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Automechanika Frankfurt to add classic, vintage car business in 2018

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 09:00
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Automechanika Frankfurt will cover the topic of classic cars from beginning to end of the value-creation chain at its next event September 11-15, 2018.

Everything related to the veteran, vintage and classic car business will be housed in Hall 10.0. This is located next door to workshop equipment, paintwork products, repair and the REIFEN tire fair, which will be held concurrently with Automechanika Frankfurt for the first time.

Attending in the classic car section are the German Association for Bodywork and Vehicle Technology (Zentralverband für Karosserie- und Fahrzeugtechnik – ZKF) and the German Association for Motor Trades and Repairers (Zentralverband des Deutschen Kraftfahrzeuggewerbes – ZDK), offering a range of initial and further training. Also attending will be many parts and paint manufacturers, as well as insurance and financing companies – offering special provision for classic cars.

Olaf Mußhoff, Director of Automechanika Frankfurt, says, “We want to be a valuable business platform, capable of providing comprehensive information on the subject, for everyone who is keen to repair and maintain these historic vehicles properly and professionally. The repair of classic cars can be a really worthwhile enterprise for many German repair shops; you just have to know how to go about it. We want to bring those with a detailed knowledge of the area together with newcomers in the field from all over the world.”

Matthias Braun, General Secretary of Germany’s long-established Automobile Club (AvD), said he welcomes the initiative, “The club recognizes the constantly growing importance of this market for car manufacturers, repair shops and parts suppliers. Automechanika is, therefore, precisely the right platform, on which to present the economic relevance of vintage and classic cars to an appropriate target group.”

Emotionally charged market 

More than 4,000 events relating to historic vehicles take place in Germany. Owners of classic and vintage cars see the care and use of their vehicle as a passionate hobby and are prepared to invest a great deal of time and money in it. According to a BBE study, classic car drivers spend, on average, more than € 5,200 per car per year. Over 60 percent of market sales represent emotionally driven purchases. And, for the automotive sector in general, classic cars make an important contribution to its image and meet with broad-based interest amongst the population.

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