The following is just to give you a brief introduction to us.
You won't find a world map with red flags on at least 4 continents / no impressive sales figures / not even 17 fuzzy employee portraits here . . .
It all began in 1988, when I had decided to cancel my university studies in order to make some 'fast and easy money' in the old-timer business (Enzo Ferrari had just died and prizes for all classic cars were rocketing, with no end in sight). So I joined forces with a friend from high school, who had already started a backyard-style garage (I used to call him Harry Tuttle, if you can do anything with that name) - well, to cut a long story short: the whole 'vintage-car-as-a-financial-investment-hype' bypassed us two young and ambitious entrepreneurs, probably because we both were still too young (and too crazy and too chaotic) to think strategically.
Anyhow, business and debts were increasing and over the intervening years we accumulated much knowledge about classic Mercedes cars and how to apply our talents to that special business. We had already done a few body-off restorations on 111s and 113s (the hard way to get into it) and had also established an efficient retail parts operation. The next step was to establish a supply of remanufactured mechanical components such as rear and front axles, steering boxes and power-steering pumps, gearboxes and automatic transmissions. Only five years later, we were on our feet, with only minor setbacks - just when we thought we had learned our last lessons.
To round off the history of our early days, I might add that we had to move twice (with tons and tons of stuff) and we came to know some people from our tax office whom we didn't really want to know.
At the end of 1999 we split our business, with my partner taking over repairs, remanufacturing and used parts, while I kept the new-parts activities.
Nowadays I'm 'official supplier' for the 'Mercedes-Benz-Interessengemeinschaft', one of the oldest and largest accredited clubs for classic Mercedes cars in Germany, and I'm rather happy to see that all the arduous effort (time- and moneywise) over the years is starting to pay off.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not acting the big shot, but I just might be your reliable and relaxed parts supplier.
Here's a link to our good friends from MB Kontor, a definite recommendation when it comes to overhauling air suspension valves for W 100, 109 and W 112: MB Kontor