Classic vehicle enthusiasts gather on “Kudamm” – The Berlin Spectator

Countless classic car owners are displaying their treasures on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm this weekend. Our reporter was one of thousands of people who went there to admire these vehicles on Saturday. Type E and 911, anyone? Many American vintage vehicles can also be seen there.

Berlin, June 18, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — After a long Corona break, the Berlin Classic Days are back. Tonight until 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday June 19, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the major part of Kurfürstendamm, the large boulevard in the old western city center of Berlin, is reserved for vintage cars, their owners and spectators (yes, including The Berlin Spectator).

This sensational exhibition received an award. Photo: Emmanuel Marcus

Food and liquids

I have never seen so many 1980s Mercedes SLs, 1970s E-Types and 911s in my life. But more unique vehicles were also on display. Thousands of visitors came to admire these beautiful cars. They took a million selfies next to them and discussed their details with their owners. Many classic car owners are used to gatherings like Classic Days. They come with camping tables, chairs, and plenty of food. An extra ration of liquid was needed today because of the exaggerated temperatures. It was the hottest day in Berlin so far, but tomorrow will supposedly be worse.

This Ford LTD Brougham has a confident expression. Photo: Emmanuel Marcus

Beautiful Volkswagen Beetles from the 50s and 60s were there, along with other models that European streets were filled with 40 years ago. The most sensational cars were even rewarded. They included some that looked like horseless carriages. I’ve liked a lot of vintage American cars I’ve come across.

Olaf Bannek pays attention to detail. It still has Arizona license plates. Photo: Emmanuel Marcus

sexy pacer

A Berliner came up with the most stylish Ford LTD Brougham ever. The car is in excellent condition. Forty years ago, its color, dark brown, was chic. The owner takes good care of this beauty. Another fine example of American design present at Classic Days is the 1980 AMC Pacer in red that another Berliner is exhibiting there. No other car on Earth has ever had this shape, and none ever will. It’s probably the sexiest form of transportation in town.

So, is there a more beautiful Montclair on this planet? We do not think so. Photo: Emmanuel Marcus

Then I met Olaf Bannek. Just before Corona arrived, he fulfilled a dream by buying a superb 1957 Mercury Montclair in Arizona. “It was like buying a pig out of a poke,” Bannek said. A friend of his sent him dozens of photos of the vehicle. He decided to go there. A few weeks later he drove to the port of Bremerhaven in his Dodge RAM and brought a huge trailer. It was the day he was face to face with his Montclair for the first time. It’s beautiful, inside and out.

Technically, the AMC Pacer had issues, but its design was ahead of its time. Photo: Emmanuel Marcus

racing green

Between Olivaer Platz square and its Joachimstaler Strasse intersection, ‘Kudamm’ is full of superb vintage vehicles. Nobody wants to see an E-Type in British racing green parked next to a Datsun 280z, because this latest Japanese-built car is masquerading as a Jag. But you will if you go. You will also see an Impala, several Ferrari 412BBs, but hardly any Lambos. There is a Lotus Seven 2. Several Rolls Royces are also waiting. Everything is here. Free entry.

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