A drive in a vintage Mercedes-Benz is as moving as a beautifully performed symphony – the perfect interplay of every individual detail. Technology that set new standards in its time, and still excites us today. From the gentle adagio of the automatic transmission, to the legato of the air suspension, to the powerful drum stroke of the driver’s door falling shut. All combined within a flawless exterior that makes our hearts beat a little faster.
In our open, light-filled Mercedes-Benz Oldtimer Werkstatt, we are masters at orchestrating this unique automotive symphony. With perfect pitch trained over the course of decades, the highest precision in our craftsmanship, and tireless dedication to preserving this one-of-a-kind driving experience.
The true beauty of a vintage Mercedes-Benz lies hidden deep inside: in its sophisticated technology. Maintaining and repairing this technology requires not only decades of experience, but also a deep understanding of how the individual components function and are interconnected. Learn more
In our own workshop, using hand crafting techniques and working to the highest level of precision, we reproduce parts and components that are no longer available. Our coachbuilders are virtuosos of this highly demanding craft and can reproduce any form, no matter how complex, creating a faithful replica of the original.
With a combination of oils and waxes which is specially designed for your vehicle, we provide your valuable vintage car with long-lasting protection against corrosion. We seal newly reproduced bodywork with our patented Oldtimer-Ro-Dip process, the best anti-corrosion protection worldwide for vintage bodywork.
In the meantime, I bring almost all my historic cars to Schad. Mr Paul has outstanding technical competence in regard to these old cars, which are all unique in their own way. This expertise is impressive. The second reason is clearly the very unusual level of service. The cars are picked up, and then we discuss the diagnostic results by phone. They explain everything in great detail. Priorities are set: What could be done, what must be done in order to maintain the vehicle in a roadworthy condition or to preserve its value? That is very helpful. You understand what is going on and are able to make decisions. Then the car is delivered back to you. It all works practically via remote control. This also all has its price. But as a connoisseur who loves these vintage cars, you do not want someone who is just going to tinker around; rather, you want someone who will do the work really well. And with Schad, you can be very, very sure of that.
After 10 years, I had decided to take my vintage car out of storage, and I was looking for someone who offered a different type of service than an ordinary Mercedes dealership does. I found the Schad company via the Internet, and I contracted them to restore my SL to good running order. Mr Paul, the head of the workshop, did a good job. He solves problems, rather than simply carrying out technical repairs to cars. The quality of the work and the way in which Mr Paul oversaw the entire process, from picking up the car to making sure that every last screw was tightened, were flawless. In the meantime, I have also taken a second vintage Mercedes-Benz out of storage and brought it to the Schad company.
You rarely find such a high level of technical competence with regard to Mercedes vintage cars in the Rhine-Main region. The Schad company has a very high level of expertise as regards the 230 SL (Pagoda) in particular. This model has a drawback: It judders when you take your foot off the accelerator. I know of very few 230 SLs in the area that do not judder. Somehow, Mr Paul was able to eliminate the problem in my Pagoda, and that is only possible with a very high level of experience. I greatly appreciate the way that he and the whole team work in partnership with the customer, and I always feel that I am in very good hands with them.
I have a vintage Mercedes-Benz which has been in the family for generations, and I had it restored at another workshop. They did so many things wrong there that it did not even feel like my car anymore. After a preliminary discussion, which left us feeling quite enthusiastic, I decided to entrust my car to the Schad company. We were completely satisfied with the team at Schad, and not only due to their technical expertise; they also succeeded in restoring the paintwork to almost exactly its original colour. The quality of other work performed as well, such as restoring leatherwork or replacing a window, was excellent. In my eyes, that is what is so special about this workshop: They are truly expert in all areas, and they are very selective in choosing outside contractors to support them. That is not something you find very often. In our case, the good first impression was fully and completely confirmed.
I take every possible opportunity to sing the praises of Mr Paul and his team. Visiting them is really an experience every time. Mr Paul patiently explains every step, bit by bit, even to me, someone with two left thumbs. He is an absolute master of his craft. There are no longer many still around with his level of experience. And he provides unbeatable service as well: For example, when we were on holiday in Italy, he spent three hours on the telephone instructing us as to how we could repair an engine failure ourselves – for a couple of lay people, it was unthinkable that that could work! Whenever the distance allows, however, he comes by to do the work himself. For his customers, he will even drive some 800 kilometres in a day in order to personally help them out if they encounter a problem.
I have never had a workshop that did better work than the Mercedes-Benz Oldtimer Werkstatt at Schad. I have been a completely satisfied customer for four years now. I value their reliability, their technical expertise in regard to Mercedes-Benz vintage cars, and their personalised approach to customer service. From the coffee to the final inspection – it’s all excellent. And even when a tricky and complicated problem arises, they always find a solution within just one or two days.
I have been a regular and very satisfied customer for years, and I have recommended Schad often, and always out of sincere conviction, when it comes to historic cars. I value the thoroughness of their diagnostic services, the quality and durability of the work they perform, and their service mentality. Mr Paul and his team are extremely helpful and flexible. A file is created for every car in which all work performed and all costs are meticulously documented. On this basis, they always know what needs to be done in order to keep the car up-to-date with repairs and maintenance.