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Thousand Miles. The triangular course from the northern Italian city of Brescia to Rome and back again was called the "Mille Miglia“ (Thousand Miles) on account of its length. This classic among long-distance road races in Europe, which was discontinued in 1957, experienced a tourist revival at the end of the 1970s when it became the model for many other historic and classic car events. The operating company 1000 Miglia S.r.l. will be presented as a partner of RETRO CLASSICS® on the stand of the award-winning trade journal RETROWELT (Entrance East).

Record selling market. The world's largest trade fair for driving culture is generally not short on superlatives. The organisers have also achieved a new record with the private vehicle selling market: with around 1,500 exhibits more vehicles than ever before will be offered for sale here in 2019. Due to the enormous demand, the floor space will extend over the Messepiazza East, Rothaus Park, the gallery of the L-Bank Forum (Hall 1) and parts of Hall 5, Hall 7 and Hall 8.

Stylish travel. Driving a historic or a classic car is now more than ever an expression of a sense of life and a lifestyle. Historic and classic cars events, as well as pleasure trips and theme holidays are therefore also becoming more popular. The stand of "L'ambassadora – Representative for special hotels" will combine mobility, lifestyle and cuisine to create a coherent harmonious atmosphere (Paul Horn Hall/Hall 10, Stand D32). In addition to exclusive accommodation and holiday companies, winegrowers from the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates will also present their products on this stand. There will be a decorative "accessory" in the form of a BMW Isetta. Built between 1955 and 1962, the "Motocoupé“ is a rolling symbol of the German economic miracle.

Italian passion. Italy is more than pasta, wine, ice cream and "dolce vita": more than any other country in Europe, the "boot" stands for epochal vehicle design. Italian dealers and brand clubs have now found a permanent place in the Italian Hall (Hall 7). This Hall is also the home of "Passione Italiana“ which will present the entire diversity of "Made in Italy" – from fine wines and exquisite fashion through to music and art. The Italian Cultural Institute in Stuttgart will once again act as the patron of the 2019 edition of the popular show. The talk entitled "Classic Maserati GTs – Italian car body design from the 1950s and 1960s" by Leo B. Peschl (Thursday, 13:30; Friday, 11:00; Saturday, 15.00 and Sunday, 13.00, show stage, Hall 10) is aimed at lovers of Mediterranean "racing bends".

Curiosities. What once complied with the latest state of the art or was even regarded as a pointer to a better future often seems strange on account of the actual development. Many a technological achievement unjustly disappeared into the darkness of automobile history. Two special items of the Mercedes-Benz brand can be seen on the special area "Curiosities" (Paul Horn Hall/Hall 10). A "barn discovery" from Sweden proves that alternative drives and fuels are definitely not new topics of our time: the still unrestored 220 SE from 1965 has a wood carburettor. In the 230 E (police design) the Stuttgart police was so far ahead in 1985 that the officers were driving a car with one of the first regulated catalytic converters.

Attention autograph collectors. Just like every year, visitors to RETRO CLASSICS® STUTTGART 2019 will encounter a large number of legendary motorsport figures. Autograph sessions will take place, for example, with Roland Asch, Ellen Lohr, Klaus "King" Ludwig, Walter Röhrl and Mario Ketterer, the overall winner of the "1,000 Kilometres of Dijon" in 1979. On the stand of the Porsche Museum (L-Bank Forum/Hall 1, Stand A72) Hans Herrmann, Kurt Ahrens and Marc Lieb, the overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, are looking forward to welcoming their fans. You can find all the events in the Internet at:


RETRO CLASSICS® STUTTGART is the world's largest trade fair for driving culture and was chosen as the "Show of the Year“ in the Historic Motoring Awards 2018. Lovers and collectors of historic automobiles, marque representatives and members of relevant historic and classic car clubs have long regarded this international platform as a must-attend event at the start of the historic and classic car season. On a total area of around 140,000 square metres the unique trade fair concept impresses with its comprehensive range of historic and classic cars, youngtimers, NEO CLASSICS, US cars, historic motorcycles and commercial vehicles, as well as with its first-class accompanying programme, a huge vehicle selling market and highly interesting special shows.


Date: 7 to 10 March 2019

Opening hours:
Thursday: 11:00 to 19:00
Friday to Sunday: 09:00 to 18:00

Further information and photos relating to RETRO CLASSICS® STUTTGART can be found in the Internet at:


Here online accreditation is available from now on around the clock. You will receive your accreditation badge with parking ticket for the press parking area as a pdf file for printing out. Please note: Only press tickets in good print quality can be read by the scanner at the entrance. Please fold your press ticket in DIN A6 format. The catalogue and lanyard are available at the press counter in the East Entrance. Please also note the Accreditation Guidelines of Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH.



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