This is a place where you open your eyes to see your dreams. The Techno-Classica show in Essen celebrates over 100 years of automotive history; nowhere else can classic fans get closer to the historic machines over which they love to lust. The world’s largest show for vintage cars and motorcycles, recent classics and replacement parts will open its doors for the 30th time on 21 – 25 March 2018, the more than 1,250 exhibitors and 200 clubs, 21 halls and 4 open-air areas laying on a unique experience for visitors.
Needless to say, BMW Group Classic is looking forward to welcoming all its fans and friends to the show. We’ll be back in Hall 14 this year, just by the eastern entrance (Eingang Ost). Here, we’ll be celebrating some of our greatest hits from various periods of the past, including rare one-off models and prototypes. We’re also proud to be presenting 25 vehicles owned by club members who make the BMW and Mini brands sing so beautifully with their extraordinary dedication.
It will without doubt be one of the headline acts on our Essen bill: 40 years ago we drew back the covers on the BMW M1, a full-blooded super-sports car with all the ingredients of the era’s finest players. The mid-engined, two-seat head-turner with ultra-low plastic body and pop-up headlights was designed by Giorgio Giugiaro, built at Baur in Stuttgart and furnished with its technology and engine by BMW M GmbH. This dream car, which had its own race series back in the day, has long since captured hearts and minds as a modern classic.
1968 saw the arrival of a new history-making generation of six-cylinder engines. The BMW 2800 (E3) breathed new life into the company’s six-cylinder heritage; this regal sedan sported a turbine-like engine, softly spoken but extremely powerful. And the same unit also performed a deliciously elegant turn in the new BMW 2800 CS (E9) luxury coupe, the precursor to the 6 Series. We will showcase various models at the Techno-Classica, including some with motor sport pedigree, and tell their stories.
Other stars of the Essen show will be an exclusive Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and several classic Minis, including the International MINI Meeting 2017 protagonist whose bodywork was so lovingly decorated with illustrations to tell the story of its journey to the event. Meanwhile, a brace of stunning BMW motorcycles shine the spotlight on two-wheeled motoring pleasure. There’s so much to discover, so we hope to see you soon in Hall 14.