Germany's Beaulieu pulls in the crowds

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An estimated 30,000 visitors streamed into the 64-acre showgrounds outside Mannheim airport over 7-9 October to take in the cars and automobilia on offer across Veterama’s 5000-plus stands.

The show has been Germany’s answer to Beaulieu since 1975 and features more than 21km of walkways between the stalls.

Among the acres of stands offering everything from engine and body parts to second-hand clothing and enamel signs – along with stationary engines – were 500-plus classic cars for sale.

Standouts included a couple of 1920s Continental European cars: a1927 Fiat 509 on offer for €28,000 and an immaculate 1922 Citroën B2 with a sticker price of €24,500.

Other big-ticket classics up for grabs included a 1964 Jaguar E-type Roadster, that one vendor was selling for €78,000, while the bargains on offer were a 1949 Peugeot 202 pickup at just €3950 and a Mercedes-Benz 190D fin-tail – without papers – for a mere €479.

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