Car History

Travelling back to the past of world-famous makes and cars

Motorvision TV opens the doors to the “Hall of Fame” of automotive history. They follow the tracks of the legendary Porsche 911, experience thrilling motorsports events, recall exciting rallies with Walter Roehrl or climb up to Pike’s Peak in an Audi Quattro. Mercedes S-Class, VW Beetle or Manta? Here the Big Boys and the iconic cars are put on the podium. Cars that shaped people’s lives. People who designed cars and wrote history.

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  • Mercedes - Dawn of a Global Brand

    After World War II vehicles from Mercedes-Benz soon became the imbodiment of status, quality, power and comfort again. No matter if it’s the Gullwing 300 SL, Fintail, /8, Baby Benz or S-Class: Many Mercedes vehicles from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s became cult classics. Then as now, they are a testimonial for the three-pointed star brand’s striving for perfection.

    Today 10:25 - 10:50 (UTC)

  • Citroen

    They are cars to enthuse and to float. The godess, the ugly duckly and the gangster sedan. From the very beginning, Citroen is celebrating the joy of extravagance.

    Today 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Mercedes - Beginning of a Success Story

    From the first three-wheel automobile to the shining star of the ‘30s, from Simplex to 500K: No other brand characterizes the first 50 years of the motor better than Mercedes, no other brand represents the evolution of the automobile more than Mercedes. Car History tells the full story of this iconic brand with the three-pointed star emblem, from the invention of the automobile to a global player.

    Today 22:25 - 22:50 (UTC)

  • 40 Years BMW Art Cars

    It's the fastest art collection in the world. Designed by famous artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein, Frank Stella or Jeef Koons, these racing artworks have been used by BMW in Le Mans for years. Whether it's the BMW M1, Le Mans Prototype or M3 GT2: BMA Art Cars are the most outstanding cars in the history of Le Mans, driven by the world's best pilots.

    21.01.2018 10:30 - 10:55 (UTC)

  • BMW M

    BMW M: Motorsport and Cult brand. Founded in 1972, the BMW Motorsport GmbH was on everyone\'s lips on and off the Grand Prix circuit. Legendary racing and road vehicles would follow.

    22.01.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Lamborghini

    Always mean, always radical and somehow apparently not from this world -Lamborghini. No model is ever produced in volume series, many models are unique. We show the whole story of Lamborghini, up to the new Aventador.

    23.01.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • BMW Racing

    BMW is one of the most successful automotive companies in the world. From the beginning, racing is one of the pillars for this success. Whether it's on over long or short distance tracks, whether it's in formula or touring car races: the Bavarian Motor Works set new standards. And thanks to the transfer of technology into series production cars, customers benefit from racing victories as well.

    23.01.2018 21:05 - 21:30 (UTC)

  • Porsche Racing

    The 80ties, the 90ties and the 2000ds are the golden years of racing for Porsche. Car History shows the fastest cars, the most exciting races and the most famous drivers.

    23.01.2018 21:30 - 22:00 (UTC)

  • Ferruccio Lamborghini

    In 1964 tractor factory owner Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to build the world's best sports cars in Sant’Agata Bolognese in the Northern Italy. It was a bold undertaking seeing that he founded his company just a few kilometers away from Ferrari. This episode of Car History is all about the legendary Ferruccio Lamborghini and the roots of his high-class manufactory with the fighting bull.

    24.01.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Ford Mustang

    The Ford Mustang: young, attractive and fast. It\'s one of the most successful sports cars in the world and has been an icon for over 50 years. It has amazed the world with its power, speed and amazing design.

    25.01.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Corvette and Porsche 911

    50 years Porsche 911 and 60 years Chevrolet Corvette. Two legends, two dreamcars with two opponents philosophies.

    26.01.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • The Audi Story

    Audi- the brand with the four rings. More than once Audi writes history in the more than 100 year long brand history.

    29.01.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Auto Union

    The Auto Union is the incredible story of the 'Fantastic Four': Horch, Audi, DKW and Wanderer. With the sign of the four rings, they are the second-largest automotive group in Germany behind Opel in the 1930s. The four brands of Auto Union are automobile pacemakers, build technical milestones and the fastest car in the world. Today, the name is long gone, but the brand lives on.

    30.01.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Land Rover

    Robust, honest, simple, the Land Rover ist the prototype of all off-road vehicles. A car which can go everywhere, an allrounder on-and off road. With the first range Rover, Land Rover becomes an exclusive brand.

    30.01.2018 21:10 - 21:35 (UTC)

  • BMW

    If there is a typical BMW then it is the BMW 3-Series. The 3-Series ist fast, it is cult, it is the quintessential of a sportive sedan. Car History shows all the models and tells the whole story of the 3-Series.

    30.01.2018 21:35 - 22:00 (UTC)

  • Porsche Motorsport

    No one is faster, no one is more reliable, no one is more successfull. Car History tells the story of the unbeatable from Zuffenhausen, with comments of Rallye legend Walter Röhrl and Le Mans-Winner Hans Hermann.

    01.02.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Porsche 550 Spyder

    It is the James Dean Porsche, the 550 Spyder. It is small, flat and fast. And it only is built 140 times. But still the Porsche 550 Spyder writes history. The accident does make a legend out of Dean and the Spyder.

    02.02.2018 16:25 - 16:55 (UTC)

  • Chevrolet

    Corvette, Camaro, Impala\' is there anyone who doesn\'t know about these American dream cars? Founded by Louis Chevrolet, the brand climbed straight to the top at the turn of the 20th century in the USA. Chevrolet - who so many primarily link to the legendary sports car, the Corvette. Chevrolet, also means Motorsports, famous coupes and sedans. But of course, no car draws fans under its spell like the Corvette. Hardly a sports car is more powerful, hardly a sports car is faster - not even a Ferrari.

    03.02.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Jaguar Racing

    Wether it´s the XK 120, the C-Type or the D-Type. Jaguar sports- and racing cars are taylor made from the very beginning for speed. If it´s Le Mans, daytona or the Rallye Monte Carlo, Jaguar not only did dominate the international racing scene but also did influence it decisively. Unforgotten are the seven victories in Le Mans, which made especially the C-Type and the D-Type world wide known.

    06.02.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Ford - The Beginning of the Modern Era

    Remember the first Beetle? When did Ferdinand Porsche design this people\'s car? We follow the evolution of the automobile over the last century.

    06.02.2018 21:05 - 21:35 (UTC)

  • Ford - Two Countries, One History

    Remember the first Beetle? When did Ferdinand Porsche design this people\\\'s car? We follow the evolution of the automobile over the last century.

    06.02.2018 21:35 - 22:00 (UTC)

  • VW Golf

    It\'s a reasonable car, no exiting but best selling! The VW Golf is one of the most successful cars in history. It\'s build for everyone, students, mothers, young families and grandpartens.

    08.02.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • The BMW Story

    The joy of driving: BMW, one of the most successful automobile groups in the world, promises that. The sporty automobiles and motorcycles of Bavarian Motorenwerke AG are similarly popular with customers and in the racing.

    13.02.2018 21:35 - 22:00 (UTC)

  • Ford Motorsports

    Car History shows the whole motorsport history of Ford, with exciting films from the wild days of Rallyesport, from the golden years of Formula 1 and Le Mans.

    14.02.2018 16:25 - 16:55 (UTC)

  • The Story of Automotive Advertising, Part 1

    To ad, to dream, to sell: the history of car advertisement is as old as the car itself. No other consumer market is that competitive. The beginning.

    16.02.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Chevrolet Corvette

    It is an icon, the world´s best selling sportscar: The Chevrolet Corvette. Since 60 years there is the Vette. No other sportscar stands so much für the American Way of Drive like the Corvette.

    20.02.2018 21:05 - 21:30 (UTC)

  • Porsche At Le Mans

    Le Mans. The toughest race in the world. Since 1951 Porsche is starting at the 24hour-classic, every year. The prototypes from Zuffenhausen are winning 16times - more than any other manufacturer in the history of Le Ma

    21.02.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Jaguar

    Jaguar, this is probably the coolest car brand in the world. It all starts as the Swallow Sidecars Company when the founder , Sir William Lyons, builts his first Jaguar in 1935.

    22.02.2018 16:25 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • AMG

    AMG: Three letters that quicken your pulse. From small beginnings to a world renowned company. From the very beginning the embodiment of automotive performance, exclusivity and dynamic driving pleasure.

    24.02.2018 16:50 - 17:20 (UTC)

  • SAAB

    Saab, the iconic brand from the far north of Europe, rolling manifesto of otherness. A Saab is the perfect car for all non-conformists who have a sense of aesthetics, quality and comfort. From the beginning, Saab is individual and innovative.

    26.02.2018 16:20 - 16:45 (UTC)

  • Ford

    Not sophisticted, not extravagant, but American style and avantagarde - Ford is building one classic after the other, always with the same formula Ford: the technique simple, the design pleasant, affordable prices.

    27.02.2018 16:20 - 16:50 (UTC)

  • Lancia

    Lancia - Legendary racing successes, technological innovations and exclusive vehicles, made this brand world famous. The history of the Italian car manufacturer is marked by ups and downs.

    27.02.2018 21:30 - 22:00 (UTC)

  • Mercedes Motorsports: Beginning of an Era

    Power, Passion, Pole Position: Mercedes has been writing racing history since 120 years. Mercedes and Benz competed in the first-ever car race in 1984 and achieved numerous victories ever since. Among their outstanding successes are their victories at the 1908 and 1914 French Grand Prix. Car History shows how the three-pointed star brand dominated motorsports right from the very beginning.

  • Mercedes Motorsport: The Return of the Silver Arrows

    Whether it is gullwing, streamliner or monoposto: After WWII silver becomes the color of champions again. In the slipstream of their own myth, the second generation Silver Arrows race from victory to victory and reward Mercedes with golden years in racing. Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Hans Herrmann are the heroes of that time. Car History documents the return of the Silver Arrows.

  • Opel Racing

    Whether it was the rocket car, the Ascona or Calibra: racing has been the motor of Opel for more than 100 years. Just two years after the production commenced, a car with the lightning badge wins a race. Thousands of victories follow and Opel writes history in racing. Carl Jörns wins almost 300 races with Opel, while Walter Röhrl wins the Monte Carlo Rally and the Rally World Championship.

  • Volkswagen, Part 2

    In the 1970s Volkswagen is in a crisis after the company was hit by the oil price shock and the popularity of the Beetle has declined. Only with the introduction of the Passat and Golf, Volkswagen finds its way back on track. The Golf is a bestseller. With more than 30 million units sold, it makes the Volkswagen Group a global player. Now, twelve brands are part of the Volkswagen Group.

  • Mercedes Motorsports: Rallye Years

    Whether it is the Monte Carlo Rally, the European Rally Championship or the Street Grand Prix of Argentina: There was a time when Mercedes dominated the international rally scene with cars like the sluggish 180D or the heavy touring saloons 220 or 300SE. After retiring from Formula 1 and Le Mans, Mercedes used rally sport as a testing ground as the use of close-to-production cars was mandatory. Car History commemorates the entire Mercedes rally history.

  • Mercedes Motorsports: The New Silver Arrows

    1969 saw Mercedes’ first win at a race after the 1955 Le Mans disaster and retiring from racing. What followed are the legendary appearance of AMG’s red S-Class nicknamed ‘red pig’ in Spa, uncountable victories in the German Touring Car Championship, the return to Le Mans, the Formula 1 championships with Mika Häkkinen and Mercedes’ own Grand Prix team featuring Lewis Hamilton.

  • Mercedes Motorsports: 120 years of Motorsport

    After taking part in the world's first car race in 1894, Mercedes has won races around the world and became the most successful manufacturer in motorsports. No matter if it's Le Mans, Panamericana, Indianapolis or Formula One: There are not many racec that the three-pointed star brand hasn't won yet. Their pilots such as Rudolf Carracciola, Juan Manuel Fangio or Lewis Hamilton are always among the best and most famous drivers of their time.

  • Mercedes Motorsports: The Silver Arrows

    The Silver Arrows stand for an unparalleled era of motorsports. They dominated the racing scene in the 1930s like no other. Rudolf Carraciola, Hermann Lang, Juan Manuel Fangio and StirlingMoss are the heroes of that time and became legendary thanks to the Silver Arrows. Car History details the unique history of the Silver Arrows using both original footage and interviews with motorsport experts.

  • 50 Years of Porsche 911

    For 50 years the Porsche 911 has been the epitome of sports cars. No other model of Porsche has represented racing success and brand reliability on the road so well as the 911. The definitive sports car, like every new generation with the 911 code, has set the standard again, as it has recently been crowned World Performance Car 2012.

  • Volkswagen, Part 1

    The Volkswagen Group is the second biggest car company in the world. It all starts in 1936 with one car: the Volkswagen Beetle. It is supposed to make people's dream of owning a car come true, but turns to be even more: a object of the propaganda in the Third Reich, a developtment worker after WW II, a million seller, a film star and a sports car. The Beetle makes Volkswagen world-famous.

  • The Story of Automotive Advertising, Part 3

    Whether as a TV spot, as product placement in cinema film or video, or on the Internet, in no other industry are brands, models and advertising campaigns as closely linked as in the automotive industry. And nowhere else

  • The Story of Automotive Advertising, Part 2

    To ad, to dream, to sell: the history of car advertisement is as old as the car itself. No other consumer market is that competitive. The beginning.

  • Audi Quattro

    The vehicle that changed the car world: the Audi Quattro. For the first time a 4x4 isn\'t just being produced as a model in a series, but also as a rally car. We show the history of the Audi Quattro!

  • Renault

    Vive la difference: the design always unusual, the comfort alwasy extraordinary, the ideas often avant-garde: The cars of Renault. We show the french Volkswagen, starting with the first models up to the latest Twizy.

  • Volvo

    Always solid, always safe, not always beautiful - the Volvo Classic Cars. Since 1927 the swedish car company produces cars, which are a little bit different. No matter curvy or boxy, a Volvo is always an individual car

  • Mercedes S-Class

    The Mercedes S-Class, the epitome of luxury, comfort and safety. The S-Class sets the standard for prestige and technology. Every model a bestseller, every model the status symbol of the rich and powerful.

  • Opel Classics

    The sixties and the seventies, the golden years of Opel. The traditional brand rises to peak form. Ascona, Manta, Rekord and GT: Opel is more than a car, Opel is an attitude to life.

  • Jaguar E-Type

    It is exciting and breathtaking and the prototype of all sports cars, the Jaguar E-Type. We show the history of Jaguar and how out of the race-car D-Type the probably most beautiful sports car of the world did develop.

  • Ferrari

    Ferrari - just the name alone will get your heart racing. There are no other sports cars with so much magic and myth than the ferocious icon out of Maranello. Whether it\'s on the street or on the race track!

  • VW Beetle

    The VW Beetle: it still dominates across the whole world, on every continent, in every city. It\'s not just a car, for many it\'s THE car. It was the perfect car for its time and it is even today loved like no other.

  • Mini

    One of the biggest icons of the swinging sixties: the Mini. It\'s cool, hip, young - it was the perfect car of its time and often crowded streets of London. It was and will always be a legend.

  • Mercedes SL

    Since the 50s the Mercedes SL has been considered the ultimate sports car legend. Since the legendary 300SL with gull-wing doors the SL series has been all about innovation and sophisticated sportiness.

  • Nissan

    Functional and affordable cars ' that's what Nissan has always been known for. The Japanese brand rose from the ashes of World War II and challenged then market leaders in Japan, GM and Ford. Since then Nissan became a global player and produced some classics such as the legendary Skyline. Car History presents the turbulent history of this traditional brand.