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Classic Cars of Essen Motor Show 2018

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What Classic Cars stands for can be simply described as follows: The sun on your skin, the wind in your hair and the sound of the engine in your ears. Classics and Convertibles stand for freedom and driving fun and enjoy great popularity. At Essen Motor show 2018 Hall 3, a large special show with classic and newer models, amongst others, from Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche were on display feasting the eyes of Essen Motor Show 2018’s visitors. With a Mercedes-Benz 190 SL from 1956, the historic highlights include one of the most coveted sports cars on the vintage vehicle market. The impressive figure of 105 bhp at that time seems almost cute in comparison with today: The current state of the art is being embodied, for example, by a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with 659 bhp.

The most beautiful out of all classic cars at the Essen Motor Show 2018 is a Lancia Aurelia B 52 Coupé Vignale from 1953. A jury consisting of international vintage vehicle experts chose as the “Best of Show” in the Concours d’Elégance the completely restored vehicle which has already won several prizes.


On the basis of the legendary Lancia Aurelia which was named after a Roman road and was equipped with a V6 engine and a rear axle differential, the Vignale bodywork firm built a total of just four coupés with absolutely thin window posts – a special feature which provided the, at that time, totally new line of the pontoon shape with American elegance.

The rare vehicle was on the Heijstee Classics booth in the Classic & Prestige Salon in Hall 1 at the Essen Motor Show.

Other real eye-catchers are film cars from Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future. In addition to elaborately tuned and refined vehicles, valuable classic cars can also be seen, such as a BMW 507 from 1959, which is for sale for 2.5 million euros.


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The Tuning in Essen Motor Show 2018

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When your heart beats faster and your pulse vibrates it can only be ESSEN Motor Show 2018.

From December 1 to 9, 2018, the Essen Motor Show 2018 brought them all together: Sports car fans, tuners, motorsportsmen, motorsports women and vintage vehicle friends to celebrate the 51st lap of the performance festival at Messe Essen.


Over 500 exhibitors and a spectacular supporting programme are connecting people and styles. The emotional format for success is arousing the enthusiasm of generations and genders across the board. Amongst other highlights, a special show with sporty convertibles and live action in the Motorsports Arena are ensuring great emotions.

The exhibitors included Continental, Hankook, Mercedes FanWorld, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Renault Motorsport, Skoda, Toyo Tires and VW Motorsport. They displayed new sports cars, tyres and racing vehicles.

For tuners, the Essen Motor Show is a festival: Here, numerous manufacturers are presenting new vehicles and accessories for the coming season including ABT Sportsline, BBS, Brabus, Eisenmann Exhaust Systems, H&R Spezialfedern, KW automotive, OZ Deutschland, Remus Innovation and Sonax. Moreover, hip tuning forges such as JP Performance, Liberty Walk, Sidney Industries and Vossen Wheels also were present at the starting line in Essen.

Not to forget The special show called the tuningXperience is the tuning trend show par excellence: Around 160 private owners from Europe presented their often prizewinning vehicles. Here, many of the parts offered at the Essen Motor Show can be admired in the assembled condition. The spectrum of the exhibits ranges from the moderate daily driver to the detail-loving high-end showcar.

Vehicles in motorsports looks are trendy, frequently with widebodies, large wings and carbon parts. The appearances are often completed by sporty brake systems and wheel rims as well as by film applications in motorsports designs. Also hip: tuned youngtimers, particularly from German makes such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche and VW.
The heart chamber of the Essen Motor Show is the Motorsports Arena: Here, the engines are roaring, the tyres are screeching and the adrenaline level is rising up to record-breaking values. The racing atmosphere is enticing thousands of visitors into the arena every day. The programme featured drift shows, taxi rides for visitors and presentations by the exhibitors. In the neighboring pit lane in Hall 5, everything is also revolving around motorsports: Racing series and circuits such as the Hockenheimring and the Nürburgring had their booths here.

In Hall 3, a selection of design cars and crazy cars were awaiting those people who like it even more individual. These eccentric one-offs are showing that a lot is possible beyond each series: either as a daring design for the future of mobility or simply as a funmobile.

Both have their places at the Essen Motor Show which also offers a permanent setting to e-mobility. The car sharing provider RUHRAUTOe is presenting a selection of electrically driven vehicles. These include the fair premieres of the following models: BMW i8 Roadster (2018), Nissan eNV200 (2018), Renault Master Z.E. 33 (2019), Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 (2018) and Tesla Model 3 (US) (2018).

Essen Motor Show 2018 is a true show to be considered for tuning lovers.

See you next year



Heels & Wheels

The girls of Essen Motor Show 2018


Image Credit: Messe Essen

Show : ESSEN Motor Show
Year : 2018

Country : Germany
Models: Girls of ESSEN Motor Show

Essen Motor Show one of the most important shows in the world, but Tuning shows are always about cars and girls. Here are the Girls of Essen Motor Show 2018


Interviews and Reports

Interview with the Legends of Shelby

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Carroll Hall Shelby is an undisputable legend when it comes to the automotive industry, this auto icon is the person behind the most loved roadster of all times the AC Cobra and the iconic overhauled Ford the Shelby Mustang from the 60’s till today.


That being said it is not every day that we in the Middle East get the chance to discuss the legend’s past, present and future with the heirs to the throne.

For the occasion, Arab Motor World got the opportunity to sit down with Aaron Shelby, Caroll Shelby’s Grandson, and Gary Patterson Shelby American Inc.’s president and this is what they had to say.

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What’s Shelby’s strategy for the Middle East?

Well, we know for a fact that the Middle East is one of the major markets for Ford and we are there as well part of that strategy. In Dubai, we already have the Shelby Ford F-150 truck and also the Super snake being sold on the market and we will continue to develop our presence in the Middle East and bring in new vehicles and increase our presence in that part of the world.

So what about that beast, the Shelby Raptor. What was the idea behind it and who are your competitors?

The cool thing is that we don’t have a lot of competitors in this market place as this vehicle is designed to perform both off-road and on-road so the Shelby Raptor will perform on a phenomenal level even if you decide to venture off tarmac. We wanted to deliver something that you can drive every day, take it for a weekend cruise and visit your country club and still look phenomenal under any conditions.

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What types of roads is this vehicle made for, I mean the Middle East has desert and at the same time some countries have snow?

Well if you have seen our promotional video, you will know that this vehicle is already dune bashing with two wheels in the air and is performing superbly on those type of roads, as for snow well unlike other vehicles this machine is made for all types of roads and weather, it will perform on sand, snow, cold weather, warm weather and it can actually perform almost everywhere.

So what’s coming next for Shelby?

Ah well, during November 2017 we have revealed the Shelby 1000 which is a track upgrade for the Mustang with a 5.2L engine reaching more than 1000 Horsepower. And it is not just about the horsepower it is all about the full systems that comes in to play from suspension, aerodynamics, brakes.. when we fired this baby in our facilities it was phenomenal.

And like Caroll Shelby is known to say: “My favorite car is the next car”. So we are always in constant development and at this point this is what we can share but some secrets are still hidden in the drawer, so you have to wait and see we have more phenomenal vehicles coming in for 2018.