The Ruhr city of Essen is perhaps best known in classic circles for the mammoth TechnoClassica event every March, but the smaller Motor Show, which takes place from 28 November-6 December, is rapidly becoming a must-see event featuring hundreds of interesting classics, plus a cornucopia of models, literature and automobilia.
More than 130,000 visitors have already filed through the event's show halls, with a further 350,000 expected across the opening two days – and they won't be disappointed. The star attraction was a display dedicated to the great Juan Manuel Fangio's solo drive at the 1955 Mille Miglia, which was brought to life by the inclusion of the 658-numbered Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in which he finished second. The car was on loan from the firm's Stuttgart Museum.
The Formula One World Championship's 65th anniversary was also marked by a colossal display of world-class machines, with organisers aiming to have one car for every year of the series. They ranged from a stunning 1950 Maserati 4CLT through to a World Championship-winning Mercedes-Benz driven by Lewis Hamilton.
Among the better known Ferraris, Lotuses and Renaults was a 1970 March 701 Cosworth, which paid tribute to the marque's first Formula One design, while racing legend Michael Schumacher was honoured by a 1994 Benneton B194 and a 1999 Ferrari F399.
Meanwhile, sports car fans were wowed by a beautiful diorama featuring a 1936 BMW 328 remembering the Eifelrennen and Nürburgring races.
Though far from the oldest car at the event, the one-off 2013 Aston Martin Shooting Brake by Zagato attracted massive crowds on the opening day.