International Motor Show - Frankfurt 1985

International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung)

Welcome to the 1985 International Motor Show, officially opening June 1st to June 11th at Messe Frankfurt.

Press days run from to June 1st to June 4th. You must reveal your cars on or before the press days.

Automotive press is welcome to review the show and participating company entries. Teasers, Pre-show reveals, engine reveals, and modified cars are all encouraged.

While known for reveals from manufacturers like BMW and Porsche, brands from all nationalities are encouraged to participate. The next show likely will not take place in the 80’s, so take advantage of this venue for your new 80’s creations.


Blaire Automotive Co. ®


The Hampton Motor Group will be there, as promised.

Brantan plan to unveil 2 new sports models, one new for 1985 and one rumoured to enter production in 1986/7.

1985 Brantan Volta GTi Turbo:
The Volta was the answer to the every man’s FWD saloon, common with businessmen travelling down the motorways of Britain, but now Brantan wants to move into the 90s with a bang, the GTi Turbo features a 2.0L 16-Valve Turbocharged I4 producing 175hp, allowing it to reach an eye-watering top speed of 140mph, this car, for what it’s worth, could out pace a Ferrari Mondial 8, and it’s proud to be a loud, lairy saloon, with alloy wheels, a chin spoiler and a small rear wing. With double wishbones all round, and a taught monocoque, it can blast the back roads like a champ!

Brantan Valliance Targa Proto:
260 rampaging horses are ready to roar in this mid-engine rear-drive stallion, the 3.2L V8 accelerates the car for 0-60mph in 5 seconds, and carries on going until 170mph, a noticeably large spoiler provides traction for the rear, and at only $60000US, it’s certainly got a lot of bang for it’s buck! It uses a mix of Aluminium, steel and plastics to keep curb weight down, and has a removable targa roof for those hot days out in the sun, it comes with Recaro Bucket seats and a state of the art cassette system, for a sporty, but comfy position. While this specific car is in late development, there are 2 demonstrators currently around, facing rigorous testing to ensure only the best makes it to the showrooms.

These 2 special performance models will feature alongside the usual characters on the Brantan stand.
Sister company Aanholt may make an appearance too!


Swedish car company “Nybo” will be there, new to the industry with a significant debut!

The 1985 debut of the Tivoli 520 series of supermini hatchbacks arrives on the scene, ranging from the 520 GL (pictured in white) with a 1.1L economical 4 cylinder engine, big boot space and plenty of creature comforts such as a parcel shelf, the 520 GLS (pictured in red) with a more powerful 1.1L 16V variant of the REVA 1.1, stiffer suspension and sports steering wheel or the 520 Raider, a crazy homologation model based off the 522 rally car that will be entering into the next Group B rally championship. The homologation model features almost all of the features the real thing has- a powerful V6 powertrain, All-wheel-drive, racing bucket seats with 4-point harnesses and an endurance fuel tank.

Embracing a new 4 speed manual gearbox, the GL and GLS trim run smoothly along the roads and the motorways, autobahns and highways of the world. An output of 74hp for the GL and 98 from the GLS’ trim comes from the REVA 1.1 (Robust Engine for Various Automobiles) going to the front wheels to pull along 1000kg of cargo and passengers. A starting price of $9200 sets this car apart from the competition.

Last but not least is the rally enthusiasts’ dream car- the 1.5L V6 powered, all wheel drive dream that is the 522, with a recorded top speed of 165mph, and a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds. It’s largely based off of the 521 GLX, but that will be unveiled another day…


1.5 is mighty small for a V6, any reason you chose that layout? Not that I’m complaining, I love quirky engines

TBF Mazda had 1.8 V6 engines in the past, and Mitsubishi had a 1.6 V6, but still, I get where you came from.

Petoskey will be there. It will be the debut of an exciting new engine. (Though nearly every engine I plan to mention is new since the 1960 show.)

It’s supposed to be 2.5, but i made an accident lol

1985 MTC Python, Dingo, and Koala

Melbourne Trucks and Cars is excited to announce. in anticipation of the 1985 Frankfurt Auto Show, our intentions to launch a trio of rally-themed sports cars into the mainland European market.

From left to right: the Python supercar, the Dingo muscle car, and the Kaala roadster.

More information coming soon. Hint: expect V8s. Expect turbos. Expect AWD. :rofl:

Python specs:

6.4 twin turbo SOHC 24v V8, 564 hp@5400 rpm, 605 lb ft torque@4700 rpm. Forged internals, 7.5:1 compression, journal bearing turbocharger with 20.1 psi of boost. Multipoint EFI with single throttle body, premium fuel, 5800 rpm. AWD layout with 5 speed manual gearbox and automatic locking differential. Medium compound P245/55R15 tires with alloy rims. 3 piston vented discs, 12 inches in front and 10 inches in back. Offroad underway, premium 2 seat interior and cassette player, variable hydraulic power steering, ABS, advanced 80’s safety. Progressive springs, gas mono tube dampers. Top speed of 168 mph, 0-60 of 3.8 seconds, curb weight of 3301 lbs, MSRP of $36600.

Dingo specs

Steel ladder frame construction, double wishbone front and solid axle coil rear. 3.9 liter SOHC 24V V8 with all cast construction, 7.5:1 compression, , journal bearing turbo with 10.1 psi of boost, six pack carb setup(unchanged from the car’s introduction in 1981),
regular fuel. 262 hp @ 5600 hp, 298 lb ft @5800 rpm, redline of 6000 rpm. AWD configuration, 5 speed manual, automatic locking differential. Medium compound 225/60R15 specs and alloy wheels. Solid 3 piston brakes all around, 11 inches front and 9 inches back. Offroad underway, premium 4 seat interior with premium 8 track, Variable hydraulic power steering with advanced 80’s, progressive suspension with gas mono tube dampers. Top speed of 134 mph, 0-60 of 6.43 seconds.Curb weight of 3580 lbs. MSRP of $22000.

Koala specs

Steel monocoque double wishbone front and rear. 2.2 SOHC 24v V8 with all cast construction. 7.0:1 compression, journal bearing turbo with 14.0 psi. Mechanical fuel injection, single throttle body, performance intake, premium fuel. 153 hp@5400 rpm,160 lb ft@4800 rpm, redline of 6000 rpm. AWD configuration, 5 speed manual with an all-new for 1985 viscous LSD. Medium compound 175/65R14 tires with alloy wheels. Solid 3 piston brakes all around, 11 in the front and 9 in the back. Offroad underway, basic 2 seat interior with basic 8 track, Standard 80’s safety, progressive suspension with gas mono tube dampers. Top speed of 125 mph, 0-60 of 7.9 seconds. Curb weight of 2305 lb, price of $26600.

All say “Terve” to the new SuoKanAu Syntrex TurboTron II TwinCam EFi GT

Powered by the new “Astaria DOHC TurboTron II Injection B” 2.0L inline-4, the new TurboTron II GT is the latest iteration of SouKanAu’s most popular car, the Syntrex. Like the regular TurboTron II, the GT version has RWD, a stainless steel body, a digital dash, and the TurboTron II System, that allows the driver to control every single aspect of the turbo and of the intercooler, like reducing the pressure in the turbo, spraying the intercooler with cold water, get the maximum boost with just the push of a button and shutting the turbo off entirely, making your engine a regular 16V 2.0L NA.
The new GT is offered with a bigger front splitter and a new exhaust system.
Why buy a Saab when you can get a SuoKanAu?

SuoKanAu. Spooling up your life

Turbos? Ready for production.
AWD? Finalized.
FAAL Olympia? Facelifted.
WRC Group B? Entered.
Hotel? Trivago.


In Sweden, we have Turbocharged car for the market for hauling IKEA stuff.
But we, Mostima AB. would like to deliver a “Turbocharged car” to get you to IKEA’s discount as fast as possible.

(In case of running away from seeing someone is opening “Surströmming” as fast as possible)

Introducing Mostima’s second-generation 130 MX Turbo, the hottest “Mosti” for the road.

Based on the second-generation of 100 Series, the Mostima 130 MX Turbo comes with a Turbocharged Electronic Fuel Injection 1.3 liter engine, producing 90 horsepowers.
This little red rocket propels from 0-100 within 9.5 seconds while having the top speed of 200 km/h, a truly breathtaking performance from such a little hatchback.

More of press medias


1985 OLSSON Vortex Concept

I5 2.6L 216hp AWD


The Hampton Peregrine is back!

Hampton Motor Group of Warwickshire, England is proud to present the all-new 1985 Hampton Peregrine, marking the return of a storied nameplate after a 10-year fuel crisis-enforced hiatus.

Powered by a highly tuned 250-horsepower, normally aspirated 3.5-litre straight-six driving the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox and a mechanical limited-slip differential, our flagship sports car is available as a two-seat fixed-head coupe or soft-top convertible, with a full premium interior and sound system as standard. Fully independent double-wishbone suspension front and rear, tuned for a sporty yet comfortable handling balance, bestows excellent road manners in all conditions. And its sleek, aerodynamic styling is guaranteed to turn onlookers’ heads from Monaco to Miami Beach.

Expect to see the all-new Peregrine in Hampton dealers from the first quarter of 1986.

Price List

  • Peregrine 3.5 GT Coupe - from $31,100 AMU
  • Peregrine 3.5 GT Convertible - from $32,500 AMU

If I have to be honest, the Pergerine is a bit too ahead of it’s time, design-wise.


The 1985 FAAL Frankfurt Auto Show Lineup

The Mesaia II, introduced in 1984, still comes back on the FAAL stand without anything new.

Back then, it introduced FAAL’s first inline 4 204R engine series ranging from 1.3L to 1.8L, electronic fuel injection (single point and multi point) and 4 valves per cylinder on an all new (for FAAL, anyway) transverse layout. Since then, it sold 187,000 units.

The 1985 Auto Show will see two and a half “new” models. Understand: Facelifts with brand new engines.

Up to last year, FAAL has been using nothing but boxer 4 and 6 engines on their lineup. Last year, the Mesaia launched the engine that was gonna eventually replace all Boxer 4 engines. This year, FAAL announced that they stopped the production of all Boxer 6 engines in favour of an all new Inline 5 family, the 255R engine, and also announced the end of all Boxer engine production next year when the new facelift of the Syronia Van (not present on this show) releases.

1985 FAAL Foreia / FAAL Stemma

The couple of Standard sedan / Executive sedan sees its bumpers buff up, its interior improve, and its engine lineup change entirely.



If both cars still share the same chassis (and most of their body), production has been split. The Stemma will be the only car produced in Sélestat (where both Foreia and Stemma were produced up until now), and the Foreia will be manufactured in a brand new factory in Geneva, Switzerland. This is to ensure proper production output and quality cars.

As for the engines, the Foreia will be offered with either a 95hp 1.8L inline 4, or a 120hp 2.1L inline 5. A drastic improvement over the 67hp 1.6L Boxer 4 and 90hp 2.0L Boxer 6 from the pre-facelift. The Foreia remains FWD only.

The Stemma, though, sees its power decrease. Previously moved by a 2.6L Mechanically fuel injected Boxer 6 putting out 150hp, its only engine option is now a 2.5L MPI Inline 5 with 140hp.

Though, the new Stemma is also fitted with a brand new S-Tronic 4 four speed automatic gearbox with driving modes, mated to the brand new All Wheel Drive TETRA™ System, meaning despite the power loss, performance is on the same level despite the engine being much tamer (and quieter!).

Standard Equipment and performances:

Foreia BL:
  • 1.8L inline 4 engine (95hp)
  • FWD
  • 5 speed manual
  • 165/70/R15 steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Vented discs front, Drums rear
  • Standard cloth seats
  • 2x15w AM/FM radio with non reversing cassette deck
  • Power steering
  • Progressive suspension
  • Vmax 165km/h
  • 0-100km/h 11.2s
  • Fuel consumption 9.9L/100km
Foreia GL:
  • 2.1L inline 5 engine (120hp)
  • FWD
  • 5 speed manual
  • 165/70/R15 alloy wheels
  • Vented discs front, solid discs rear
  • Half bucket, height adjustable cloth seats
  • 4x15w AM/FM radio with reversible cassette deck
  • Power steering
  • Progressive suspension
  • Vmax 191km/h
  • 0-100km/h 9.78s
  • Fuel consumption 9.4L/100
Stemma GLS
  • 2.5L inline 5 engine (140hp)
  • 4 speed auto w/ drive modes
  • 170/60/R16 alloy wheels
  • Vented discs front, solid discs rear
  • Power adjustable leather seats
  • 4x30w AM/FM radio with reversible cassette deck, two way speakers and equalizer
  • Power steering
    -Hydropneumatic, self leveling suspension
  • Vmax 191km/h
  • 0-100km/h 10.7s
  • Fuel consumption 12L/100

All Press Photos:



1985 FAAL Olympia

Oh this is where the fun at.

The FAAL Olympia 2 seater Coupé also sees a facelift, the new inline 4 and 5 engines, and a huge improvement in performances. Oh you have no idea how huge.

The previous models was moved only by engines from other cars: The base model (S) had a 1.6L high cam, mechanically fuel injected Boxer 4 making 100hp and coming straight from the Mesaia GTI. The upscale model (GT) had the 2.6L 150hp Boxer 6 from the Stemma (see above).

On this facelift, the S and the GT come back with basically the same idea. The S inherits the Mesaia II GTI engine except this time it’s a 1.8L inline 4 with 130hp. The GT has an engine derived from the 140hp 2.5L inline 5 from the Stemma, except tuned to 165hp.

All of this bumps up the top speed to 214km/h and 0-100km/h to 6.8s. But wait, there’s more

A new trim level, the Olympia TETRA (simply badged as the FAAL TETRA) adds up on top of the GT, with amazing numbers. The TETRA is, obviously, fitted with FAAL’s new AWD system, with a central Torsen diff. But it is also moved by a 2.1L inline 5. Same as the Foreia, but with a single ball bearing turbo and ITBs, pushing the power to an amazing 220hp.

Performance increases to a top speed of 225km/h and a 0-100km/h of 5.6s.
And yes, with that engine size, that drivetrain layout and that obnoxious sportiness, it is pretty clear, but I am still gonna make the announcement: Yes, FAAL Enters WRC Group B for the 1985 season with the FAAL Tetra!

The rallye car has been developed at the same time as the facelift, and pushes 525hp out of the 2.1L engine with roughly the same internals. Testing is currently being conducted at the FAAL Saint Dié factory.

And to celebrate this, OH LAWD SHE COMIN

FAAL doesn’t really need a Group B homologation special because the regular FAAL Tetra is close enough to rallye spec to act as a homologation car. But, consider this a… very limited production run of a special edition made to commemorate FAAL joining the WRC, instead.

The FAAL TETRA Tour De Corse is a stripped down version of the FAAL Tetra that takes design cues from the incoming rallye car. … Or rather, a Rallye Car re-engineered into a street legal Tetra. It is 100kg lighter than said regular Tetra, and is moved by a tuned up version of its engine, with the power pushed to a mad 275hp.
Which gives the car a top speed of 241km/h and an obscene 0-100km/h time of 4.6s.

Only 200 Tour De Corse will be produced: 50 of each available colour (Rouge Ardent, Blanc Banquise, Gris Columbo, Noir De Jais). Likely all orders will be taken right there on this auto show so don’t be late!

Standard equipment and performance:

Olympia S
  • 1.8L inline 4 engine (130hp)
  • RWD with Torsen diff
  • 5 speed manual
  • 185/60/R15 front, 195/60/R15 rear, alloy wheels
  • Vented discs front, solid discs rear
  • Half bucket, height adjustable, half cloth half leather saets
  • 2x15w AM/FM radio with non reversible cassette deck
  • Power steering
  • Standard mono tube suspension
  • Vmax 201km/h
  • 0-100km/h 7.51s
  • Fuel consumption 11.7L/100
Olympia GT
  • 2.5L inline 5 engine (165hp)
  • RWD with Torsen diff
  • 5 speed manual
  • 195/50/R16 front, 205/50/R16 rear, alloy wheels
  • Vented discs front, solid discs rear
  • Half bucket, height adjustable, half cloth half leather saets
  • 2x30w AM/FM radio with reversible cassette deck and two way speakers
  • Power steering
  • Standard mono tube suspension
  • Vmax 214km/h
  • 0-100km/h 6.78s
  • Fuel consumption 10.9L/100
  • 2.1L inline 5 Turbo ITB engine (220hp)
  • AWD with Torsen diff
  • 5 speed manual
  • 225/45/R16, alloy wheels
  • Vented discs front, solid discs rear
  • Bucket seats, height adjustable, with holes for a race harness
  • 2x30w AM/FM radio with reversible cassette deck and two way speakers
  • Power steering
  • Standard mono tube suspension
  • Vmax 224km/h
  • 0-100km/h 5.59s
  • Fuel consumption 11.8L/100
Tetra TDC
  • 2.1L inline 5 Turbo ITB engine (275hp)
  • AWD with Torsen diff
  • 5 speed manual
  • 225/45/R16, alloy wheels
  • Vented discs all around
  • Bucket seats, height adjustable, with holes for a race harness
  • No radio
  • Power steering
  • Standard mono tube suspension
  • Vmax 241km/h
  • 0-100km/h 4.6s
  • Fuel consumption 14.9L/100


All Press Photos

Olympia S:

Olympia GT:


Tetra TDC:


The actual WRC Tetra will not be at the auto show, but here are some spy shots:


Introducing the 1985 Hampton Valiant.

1985 Valiant range - selected variants. Above, left to right: 3.0 Prime Wagon, 3.2 Deluxe Sedan, 3.2 Deluxe Convertible, and 3.5 Sprint Coupe with Performance Pack. Below, left to right: 3.5 Supreme Coupe, 3.5 Sprint Sedan without Performance Pack.

Now in its fourth generation, the Hampton Valiant has been a mainstay of our lineup for three decades, providing a comfortable motoring experience for our more upwardly mobile customers. The 1985 Valiant range, now available in Hampton dealerships worldwide, is as follows:

Prime - Our entry-level model doesn’t skimp on creature comforts, with genuine leather upholstery, woodgrain trim, AM/FM radio and cassette tape player all fitted as standard. Available in all four body styles (4-door sedan, 5-door wagon, 2-door coupe, and 2-door soft-top convertible) and powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine.
Deluxe - A slightly more upmarket trim with extra features, such as an enhanced safety suite, additional speakers for its audio system, and optional anti-lock brakes. Also available in all body styles, and powered by a 3.2-liter version of our DOHC straight-six.
Supreme - The flagship of the regular range, with standard ABS, a slightly sportier suspension tune, and powered by a 3.5 straight-six engine. Also available in all body styles.
Sprint - Our high-performance Group A homologation special, also with standard ABS, but powered by a more highly tuned version of our 3.5-liter straight-six, and available only as a coupe or sedan. This trim is not available with the 4-speed automatic transmission offered as an option on all other trims. However, an optional Performance Pack (which includes high-performance tires, a shorter final drive ratio, and additional oil coolers) can be ordered on any Valiant Sprint.

All Valiants have 4-wheel independent suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes as standard, for improved comfort, handling and braking in all conditions. With a rigid corrosion-resistant steel bodyshell and chassis, the fourth-generation Valiant is built to last, with build quality matching that of its closest rivals.

Price List

  • 3.0 Prime - from $25,000 AMU
  • 3.2 Deluxe - from $27,800 AMU
  • 3.5 Supreme - from $28,500 AMU
  • 3.5 Sprint - from $31,500 AMU

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