Classics – Audi and Mercedes fully prepared for the Techno Classica image

The largest classic car exhibition in the world is just around the corner, the Techno Classica in Essen, Germany, taking place between April 5 and April 9.

The show is also a great venue for the automakers to bond with car aficionados – and maybe even divert them towards a modern purchase. For example, both Audi and Mercedes have prepared a great roster for the fans. The former will bring to the event five historic NSU models. You should already know that NSU is one of the companies that was adamant to the formation of the four-ringed brand – back in 1969 it was purchased by Volkswagen and the Neckarsulm-based brand merged with Auto Union to form Audi NSU Auto Union AG, which led to the creation of today’s Audi. Audi has decided to bring to the stand the Prinz 30, built in 1962, and the Sport Prinz, from 1964 – they will share the spotlight with an NSU 1000 TTS from 1970 and two units of the NSU Ro 80, built in 1969 and 1977 respectively.

The Design-Icon: NSU Ro 80.

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz is seemingly decided to display more than 110 years of history – presenting no less than eleven classic cars under the banner “Sportiness is in our genes.” The oldest and certainly rarest of them all will be the 40-horsepower (29-kilowatt) Mercedes-Simplex from 1903. There are also other iconic models – such as the supercharged Model S sports car and eight-cylinder 540 K Streamliner, the stunning 300 SLR – also known as the Uhlenhaut Coupe – or the 300 SL Roadster – which just turned 60 this month. Modern examples of the Mercedes brand include the 1975 230.6, the 1982 230 E, and the 1987 300 SL or even a 2013 SLS AMG Coupe.