Setra shines the spotlight on the S 6 at the Retro Classics show

Setra shines the spotlight on the S 6 at the Retro Classics show
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February 2013
Stuttgart/Neu-Ulm
  • Daimler brand exhibits four of their customers' coaches at the 2013 Retro Classics show
  • The world's first compact coach was presented in Geneva in 1955
  • Production of the Setra S 6 stopped fifty years ago
  • An S 6 from the Setra classic collection will also be on display in Stuttgart
Stuttgart/Neu-Ulm – Fifty years after production stopped, at this year's Retro Classics (7 - 10 March 2013) Setra will be shining the spotlight on a coach model which featured largely in the success story of the long-standing brand from Ulm: the Setra S 6. A total of five examples of the S6, the compact coach with the world's first self-supporting frame, will be on show in Hall 8 of the Stuttgart Trade Fair. In addition to buses belonging to the firms Rast-Reisen, Schranner, Kronberger and Fischer, Daimler's Ulm-based bus brand will also be exhibiting an S 6 from the Setra classic collection in Neu-Ulm.
Production of the Setra S 6 stopped fifty years ago
The third ever coach from Setra premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in1955. The 6.7-metre-long and 2.25-metre-wide coach became the basis for all compact buses of the brand to follow. A total of 1172 examples of this model, which can still be admired at many classic vehicle events, were manufactured up until 1963. The technically outstanding features include four independent wheel mountings with double wishbones, which is unique to this day, rubber springs with telescopic shock absorbers and a steering column gear shift. A low centre of gravity and the ideal ratio between wheelbase, overhang and track width ensured stable road-holding at all times. The S 6 was powered by a 517 D 4K Henschel four-cylinder diesel engine, the output of which was boosted in later years from the original 85 hp to 100 hp with the aid of a belt-driven compressor.
International exhibition with 65 000 visitors
Retro Classics has become truly established as an international exhibition for classic vehicles, spare parts and restoration. Last year, 65,000 visitors flocked to the halls of the Stuttgart Trade Fair. This year it will be held on Thursday 7 March from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Friday 8 March from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. One-day tickets cost 16 € for adults and reduced rate tickets are 12 €.
Technical data
Setra S 6 (Setra classic collection)
Built in 1962
Chassis no. 56 307
Seats 24
Engine Henschel 4-cylinder 517 D 4 K
Displacement 4.08 l
kW/hp 66/90
Top speed 100 km/h
Transmission ZF S 5-33
Height 2630 mm
Length 6700 mm
Width 2250 mm

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    A Setra S 6 in the fishermen´s quarter of Ulm in front of the Kässbohrer family house (left) and the long-established Forelle (Trout) restaurant (historical photo)
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    Setra S 6 from the Setra classic collection equipped with seating for use as a regular-service bus
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    The Setra S 6 belonging to the Fischer Bus Company from Weilheim and der Teck, in the fishermen´s quarter of Ulm in front of the Setra Museum (left) and the Forelle restaurant
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    In 1955 the first Setra S 6 was presented in Geneva
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