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Vintage cars also have to go to the TÜV.
This also applies to what is probably the oldest car in Germany.
Despite its age, the Benz Viktoria passes with flying colours.
There are many vintage cars on Germany's roads.
These are usually approved with an H license plate or a special red license plate.
Although this brings financial advantages, it does not exempt you from the TÜV – no matter how old the car is.
And so Germany's probably oldest car has to be lifted regularly.
This is the Benz Victoria No. 99, which at 129 years is even older than its owner Karl-Heinz Rehkopf (86).
However, a vintage car found in Leipzig could be even older.
Unlike the Victoria No. 99, the three-wheeled motorized carriage is no longer roadworthy.
Without lights and without a seat belt - Germany's (probably) oldest car gets TÜV
The almost 130-year-old example of the Benz Victoria model passed the main inspection at TÜV Nord in Einbeck (Northeim district) and received the inspection sticker for two more years, as the organization announced.
However, it was not a completely normal examination, because numerous special regulations apply to the classic car.
Even at the age of 129, the Benz Viktoria No. 99 still makes it through the TÜV.
© Swen Pförtner/dpa
Because it only has candle-lit lamps, the classic car – which has been street legal for four years – can only be driven during the day.
And for blinking, a large trowel must always be on board.
A belt is not yet installed and due to the age it is not mandatory.
Accordingly, the components do not have to be checked by TÜV during the technical inspection.
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10th place: BMW 3 Series.
BMW's popular middle class has been built 16 million times since 1975 - in several body variants such as the station wagon Touring shown in the photo, and also as a convertible.
The seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series is currently being produced and will soon be fully electrified.
So the success story can continue.
© Fabian Kirchbauer/BMW
9th place: Ford Model T. Long history, but still in the all-time top 10 with 16.5 million units produced (which included a tank) and the mono color black through 1927.
© Joseph Sohm/Imago
8th place: Lada 1200. Or Zhiguli.
Or VAZ 2101. The classic Russian (or Soviet) passenger car went by many names and from 1966 to 2007 it sold 17.3 million units.
It was based on the Fiat 124, but featured a sturdier body and less comfort.
© National Motor Museum/Imago
7th place: Toyota Hilux.
The pick-up truck is particularly popular in the USA, which is now enough for more than 18 million units built and sold.
Since 1968, its drivers have valued it as a robust all-road vehicle, on whose platform African warlords sometimes install a machine gun.
The eighth generation is currently on its way.
VW BeetlePlace 6: VW Beetle.
Around 21.5 million VW 1200s and other versions were produced, until the VW Golf changed the guard, the original Beetle was the bestseller in this country – but also popular all over the world.
Developed from the KdF-Wagen developed in 1938 for the Nazi Reich, the VW was still being produced in Mexico in 2003.
© Gottfried Czepluch/Imago
Honda Civic5th place: Honda Civic.
Just another VW Golf opponent in Europe, this compact car has been a mega seller in the US and Japan for decades.
Over 27.5 million units have been produced since 1972, and the eleventh generation is currently in dealerships.
VW Passat VariantPlace 4: VW Passat.
Perhaps a little surprising, but since its debut in 1973, the well-behaved mid-range car has sold more than 30 million units - albeit including the significantly different US version.
In Europe, the station wagon variant clearly dominates, the ninth generation from 2023 will no longer exist as a notchback.
© Ingo Barenschee/VW
VW Golf Course 3: VW Golf.
Even if what feels like the eternal favorite of the Germans is currently struggling against Tesla and its internal competitor T-Roc: you have to get past the more than 35 million cars produced since 1974.
However, it is uncertain whether the current eighth generation will have a successor.
As an electric ID.
Golf, the epitome of the compact car, could still live on.
© Martin Meiners/VW
Ford F-1502nd place: Ford F-Series.
In the USA, the Ford F-150 pick-up truck has become an integral part of the street scene, he and his even bigger F-brothers perfectly embody the American way of driving.
The electric Lightning version brings more traffic to the commercial and lifestyle truck, which has been built more than 40 million times since 1948.
© Mark Phelan/Imago
Toyota Corolla1st place: Toyota Corolla.
What the VW Golf is to the Germans, the Toyota Corolla is to the Americans, Japanese and many Europeans.
Over 50 million of these compact cars have been built since 1966, and its twelfth generation is now also available as a cross version.
However, the maximum of electrification is a plug-in hybrid.
© Slavko Midzor/Imago
Benz Viktoria gets the TÜV at the age of 129: "We take care of the vehicle all year round anyway"
The car was last on the test bench two years ago, and there were no complaints then either.
"We take care of the vehicle all year round anyway," said a spokesman for the car museum PS-RAM.
The 129-year-old Benz Viktoria is on display there.
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With its six hp, the car can reach speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour.
It has a three-litre, single-cylinder engine and is steered by a handlebar.
(With material from the dpa)
List of rubrics: © Swen Pförtner/dpa