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Carsten Muller, CDU member of the Bundestag, poses with his old-timer "Hudson"

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Hard to believe, but there is a parliamentary group of Automobiles Kulturgut in the German Bundestag. Co-founder is Carsten Muller, CDU politician, car fan – and classic car driver.

The world: What in the world is a cultural asset and why should a car be one?

Carsten Muller: Old vehicles, including construction machines and trucks, are part of our cultural and industrial history. This is how you can also recognize social relationships, such as our sense of entitlement. For example, most people nowadays consider it impossible to travel with four adults in a Volkswagen Passat. 50 years ago that would have been pure luxury.

The world: I once drove to Portugal in a Renault R4.

This Ferrari just makes you happy

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The star of the IAA 1957: the Ferrari 250 GT Cabrio S1. When it made its big appearance in Frankfurt, however, the car was painted white.

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At this fair, the open sports car looked like it was from another planet. At the other stands mainly small cars were presented, for example NSU showed its new one Prince, BMW the "big" Isetta BMW 600.

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The body was designed by Pininfarina. Of the first series, which was built until 1959, 41 copies were made.

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The interior is kept simple and elegant, with a total of seven round instruments, a delicate chrome interior mirror, a beautiful switch plate and …

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… a famous three-spoke wooden steering wheel.

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And the engine is also a work of art with a three-liter displacement, twelve cylinders and three Weber double carburetors

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Carsten Muller: … and I with a Simca 1100 van through Poland and Italy. Bought for 120 D-Marks and with the seller’s right to buy back her self-made loudspeakers from Guatemalan wooden boxes for 80 D-Marks. We drove 15,000 kilometers in four months and then sold the boxes back for 80 D-Marks and took the car to the scrap shop for 100 D-Marks. We had a lot of fun. Until my friend said that it was a miracle that the box could hold out for so long. We promptly broke down. And when we were both under the bonnet and realized that the alternator had simply broken off, a truck driving by also knocked off the driver’s door.

The world: Yes, car trips are sometimes unplanned adventures.

Carsten Muller: I agree. You end up in places that you would otherwise never have gotten to. If something happens to the train, there are always other people there, not with the car.

The world: I have adventures on the train every week, but cars can just make you happier. And we could do it much more often if we didn’t have so many laws that dictate everything to us, right??

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For the CDU politician, cars are also a cultural asset that is worth preserving

Source: Michael Lowa

Carsten Muller: I don’t think we have too many laws. When driving a car, however, I would like people to be a little more careful and relaxed. In England or America it even works without “right before left”. The one who is first on the line, who drives. Trust-based, so to speak. Our everyday traffic works according to very strict rules that are sometimes annoying, but are simply important given our traffic density. Take a look at Russia. Driving there is just hell. And shows itself in the adventurous number of road deaths. Absolute anarchy, the right of the strongest applies.

The world: Right. But I still remember when the environmental zones were introduced and I was not allowed to drive through the city with a 944 without a Kat to an appointment, but had to drive around the outside completely once. And this, although the ships on the Rhine, Kiel Canal or Elbe sometimes run with heavy fuel oil and planes constantly take off and land. Is the old Porsche really that bad?

The MP with the Amish sledge

Carsten Muller: I don’t think so, especially because the 30-year-old Porsche has only been built once in the last 30 years. When I assemble a modern car, it involves enormous amounts of energy and other environmentally harmful processes. On the other hand, exhaust-gas-cleaned vehicles are a great thing, so it wasn’t all pointless. I also do a lot of environmental and energy policy, and as much as I love “unreasonable” vehicles, I really enjoy getting from A to B as sparingly as possible.

The world: Are you getting a sensible energy policy and your love for vintage cars under one roof, or are the allegations already preprogrammed??

Carsten Muller: First of all, I am not being accused of doing it because I make no secret of it. Second, the crucial question is yes: How often do I drive anyway? Then that is quickly put into perspective. If you do other things more sensibly, you can compensate for a lot. In the end, the bill just has to be right. For example, I rarely travel long distances by plane, and there are probably few people who use less electricity. In my Berlin apartment I have the lowest advance payments possible, and the fridge is actually not on. If I didn’t own an American station wagon, I would still turn off the fridge.

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Muller is a full member of the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. At the same time he is a co-founder of the parliamentary group Automobiles Kulturgut in the Bundestag

Source: Michael Lowa

The world: A personal energy balance is a good approach, anyway: How do voters react when an MP drives an Ami sledge??

Carsten Muller: Many just don’t care. But of course you don’t have to provoke anyone. I wouldn’t go to the forest kindergarten with an American now.

The world: It’s a shame, the kids would definitely find it great. Why are American station wagons great??

Carsten Muller: They are just incredibly spacious. Mine, however, looks very peculiar, in terms of taste, that’s borderline commuter. But it slows me down and is cozy. Just like my dog, which also has a positive effect on my driving style. When I have it with me, I drive very defensively because it and I just can’t hold on.

The world: The industry has now understood which economic factor young and old timers represent?

My first word was car. And even as a little kid, I could tell cars by their headlights.

Carsten Mueller, CDU member of the Bundestag

Carsten Muller: Yes, she has, if not for long. But now a lot of manufacturers, even those you wouldn’t suspect, are really trying to address this issue. Even Seat and Skoda are now represented at some rallies. At Hyundai, I think it has not yet arrived (laughs).

The world: Will there still be cars at all in the future??

Carsten Muller: Yes, but they will look completely different. Autonomous driving will also be an exciting thing.

The world: Where is the freedom that belongs to happiness??

Carsten Muller: Freedom in the city and in the countryside are two completely different things. Are you freer with the car in Berlin than without it? The boys there often no longer have a driver’s license at all. But if you live in Bad Frankenhausen or Thuringia, then you simply need a car. You also want to go somewhere else.

The bevel doctor at work

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Peter Pohl at a milling machine in the basement of his house, but here he is not machining a vertical shaft motor, but the block half of a Steyr-Puch motor.

Source: Christian Burkert

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But of course there are also vertical shaft motors in Pohl’s workshop, such as this type 587/3 for a Porsche 904 GTS.

Source: Christian Burkert

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Pohl himself still has four vertical shaft Porsches, including this wonderful convertible …

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… 356 A Carrera 1600 from 1958.

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But it doesn’t always have to be Porsche: Here the engine expert controls a Steyr-Puch TR from 1968, the body unmistakably comes from the Fiat 500.

Source: Christian Burkert

The world: Are you born a car man or did you have a family history??

Carsten Muller: My first word was car. Then papa and mom came. To put it bluntly, my father distinguishes cars by their license plates. On the other hand, as a small child, I could recognize cars by the headlights, which were always my eyes.

The world: Where there is happiness, envy is usually not far away. As a politician, for example, can you drive a Ferrari??

Carsten Muller: Ferrari is not the brand that picks me up. I only like the old and out-of-the-way models.

The world: Nevertheless: The Chancellor earns significantly less than some business leaders with whom she sits at the same table. But you would resent the Ferrari, right?

"Envy doesn’t change anything"

Carsten Muller: But the Chancellor also has a pretty expensive car with all the armor, which is also unique.

The world: Yes, but that is a tool that the Ferrari is not. Why is it great when Gunter Netzer drives a Ferrari, and politicians are not allowed to get away with it?

Carsten Muller: Are you really going to let the business bosses get away with it? Politicians are just normal people with the most varied of interests. My dog ​​doesn’t care whether I’m in the Bundestag or not. But envy is human. To be honest, I’m glad I don’t own a lot of things. Property is always a certain burden. But envy doesn’t help anyone and doesn’t change anything.

The world: Your working group is officially cross-party, but my superficial impression is that some parties – such as the Greens – are holding back elegantly.

When barn finds are kissed awake

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Open an old barn and find an automotive treasure in it – that’s probably what every classic car lover dreams of. This barn hides, for example, Opel Rekord, model yearage 58.

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On the outside there is a thick layer of dust on the well-preserved Opel, but inside the painted sheet metal of the dashboard shines. Behind the sun visor there are still notes from dhe time before the car disappeared in the shed for decades.

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Sigvard Nyling (left), the owner of the car, and his nephew Lennart also discover old cards and papers in the trunk.

Source: Michael von Klodt

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Andreas Jaldeback is familiar with barn finds and other old cars. For almost 30 years he has been trading European vintage and youngtimers in a suburb of Malmo.

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In Sweden, however, vintage cars are also often offered for sale by private individuals. Alain Steegmans, for example, offers his Renault 4CV on the lawn in his front yard on.

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For the cream sandwich, which has not yet reached 100,000 kilometers on the speedometer, he charges around 3,100 euros.

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Germans often come to Sweden by trailer to take home with them in well-preserved vintage cars. However, they are not too popular in Scandinavia because they are supposed to beh ruin the prices

Source: Michael von Klodt

Carsten Muller: In theory, everyone is there, but unfortunately the colleagues from the Greens or the Left are still a little too weakly represented, and they are probably too busy.

The world: Is there a working group "Free People’s Bicycle"?

Carsten Muller: Possible. But of course we also compete with many other important issues. In addition, not all MEPs know about us at all; we still have to work on that. The issue of classic cars is of course a marginal issue, but those who make up the classic car scene appreciate us very much, and there are still many problems to be solved. For example, the driving bans for historic trucks on Sunday – how is that supposed to work? They only drive three times a year and always on Sundays to a classic car meeting. And you can’t go very far in these insane drums without a servo anyway. Or what about classic cars and the toll? Should red license plates really be recorded? What then happens with classic car test drives? Its a lot to do.

Carsten Mueller, CDU member of the Bundestag

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