Berlin is an eclectic city with a vibrant alternative culture, amazing architecture, fabulous food and a real sense of tangible history. When you have covered all bases in Berlin you really need to check out Classic Remise.
Here are 8 reasons why you need to get yourself there.
1. It’s a hidden gem!
Hidden away on an industrial-looking street in the outskirts of Berlin is this classic car paradise. You would never know this place existed unless you hunted it down.
2. It’s Free!
The doors to this petrol-head haven are wide open, and visitors don’t even need to pay to get in. That’s because Classic Remise isn’t really a museum, although with the amazing automotive quality and variety on show you’d be forgiven for thinking so.
3. It’s a little bit of everything.
Classic Remise houses all types of classic car dealers, mechanics, car restorers, detailers, and serves as a venue for owners’ clubs to meet. There are garages, services and dealers for classic cars, shops for spare parts, clothing, model cars, accessories and restaurants in this landmark building.
4. The perfect backdrop for classics.
The Remise is a refurbished warehouse from the early 1900s that used to be a historic tram depot. Originally built in imperial times construction started in 1899. Some architectural changes to the building were made in the 1920s. There were limited damages in the war, the places where firebombs damaged the building can still be seen on the ceiling. After the tram system was given up in then West-Berlin in the 1960s the depot did not serve any purpose and was in decay until the present owners bought it in 2002. Classic Remise Berlin was opened in 2003.
5. The Glass Boxes.
One of the most visually striking parts of the building are the rows of glass boxes that provide a temperature-controlled environment for people to store their classic cars. The glass boxes make the cars being stored almost look like model toy cars still in their transparent packages.
6. Variety of cars on display.
Just scroll down you will see what we mean.
Everything from classic Corvette Sting Rays to mint condition Lamborghini Countachs and stately Rolls-Royces are on display. A brand-new LaFerrari in the Ferrari dealership, Alfa Romeo GTV and an old Dino 246 GT.
7. German Stand-out Cars
Classic Remise is also home to some amazing German metal. Such as this breath-taking 1939 Horch 853A Speedster Roadster.
Under the bonnet sits a 120 bhp, 4,944 cc inline overhead cam eight-cylinder engine. To compete with the luxury cars of Mercedes-Benz and even some great French marques like Delahaye and Delage, the Auto-Union empire had Horch. After WW1, Horch represented the high end of this car collective that also included Audi, DKW and Wanderer.
The 853 can trace it’s roots back to 1926, when chief engineer Paul Daimler designed Germany’s first eight-cylinder production engine. Built with high-quality materials, it used a twin-cam valve train and was used right up to 1940. It helped Horch grow in the 1920s, leading to larger, more powerful versions. This peaked in 1937 when the 850 series offered 120 bhp.
Introduced in 1937, the 853A was a short-wheel base version of the 850. It used technology from the Auto-Union racecars and sold at a very competitive rate compared to Mercedes-Benz. Appointed with a complex de Dion-type rear suspension from Auto-Union’s Grand Prix program and Vacuum-assisted hydraulic brakes, the 853 also had an advanced chassis.
Advanced for its day it features independent front suspension, a chassis lubrication system, fully independent rear suspension, four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic drum brakes, and centrally controlled four-wheel hydraulic jacking system.
This is a car that captures your imagination. The attention to detail in this Horch was exquisite.
In complete contrast to the Horch is this DKW 3=6. The 3=6 is a compact front-wheel drive saloon manufactured by Auto Union. The car was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in March 1953 and sold until 1959. It was also named as the DKW Sonderklasse and, following the factory project number, as the DKW F91.
This BMW 502 V8 Cabriolet was well presented. At the time of its introduction the 502 was reportedly Germany’s fastest passenger sedan in regular production.
The 502 was acclaimed as Germany’s first post-war V8 powered car, but its high price led to low sales; only 190 were sold in its first year of production.
This 1952 EMW 327/2 Coupe was also an interesting car. In 1952 the works were transferred to ownership by the East German government and renamed EMW standing for Eisenacher Motorenwerk. It continued type 327 production and further developed the type 340. Production of both models ceased in 1955, by which time Eisenach had produced a total of over 21,200 BMW/EMW 340s and 400 BMW/EMW 327s.
The range of Porsche’s on display was eye candy. This 930 Turbo was our pick.
8. Its an ever changing vintage car paradise.
With cars changing hands, in for service or repair the collection of cars at Classic Remise is always changing. Good enough reason for a return visit one day.
We hope we have given to enough reasons to convince you that you need to one day get to Classic Remise.
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