Rare classics lost in fire

| 14 Mar 2011

Several Austro-Daimlers, a veteran Mercedes tourer and a 1901 Lohner-Porsche Mixte hybrid were among the rare machines lost in a business park fire near Hamburg, Germany on 20 January.

The cars were part of veteran-car connoisseur Gerhard von Raffay's prized collection. Damage was estimated at €20m.

German news reports allege that it may have been an arson attack by a former mechanic from von Raffay's VW dealership.