Retro Classics Motor show Stuttgart – SETRA Busses







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 11, 2014
Categories: SETRA, Trucks

  • Setra takes four vintage vehicles to the 2014 Retro Classics show in Stuttgart
  • Brand presents three Setra S 8 touring coaches from the first model series
  • Exhibits from the vintage vehicle collection feature original condition
  • Also on the stand in Hall 8 is a Mercedes-Benz O 3500

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This year's main focus of the Setra brand's trade show display at Retro Classics (13 – 16 March 2014) is on a very special vehicle model, the Setra S 8. In addition, it is also presenting a conventional Mercedes-Benz O 3500 coach with Kässbohrer body.

First Setra S 8 revolutionises bus construction

One of the Setra S 8 coaches on display was the first touring coach with a unibody design built in German series production. The coach from the first model series ushered in a new era for the astonished bus world in the 1950s with high-quality comfort features for the time and a host of clever technical refinements, such as a rear-mounted engine and outstanding smooth running.

The Setra S 8 with chassis number 50 001 was built in 1951 and sold to the Rosenheim-based bus and coach operator "Kroiss". Some 14 years later it returned to Ulm in good condition and has formed part of the Setra vintage vehicle collection ever since.

The second Setra 8 on display at Retro Classics also comes from this collection. The vintage 1954 vehicle was in the service of the bus and coach operator "Cebu" in Hanover for many years and was restored in the 1980s. Today the vintage coach is frequently used for events.

The third vehicle in this group is on loan from Bavarian bus and coach operator "Berr" based in Rosenheim.

The Setra S 8 from 1953 is called "Der Walser" and is equipped with 35 red leather seats.

A total of 468 vehicles of the Setra S 8 model were built until 1958.

Retro Classics Motor Stuttgart

Mercedes-Benz O 3500 marks turning point in Setra development

In addition, in Hall 8 the Ulm-based brand is also presenting a conventional Mercedes-Benz O 3500 coach with Kässbohrer body and sliding steel sunroof from the year 1951. This vehicle model is said to have persuaded Otto Kässbohrer to develop the unibody coach to production maturity. The intention of the engineer from Ulm was to gain independence from chassis suppliers. As such 1951 marked the year in which Setra buses and coaches were officially born. Their triumphal march around the globe continues unabated today.

Vintage Setra Bus

Retro Classics enjoys growing attendance

The Retro Classics show is an international trade fair for vintage vehicles, spare parts and restorations drawing some 1300 exhibitors from all over Europe. Last year 76,000 visitors came to the exhibition halls of the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, some 20 percent more than the previous year. The doors of the trade show are open on Thursday, 13 March from 3 to 7 pm, Friday, 14 March from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 15/16 March from 9 am to 6 pm. A day pass for adults costs € 16; the reduced rate is € 12.

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Technical data of the vehicles on display

Setra S 8 (from the Setra vintage vehicle collection)

Year of construction: 1951
Chassis number: 50 001
Number of seats: 29 + 2
Engine: Straight 6-cylinder Henschel 512 DJ
Height: 3050 mm
Length: 300 mm
Width: 2400 mm

Setra S 8 (from the Setra vintage vehicle collection)

Year of construction: 1954
Chassis number: 50 544
Number of seats: 29 + 1
Engine: Straight 6-cylinder Henschel 512 DJ
Height: 2700 mm
Length: 9300 mm
Width: 2400 mm

Setra S 8 "Der Walser" (on loan from Berr bus and coach operator)

Year of construction: 1953
Number of seats: 35
GVW: 8.7 t
Height: 2790 mm
Length: 9390 mm
Width: 2437 mm

Mercedes-Benz O 3500 (from the Setra vintage vehicle collection)

Year of construction: 1951
Chassis number: 00439/51
Number of seats: 29
Engine: Straight 6-cylinder Daimler-Benz OM 321
Height: 2860 mm
Length: 8630 mm
Width: 2420 mm