The new generation has arrived…… Mercedes-Benz from the 1980s and 1990s are fast becoming the new trend for many enthusiasts, owners and even collectors. Over the last three years, we have commissioned and restored as many Youngtimers from the 1980s and 1990s as we have Classic Mercedes-Benz from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
As we sweep into 2020 the demand for restoring the iconic Classic is still very much there but the demand for quality restoration in the new breed of Youngtimers is growing and growing. There is a real focus and connection from a new generation who can afford to restore the vehicles they grew up with. At the moment you could say the enthusiasts rule the Youngtimer market, they are in tune with their cars they know what they want, and they know what they are getting.
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Restoration, associated costs and timescales are not to be taken lightly, more people feel comfortable spending money on Classics from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s due to their current values, but the individual of the new generation feels a mix of nostalgia, passion and a sense of ‘this is what I want’ results in the journey of the ‘Youngtimer bracket’ vehicle being put back to the original and former splendour.
There is a recurring pattern of enquiries from customers considering the option of restoring their Youngtimer vehicle without that ‘I am crazy’’ question keeping them awake at night.
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We embrace the new challenges as the new wave of restorations comes to us and our Bodyshop and Mechanics are enjoying the change.
Our focus whether on the 1960s 600 Pullman or a 1990s 560SEL remains the same, the time spent, workmanship and attention to detail are uncompromised – it goes without saying.
We have recently commenced back-to-back W124 restorations, a 1995 E220 Saloon car and a 1994 E320 Cabriolet. The level of detail these cars will receive will ensure they are better than when they left the factory and the longevity will keep those owners happy for many years to come, no doubt proving a great decision for pure enjoyment.