classics is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the weekend (19 and 20 March).