Remember pouring out your favourite toy chest?
Actually, this is not my carpet after pouring out my favourite toy chest, but the glass cages of one the best classic car centres I know. These photos were taken a few months ago when I visited the Rhine area's automotive heartland. The Classic Remise Düsseldorf functions as a service center specializing in classic and luxury cars. But it's much more than that. It was set up in a refurbished locomotive garage and it remained a stable item on my agenda en route to the Essen Techno Classica.
The reason for this post is that the Remise is probably the best place for an awesome car spotting. Usually I visited its premises during the 'Classica, when half of the stock is on display in Essen, at the stages of the Remise or its resident Dealers. This summer however, I could admire its full beauty (and also write a more complete report), and I believe this set of cars shows why its my favourite car spotting place.
Take the Porsche 918, that is a truly awesome piece of machinery with a design worthy of a Porsche hypercar. Next to it there is car a car that is a complete opposite in everything. The P1800 is one of the few classic cars whose prices did not reach unreasonable heights but it is unique and elegant alternative to mainstream 911s. The 930 and the two SLSs are not cheap but I would not call it an exotic car either, but next up, there was an Alfa Guilia from the 1960's in Carbinieri Livery (with a blue sirene!) commonly seen in the Piedone movie series with Bud Spencer. The line of cars finishes with another hypercar, the Porsche Carrera GT, predecessor of the 918. This row made me speechless. Each car would have, but the fact that these car with completely different background can be found together, will deliver the ultimate punchline.
Below you can see an E type, a modern era Ferrari, a Citroen SM, and Alfa 8c (most rare, as its red :) ) feel free to spot them...
Originally I planned a pic with some text, to kick off with my first car spotting post, but I see it got a bit more elaborate than I planned. This place is actually a true paradise for car spotters, among my favourites, a De Tomaso Longchamp, a 930 speedster and flatnose, Lambo LM002 (actually two), and of course an ancient red Porsche "kabrio" with diesel engine.