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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • German Race Car Classics

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Porsche Special

    'Investigate the Porsche cult.' Which ride is more enjoyable, the Porsche tractor or Porsche Targa? Porsche is cult. For over 5 decades the fans have been addicted to these cars out of Zuffenhausen. But when was the big bang of the Porsche brand and when was the first Porsche created?

  • BMW 319

    The BMW 319/1 is one of the rarest and most demanded pre-war classic cars from Germany. Only 178 of them were ever built. Nowadays a well-maintained BMW 319/1 costs more than a Ferrari. But that's just one reason to drive this BMW very carefully. Classic Ride follows Andreas Mooser and his 319/1 on their way to a BMW Veterans Club rally through the Austrian alps.

  • Ron William's Cadillac

    The 1952 Cadillac Fleetwood is also known as the American Rolls-Royce, because it’s the car of celebrities, presidents, millionaires and mafia bosses. Only around 16,000 units were built, so it’s a treasured collector’s piece. One owner of the 52 Cadillac is German-American actor and entertainer Ron Williams, who has a special relationship with the car.

  • Folge 5

    Maserati begann als reiner Hersteller für Rennwagen. In den Fünfzigern war für Maserati die Fertigung von Serienwagen die einzige Möglichkeit, die Firma vor dem Konkurs zu retten. Classic blickt auf die ersten 95 Jahre in der Geschichte der italienischen Traditionsschmiede mit dem Dreizack im Logo. Plus: Der NSU TT, auch bekannt als GTI der 60er, im Tracktest.

  • Porsche Carrera RS

    In the early 70s it was the fastest and most sportive production sports car in Germany: The Porsche Carrera RS. Today the RS is a classic Porsche with the highest acclaim.

  • Folge 11

    Der Berliner Klaus Lehmann setzt seiner Leidenschaft zu Rock 'n'Roll das I-Tüpfelchen auf und fährt seit über zehn Jahren Hot Rods. In der Szene ist er bekannt wie ein bunter Hund. Er weiß ganz genau was einen echten Hot Rod ausmacht. Außerdem: Bulli, Boxer und Bananenlaster. Seit über fünfzig Jahren ist der VW Bus in aller Welt unterwegs. Gerd Weiser besitzt ein ganz besonderes Exemplar.

  • Cobra Pacer

    One real eye catcher is the very rare AMC Pacer from the movie 'Waynes World'. This car has caught the attention of famous German Music-Manager Andreas Laesker.

  • Eifel Race at the Nurburgring

    Mercedes-Benz Classic has a newly built race car, a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 1964, for the Dunlop FHR Long Distance Cup. Classic Ride reporter Robert Tomitzi takes the chance and gives it a ride. At the Eifel Race at the Nürburgring he shares the cockpit with former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans winner Jochen Mass.

  • Designo Italia

    In the 80s they where the epitomes of a perfect supercar: the Lamborghini Countach with its champion bodywork and the Ferrari Testarossa, both born at the Italian design house in Pininfarina! With their V12 engines they were blessed with power, enabling them to scrape the 186 mph mark on the speedometer. In addition: the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS and the Intermeccanica Italia Spyder.

  • 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.

  • Goodwood Revival Part 1

    The Name 'Goodwood' gives Fans of historic Racing Cars goose bumps. The Goodwood Revival is the biggest and most beloved event for fast vintage cars. See the most spectacular races on the Goodwood Circuit.

  • Goodwood Revival Part 2

    Actors in Classic-Madness, diving spitfires and ridiculously expensive Vintage Cars. You can see all this at one event: Welcome to the Goodwood Revival!

  • Customized Tradition

    Car customizing has a long tradition. In the late 1960s the racing version of the Opel Rekord C, also known as 'Black Widow', caused a sensation on the tracks. Drivers like Erich Bitter and Niki Lauda enjoyed many successes with this 180 hp strong Rekord which is now making a comeback. Plus: Classic Ride celebrates 40 years of BMW M and drifts through the snow with the Volkswagen Rally Beetle.

  • Historic Ice Trophy

    It's all about fun at the Historic Ice Trophy! At this historic race on a 2 kilometers long circuit, lap times are not the number 1 priority.

  • Design Models

    Once a year the noblest and rarest classic cars are gathered at one location: the Concorso d' Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como about 50 kilometers north of Arese. Proud owners present their vintage vehicles from long forgotten decades. Plus: Classic Ride visits French Art Deco beauties at the Retro Classics and the Alfa Museum in Milan, where they show the Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto.

  • Unique Models and Million-Sellers

    Aston Martin usually triggers thoughts of James Bond and wickedly expensive and racy sports cars. But there’s more to Aston Martin than that. The British luxury brand also offers sedans like the 1976 Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting Brake. But a solvent Aston fan wanted more so he turned its V8 sedan into to a station wagon. Classic Ride showcases the station wagon and further cars.

  • Fiat Topolino

    The Fiat 500 is one of the most popular city cars in the world. The first generation introduced in 1936 was nicknamed Topolino, which is Italian for little mouse. Classic Ride meets the owner of a 1950 Topolino. Plus: Those cars are no mouses at all: The Mercury Cougar, a luxury variant of the legendary Mustang from the U.S., and the Ford Consul Coupe, the German answer to American muscle cars.

  • Folge 46

    Oldtimer und alles, was dazu gehört: Events, Rennsport, Portraits, Schraubertipps und die schönsten Bilder der Automobil-Archive aus aller Welt. Die schönsten Oldies, die schärfsten Rennwagen aus vergangenen Epochen.

  • Citroen DS

    Launched at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, the Citroen DS caused a furore. Within the first day of the exhibition, 12,000 sales agreements were signed. Classic reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the French goddess. Plus: Classic Ride travels to Bad Gastein in Austria and meets fans of the Porsche 924 and 944. Both models enjoyed success in motorsports, but couldn’t keep up with the Porsche 911.