Drawing from over 40 years of experience, BRABUS Classic expends 1,500 to 4,000 on each project as part of its 6-Star Restoration program. Each restoration attempts to recondition and reuse as many original parts as possible to retain authenticity.
Since opening its doors in the late 1970s, BRABUS has become best known for its direct hand in tuning some of the most significant Mercedes-Benz models ever to roll off the assembly line. Thanks to over 45 years of experience, the German tuner has officially become a Mercedes-Benz ClassicPartner, opening a new restoration and maintenance division dubbed BRABUS Classic.
The central purpose behind BRABUS Classic revolves around its 6-Star Restoration program. Dedicating sometimes upwards of 4,000 person-hours per vehicle, the technicians can completely tear down a project, restoring and reconditioning many original parts to retain the car’s authenticity. However, thanks to its direct connection to Mercedes-Benz, the restoration division can replace any part as needed, leaving vehicles in “like new” condition. This work ranges from engine overhauls to paint, body reconditioning, and even EU conversion.
Beyond just restoring these classic cars, BRABUS Classic works with Classic Data, an organization that inspects classic cars and certifies their condition after the reconditioning work has finished. Through this certification, owners get the confirmation via a third party that the work done meets the organization’s high standards. Classic Data confirms that each restored classic is suitable for daily use with the accreditation.
After completing a project, BRABUS Classic provides support on the maintenance side thanks to its extensive parts catalog, keeping these classic cars on the road for decades to come. For example, in the case of soft-top convertibles, BRABUS Classic has access to original Mercedes-Benz materials to craft new components while retaining authenticity entirely.
While the restoration center specializes in upkeeping Mercedes-Benz’s most important classic models, the maintenance center will work with any of the brand’s classic cars, giving the same level of attention to a 300SL Gullwing as an enormous Unimog.
For owners that like to partake in rallies, BRABUS Classic’s maintenance center offers inspections to ensure the reliability of each classic car before it undertakes a significant road trip.
Thanks to its status as a Mercedes-Benz Classic Partner, BRABUS Classic stands as 1 of 24 locations completing restoration work across Germany. For owners in the U.S., the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, located in Irvine, CA, undertakes the primary restoration location.
This article appeared in our April 2022 issue.