In Berlin, worshipping cars does not seem to be politically correct anymore. Still, there is a perfect spot for those of us who do anyway, people who own classic cars, or who intend to buy or sell them, right here in the capital. Our reporter was there.
Berlin, September 25th, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — So, you have a 1973 Citröen SM with a Maserati engine? And the poor thing has not seen its siblings in decades? Take it to Berlin’s Classic Remise. Here, as many as three SMs can be marveled at. One has a Berlin number plate, meaning someone actually seems to be using it as an everyday means of transportation.
The other two beauties are being presented in Classic Remise’s large exhibition hall, and they are for sale. One can be yours if you pile up 104,000 Euro (101,000 U.S. Dollars or 93,000 Pounds Sterling), the other one is 109,000 Euro (106,000 Dollars or 97,000 Pounds). Considering the fact that these two cars look like new, some 50 years after they were built, those prices are more than justified. SMs are among the most beautiful vehicles ever made on this planet.
Before our reporter had the opportunity to look at the SMs, he had to get past all the other beauties. As a school boy, there were a few cars he dreamed of. One of them was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Guess what: There is one at Classic Remise, parked right next to the first version of the Porsche 911. And there is a regular Aston Martin V8. This place in Berlin’s Moabit borough obviously offers the best car porn ever.
Classic Remise is for car lovers who basically treat the spot as a car museum. Classic Car owners have several reasons to go there: First of all, they can store and exhibit their 1970s Alfa Romeo Montréal in a safe environment. Secondly, they can have it repaired or restored by experts who know what they are doing. So, you scratched your Lamborghini Countach when you tried to reverse into a parking space? Take it to Classic Remise. Your Espada’s engine loses too much oil? This is your place.
Once you are inside these halls, it is hard to get out again because countless stunning vehicles are lined up here. They include former Formula 1 racers, all kinds of 911s built in the 1960s and 1970s, former official state cars with stars on their hoods, a red 1960s Chevrolet Corvette, a 2-door Jaguar XJS Coupé which still needs some work, 1960s BMWs and a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle. Oddly enough, the sign on the latter vehicle says it had been made in 1976, at a time when those 1200s looked a little more modern. This beautiful and shiny Beetle in black is being sold for 23,900 Euro (23,159 Dollars or 21,328 Pounds). Again, this is an excellent price.
The more our reporter walked around, and the more treasures he found, the more he felt like he was visiting Jay Leno’s Garage or its British equivalent Harry’s Garage. To him, one of the biggest stars at Classic Remise is the Lamborghini Espada someone parked there, in a big glass box.
Classic Remise opens Mondays to Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (unless a WWII bomb has to be detonated next door, which was going to be the case on Monday, September 26th, 2022), and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. And, yes, admission is free. Looking at SMs and Espadas can make people hungry. That is why they even have a restaurant.