BRABUS Classic Mercedes-Benz Restoration Examples – Creating As-New Cars of Any Age

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….

But still.

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  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
appraisal report.

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
and differential.

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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