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 basic or gentleman’s racer? Almost certainly to Traditional Remise, positioned in a historic tram depot on Wiebestraße avenue.
This massive industrial house constructed at the start of the twentieth century is absolutely stacked with extremely fascinating and uncommon automobiles. Homeowners of such automobiles will pay to retailer and have their automobiles maintained right here, however Traditional Remise is generally residence 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 residence. 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 trip too, however there’s one factor you gained’t be capable of expertise: the scent. 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 full of 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 all the pieces inside was in a ‘nonetheless life’ state.
The automobiles which are hidden behind the glass are customer-owned, and able to be taken for a spin any day or evening. My limitless gratitude goes to the individuals who resolve to not hold their valuable automobiles locked up of their non-public 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 positively just a few gems obtainable for buy.
This crimson 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 underneath 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 facility in Italy. Often, it’s one other approach 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 joyful 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 all the time beloved the truth that this homologation particular for the European Touring Automobile Championship was offered with out the rear wing connected. BMW couldn’t promote the three.0 CSL with the wing fitted as German legislation 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 residence.
The showroom positively had some eye sweet. I by no means thought I’d see a contemporary Lancia Stratos Idea, however right here one was.
The outdated Formulation 1 automobiles have been positively putting, however some details about them would full the image. This Marlboro Group McLaren M26 had #7 on the facet, presumably making it a James Hunt automotive. I observed 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 feel this BMW Sauber F1 automotive might 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 underneath the Innocenti label. After BLMC’s collapse in 1975, Innocenti was offered 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 common for these types of services. You may 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 positioned in an attractive 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 flooring.
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 facility.
All these areas would possibly 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 respect automotive artwork by the rarest and most attention-grabbing automobiles on the earth. After they’re not out cruising or being thrashed round a observe that’s.