Car Show Classics: Berlin Motorworld Classics

I make a point of it to see a least one car show a year and I never regret it. With a strong German focus, naturally, the Berlin Motorworld Classics gives the visitor the opportunity to see every day cars in showroom condition and feature one or two oddballs from car history like this W114 from coachbuilder Binz.

Apart from an odd angle at the C pillar, I find the lines work quite well. The rear lights might be from an Opel Rekord.

We continue teutonic with a first generation Jetta GLI. I’m glad VW left out a bit of the spoiler so you won’t hit your hand on it while turning the key on the trunk keylock.

Add to the theme of top of the line VW models, this Golf Rallye stands out in as-new condition. It was essentially a GTI G60 with the Jetta’s front lights with a wide body. You be the judge if this car is actually pretty.

5000 were made as a homologation model for rally use. This one is currently for sale at 40k euros.

Of the Scirrocos, the 1st generation has all but disappeared.

Question to the CC community: Can you think of any other German built pillarless hardtop sedan…

…other than the 300 Adenauer? I love the two-tone on this, though I am unsure if it was originally offered.

This BMW 1600 GT was born a Glas 1700 GT before BMW acquired its local competitor (mainly for their assembly lines and well-trained staff). Before BMW phased out the Glas models, there was an interesting twilight time-zone of Glas cars rebadged and slightly redesigned as BMWs.

Imagine climbing some Austrian mountain passes in of of those in 1968! A 105 hp M10 BMW engine in a body weighing less than 2000 lb…

While the time of super crazy Porsche conversions seems over (with the notable exception of Rauhwelt Begriff, of course), looking back on cars like this 964 Turbo based Strosek GT chop-top always makes me smile.

The best thing about it is that Strosek actually took out the manual and installed the 4-speed tiptronic from the Carrera! At second glance, this seems kind of logical what with the comic character of the entire car. Love it!

Never has a model change been more drastic. Yes, the DS is the direct successor to the Traction Avant.

No serious German car show should do without the NSU Ro80 (despite the now very unfortunate name, considering the Nazi-terrorist group NSU of late), and neither does the Berlin motorworld classics.

Imagine that Audi was actually running test mules with the Ro80-based Wankel engine in the 100/200/5000 C2! It was pumping out a healthy 180 hp, but we all know how the Wankel at Audi ended.

Volkwagen group rear quarters throughout the 70s/80s. Which one do you like best?

I know it’s weird but sometimes I feel like we really lost something by not driving cars like the Derby anymore. Cars that you can fix yourself with a screwdriver and a hammer. (Well maybe you couldn’t, as they are all gone now, this is the first one I have seen in a decade)

Ah, those Ford Mustang inspired fastbacks! The Audi 100 Coupe is one of the few historic Audis that actually sells. Plan on spending 40k on a nice one.

Or plan on spending 400k on this one. And good luck finding one!

I can’t believe I actually once saw one by the curbside. It was parked in a now parking zone by the church in the city that I grew up in. This was in 1994 and I just stood there, a nine-year old, dumbstruck, face pressed firmly to the windows, trying to read the tach to see how fast it would go.

The very tight back seats (due to the shortened wheelbase) contained a mountain of tennis gear. Then I realized which one of my famous neighbors’ cars this was: Steffi Graf’s! I wonder if she kept it and how I would hold up in Las Vegas.

Two of my favourite cars from the 80s. My best friend’s parents drove the Passat wagon, with a 1.6 liter 48 hp diesel. I remember those Autobahn rides where the tiny diesel mill kept us at a steady 85 for hours – until the slightest elevation where we dropped back to like 40….

I’m not a concours condition type of guy…

… but what are you gonna do when a race spec Alpine drives by with a new 10,000 dollar paintjob that will blind your eyes if you stare too long.

I know you are never gonna believe this but a Tatra 613 just like this – maybe this very one – drove by my house a couple of weeks before I shot this one.

Maybe you are gonna believe it if I tell you that around 11.000 were built.

I have a week spot for a weird rear-engined car (maybe being born in Germany makes you that) and the 3.5 litre V8 in the back must give this one great traction. I wonder if it behaves as badly when I stomp on the brakes in a corner as the…

Corvair? I’m unlikely to ever find out. With all the criticism voiced at the Corvair’s at the limit roadholding, it took a couple of CC articles to really open my eyes to the beauty and place in history of…

…what might be the most beautiful and definitely is the most influential rear-engined car. Can someone identify the engine spec for me? Is is the higher compression 2.7?

German politics are being criticized for ignoring the territory once known as the GDR and that continues all the way into car shows who tend to focus at the shiny and outlandish. All the more important it seemed to include a Wartburg. I’m not sure if this a 353 or the 1.3 which was built post reunification with a Volkwagen mill. Can anyone help?

Fun fact in industrial history: The Eisenach plant where the Wartburg was built was acquired by GM after the downfall of Wartburg and then pumped out Opels at an astonishing rate, being the most productive GM plant in the world!

Quiz: What engine bay is this? Assorted green balloons? Countless kilometers of wire? Anyone? Buehler? Anyone?

Yeah, the green balloons put the hydropneumatic system under pressure in this Citroen SM super rare convertible. While the Motorclassics seems a bit nervous about getting their carpet soiled (who peed on my rug?) two questions come up:

  1. Is this one of the super rare Opera convertibles (unlikely, given the visibly poor execution of the soft top)
  2. Is this really a trailer hitch that we see (or don’t see) covered with a Dunkin Donuts cup here?

Nice Karmann Ghia right?

Only it ain’t. A guy from Poland built this thing on a VW Beetle chassis designing his own body work. Don’t you love evolution’s little culs-de-sac and little side steps?

If you and your friend don’t want to spend 18 bucks on day ticket (or pretend that you are a couple and get a family discount) then the parking lot outside the Motorworld classics is a great place to spend a Saturday in October. Get some camping chairs, a cooler and a couple o’ beers and watch the show roll by.

You may argue that an R129 isn’t all that special and I agree. But in that color, and as the super rare dog-leg five speed manual?