1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722 W 196 S
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722 W 196 S

Techno Classica Essen 2015 – Report and Photos

The Techno Classica Essen 2015 was held 15-19 April at the Messe Essen exhibition centre in Essen, Germany. The 27th annual event for collector vehicles and motorcycles saw more than 1,250 exhibitors present their vehicles and products in the 20 halls and the open-air space at the Essen show grounds.

Alfa Romeo presented vintage models that have inspired the current production cars of the Italian manufacturer, including the 1900 Sport Spider from 1954, one of the most exclusive vehicles in the Alfa Romeo Museum. In fact, it’s the only existing and functioning model. Also on display was a 1300 Sprint from 1964, the last of the Giulietta Sprint series that was launched in 1954 at the Turin Motor Show.

The BMW Group Classic stand at the Techno Classica 2015 show in Essen, Germany built on the groundswell of enthusiasm for BMW cars and motorcycles now nurtured and admired as ‘young’ classics. BMW’s tradition of sporty coupes was represented by two models: the original BMW 6 Series and the BMW 8 Series. BMW Group Classic also cast the spotlight back to some historic triumphs in the motor sport arena, as this year’s Essen show played host to racing versions of the BMW M3 from three model generations. They were joined by a brace of legendary Mille Miglia cars: the BMW 328 Touring Coupe and the BMW 507.

The Audi Tradition exhibit at Techno Classica Essen 2015 centered around convertibles and roadsters. The inspiration for the Audi theme this year was an anniversary: the sporty line of roadsters from Auto Union first developed 80 years ago. One was the elegant Audi Front 225 Roadster with an elongated hood from 1937 that was never made into production. The small two-seater DKW F 5 Roadster on display was one of 407 models built in 1937, while the Wanderer W 25 K Roadster from 1937 included a six-cylinder compressor engine. Another exhibit – the Auto Union 1000 Sp Roadster – transported visitors to the automotive world of the 1960s. At its side was the 1963 NSU Wankel Spider, the first car in the world to include a rotary engine as standard equipment.

Sixty years ago Stirling Moss won the Mille Miglia in Italy at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car with the starting number 722. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory, the winning vehicle was the star attraction at Mercedes-Benz Classic’s appearance at the 2015 Techno Classica Essen show. The other main focus for the Stuttgart-based brand at Techno Classica was the history of streamlined car design from Mercedes-Benz. Seven vehicles embodying this innovative and aesthetic tradition were on display, from the ‘Blitzen-Benz’ of 1909 to the current Mercedes-Benz W196 R Streamliner, among others.

Photographer Julien Mahiels documented the Techno Classica Essen 2015, offering the following photos from the classic car event in Germany. We split up Julien’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all 158 photographs. To see more from Julien, visit julienmahiels.net.

Techno Classica Essen 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery

NART 206 GT Dino (s/n 00306) finished 36th overall at the Sebring 12 Hours in 1969, driven by Sam Posey and Bob Dini
NART 206 GT Dino (s/n 00306) finished 36th overall at the Sebring 12 Hours in 1969, driven by Sam Posey and Bob Dini
Martini Porsche 917K
Martini Porsche 917K
Mercedes-Benz SSK
Mercedes-Benz SSK
Horch display at Techno Classica Essen 2015
Horch display at Techno Classica Essen 2015

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BMW 2002 display
BMW 2002 display
BMW 507
BMW 507
BMW 850 CSi
BMW 850 CSi
BMW 3.0 CSL
BMW 3.0 CSL

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  1. How about showing us some real cars i am vary bored with all the over the top cars.the trailer queens you seem so obsessed with are not cars.they are art objects.Come on now come back to the reality of the the motor car.They should smell of burnt carbon rubber gasoline leather and road dirt,they should have the textures of rust,scrapes and the odd dent. Is that possible

  2. My favorite photo was of the M-B 196 cockpit from the left quarter. The sensuous lines seemed to define speed for me. And I’m not a Mercedes fan.