CCSC 2015 Conference Details
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The automobile, invented in the 19th century, epoch-making in the 20th century, is one of the most important inventions of modern history – influencing mankind, society and environment to a great extend in past and presence. Being, beyond question, a significant part of human culture, time has come to forcefully drive recognition of historical automobiles as a cultural good and to ensure their preservation as part of our cultural heritage.

This is the aim of the Classic Car Symposium in Cologne, 2015. 


Classic Car Collectors encounter Classic Car Experts from Sciences, Industries and Politics. A professional exchange regarding Classic and Collectible Cars will take place focusing on:

• Classic Cars as an European Cultural Good
• Investing in Collectible Cars
• State of the Art in Restoration 



Collectors and Experts as key players in preserving European Automotive Cultural Heritage.


TOPICS and Preliminary Program

Classic Cars as an European Cultural Good

  • Role of the Classic Car as a Cultural Good in Europe (Prof. Dr. Frank Herrmann, Cologne University of Applied Sciences)
  • The Role of the Museum in the Preservation of Historical Vehicles (Richard Keller, Musée National de l‘Automobile)
  • Research on Cultural Heritage in the European Union (EU Representative, to be announced)
  • The Responsibility of the Automotive Manufacturer (Michael Bock, Mercedes-Benz Classic)
  • Preserving Automobile Heritage – the Collectors Point of View (Peter Kaus, former Rosso Bianco Collection)

Investing in Collectible Cars

  • The Market for Collectible Cars and its Influences (Dietrich Hatlapa, HAGI)
  • Classic Cars as an Economic Factor (Fritz Cirener, Bosch Mobile Tradition)
  • Recent and Future Developments in Classic Car Auctions (Philip Kantor, Bonhams)
  • Factory New Collectible Cars: Building a Bridge between a New Era and a Glorious Past" (Andrea Dragoni, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera)

State of the Art in Restoration

  • Classic Car Restorations & Recreations: Opportunities and Dilemma's. (Paul Koot, PK Coachbuilt & Classic)
  • Hindrance or Assistance - The Turin Charter - (Prof. Dr. Friederike Waentig, Cologne University of Applied Sciences)
  • Restoring the „Unrestored“ - New Challenges in the Restoration of Historic Vehicles (Dr. Gundula Tutt, Omnia)
  • Scientific Methods in Rebuilding Historical Body Work (Prof. Dr. Frank Herrmann)
  • Conceptualizing Restauration: Approaches to our Mobility Heritage (Prof. Dr. Kurt Möser, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT)
  • Concours Restoration: Static Display or Road Appearance? (Scott Sargent, Sargent Metalworks)


Organizer:    Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI)
Program:      Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Patronage:    Mercedes-Benz Classic
Monday 08. 06. 2015, 10:00 – 19:00

                     am: Classic Cars as an European Cultural Good
                     pm: Investing in Collectible Cars

                     Tuesday 0906. 2015, 09:00 – 15:00
                     am/pm: State of the Art in Restoration

Venue:         Cologne University of Applied Sciences,
                     Dock One, 
Harbour Club Köln

Fee:              450 Euro
Contacts:      HAGI /
                     Prof. Dr. Frank Herrmann /

Registration: by email to:

Other details:

Hotels Accommodation:
Cologne is busy during that time, so please book early.
We have found room availability at the following hotels:

NH City
NH Mediapark
The New Yorker

Motel One

Venue address: Cologne University of Applied Sciences 
Dock One, 
Harbour Club Köln
Hafenstrasse 4, 51063 Cologne/Köln

Cologne can be reached by air and fast train (ICE).
Public transport (tram, bus) to the conference venue.

3.7 Km by taxi from Cologne main station.