29th TECHNO-CLASSICA ESSEN 2017 – the automobile world exhibition from 5th* until 9th April 2017

  • TECHNO-CLASSICA ESSEN – the whole classic world under one roof
  • Official historical company presentations of about 25 brands of the international vehicle industry
  • More than 2,500 collector cars for purchase, more than 1,250 exhibitors, over 220 clubs and communities of interest
  • Special exhibition: Grand Prix of Monaco 1957
  • Look back to the future: 135 years cars with electric drive from 1882 until 2017
  • The number 1 of the classic fairs: Pioneer and model for a lot of vintage-car exhibitions

5th April 2017: Preview, happy view day

Essen, in January 2017. With more than 200,000 visitors in the past year the Techno-Classica Essen is not only the classic fair with the most visitors worldwide but documents also the permanent increasing economic power of the vintage-car- and connoisseur-vehicle-scene with its popularity. The success of the Techno-Classica Essen is unattained till today and is based on the principle of the organiser S.I.H.A. to present the visitors from more than 40 nations a selection from the best of all fields of the classic hobby. With more than 1,250 Exhibitors form over 30 nations it reinforces its significance as number 1 of the international classic fairs and offers a comprehensive picture of the international classic scene.

With lavish produced presentations of more than 25 German and international car manufacturers the classic world-fair is also 2017 the greatest history-show of the car industry worldwide again. With their mostly spectacular appearances the car manufactures demonstrate which importance they attribute to the classic world fair. Additionally in the almost 30 years of its existence the Techno-Classica Essen has developed to the most important meeting place and most promising market for the international classic-scene: More than 2,500 classic-, collectors- and connoisseur-vehicles, young-timer and prestige-cars are for purchase. Also for the more than 220 exhibiting classic clubs and communities of interest the Techno-Classica Essen 2017 is regarded again as the most important classic fair of the year: They make the leading fair of the classic scene to one of the biggest club-meeting of the vintage-car- and young-timer-scene.

Furthermore at the Techno-Classica Essen in April 2017 a variety of top-restorers, supplying enterprises, suppliers of car literature, spare part dealers, accessories sellers, clock- and technology dealers, artists and art dealers, publishers, and not at least model car suppliers

will be represented, which make it to the classic-world-fair. The specialist dealers – as well as also the visitors – are not coming only from entire Europe, but also from overseas. So, among others, exhibitors from North and South America and even China present their range.

As the Techno-Classica was organised by the S.I.H.A. for the first time in 1989 it was the first great international classic show in Germany and undertook as from the start the pioneer role. th With permanent detail improvements, innovations and fresh ideas the todays “29 world fair for vintage cars, classic- & prestige-cars, motor sport, motorcycles, spare parts, restoration and world club meeting” holds its lead and still serves as – unsurpassed – model for the great number of vintage-car-fairs joined in the course of the years.

But the attractiveness of the Techno-Classica Essen is not only rooted in quality and quantity of the sales offers: It also presents each year automobile-historical gems to the connoisseurs under the classic experts with a spectacular special exhibition. In the centre of the classic world fair, in hall 6, the S.I.H.A. 2017 presents under the topic”Grand Prix Monaco 1957“selected racing cars which have one common feature: They all started in the year 1957 at the Grand Prix of Monaco, which won Juan Manuel Fangio in a Maserati 250F with more than 25 seconds lead ahead of Tony Brooks in a Vanwall VW5. These both bolides decorate the S.I.H.A.-Stand around the Palais de l’Automobile in Halle 6 just as a selection of the 16 mono-posts, which th started on 19 May 1957 in Monte Carlo. Among them is a Ferrari 801, as it was driven by Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips, a Ferrari D 50, a Cooper Climax T43 and a Connaught Alta Type B.

In addition the visitors of the Techno-Classica Essen can take a look back to the future: About 120 years ago the automobilism was at a crossroads – exactly as today. Which kind of drive will carry through: internal combustion-engine or electric motor? In an special exhibition the classic world fair recalls an most extensive forgotten fact: Already in the years 1900 up to 1920 there was an astonishing great portion of cars with electric motors – just as from the year 1912 the petrol engine began to carry through finally in the car manufacturing after the invention of the electric starter. Previously the petrol cars had to be winded up by hand with great exertion.

The first battery-electric driven car of the world of Ayrton & Perry from the year 1882, a Detroit Electric from 1915, a Stanley Steamer steam-car from 1919, as well as a Mercedes Simplex from 1903, illustrates impressively the state of technology of different driving mechanisms in the automobile early times. Further modern electric cars show how the electric motor in the car manufacturing of newer time carries through little by little.

Past and future: At the five-days fair everything, nearly everything, is offered around the topic th th vintage-cars and young-timers – so there meets also from 5 until 10 April 2017 a lot of VIP’s from movies and TV, racing driver stars from the history and present of the motor sport and the most important deciders from the classic scene as well again. The attractive and fascinating exhibition spectrum makes

the Techno-Classica Essen to the automobile infotainment event of first class for the whole family – to the world fair of the car.

Further information: www.siha.de

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The Techno-Classica Essen is divided into the following exhibition areas:

  • car industry
  • motorcycle industry
  • car mechanics
  • trade centre
  • prestige automobiles
  • classic motor sport
  • restoration
  • spare parts, tools and maintenance products
  • clubs and communities of interest
  • young-timer and tuning
  • historical commercial vehicles
  • boats and aeroplanes
  • model cars
  • literature
  • associations and museums
  • services
  • clocks
  • accessories, clothing and lifestyle
  • art
  • automobilia
  • events and auctions
  • bargain markets at the open area
  • automobile innovations

Volvo Cars celebrates 90 years at Techno Classica

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, celebrates its 90th anniversary at the world’s biggest show for classic vehicles, Techno Classica in Essen, Germany, 5 – 9 April.

On April 14, 1927, the first Volvo Car drove out of the factory gate in Gothenburg, Sweden.

However, the Volvo Cars stand at Techno Classica does not only showcase the company’s history. It also features the company’s latest product, the all-new XC60, launched at the Geneva Motor Show just last month. Techno Classica will be the first German car show for the new XC60.


The new car replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales.

 “We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive, Volvo Car Group.

The 6 classic Volvo models exhibited at the Techno Classica will be:

1934 PV654

The Volvo PV600 series came in 1929, only two years after the little Swedish car company had started its operations. It had a distinct American inspired design and a powerful 3-litre straight six cylinder engine. A seven seater version was also made, mainly for taxi purposes.

Approximately 4,400 cars of the Volvo PV600-series were made during the model´s 8 year long life span.

1957 PV444

The PV444 was called “The Little Volvo” when it first was shown in Stockholm in 1944. However, due to material shortage after WWII, production didn´t start until 1947. For the first time, Volvo could offer a model that was within reach for customers with an ordinary income and the demand was much bigger than the supply.

The PV444 was the first Volvo model to be exported to the USA. The first car came to the port in Long Beach, California, in 1955 and only two years later Volvo was the Sunshine State´s second biggest import brand.

1800 S

The Volvo P1800 is probably the most iconic Volvo model of all time.

It became known worldwide as “The Saint´s car” in the 1960´s TV-show of the same name, starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar.

Manufactured from 1961 until 1973, the P1800 is today a highly sought-after classic among collectors.

1968 145 estate

At the end of November 1967, Volvo presented the third variant in what was now developing into a complete car family known as the 140 Series: the Volvo 145.

 The Volvo 145 was a 5-door estate with a rear section that had a virtually vertical tailgate. Everybody agreed that this was a safe, comfortable and extremely practical and spacious car. The cargo volume was more than two cubic metres and the floor of the cargo area was completely flat.

The Volvo 145 quickly became an extremely popular estate and played an increasingly important role within the 140 Series.

262 C

The Volvo 262C was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1977, as a part of Volvo´s 50th anniversary. It was the result of a cooperation between Volvo and Bertone, designed in Sweden but assembled in Turin, Italy.

This four seater coupe with the radical roofline that became the 262C´s trademark, was based on the two-door, six-cylinder 262 sedan. Custom stampings were done by Bertone and the Italian firm also provided the custom interiors in pleated leather, elm veneer and deep pile carpeting.

The 262C was powered by the PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) fuel-injected B27F overhead-cam V6, producing 140 bhp. A total of 6,622 cars were built between 1977 and 1981.

850 R

The 850 R is the high performance version of the successful Volvo 850.  It was launched in 1996 and was the successor to the 850 T5-R.

The transversely mounted, 2.3 litre, inline 5-cylinder engine produced 250 hp, giving the car 7.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h. The intense red colour was unique to the 850 R, but it could be ordered also in five other colours, depending on market.

The 850 R was produced both as a sedan and an estate and is now a much sought after “youngtimer” classic.

Volvo Car Group in 2016

For the 2016 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 11,014 MSEK (6,620 MSEK in 2015). Revenue over the period amounted to 180,672 MSEK (164,043 MSEK). For the full year 2016, global sales reached a record 534,332 cars, an increase of 6.2 per cent versus 2015. The record sales and operating profit cleared the way for Volvo Car Group to continue investing in its global transformation plan.

About Volvo Car Group

Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 534,332 cars in 2016 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.