Brabus goes full-circle on Mercedes-Benz models! To show such love and devotion to the brand is remarkable — these Brabus Classics restorations are amazing!
There is light humor to be found in Brabus handling factory restorations, as Brabus is best-known for taking factory cars and cranking the horsepower and torque figures sky-high….
Restoring any car to as-new condition is extremely challenging. But a Mercedes? Virtually impossible unless you are intimately familiar with the workings of the machines, the interior craftsmanship, and all the mechanicals.
Brabus, of course, is that familiar with MB machines — making them the pinnacle experts for your classic Benz project.
Owners are welcome, of course, to request a tick more power than the factory model delivered!
Vintage Mercedes cars – rebuilt by BRABUS Classic
Automotive jewels with two-year warranty and
“Grade A” Classic Data appraisal with extra rating
Up to 2,500 hours of labor, the know-how from more than 35 years of
automobile construction, countless new parts and meticulous attention to
detail: These are the ingredients that BRABUS Classic uses to create
automotive jewels based on vintage and modern classic Mercedes-Benz cars.
BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone +49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax +49 /
(0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) stands behind the outstanding
quality of the classic vehicles rebuilt from the ground up not only with the oneof-a-kind two-year BRABUS Classic warranty with unlimited miles, but also stakes its excellent reputation on them.
At the 26th Techno Classica, which will be held March 26 to 30 at the Essen
Expo Center, BRABUS Classic will be present in hall 1 on a joint exhibition
stand with the vintage car division of LUEG. LUEG Group is one of the largest
authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers in the world and maintains 15 locations in
Germany’s Ruhr Valley.
BRABUS Classic will display four vintage Mercedes cars restored from the
ground up – three Mercedes 280 SL cars of the W 113 “Pagoda” model series
and a W 111 series Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet. The leading vintage car
expert organization Classic Data inspected these vehicles after work was
completed: Due to the unrivalled quality and authenticity of the restorations
Classic Data issued these vehicles a grade of “A” for their condition and added
that these vintage cars represented classics with “new-car character” to the
The exclusive BRABUS Classic product range on display at the Techno
Classica 2014 is rounded out with a Mercedes 560 SL of the R 107 model series
and a restored rolling chassis of a 300 SL Gullwing that demonstrates the
outstanding quality of a restoration by BRABUS Classic in detail.
The starting point for the rebirth of a classic Mercedes always is the disassembly of the base
car to the last nut and bolt. In the process all parts are inspected and catalogued,
unserviceable components are discarded and components that are suitable for
reconditioning, such as chrome parts, are replated and returned to mint condition by the best
specialists in the business.
All paint is removed from the bodyshell, which is then reconditioned by experienced master
bodywork specialists and given a catalytic dip primer coating. Perfect corrosion protection
using cutting-edge technology to protect the paint is also part of the scope of the restoration
as is a perfect paint job in the original color.
While work on the body is going on, the engine is completely disassembled in the BRABUS
high-tech engine shop and all parts are measured. The rebuilding process includes grinding
and honing the cylinders as well as overhauling the cylinder head. The restoration of a
classic engine is conducted with utmost care.
The BRABUS powertrain technicians use the
same precision in overhauling the drivetrain including the automatic transmission, driveshaft
Special ‘Classic’ lubricants supplied by technology partner MOTUL ensure maximum
reliability in everyday operations.
There are also no compromises with regard to suspension and brakes: all components are
replaced with new parts and thus offer optimal active safety.
One of the BRABUS domains from exclusive vehicle refinement of course also comes into
play during the restoration: the company upholstery shop crafts cloth and leather interiors as
well as carpeting in any color, perfectly and fully authentically finished to the smallest detail.
The product lineup includes materials in precisely the same color as the original that once
came off the assembly lines as well as in any imaginable desired color. The soft tops for the
drop-top Mercedes-Benz models are also manufactured in any desired color with the same high quality.
The BRABUS finish carpenters specialize in reconditioning all cockpit wood inlays and in
creating completely new ones from the same type of wood.
After work in the various departments is completed, the classic Mercedes car is rebuilt with
utmost precision. It goes without saying that in the process not only all mechanical wear
parts, but also all seals and gaskets are replaced.
Before the vehicle is delivered to the customer, depending on the destination either as a VIP
transport in a closed truck or by air freight, each vehicle is subjected to extensive functional
testing as well as safety and quality checks.
Of course any restoration involving this kind of thoroughness and effort does not come
cheap. But buyers of a vintage car restored by BRABUS Classic, such as the 280 SL Pagoda
or the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet on display at the Techno Classica 2014, can rest assured that
every detail has been attended to with loving care in a process that took between 1,500 and
2,500 hours of labor.
After the restoration was completed, the leading expert organization for vintage cars, Classic
Data, appraised all vehicles. Like the other vintage Mercedes-Benz cars restored from the
ground up by BRABUS Classic, the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet on display at the Techno Classica
2014 also received an “A” grade from Classic Data for its condition, and was confirmed to
offer “new- car character.”
The verdict of the Classic Data experts reaffirms the outstanding quality of the work
performed by BRABUS Classic: “At the time of my inspection the vehicle was in a restored
condition equivalent to an as-new state. All major components were restored perfectly so that
no signs of use are discernible.
Old parts that could not be restored to mint condition were
replaced with new parts. The powertrain was given a general overhaul and corresponds to
new. The body is visually in perfect condition. The gaps are equal to or better than new.
In conclusion it is my expert opinion that this vehicle was restored in BRABUS hallmark fashion
so perfectly that the original as-new condition was even surpassed. This is evident in the
lovingly carried out detailed work such as e.g. the reproduction of the interior appointments,
the perfect gaps etc., which in the ‘70s were not realized to this extent in series production.
The purchase price reflects the nature and scope of the restoration as well as the overall
condition. The restoration value for a technically comparably restored vehicle amounts to
410,000.00 euros incl. VAT.”
BRABUS underscores the perfect execution of all work with a warranty that is unique in the
entire vintage car industry: The automotive Mercedes classics, which were restored in the
BRABUS manufactory in Bottrop from the ground up, are sold with the exemplary two-year
BRABUS Classic warranty with unlimited miles.
Full service by BRABUS Classic does not end with the purchase or the restoration: The
company also offers the entire range of services from oil changes and professional
inspections to complete conditioning. The motto for the proud owners is: Take a seat, start
the engine and experience driving fun in its purest form!
A continually updated list of available BRABUS Classic vehicles can be found online at
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