Pure Automobile Passion
For the first time, the 37th Classic & Prestige Salon at the Essen Motor Show will occupy two of the largest halls. Thus, all the subjects relating to everything to do with classic vehicles will be bundled on over 17,000 square metres.
This will be made possible by Messe Essen's conversion into one of the technically most modern fair sites in Germany: In addition to the prestigious Hall 1, the 37th Classic & Prestige Salon will also occupy the complete Hall 2 for the first time. During the performance festival in Essen, Messe Essen will thus document the high status of the classic vehicle fair at the conclusion to the season - and will permit a relaunch of the attractive classic vehicle fair: All the 120 exhibitors which will be dedicated to the subjects of classic automobiles and connoisseurs' vehicles will now be concentrated in a coherent classic vehicle salon. Here, people interested in classic vehicles will find the quintessence of the international range available from the fields of vintage vehicles, young classic vehicles, historic motorsports as well as classic & prestige automobiles.
For the 37th time, S.I.H.A is organising the Classic & Prestige Salon within the framework of the Essen Motor Show. Since the premiere, the oldest sales salon in Germany has developed into a performance show on the classic vehicle scene and an attractive trading place for classic vehicles on the highest level. More than 250 vintage vehicles, classic collectors' and prestige automobiles and young classic vehicles will be presented to the 350,000 visitors expected. In addition, connoisseurs of classic vehicles will find everything that belongs to their hobby: accessories, services, tools, literature, model cars, art, automobilia and club presentations.
In order to give the renowned international classic vehicle dealers exhibiting at the Classic & Prestige Salon an additional incentive to present only the best of the best from their available ranges in Essen, there will, as is tradition, once again be a Concours d’Elégance this year too. A jury consisting of internationally esteemed classic vehicle experts will choose the most beautiful, best-restored and most elegant classic vehicle from the range offered by the dealers as the "Best of Show".
The main attractions at the Classic & Prestige Salon will once again be the special shows organised by S.I.H.A. A large presentation of exclusive super sports cars from the last six decades will fascinate the visitors to Hall 1. They will include:
The Classic & Prestige Salon will present another special show in Hall 2. There, it will be possible to see spectacular car stars which played leading roles in films. These will include the DeLorean from the "Back to the Future" film trilogy from 1985. With its "flux compensator", it could even travel through time, at least in the film. An enthusiast from Heinsberg has built a faithful-to-the-original replica of this car on the basis of a series DeLorean DMC 12.
In Hall 2, visitors will be able to admire no fewer than two cars such as were driven through the dinosaur park in the "Jurassic Park" film from 1993. These will be a Jeep Wrangler in a special Jurassic Park outfit as well as a Ford Explorer - they actually do seem to come from a different world.
Another film car to arouse the enthusiasm of the visitors will be K.I.T.T. from the US television series called "Knight Rider". It is a modified, black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am which, in the film, can think, speak and drive itself.
The green Opel Manta originates from the Dutch television series called "New Kids" which ran from 2007 to 2012 and could also be seen in the German version transmitted by the "Comedy Central" channel from 2010.
Finally, "Ecto 1" from the "Ghostbusters" film which was reconstructed in a form faithful to the original on the basis of a Cadillac Miller-Meteor from 1959 with 316 bhp will impress the visitors with a length of over six metres.
Thus, the Classic & Prestige Salon at Europe's largest annual automobile fair will be a fascinating finale to the season and, more than ever, an absolutely obligatory date not only for experienced classic vehicle connoisseurs but also for young novices.
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