An Auto Technician Training Student's Guide to the 2016 Techno Classica Auction
April 12, 2016
From April 6 to 10, the city of Essen, Germany was home to the Techno Classica: an auction put on by Coys, the famed British auction house. On the lot list were a wide variety of classic European touring and sports cars, along with a few notable European restorations of classic American muscle models.
Compared to other car auctions that take place around the world, the Techno Classica had models on the auction block for all sorts of collectors. The 130 cars for sale had price tags anywhere from a reasonably affordable $15,000-$20,000, all the way up to a cool $1 million.
If you’re planning to pursue a career as an auto technician, read on to take a look at a few cars that went up for auction at this year’s Techno Classica event—you might even see one of your favourite classics!
1986 Ferrari 328 GTS: A Car Pros with Auto Technician Training Know Set New Standards
The 328 debuted in 1985 at the Frankfurt motor show, and was Ferrari’s second model in their popular line of mid-engine V8 sports cars. This model was built as a replacement to the 308, and became more popular thanks to its beautifully contoured design that features integrated bumpers and revised cooling ducts.
A fun fact that students in auto technician training may not know is that the popularity and success of the 328 is why Ferrari still uses mid-engine placement in many of their cars today. The estimated value of the grey Ferrari 328 from Techno Classica is between $60,000 and $70,000.
1977 BMW 2002 Turbo: Some Pros with Auto Technician Training Consider it a Modern Classic
The BMW 2002 is legendary because it was Europe’s first turbocharged production car. There were only 1,672 built, making it a highly sought-after car among collectors. The engine produces 170 hp, giving the 2002 a top speed of 210 km/h—an impressive feat for BMW at the time. It’s one of the fastest mid-size sports cars of its day and many car enthusiasts consider it to be a modern classic.
The model sold at Techno Classica is in pristine condition and has an estimated value of $95,000-$100,000.
2010 Mercedes McLaren SLR Roadster: The Project of any Auto Technician’s Dreams
When Mercedes-Bens and McLaren team up to build a car, people tend to notice. This model has a mid-engine setup for its 5,439cc SOHC supercharged V8. The famed SLR is able to produce 617 hp, making it capable of going from 0-96 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. It also comes with a 5-speed AMG Speedshift R automatic transmission with 3 manual modes, and four-wheel independent coil spring suspension.
Whether you’re considering enrolling in an automotive course or are on your way to earning a diploma, you’re probably already aware that both Mercedes and McLaren have won their fair share of racing championships. When they teamed up to design the SLR, they included several racing elements to give drivers the feeling that they were hitting the track. When customers buy one at a dealership, they’re even given the choice of five sizes of custom seats that are made from carbon so that they can get the ultimate driving experience. The 2010 model sold at Techno Classica has an estimated worth of over $500,000.
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