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Techno Classica Essen

The Worlds Greatest Classic Car Show

March 21 - 25 2012

Essen, Germany

2011 Event - 178,300 visitors from 41 countries! 1200 exhibitors from 28 countries! Over 110,000 square metres of exhibition floor space in 17 halls! Approximately 2500 automobiles for sale! Over 130 presentations from clubs and museums!

Particularly in Europe and the USA, young classic cars are becoming increasingly popular and trendy - and they are already an integral part of TECHNO-CLASSICA for many years. According to the generally accepted definition, young classic cars are well-maintained vehicles of the age between 15 and 30 years, which already are referred to as classic cars or have the potential to become such cars. Since the term however was established some years ago, the scene not only includes the automobiles of the 1980s and 1990s, but also considers those of the 1970s as young classic cars.

According to the statistics of the German Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the market for vehicles between 15 and 30 years of age covers about 6.6 million cars. However, only every fifth owner uses his/her car as the main vehicle. These figures, just as the interest, is also reflected at TECHNO-CLASSICA: S.I.H.A. estimates that around 20 percent of all cars offered at the classic world show are young classic cars.

The enthusiasm for young classic cars is found in almost all social classes and covers all ages. Research of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) and DEKRA proved that approx. 60 percent of the owners of a young classic car are between the age of 21 and 50 - and therefore not much older than the cars themselves.

"Whether the son desires the vehicle of his father, or the young creative wants to intentionally distinguish himself from the mainstream, or the established doctor fulfils a childhood dream - all share the wish to strive for a vehicle with a character. Driving a young classic car is deemed to be fashionable for many young people and the young at heart", this is how Mercedes-Benz Classic described in a press release the intentions to buy a young classic car. In particular the brand with the star consistently and sincerely attends to the issue of young classic cars - and offers the "Young Classics" at their factory exhibition stand in hall 1. Also the other manufacturers dedicate themselves to the topic of young classic cars, such as for example BMW with the 3 series or Audi - whose Audi 100 C3 will be 30 years in this year - and Ford with the Sierra, which also will be a vintage car in 2012.
As a young classic car, vehicles not only offer suitability for everyday use and due to their originality and the limited number also lots of fun, but are also able to gain over-average revenues as a capital investment. And: they are an economic alternative to enter the hobby of classic cars. An Audi 100 C3 for example, which is in a useful condition and has a mileage of approx. 100,000 km, is mostly available for € 2,500 to 4,000. Also the Mercedes-Benz SL of the 129 series is a classic car with the potential for lots of fun. A 300 SL with six cylinders in a good condition is available for approx. € 15,000 and the sought-after 500 SL is somewhat higher in price.

Also tuning is an issue that has been established increasingly at TECHNO-CLASSICA in the past years. At the beginning of the 1970s, tuning started to be a topic for the broad public. Popular tuning objects were, for example, the Ford Capri, Opel Manta and Opel Commodore (which celebrates its 40th anniversary in this year), and also the BMW 02 models.

Therefore, the interest in classic tuning for engine, chassis and body is correspondingly high - with visual changes and also technical modifications and improvements. This includes, along with the accessories trade, also the US hot rods scene and the customs scene, presenting some spectacular exhibits at the world classic show. Last, but not least the offerings of the dealers: at TECHNO-CLASSICA, approx. 200 tuned classic cars are looking for a new owner.

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