Huge crowds swamp Essen Motor Show


The Essen Motor Show this year dedicated an entire hall to classic cars – and it was well worth a visit. 

More than 360,000 visitors and 500 dealers descended on the city's Gruga Halle show space for the 47th event. Among the displays drawing their attention was a stand dedicated to German Grand Prix cars and drivers, which was headlined by Fangio's 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196. 

A 1960 Ferrari Dino 246 was an interesting choice, selected for its connection to German driver Wolfgang von Trips, while the most modern car in the line-up was this year's AMG F1 W05 – the same model successfully campaigned by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the 2014 F1 season. 

It wasn't all a celebration of German metal either – classic Lamborghini specialist Klima-Lounge chose to celebrate the Italian manufacturer by offering a selection of historic Lambos. Among the Miuras and Isleros was the Espada prototype. The car featured a full glass roof and wore 15 coats of metallic paint, ensuring it was the most eye-catching car on the stand. It was first unveiled at the 1969 Monaco GP, where it was driven by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. 

A 1975 Countach LP400 also impressed, partly for its superb condition, but also due to sporting Marcello Gandini's signature on its dashboard.

British manufacturer Jaguar also got in on the act, celebrating 80 years with an array of works cars, including a C-type. The 1954 D-type OVC 501 also put in an appearance.

One of the earliest – and rarest – cars on show was a 1910 De Tamble Raceabout. The 4.5-litre classic was manufactured in Anderson, Indiana, and cut an imposing figure on the hall floor.

It was almost outdone by a Stutz 8, selected to launch the 2015 TechnoClassica event, while the crowd favourite was undoubtedly an Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera. 


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