Factory-restored sales up 50 percent in 2017
In 2015, Mercedes-Benz Classic launched its All Time Stars sales division, offering classic cars that have undergone factory restoration. Cars are sold through a showroom at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, with a second showroom to open later this year in Motorworld Munchen.
Mercedes-Benz Classic also offers some of its stars for sale at events such as Retromobile in Paris, Techno Classics in Essen and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The inventory includes both road and racing cars.
“Our offer to be able to purchase classics of the brand in the Mercedes-Benz Museum is immensely popular,” Patrik Gottwick, head of Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicle sales, is quoted in a news release.
That news release notes that the All Time Stars business increased by nearly 50 percent in 2017 compared with 2016 figures.
“Classic Mercedes-Benz automobiles were more valuable than ever in 2017,” the company reported, noting that, “renowned market research firm HAGI has determined an increase in value for the classics from the Stuttgart-based brand of 8.6 percent in the first eleven months of last year.
“The late-model collectors’ vehicles, the so-called emerging classics, even saw an increase in value by 19.3 percent according to HAGI,” the news release continued.
“This development reflects the fascination for the brand.”
The All Time Stars include Concours, Collectors and Driver edition vehicles.
“The Concours Edition comprises young classic cars and vintage cars in rare original condition and with low mileage that have been elaborately restored by the Mercedes-Benz Classic experts in Fellbach,” the company said.
“The Collectors Edition comprises vehicles in good technical and cosmetic condition. Their patina gives them a particularly special character.
“Finally, the Drivers Edition offers vehicles in good technical condition that still offer potential for restoration work – they are perfect for all lovers of classic vehicles who want to drive their young classic or vintage cars on a daily basis.”
The inventory can be viewed on the All Time Stars website.