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The following information was supplied by Mercedes-Benz:

Random facts and figures

  • More than 23,000 Mercedes-Benz car enthusiasts showed up at the Classic Center during its grand opening weekend in May, 1993.

  • Mercedes-Benz defines "oldtimer" cars as vehicles that have been out of production for 20 years or more. (The company has been building cars since 1886.)

  • The company has a satellite Classic Center in Irvine, California, and is planning a third center in Shanghai, China.

Parts and manuals

  • Currently, some 40,000 parts are available from the Classic Center. (36,000 can be shipped from stock; parts for extremely old or rare cars can be made to order, using drawings and other data from the corporate archives.)

  • Every year, the Classic Center receives some 30,000 parts inquiries.

  • The Classic Center also supplies copies of hard-to-find parts lists, workshop handbooks, owners' manuals, technical data manuals, and maintenance booklets.

Restoration

  • The Classic Center buys, restores, and sells about 80 classic cars per year. (About 40 percent of the workshop's restoration work is for the Mercedes-Benz Museum and other clients within the company; 60 percent is for private owners.)

  • A typical restoration (for example, of a 600 Series sedan) might take one to 1 years and cost up to €750,000.

  • Restored cars have a three-year warranty. With proper care, a restored vehicle should last 50 years.

  • The Classic Center's workshop also restores Formula 1 race cars from the previous year. (F1 cars are considered "oldtimers" after just one season of racing.)

  • In its first 10 years of operation, the Classic Center did some 250 complete or partial car restorations. The largest job was a complete restoration of a W196 Streamliner racing car from 1954, which took five years.

Staff

  • Mechanics at the Classic Center are normally hired from within the company. The typical mechanic has 25 to 30 years of experience.

  • Classic Center mechanics have the authority to seek help from Mercedes-Benz's 7,000 master mechanics, apprentices, and engineers when they encounter problems with parts or materials. They're also able to consult with experts at Stuttgart's university without asking permission from higher-ups.

Souvenirs

  • Looking for something to take home? The Classic Center manufactures full-size working replicas of the Benz No. 1 Patent Motor Car from 1886. (The price was €64,000 when we last checked several years ago.)

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