Classic Ride

Classic Ride

Classic Rides opens the doors to its automobile museum. From famous movie cars like the DeLorean to unusual models like the Amphicar and cult classics like the Volkswagen Beetle; this show shines the spotlight on vintage cars from all over the world and puts the cherished jewels from the past through the paces once again. Join us and take a look back on more than 100 years of automotive history.

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  • Amphicar

    The Amphicar 770 is a rare classic. Its special attraction is that you drive motorboat on the road. It may not be the fastest car on the street, but it’s ready to be used on the water as well. Thus careful maintenance and continuous checks are a must. If something leaks, the Amphicar will sink like a stone. Classic Ride meets Richard Orthuber who owns an Amphicar 770.

  • German Race Car Classics

    Historic image documents from the Porsche 550 RS Spyder. And: The Audi Quattro shocked the competitors.

  • Big Days for Great Classic Cars

    Big day for significant classic cars. 50 years ago, the people from Ingolstadt presented the last DKW car - the F 12 Roadster. 'Cutaway' model for the 50th birthday. How the Ford Mustang ends up on top of the Empire State Building. And: 40 years of turbo boost. The Porsche 911 Turbo still requires experienced drivers at the wheel.

  • Four Seater Convertibles

    Classic four-seater convertibles: the BMW 503 convertible with V8 engine. The noble four-seater is one of the most exclusive models of the Bavarian Motor Works. The official service car of the most famous TV investigator. The Peugeot 403 Cabrio of Inspector Columbo. And: pre-war elegance with 50s technology. The Mercedes S 170 is the restart into the luxury class after the War, for the people from Stuttgart.

  • Space Savers

    The VW Bulli Camper Samba mutates from pack mule into high priced classic. Letter box with 37 seats. The 1962 'Graf and Stift' post bus still transports holiday makers to their hotel, even today!

  • Forgotten Car Brands

    Revisiting the past to portray the classic and veteran cars of decades gone by, meeting the personalities who wrote automotive history, sending very old cars running round very fast circuits.

  • Classic Cars Made in Japan!

    Revisiting the past to portray the classic and veteran cars of decades gone by, meeting the personalities who wrote automotive history, sending very old cars running round very fast circuits.

  • Unique Oldtimers

    Unique Oldtimers. The BMW 328 'Schlüter' wrote racing history in the 1930s. Today, the unique piece - thought to have been lost - is operational again. 'Hipflask' with Turbo Power. The TVR 3000M Cosworth storms forward, and it can scare any Porsche out of its mind. And: A 60-year-old Opel Captain gets a makeover for modern everyday traffic. The Opel 'Kapinator'!

  • Auction Classics

    Vintage cars as an investment. The DeLorean can look back on an eventful history. Today, the Gullwing is an interesting classic investment. 100 dream cars under the hammer. At the classic car auction in Switzerland, hunters and collectors go bargain hunting. And 'Youngtimers' with investment potential. Even Formula 1 World Champion, Senna was thrilled by the Mercedes 190E 2.3 16V

  • Classic Cars with All-Wheel Drive

    The VW: Type 166 Amphibious Vehicle is the all-rounder amongst off-road vehicles. Peugeot 205 Turbo 16. The French all-wheel cracker mixes up the World Rally Championship in the 80s. And : Willys Jeep in the Drive Report. The ascetic SUV conquered the World by storm and the hearts of off-road enthusiasts.

  • Luxurious Coupes with 12 Cylinders

    Luxurious coupes with 12 cylinders! The Jaguar XJC V12 purrs like a kitten and growls like a wild cat. BMW 850. The high-tech luxury coupe from Bavaria tried to snatch the clientele from Mercedes-Benz. A luxury Ferrari on the track. This 250 GTE writes in the sixties racing history.

  • German Classic Cars of the 70ies

    Revisiting the past to portray the classic and veteran cars of decades gone by, meeting the personalities who wrote automotive history, sending very old cars running round very fast circuits.

  • Motorsport Classics

    Sporty Roadster with a star. The Mercedes 280 SL ""Pagoda"" in the test. Stately, bizarre and rare. The Jensen 541R is a typical British sports car. And: Goodwood Revival. At the world's biggest racing event for vintage millions values ??duel on four wheels.

  • Bensberg Classics

    Every year the most beautiful and noble classic cars meet in the courtyard of Bensberg Castle near Cologne for the Concours d'Elegance! Visitors can expect to see precious single pieces, tradition-steeped legends and exceptional prototypes. Classic Ride has a glimpse behind the scenes of the Bensberg Classics and takes a closer look at the Mercedes 600 sedan, the Porsche 904.

  • Wankel Rotary Engines

    The story of the Wankel rotary engine starts with a vision. Felix Wankel wants to build a new kind of combustion engine. He succeeds in 1957, when his engine worked for the very first time. Later on Audi-NSU uses the engine in some of their production cars like the Ro 80. At the End of the 1960s Mercedes actually uses the rotary engine in a sports car: the legendary Mercedes C111.

  • Sporty Fords

    In 2013 the great Henry Ford would have turned 150 years old. The successful entrepreneur from the United States is best known for introducing the assembly line and mass production of automobiles. Classic Ride pays tribute to Henry Ford and three models that can be considered an important part of his sporting heritage: Ford Thunderbird (1955), Ford Mustang (1964) and Ford Capri (1968).

  • Cars for Rock Stars, Reds & Royals

    These days celebrities like Sir Sean Connery, Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey or Paris Hilton drive a Bentley - at least on some occasions. But centuries ago it used to be British royals who owned a Bentley like the luxury limousine S3, which was built from 1962 to 1965. In Germany the Mercedes-Benz 600 is deemed to be the proper representative car amongst statesmen in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Porsche's Rarities

    Automobile milestones of the brilliant Ferdinand Porsche: In 1899 he built the first-ever hybrid car of the world: the Lohner-Porsche. While working for Mercedes-Benz he also developed the Type S and thus laid the foundation for the successful 540K. And Auto Union asked him to develop a race car with a mid-engine layout so that they can break the dominance of Mercedes-Benz on the race tracks.

  • Classic Hybrids

    The Apollo 3500 GT is, without any doubt, inspired by the sinfully beautiful designs by Pininfarina for Ferrari. It was designed to be an alternative to often costly European sports cars and thus, its American designer used cheaper American technology for its car like the newly designed V8 engine from the major manufacturer Buick. However, the Apollo 3500 GT wasn’t a success.

  • Porsche Type 64

    The 1938 Porsche Typ 64 racing car is a holy grail for many Porsche fans, because it’s the first ever car that is named after Professor Ferdinand Porsche. It is based on Porsche’s so-called Volkswagen and only three examples were ever produced. They were supposed to take part in a race from Berlin through Race, but never did due to World War II. Hamburg’s prototype museum rebuilt the Porsche 64.

  • Rally Legends

    Rally Legends! High-tech turbo cars from the wild eighties meet together again at the 'SalzburgRing'. Small Italian two-seater with mid-engine. The Lancia Beta Monte Carlo offers classic cars driving pleasure at a low entry price.

  • Mobility in the Eastern Europe

    Whoever believes in the socialist era of the East there was only oil smelly two-stroke Trabant and Wartburg or license production cars á la Lada, is wrong. Companies like Tatra from Czechoslovakia introduced in the fifties advanced, even pioneering automobiles. Unfortunately, the clientele was exclusive, and in the west countries the streamlined cars are big rarities. Today, these cars are cult and interesting collectibles. Classic Ride presents a lover and his extraordinary Tatra T87 of 1937.

  • British Sportscar Rarities

    At the beginning of the last century people used to travel on cars like the Morgan Three-Wheeler, which are a mixture of motorcycles and cars and thus avoided the British tax on cars. At the same time driving a threewheeler wasn’t difficult at all. In fact, the Morgan Three-Wheeler was rather successful in racing. Classic Ride gets hold of a 1936 Morgan Three-Wheeler and goes for a ride.

  • Aston Martin DB 4 GT Zagato

    In 1960 the English sports car marque Aston Martin engaged the services of the Italian bodywork craftsmen at Zagato to give the DB4 GT a unique look. An overall weight of 1,250 kilograms and six-cylinder engine with an output of 314hp give this DB4 a power-to-weight ratio comparable with today’s Porsche Turbo. With only 23 units built, the DB4 is even more exclusive than any Ferrari GTO.

  • Turbo Charged Ford Capri

    The Ford Capri was born in 1969 in Brussels and modelled on the extremely successful Mustang coupe from the US. Almost 1.1 million units of its series were sold. However, nobody can say for sure anymore, how many of these cars were tuned with the May turbo charger. Today the fast coupe with the May turbo kit is an absolute rarity. Classic Ride meets the owner of a Ford Capri with turbo kit.

  • Mercedes 540 K

    Exclusive, expensive, fast and closely linked with many successes in racing: Hardly any other car represents the splendid lifestyle of the day’s film and music stars better than an open-topped Mercedes 540 K, which premiered at the Paris Car Show in 1936. The K stands for Kompressor, which is German for supercharger. Classic Ride tells the story of this cult icon.

  • Roadrunner's Paradise

    The Roadrunner’s Paradise near Berlin is one of several meeting points for fans of Hot Rods in Germany. Here the rebels come together and celebrate the good old times. Since it is a tradition for real outlaws, every Hot Rod needs to do the eighth of a mile track during the meeting. Plus: A BMW 2800 which was turned into a racing car and then ended up in a junkyard is put to the test.

  • Lancia Delta Integrale

    Alpina and AMG are two of the first tuners. They made their names in motorsports in the 1960s and have been the best in the business ever since. Reason enough for Classic Ride to compare an SLC AMG and an Alpina CS with each other. Plus: The Lancia Delta Integrale won six World Rally Championship titles in a row, but is disparaged for its unreliability. So is the Lancia a cult car or just junk?

  • Karmann Ghia DIY

    In its original form the Karmann Ghia promised solid Volkswagen mass produced technology paired with an elegant Italian silhouette. But on this episode a Karmann is put to the test that is very different. Its engine comes from a 10-year-old Porsche. Plus: Classic Ride visits the Mexican Bettle scene which appreciates the Volkswagen Beetle as an collector’s item and a means of transport.

  • Citroen SM

    Once a year Russian vintage fans meet at a spots stadium in Moscow Sports for the Retro Style, a vintage rally through Moscow. Classic Ride takes advantage of the opportunity to celebrate the passion for old cars with Russan drivers. Once ahead of its time, the Citroen SM is now a rare collector’s item. Classic Rides takes a look at the French diva with an Italian heart.

  • Dogde Charger

    The Dodge Charger is one of the fiercest muscle cars of the 1960s and a typical child of an era, when sporty American cars had to have one thing above all: a hefty V8 with a large capacity and even more horsepower. Classic Ride takes a look at the Dodge Carger. Plus: Classic Ride show the history of the BMW 02 series, which still brings a smile to the face of most car fans.

  • Ferrari 265 California Spider

    Spotting the Ferrari 365 California Spyder in real life is practically impossible, because only 14 of them were ever made. In 1967 one example was delivered to Rapallo on the Italian Riviera, where it was used as the summer car of an industrial family from Milan. Responsible for the impressively elegant lines of the Ferrari 365 California Spyder is Sergio Pininfarina.

  • Mercedes C111

    The Mercedes C111 . Experimental- and research car from 1969. Design and engineering aren't common for the mostly conservative brand. On the outside gull-winged GFK-vehicle body, under the hood, you can find a three-shim rotary engine with 280 horse power. Later on Mercedes equips two C111s with 3,5-litre V8 motors. One of them is ready to start, and Classic Ride will test it on the road , today. Everybody is fascinated by the Mercedes C111! Additionally in this episode: A coupe , as elegant as a cocktail dress by Chanel and as solid as a medieval castle: The Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 coupe. The noble vehicle is one of the most reliable Oldies in the world. And especially the V8-motorised version

  • Power-Convertibles

    Convertibles with plenty of power. Porsche 911 Targa - the cult classic par excellence! Extreme lightweight Construction. The Lotus Seven Twin Cam SS - more race - than road car. This car demands the whole man. The 1930 Bentley Blower. And Sunbeam Tiger. A large V8 heart beats In this dainty English Roadster.

  • Saalbach Classic 2014

    Revisiting the past to portray the classic and veteran cars of decades gone by, meeting the personalities who wrote automotive history, sending very old cars running round very fast circuits.

  • Classic Technology Carriers

    A unique vehicle on TV for the first time ! The Bayer K67 research vehicle ! The first all-plastic car in the world. Developed in 1967 by technology company Bayer. Classic Ride presents the bright orange sports coupe after its extensive restoration.

  • Cult Race Classics

    They wrote history, back then on the race track, today at the auctions for enthusiastic cars. Bolides, like the Ford GT 40, the Jaguar D-Type or the Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. Back then, they were only developed to win. The former winners developed themselves to multi-million value sites and venture objects. But today they're still enthusiasts, who drive these cult classical cars, to break some new records. The Swiss Mercedes-lover Adrian Gattiker discovered one of only 29 built Mercedes 300 SL lightweight. After a costly restoration at Mercedes Classic, it will start at the most famous Oldtimer-rally in the world - Mille Miglia.

  • Convertibles for a Country Jaunt

    The most beautiful BMW ever. Superstars like Elvis Presley admire the brilliance of the 507 Roadster. Today, the 150-horsepower sports car from 1955 is one of the most valuable classics of all time. On a search for the cult brand from Stuttgart in a Porsche 356 Cabrio.

  • 50 years of Opel KAD

    1964 marks Opel's foray into the upper class market and its attack on Mercedes-Benz. That year, Opel presented its KAD series with Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat. While these cars offered an American design, they were equipped with solid German technology. Classic Ride presents three representative cars from the series, including an ultra-rare and extra elegant Diplomat Coupe.

  • Fascination Nurburgring

    With the M3, BMW brings race car technology to the road! 120 years Mercedes motorsport history. In celebration, Motorvision TV starts at the Nürburgring in Germany, with DTM legends Bernd Schneider and Ellen Lohr! Turbo-Power in the DTM. The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth teaches the racing competition the meaning of fear.

  • Rallye Le Jog

    Cruising like in 'Miss Marple' times. The 1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster has space for 5 fresh air fans. Le Jog - the toughest classic car rally in Europe. A German women's team takes on the challenge in the VW Iltis. In addition, charming small Cabriolet from the brass age. The 1919 Wolseley Stellite.

  • American Way of Drive

    The 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA in NASCAR Trim! The Bankers Hot Rod! The 1995 Chrysler 300 C was America's most powerful production vehicle. Muscle Car Collection! The rarest Mopars from Dodge and Plymouth in one collection. World Standard! The 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible sets new standards in terms of luxury.

  • Sportscars of 1963

    For more than 50 years the Porsche 911 has been driving on the roads and race tracks of the world. Each generation set standards in the sports car segment. We look back at the beginnings of this success story. But it is not the only legend from the class of 1963. At the same time Corvette Stingray celebrates its premier and becomes the American sports car dream par excellence.

  • Sports Car Generations

    Classic Ride visits an old forge at an historical property near Munich, which is focused on historical mobility. There Claus Mueller builds a hot racing roadster based on the 1929 Ford Model A Speedster. In the twenties, daring men raced with racing cars like this on dirt roads. Plus: Only 19 examples of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato have ever been produced. One of them is put to the test.

  • MG TC

    The MG TC is a sporty, but also extremely spartan car with technology from the late 1940s. Thus the car might be somewhat susceptible to technical problems, but it’s very easy to maintain. Lebrecht Tiede owns an MG TC, but it needs to overcome one hurdle. Before the car can be used on the streets, it needs to pass the TÜV, the German technical certification test.

  • Audi S1 Quattro, Part 2

    It is sexy, spectacular and comes with tremendous speed: the Audi Sport quattro S1, the most exciting rally car ever built. In part 2 of the S1 special, Classic Rides accompanies S1 pilot Michael Gerber during the second day of the Rally Legend. Plus: The whole story of the S1 told with original comments by former world champion Walter Röhrl.

  • Karmann Ghia

    The VW Karmann Ghia is said to be the most beautiful VW ever built. Today it has becoming more and more a collectors item, especially the Karmann Cabrio.

  • Fiat Dino

    The Fiat Dino Spider is one oft he most beautiful Cabrios oft he sixties: Designed by Pininfarina, incomparable in ist design, only 525 models were built. Under the hood is a Ferrari V6-engine working.

  • BMW Isetta

    Prince Leopold of Bavaria owns two cars, which can´t be as oppositional: the BMW isetta and the BMW Z8. The BMW Isetta is one oft he most unusual and most successful smal cars of the 50ties. Designed like an egg on wheels, with a 250ccm motobike-engine and 12 hp. The BMW Z8 ist still a dreamcar, with a timeless design, 5-Liter engine and 400hp. Classic Rides follows Leopold of Bavaria, as he gets both cars ready fort he summer.