More than 180,000 visitors expected at the 25th Techno Classica

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This year’s Techno Classica in Essen will celebrate its quarter century with a vast line-up from 10-14 April.

Automobile Masterpieces will form the pièce de résistance of the vast, 1200-exhibitor, German event as it pays tribute to the world’s greatest coachbuilt cars.

Machines such as a 1939 Bugatti 57C, a 1939 Bentley ½ litre Derby coupé and a fabulous 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C Teardrop coupé will spearhead the display.

An entire hall has been set aside for BMW, which will mark 50 years of the Mini Cooper ‘S’ and celebrate the firm’s 90 years of producing motorcycles.

Anniversaries will form many more displays as Lamborghini marks the 50th year of its Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, Porsche pays tribute to 50 years of the 911 and Ford honours 150 years since the birth of company founder Henry Ford.

Meanwhile, Bentley and Bugatti will share a stand showing some of the marques’ classic and current models, while VW doffs its cap to seven generations of the GTI and Volkswagen Classic Parts demonstrates how to restore a Mk1.

Other displays include Mercedes-Benz’s history of the S Class, Citroën’s study of the open-top, which includes the DS19, Peugeot’s stand devoted to the firm’s background in motor sport – including a 205 Turbo 16 – while Škodas dusts off eight pre-war machines.

There will be a huge turnout from clubs, with more than 200 expected and, as ever, a number of the classics on show will also be for sale, with as many as 2500 machines up for grabs.

The event also promises a huge amount of automobilia and parts including components, literature, spares, accessories and art.

Visit the Techno Classica website for more info.

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