- These are the Germans’ most popular classic cars
- Evergreen Porsche 911
- Spare parts delivery secured
- Dustin Hoffman and the Alfa
These are the Germans’ most popular classic cars
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Personal bond: Car enthusiasts who drove a Citroën 2CV – better known as a duck – during their student days are happy to bring back a piece of their youth.
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The Porsche 911 is very rust-resistant – but that’s not the only reason why it is an evergreen in the oldie scene. The picture shows a convertible from 1983.
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After the original Bulli and its successor, the VW T2, more and more fans of classic automobiles are discovering the third generation for themselves – the prices for the VW T3 bus are rising.
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The Alfa Romeo Spider exudes pure Italian sports car flair – and that’s why many car fans love the historic runabout.
Source: picture-alliance / gms
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Classic with a star: the Mercedes-Benz W 123 is in great demand among classic car fans, especially as a station wagon.
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Undisputed bestseller for H-approvals: The VW Beetle, WELT author Eckhard Fuhr sits at the wheel of the classic in Wolfsburg.
Source: Reto Klar
Germans love the variety of vintage cars. The spectrum ranges from the VW bus to sports cars such as the Porsche 911. Some classic lovers also indulge in memories of their youth.
NIt’s not just numbers that tell you what car enthusiasts like. Because then the VW Beetle would be by far the most popular classic car with more than 29,000 registered copies in Germany.
Often emotions are also decisive. The Porsche 911 and Mercedes-Benz W 123 are among those models that are particularly popular, confirms Martin Stromberg, managing director of the market watcher Classic Data in Bochum. Likewise the VW T3 bus, the Citroën 2CV and the Alfa Romeo Spider.
These five favorites can still be found frequently on Germany’s streets and are still real eye-catchers for many. According to Stromberg, they have proven their suitability for everyday use. “Their greatest enemy was and is rust,” he explains. "Except for Porsche, none of these manufacturers offered any factory-installed corrosion prevention."
Nevertheless, large numbers have survived to this day. According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), 11,704 vehicles with H-plates were registered for classic cars on January 1, 2014 alone from the Mercedes-Benz W 123. This puts the Benz in second place behind the VW Beetle in the registration statistics.
Evergreen Porsche 911
The Porsche 911, the original version of which with an air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine was unveiled in 1963, is not only an evergreen because of its rust resistance. "The original character and its constancy in design are unbeatable," enthuses Peter Schneider, President of the Federal Association for Clubs of Classic Vehicles, Deuvet. “Even if the high price scared off many fans, the sports car legend is still being written.” At the beginning of January, the KBA 7618 nine-eleven with the H license plate numbered – making it fourth in the classic car registration statistics.
Those who are more interested in the car brand with the star and are thinking about buying a Mercedes W 123 are still not limited to individual engine or body variants. Because the mid-range model was built from 1976 to 1985 well over three million times. "The diesel initially took off with 55 hp, the petrol engines had an output of up to 185 hp," says Peter Formhals, President of the Mercedes-Benz Interest Group (MBIG). "Well-preserved, well-maintained T-models – the station wagon version – as turbodiesel and the coupe with more sophisticated equipment are particularly in demand."
In addition to being susceptible to rust, the pleasure of drinking in the large petrol engines is a nuisance for many a W-123 driver. “But its advantages predominate,” says Mercedes specialist Formhals. "Harmoniously designed, with the first small plastic applications such as bumper corners, it marks the end of the gloss and glitter design."
Spare parts delivery secured
Anyone who has been able to keep such an everyday classic running beyond the life cycle provided by the manufacturer – usually 15 years – can also look to the future with optimism. “The supply of spare parts is good to very good for all of these models,” states Stromberg. "A good spare parts situation takes away a lot of worries, it gives the classic car owner a good feeling and thus increases the model’s popularity."
There is hardly any other classic car that applies this better than the Citroën 2CV – better known as the duck. "All maintenance-relevant parts are available from specialist suppliers, and the prices are moderate," enthuses Joey Kaiser, chairman of the PeReCi classic car club for French brands. "For enthusiasts, there is also the fact that the duck is easy to assemble and easy and inexpensive to repair."
In the 1970s and 1980s, German students liked to drive the Citroën 2CV or Renault 4. Today, many former duck drivers bring back a piece of the youth with the acquisition of the classic. “The duck embodies the French way of life, it has a likeable shape, and nobody can be angry with it,” Kaiser describes the fascination for the small car and adds: “You have to calculate around 10,000 euros for a duck in condition 2 today. "
The fact that popularity can drive prices up is not only demonstrated by the example of the duck. The third generation of the VW Bulli, the T3, is currently experiencing a surge. "The prices for a T3 built between 1979 and 1982 have risen by 236 percent over the past ten years," says Stromberg. After the price explosions in the original VW T1 Bulli, in particular as a Samba bus, and in the version of the Westfalia mobile home in the T2, they are also aiming for the five-digit limit for the angular heir T3.
Dustin Hoffman and the Alfa
Peter Schneider from Deuvet particularly appreciates the versatility of the VW T3 for freedom lovers. "Paired with reliability and complemented with a contemporary 80s look, it is an adequate successor to its legendary predecessor." The surfing generation of the late 20th century found it a kind of home mobile.
“Of the five classics mentioned, only the basic version of the Alfa Romeo Spider is cheap,” says Stromberg, referring to the price trend. The US actor Dustin Hoffman made the first version of Duetto from 1966 unforgettable and world-famous in the film “The Graduation”. By 1993 Alfa Romeo built three more series, which became known under the names Fastback, Gummilippe and Nuovo.
Peter Schneider considers the special flair of Italian sports cars to be perfect in the Alfa Romeo Spider. With 2,610 registered copies, it ranks 14th in the classic car registration statistics. "Unfortunately, many of the spirited runabouts are badly cared for these days," he says with regret. "The effort involved in eliminating the associated damage is often out of proportion to the market value."
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