Old Mercedes-Benzes are becoming more and more of a hot commodity simply because nobody in the modern day builds cars like they once used to. Often seen as timeless, classic machines over-engineered and built to stand the test of time from the anal retentive demands of old-school German engineers, more and more enthusiasts are realizing how special they were, especially before the days of automated mass production that arguably compromised everything the Silver Arrow stood for in terms of quality.
Mercedes-Benz themselves recognize and decided to embrace this and as a result, their heritage Museum branch officially announced a new program where they will begin selling classic and vintage model Mercedes-Benzes straight from the factory, following a strict restoration and comprehensive 160-item inspection check, to certify a car’s quality from the factory.
The program is called All Time Stars and throughout time, they’ll have a range of vintage and classic models undergo restoration, which they will sell directly through their channels. They’ll also document everything from the car’s history, to its acquisition, and restoration–all in an effort to keep the original cars on the road as the original engineers and product designers intended.
For me as a total old Benz geek and enthusiast, this is a wet-dream come true.
The car’s currently on sale and soon to be made available can be seen on their website, Alltime-Stars.com, and range from 1929 Type 630 Kompressor, to a 1995 W124 E320 Convertible with a stunning 31,000 miles on the clock. There’s even an extremely rare W124 AMG-tuned E60 AMG, based off of the already highly-desirable 500E.
Ultimately, if you are a huge fan of old Benzes and don’t mind paying a premium for the classic models straight from the factory, this is the first place you should go. It is in Germany, but given how most of the cars are at least 25 years or older, importing them into the US legally shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Check out the press release below.
Mercedes-Benz Museum selling classic cars directly: ‘All Time Stars’: modern classics and vintage greats from Mercedes-Benz
Nov 05, 2015
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is now selling classic cars from all periods under the name All Time Stars. The complete range can be seen on the website alltime-stars.com. You can also view the vehicles in person at the Mercedes-Benz Museum and arrange the purchase there too. A team of sales consultants are on hand to provide detailed information and extensive descriptions of the vehicles in order to offer as much transparency as possible.
Buying a classic car is a matter of trust. It has to be. Otherwise what is often supposed to be a dream come true may in fact turn sour. The All Time Stars by Mercedes-Benz aim to extend the brand’s extensive quality commitment to the purchase of classic cars. The focus is on vehicles that are suitable for everyday driving. And maximum transparency is the objective: the experts at the Mercedes-Benz Museum subject each vehicle to a thorough inspection based on a comprehensive 160-item checklist. This allows any defects or blemishes to be identified and recorded in detail in the prospectus. The consultants also know exactly what has been modified – and what has stayed the same – since the vehicle was handed over to its very first owner.
The All Time Stars reflect the huge diversity of Mercedes-Benz vehicles over the ages. The range features all cars made by Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands. The oldest model that is currently available is a Type 630 Kompressor from 1929; the newest is an E 320 convertible made in 1995.
The three vehicle editions
All vehicles are categorised into three editions that describe their condition and authenticity:
Premium Edition: classic cars in rare original condition with very few miles on the clock and vehicles that have been lovingly restored by the experts at Mercedes-Benz Classic in Fellbach/Stuttgart.
Collectors Edition: these cars are in excellent condition both technically and visually. Their patina gives them a particularly special character.
Drivers Edition: vintage vehicles and modern classics suitable for everyday driving and for people who want to tinker. These cars are in excellent technical condition but still offer potential for further restoration work.
All Time Stars – vehicle highlights
The Mercedes-Benz 630 first went on sale in October 1928 for a price of 2,000 reichsmark. It was also available in a K model with a more powerful 6.3-litre engine that produced 120 kW (160 hp). Customers’ interest quickly shifted to this variant. Several years ago, the vehicle available from All Time Stars was converted to an open-top tourer and had its engine refurbished. It has a Fiva international identity card and is in immaculate condition.
The E 320 convertible is an export version with only around 31,000 miles on the clock. This is immediately obvious from its immaculate condition. This four-seater convertible can be used for everyday driving as soon as it leaves our showroom – and it’s as stylish as they come. The car is fitted with lots of extras, including the much sought-after leather upholstery.
There is also a Mercedes-Benz 280 SE available, which was restored at Mercedes-Benz Classic Service & Parts. The car has a seldom colour combination and only 86.000 kilometers on the clock.
– By: Chris Chin