"Neugeboren": Our Classic Mercedes-Benz Restoration Process

Classic Mercedes-Benz Restoration

Better than new

Whether we source the car or you bring us your special classic, each Hemmels creation is restored to the strict specifications of the Neugeboren Process, which demands each car is taken back to its bare metal beginnings to be rebuilt and reborn.

Extensive portfolio

Our experience of restoring classic Mercedes-Benz is wide-ranging, from the 190SL and 300SL and W113 Pagoda series, through to the W108, W111, W112 coupes and cabriolets, we've got it covered.


Our expert team carefully disassemble the original car, tagging and storing key components and assessing the work required to deliver a world class restoration

Back to metal

A non-chemical process strips the shell and removes and corrosion before we begin metal work repair and replacement of decayed panels with Mercedes-Benz parts.

Engine rebuild

The engine is entirely disassembled and undergoes a complete nut and bolt rebuild to "as new" condition using only parts supplied directly by Mercedes-Benz.

Metal work

Our expert team carefully repair or replace every single panel as required, ensuring the final product is as good as when it originally came off the production line.

Paint process

Our proven paint process delivers a perfect finish with base coats, clears, and primers having chemical coherence to ensure protection and presentation for decades to come.

Mechanical Assembly

The engine and underlying mechanicals are re-assembled in Hemmels' finishing facility - described in a recent industry article as "surgical".

Interior Trimming

The custom leather work and complete interior is created and fastidiously fitted by the experts in our dedicated Trim Shop.

Road testing

Before delivery to the client, each car must undergo and complete a comprehensive testing program before it can be signed-off by our Quality team. 

World-wide Shipping

Our international clients can rest assured that we're experienced in importing and exporting vehicles to many destinations. Leave the shipping, insurance and necessary documentation to us, and we'll ensure that your Hemmels motorcar arrives at your doorstep, ship-shape ready to for the open road.

USA & Canada

The majority of our sourced cars are from the USA which greatly minimises re-entry procedures into that country or Canada.

Shipping takes between 6-8 weeks depending the port of choice.


As of October 1st 2019 the Luxury Car Tax no longer applies for restoration work completed overseas on Australian-registered cars.

Hemmels is able to oversee the shipping to/from Australia and also supply the necessary Asbestos Report required for all work completed.

European Union

As of October 2019 there are no duties or taxes on classic cars either imported or exported to the EU.

Hemmels is committed to meeting demand for all our European neighbours and will be vigilant of any policy changes pending.
...a step-change in the market
Editor, The Mercedes-Benz Owners Club Gazette
Hemmels Is Perfecting The Pagoda And Beyond.
Editor-in-chief, Petrolicious.com
... a reputation for excellence
giancarlo perlas, Benzinsider
Editor, BenzInsider
After 3 decades collecting classic cars, I have finally found the company that has that same attention to detail and finish that I have always wanted. A phenomenal business and people.
B. Field, UK
1968 280SL, 1959 300SL Roadster
I really love what you guys are doing. Keep it up.
Kyle Molyneux, Editor, Mercedes ENTHUSIAST Magazine
Editor, Mercedes Enthusiast
I admire every car you produce. I am always looking forward to your workmanship and end product. I can be considered as a voyeur of your art.
Marcus Bonello, Malta
1970 280SL 
What a pleasure it is to work with Hemmels - not only did they make a generous offer for my car, but they followed through with the funds within hours. Splendid firm.
Seamus O Dunlaing Ireland
1968 280SL 
"You are a rarity, to the point of unique. I love your approach and you will turn this industry on its head"
N Babbington
1971 280SL 
"Hemmels offer that rare combination of knowledge and passion that removes any natural anxiety you have when dealing with an expensive and cherished classic car – I heartily recommend these guys to anyone who owns or is considering a classic Mercedes."
K. Huyvers
1970 280SL Roadster (Sales, Servicing)
"For me, over the last 20 years, buying classics has often felt like a roll of the dice. This time I've come up trumps. Keep it up Joe and Jon, you're winning. One day all classic car businesses will operate in this way."
G. Bailforth
1970 280SL (Manual)
"Your manner, the and honest approach and advice was truly refreshing. and so different from the others I dealt with. I'm more than happy to provide a reference - keep up the good work."
Mark Lynch, Co. Cork, Ireland
Import and sale of classic Porsche