Mechatronik Classic - History
Market leader in barely two decades
The roots of Mechatronik Classic GmbH can be followed back to 1996 and Großbottwar, where company founder Frank Rickert and a couple of colleagues started to restore the first of their cars with the star. In the first major project, 12 months of painstaking work produced a fully-restored Mercedes-Benz 190 SL. Their first magnum opus – whose peerless quality immediately won it major accolades in the classic car market.
After this impressive initial success, formation of Mechatronik Fahrzeug- und Motorentechnik GmbH followed in 1997 and thus the stage was set for the new business proposition: the restoration of Mercedes-Benz classic cars. Steps were also taken to successfully expand collaboration with the Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre, as run by Daimler-Benz AG at the time.
With all of this underway and the burgeoning company now showing successful growth, investments were made in new factory buildings. In 2001, just three years after its formation, Mechatronik Fahrzeug- und Motorentechnik GmbH then moved premises from Großbottwar to its current location on Stuifenstraße in Pleidelsheim – and where, in 2010, the company's "Classic" division was spun off into an independent company. The generous dimensions of the new premises were used to the full, and new facilities were also constructed and installed. Ultimately, this resulted in a level of in-house manufacturing that is now unique in the industry.