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
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.