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Prominent role for Mercedes Benz at Techno Classica in Essen

Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 SL Roadster (W 198 II, 1957 bis 1963), 1960.
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At Techno Classica 2016, Mercedes-Benz Classic puts the open models in the limelight. In hall 1 of the Essen exhibition center, the Stuttgart manufacturer will show models that, just like the current C-Class Cabriolet, the S-Class Cabriolet and the SL, offer the experience of open-air driving. Since the 130 automobile was invented years ago, the luxury Mercedes-Benz cabriolets and sporty roadsters have been offering this experience in optima forma. In addition, 16 gives official Mercedes-Benz brand clubs an appearance.

In line with tradition, Mercedes-Benz Classic will once again welcome visitors to the Techno Classica in Hall 1 this year. This year you can make a journey through time at the exhibition stand, through the fascinating world of cabriolets and roadsters from the brand with the star. In 1886, when Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the automobile separately from each other, driving was still the only form of driving. From the 1920s, when limousines and mass production started to play an increasingly important role in the car market, the open car slowly evolved into the most exclusive variant of the model range, which was especially popular with people who value sporty elegance. had standing.


This special prototype from 1990 - the 190 Convertible - will be shown to the public in Essen by Mercedes Benz. Image: Daimler
This special prototype from 1990 - the 190 Convertible - will be shown to the public in Essen by Mercedes Benz. Image: Daimler

Young and old come together
Young and old come together in Essen. The most recent convertible lot on the stock - the C-Class convertible - is making its appearance at the immense fair. And the new S-Class Cabriolet (A 217) is also present. It will be flanked by a 500 K Cabriolet B (W 29, built from 1934 to 1936), a car that was part of the international luxury segment in the 1949s. The 170 S Cabriolet B, unveiled in 300, is an exclusive car from the early post-war years. The 188 S Roadster (W 1951) dates from the 111s. Introduced to the world at the Paris Motor Show in October 1969, this car was one of the most expensive passenger cars built in Germany. The elegant convertibles of the W 280 model series are also unique appearances: these were the first open cars to feature a safety body with a crumple zone at both the front and rear. In the autumn of 3.5, Mercedes-Benz launched the 190 SE 201 Cabriolet, the top model of this series and still a rising star in classic circles. Also striking: Mercedes Benz is also taking a prototype of the 2.6 convertible (WXNUMX with XNUMX engine) to Essen.

This truly beautiful Mercedes Benz 500 K from the Baureihe W29 shows pre-war glory in Essen. Image: Daimler
This truly beautiful Mercedes Benz 500 K from the Baureihe W29 shows pre-war glory in Essen. Image: Daimler

High-profile roadsters
In addition to luxurious convertibles, sporty and elegant roadsters have always been the domain of Mercedes-Benz. A very special representative of this series of models will be on display at the Techno Classica: the 500 K Spezial Roadster (W 29, built from 1934 to 1936). After World War II, another sporty roadster with direct links to motorsport went into production: the SL. This magical abbreviation has been in use since 1952, when Mercedes-Benz made a particularly successful return to the highest level of international motorsport with the 300 SL racing car (W 194). The W 194 also formed the basis for the famous 300 SL 'Gullwing' (W 198) from 1954, of which an open version was introduced in the spring of 1957, the 300 SL Roadster. The most recent model in this model series was unveiled in 2015: the latest generation of the SL (R 231).

Mercedes Benz continues the rich tradition of open cars. This is the new C-Class cabriolet. Image: Daimler
Mercedes Benz continues the rich tradition of open cars. This is the new C-Class cabriolet. Image: Daimler

Mercedes-Benz 'ALL TIME STARS'
The new 'ALL TIME STARS' platform for the sale of young and old-timers is operated by Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH and will show its range of both modern and older Mercedes-Benz classics at Techno Classica (http: // alltime-stars .com). 'ALL TIME STARS' focuses on classics that are suitable for daily use and that are offered for sale on the basis of the greatest possible transparency. To guarantee this, the experts at Mercedes-Benz Classic subject each car to a comprehensive inspection based on a checklist of 160 items.

The largest event of its kind in the world
The 28th Techno Classica will take place from 6 to 10 April 2016 in the Messe Essen trade fair complex. The 'World Show for Vintage, Classic and Prestige Automobiles, Motorsport, Motorcycles, Spare Parts, Restoration and World Club Meeting' is regarded as the largest event of its kind in the world. More than 25 car manufacturers and 200 brand clubs are present with their own booth. The organization expects approximately 1.250 exhibitors and more than 190.000 visitors. Techno Classica is organizing a 'Happy View Day' on Wednesday April 6, 2016 from 14.00 p.m. to 20.00 p.m. From Thursday 7 April to Sunday 10 April 2016, the exhibition can be visited daily from 9.00 a.m. to 18.00 p.m. (Friday until 19.00 p.m.).

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