Let’s think about for a second that you simply’re a rich individual dwelling in Berlin, Germany: The place do you go to purchase your subsequent supercar, collectable basic or gentleman’s racer? Most certainly to Traditional Remise, positioned in a historic tram depot on Wiebestraße avenue.
This massive industrial area constructed initially of the twentieth century is absolutely stacked with extremely fascinating and uncommon automobiles. House owners of such automobiles will pay to retailer and have their automobiles maintained right here, however Traditional Remise is usually dwelling to corporations that service, restore and promote particular automobiles.
After Drift Masters Germany, I had just a few hours to spare earlier than my flight again dwelling. Traditional Remise appeared like good place to kill a while, particularly since my colleague had by no means visited it earlier than.
I assumed I’d take you alongside for the journey too, however there’s one factor you received’t be capable of expertise: the odor. A combination of oil, rubber and time-worn automotive interiors hit as quickly as the doorway door is opened.
Traditional Remise’s restoration workshops are crammed with basic Porsches, Jaguars, Land Rovers, bikes and different attention-grabbing automobiles. It was a Sunday after I visited, in order that they have been closed and every part inside was in a ‘nonetheless life’ state.
The automobiles which can be hidden behind the glass are customer-owned, and able to be taken for a spin any day or evening. My infinite gratitude goes to the individuals who resolve to not hold their treasured automobiles locked up of their personal houses, however not directly have them on present at a facility like this.
As I discussed although, most of Traditional Remise is devoted to automotive gross sales, and there have been undoubtedly just a few gems obtainable for buy.
This pink Alfa Romeo Montreal is an ideal instance of a ’70s Italian sports activities automotive. Penned by Marcello Gandini, the placing 2+2 coupe has whimsical design cues and holds a stunning 2.6L V8 beneath the hood.
This Volvo 262C was one other luxurious coupe I couldn’t stroll previous with out taking a better look. Apparently, the automotive was designed by Volvo’s chief designer Jan Wilsgaard, however constructed by the Bertone manufacturing unit in Italy. Normally, it’s one other means round – Bertone creates a design and a producer produces the automotive.
The one Japanese automotive I noticed on the premises was this FCS3 Mazda RX-7 Cabriolet. Round 22,000 FC convertibles have been constructed, making them fairly uncommon. Even fewer of them have been turbocharged like this one, so I used to be blissful to see it in individual.
My favourite automotive of all was this BMW 3.0 CSL in correct M colours and with chrome fender extenders, a stunning design factor of the time. I’ve all the time liked the truth that this homologation particular for the European Touring Automotive Championship was bought with out the rear wing hooked up. BMW couldn’t promote the three.0 CSL with the wing fitted as German regulation dictated it was unlawful for street use. The reply was to depart the wing within the boot for an proprietor to suit after they had taken the automotive dwelling.
The showroom undoubtedly had some eye sweet. I by no means thought I’d see a contemporary Lancia Stratos Idea, however right here one was.
The previous System 1 automobiles have been undoubtedly placing, however some details about them would full the image. This Marlboro Staff McLaren M26 had #7 on the facet, presumably making it a James Hunt automotive. I seen it had a Ford-Cosworth V8 within the rear, a reminder that the Blue Oval received’t be a rookie when it returns to F1 racing from 2026.
I believe this BMW Sauber F1 automotive may very well be from the 2006 or 2007 season, belonging to both Nick Heidfeld, Jacques Villeneuve or Robert Kubica.
And right here’s a automotive I didn’t even know existed earlier than seeing it at Traditional Remise Berlin. It’s truly a Bertone-designed, re-bodied Mini, which was initially was produced by British Leyland beneath the Innocenti label. After BLMC’s collapse in 1975, Innocenti was bought to De Tomaso and the mannequin was rebadged as such. This Innocenti Turbo De Tomaso model contains a Daihatsu-sourced, turbocharged 993cc engine good for 72hp.
Germany is well-liked for these kinds of amenities. You might have Traditional Remise in each Berlin and Düsseldorf, Motorworld in Cologne and Stuttgart, and the Klassikstadt in Frankfurt, amongst others.
Traditional Remise Düsseldorf is especially placing. It’s positioned in a lovely historic locomotive roundhouse with a barely translucent ceiling.
Motorworld Cologne has an ace up its sleeve, internet hosting a personal Michael Schumacher assortment on its second ground.
I haven’t been to Motorworld Stuttgart for a few years, however again in 2013 they’d a fighter jet inside.
Klassikstadt in Frankfurt homes its automobiles in a four-story constructing that was beforehand an agricultural equipment manufacturing unit.
All these places may really feel a bit elitist initially, however opening them as much as anybody with a ardour for automobiles makes them really feel extra like museums or public libraries. The distinction is that right here, as an alternative of conventional artwork, we will recognize automotive artwork via the rarest and most attention-grabbing automobiles on the earth. After they’re not out cruising or being thrashed round a observe that’s.