Let’s think about for a second that you simply’re a rich individual residing in Berlin, Germany: The place do you go to purchase your subsequent supercar, collectable traditional or gentleman’s racer? Most certainly to Traditional Remise, situated in a historic tram depot on Wiebestraße road.
This massive industrial area constructed at the start of the twentieth century is totally stacked with extremely fascinating and uncommon vehicles. House owners of such autos will pay to retailer and have their vehicles maintained right here, however Traditional Remise is usually dwelling to corporations that service, restore and promote particular autos.
After Drift Masters Germany, I had a number of hours to spare earlier than my flight again dwelling. Traditional Remise appeared like excellent place to kill a while, particularly since my colleague had by no means visited it earlier than.
I believed I’d take you alongside for the experience too, however there’s one factor you gained’t be capable of expertise: the odor. A mix 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 traditional Porsches, Jaguars, Land Rovers, bikes and different fascinating autos. It was a Sunday after I visited, so that they have been closed and all the things inside was in a ‘nonetheless life’ state.
The vehicles which might be hidden behind the glass are customer-owned, and able to be taken for a spin any day or evening. My countless gratitude goes to the individuals who resolve to not maintain their valuable vehicles locked up of their personal properties, 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 a number of gems out there for buy.
This pink Alfa Romeo Montreal is an ideal instance of a ’70s Italian sports activities automotive. Penned by Marcello Gandini, the putting 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. Curiously, the automotive was designed by Volvo’s chief designer Jan Wilsgaard, however constructed by the Bertone manufacturing unit in Italy. Often, it’s one other method 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 pleased 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 ingredient of the time. I’ve at all times cherished the truth that this homologation particular for the European Touring Automobile Championship was bought with out the rear wing connected. BMW couldn’t promote the three.0 CSL with the wing fitted as German regulation dictated it was unlawful for highway use. The reply was to go away 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 Formulation 1 vehicles have been undoubtedly putting, 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 gained’t be a rookie when it returns to F1 racing from 2026.
I believe this BMW Sauber F1 automotive could possibly 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 really 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 incorporates a Daihatsu-sourced, turbocharged 993cc engine good for 72hp.
Germany is in style for these types of services. You will 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 putting. It’s situated in a fantastic historic locomotive roundhouse with a barely translucent ceiling.
Motorworld Cologne has an ace up its sleeve, internet hosting a non-public 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 vehicles in a four-story constructing that was beforehand an agricultural equipment manufacturing unit.
All these areas may really feel a bit elitist initially, however opening them as much as anybody with a ardour for vehicles makes them really feel extra like museums or public libraries. The distinction is that right here, as an alternative of conventional artwork, we are able to admire automotive artwork via the rarest and most fascinating vehicles on this planet. Once they’re not out cruising or being thrashed round a observe that’s.