The Retro Classics 2024: Driving Culture & Anniversaries

When the garage and hall doors are opened and the favorites on wheels are brought into the light and onto the road, then the 23rd edition of the largest trade fair for driving culture starts: Curtain up for the RETRO CLASSICS® in Stuttgart, where all lovers of driving culture will get their money’s worth from April 25 to 28, 2024.

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Cheers to the exclusive and individual!

After an extremely successful premiere at the seventh RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA® last December in Nuremberg, the special tuning show “Lower, wider, faster – the tuning icons of the 80s and 90s” is entering its second round and will also take visitors on a journey back in time to perhaps the brightest and most individual era of the automobile in Stuttgart from April 25-28, 2024: In Hall 3, you can look forward to a unique line-up of vehicles that will provide a big stage for individual sports cars from Japan as well as European tuning classics!

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Avant-garde on wheels: 50 years of the Citroen CX

The 1970s and Citroen: despite the oil crisis, the signs were pointing to progress, and so in August 1974, the Citroen CX luxury model not only made its debut as one of the most advanced cars of its time, but also as a “genuine”, individual Citroen: Magnifying speedometer, satellite controls, concave rear window, hydraulic power steering, a separate chassis and a body design that followed consistent aerodynamics made the CX an unmistakable vehicle that offered maximum driving comfort and was promptly named “Car of the Year 1975”. See highlights from 16 years of the Citroen CX as part of a large special show at RETRO CLASSICS® Stuttgart, presented by the Citroen CX Club e.V. in Hall 5.

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“If you’ve got a turbo, you’re king!” – 50 years of the Porsche 911 Turbo

Who would have thought it: when the Swiss Robert Büchi applied for a patent for the turbocharger in 1905 and the first turbo engine for an airplane was developed in 1911, nobody could have imagined that the turbocharger would really take off during the oil crisis at the beginning of the 1970s. BMW entered the scene with the 2002 Turbo, and in October 1974 Porsche presented the 911 Turbo (Type 930) at the Paris Motor Show, which not only took the 911, but sports cars in general, to a completely new level of performance: With a displacement of 3.0 liters, 260 hp and a top speed of 250 km/h, the Porsche 911 Turbo was the fastest German production sports car at the time. It marked the beginning of a new automotive era, also visually: flared fenders, a large rear wing and the simple “turbo” lettering at the rear. Immerse yourself in the history of the Porsche 911 Turbo at the Porsche Museum stand in Hall 1 at RETRO CLASSICS® Stuttgart.

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Italian avant-garde: Lancia Thema and Lancia Kappa

What Citroen was to France, Lancia was to Italy: technically avant-garde, innovative and always one step ahead. In 1984, Lancia presented the Thema luxury class model, the top-of-the-range version of which even featured a Ferrari V8 engine (Thema 8.32), making it the only production saloon with a Ferrari engine to date. After ten years of production, the Lancia Thema was replaced by the Kappa series, which was even more luxurious and, in addition to an elegant coupé, even offered a representative saloon, one of which will be on display in Hall 7 as part of the large Lancia anniversary special show organized by the Lancia IG.

Date: April 25 to 28, 2024, Stuttgart Exhibition Center

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