Thank you for your interest in classic cars by Mercedes-Benz.
I am a private collector of classic Mercedes-Benz cars and have cars dating from 1912 to the 1960's.
Some of the cars I have restored to its former glory and some I bought already restored. Maintaining a large fleet of cars has resulted in me buying spares and complete cars in order to have some stocks of spares rather than having to hunt around the world for parts.
Parts for sale
Having a warehouse full of parts plus many cars as well, I am sometimes in the position to help others with parts. All used parts can be very old and are sold strictly with the understanding that they might need restoring. I can only give refunds for wrong parts supplied. In me building up my "spares department" I have made contact with people worldwide. So if you are looking for certain parts and I don't have them, there is a good chance that I can locate them for you.
Cars for sale
Some of my cars are indeed for sale. I often drive one for a few years and then move on to a different model. Also if you are looking for a specific model I can probably find you one. I do charge a small finders commission to cover my costs. Sometimes I also have cars for sale that aren't mine. For a small charge I can add some cars to my website.
Literature & Automobilia
I have a vast library of spare parts books, manuals, etc. Some of these are for sale. I also have some photocopies of these.
I have several warehouses where I keep my cars and any enthusiast is welcome to view them, but I must insist on prior arrangements, mainly because some cars are kept at different locations for security reasons.
I also buy cars and parts but they must be unusual and only prior to 1970. Basically if it is Mercedes I have an interest in it so do feel free to contact me if you need any help. I have very little or no knowledge of post 1970 cars.
Again, thank you for your interest in classic Mercedes-Benz and happy motoring.Walter Nieuwkoop
February 26-27, 2011. Open day at Mercedes-Benz in Newcastle for the 125th anniversary. Then later in the year the Mercedes-Benz club North East section had a club visit to the main dealers and I went in my little delightfull 170Va.
Over the years that I have been collecting Mercedes-Benz cars, some have stood out. Some have won prizes and some I have just enjoyed driving in private. It becomes more and more apparent that members of the Mercedes-Benz club as well as others really enjoy seeing my cars. Various people have also written about my cars in magazines. So here follows a little extract from various articles. I hope you enjoy reading them. Walter Pictures 1 - 3: General trophies some of the car received around the world. Article 1: Article in the March 2004 issue of the Automobile about the discovery of my 1923 Benz. Article 2A-E: Mercedes-Benz Club article about my Adenauers. Article 3: Mercedes-Benz Club event at Newby Hall in July 2004. Article 4A-C: Mercedes-Benz Club article about the rebuild of my 300SE Cabriolet, part 1 of 3. Article 5A-B: Mercedes-Benz Club event at Paxton House. September 2005. Article 6A-C: Rebuild of my 300SE. Part 2 of 3 in the MB Club magazine. Article 7: MB Club event at Paxton House in the September 2005 edition. Article 8A-G: Mercedes Enthusiasts article about my collection of Adenauers and other cars. In the May 2006 issue. Article 9-10: Club report in the September 2006 issue about the regional visit to my premises. Article 11A-D. Part 3 (final) of the rebuild of my 300SE Cabriolet. W 112. Article 12: Regional MB club report November 2006. Article 13: S-class Rally York Racecourse. December 2006. Article 14A-C: Mercedes-Benz Club article about my L 1500 S. A world War II Mannschaftswagen (Troop carrier) in the October 2007 issue. Article 15A-C: Article in the MB Club magazine in the October 2007 issue about the Newbay Hall event. I took the W 143, prewar 230 Saloon. Article 16A-C: Write up in the MB club magazine about my peoples car, the MB 170H Cabriolet and a few other cars. Appeared in the May 2008 issue. Article 17A-C: Concours Day at Sparkford with the MB Club. September 2008 article. My prewar 230 saloon was the prewar class winner. Article 18A-B: Ponton restoration by client Ian Pollard. Car came from my stables. Article 19A-B: In the November 2008 issue was the regional report about the MB clubs visit to my place. It all happened the very first day after the dreadful floods in Morpeth. We were wet but survived. Article 20A-B: In the December 2008 issue of the MB club Gazette was the regional Star Event report about the clubs visit to my place. A huge success with many new faces enjoying the day. Article 21: In September 2008 the car of the month in the MB club Gazette was Alan Suggets MB 220SEb Cabriolet, which originates from me. Article 22A-E: In September 2005 we had a legendary trip to London called Destination Westminster. All this was recorded in the clubs December 2005 issue. My 300 Adenauer was voted best in show as it was the most appropiate car for the venue. Not really an article. My MB 300 Adenauer was being loaded on a transporter to appear in the TV series Hartbeat. It appeared in the Autumn of 2007. Article 23A-C: December 2008 Christmas cocktail party. I was very surprised and delighted to be invited to the annual MB club Xmas party at MB headquarters in Milton Keynes. I was to receive the trophy for the best 40+ year old car in the club for 2008. It was for my blue 1964 Mercedes Benz 300SE Cabriolet, a lovely car to drive. Article 24: Small article about the clubs visit to my restoration workshops in September 2008. Recorded in the January 2009 MB Club Gazette. The car in the pictures is a 1937 Mercedes benz 230 (W 143) Cabriolet B under full nut and bolt restoration. October 2010. Wedding for a local girl in our village.
After my accident earlier this year I decided at the last minute to take a well needed break and go to the celebrations for Mercedes-Benz 125th anniversary at Berlin, Tempolhof Airport. Tempelhof is certainly a very impressive building and very suitable for the occasion. However, I was a little disappointed as there were very few prewar cars there. Also the organisation of everything was not up to the standard we all expected. The guided tour of the former airport which was promissed, nobody seemed to know anything about and the food stalls were also substandard with things constantly running out. I think I had one coffee on the saturday morning as supplies ran dry. After Tempelhof made a quick visit to Marienwerks in Berlin (5 pictures including the final one of a hidious statue). We made the most of things and after our Berlin visit decided to go North in former DDR country to the island of Ruegen. Beautiful island, but in places still very much 20+ years behind and as you can see in the last picture the holiday accommodation at Prora was not very good.
Whilst visiting Veterama in Mannheim I took the opportunity to visit the famous Carl Benz museum in nearby Ladenburg. The museum is housed in a delightfull building. Although it is quite small, the display of vehicles is astonishing. In my opinion one of the best museums in the world. Well worth a visit.
Inbetween days of showers we found a virtually shower free day for this show. It was well attended by hundreds of cars, unfortunately far too many modern cars. I think classic car shows must be for classic cars ONLY. In my view black number plate cars only. This year I took my 1971 Mercedes-Benz camper van. Nowadays you very seldom see these on the road. This year I put quite a few thousand miles on its clock so it is well used. We were parked between 1990's and even a 2003 car. Needless to say I will not be returning.
The Marxzell Transport Museum is situated in the heart of the Black Forest. Just the drive to and from Marxzell is delightfull and should all be part of the visit. Some say that the word "museum" isn't quite right and call it a "Collection of stuff". None of the cars seem to be restored, but all seem in a very original condition and obviously were just put there. The museum doesn't only feature transport, but there is all sorts. I think their biggest problem is space as more and more stuff arrives and ends up in front, on top and underneath everythings elso. You might look at a nice car, but as you try and get closer a typewriter is in your way. Whatever people make of the place it certainly is unique and therefore great. Here are a few pictures, but go and see for yourself.
April 2008 me and my 2 co-workers Cliff and Ray went to Stuttgart. On our way we stopped of near Koblenz and saw some amazing castles. Next morning we woke up to heavy snow, but that did not stop us. First a short visit to the MB Classic Centre and then on to the museum. There is some amazing stuff there. I took loads of pictures but to get a better impression one needs to visit it. A must for every MB enthusiast. After the museum it was on to Essen to Techno Classica and saw some great archtechture along the Rhine. As usual I spend an awful lot of money there on rare parts I need for my restorations. But in between hunting for parts it is good to look at some cars and meet up with clients from all over the world. Revisited the museum again in October 2010. Lots of changes, but in my opinion not really good ones. Far less prewar stuff on show and also virtually no changes in the prewar cars. So a bit disappointing. I did have special permission to photograph their blue 1909 Benz landaulet. You might have seen my latest purchase: a 1912 Benz Landaulet body only. It is remarkably similar to the 1909 car in the museum. Ofcourse I had seen the outside of the museum car, but not the inside and when I did see it I was amazed that it was almost identical to my car, except that in the museum car they certainly took some shortcuts in the restoration or perhaps nothing original was left. So I consider myself lucky that we have fragment of the interior upholstry to copy.
This is now the second open day for the local MG club. They visited 2 years ago and it was a success so I was very pleased to welcome them again. I have had several open days for the Mercedes-Benz club, but it was a delight to show other car enthusiasts the wonders of MB. Even though it was the MG club, not every car was an MG and I personally think that a car club should also welcome others.
Did a lovely short autumn trip to the Scottish West Coast testing the campervan thoroughly. Everything was great and all worked well. It certainly became very evident that an old fashioned narrow camper is extremely usefull on narrow roads with tiny passing places. Yes, not a fast camper, but when on holiday do you want a fast car. Much more relaxing this way. Very much needed short break after an extremely hectic 6 months with no spare time at all. One of the highlights of this mini trip was waking up one morning in pooring rain with 2 otters playing on the beach 20 yards in front of me.
Great long weekend with wall to wall sunshine, except for Saturday night when the heavens opened. Good weekend of classic car racing with only minor incidents on the track. My personal favorite highlights were to see the Fiat Abarth cars as I myself used to race these in the late 1960's around Spa, Zandvoort and various other circuits.
On my recent vist to Veterama I had a few hours time to do other things. I had heard about the Technology Museum in Sinsheim which is halfway between Mannheim and Heilbronn. Lots of aircraft and a huge classic car display. Lots of Americam cars, but also a big range of Mercedes-Benz cars. Actually I think there were more prewar Mercedes-Benz car in Sinsheim then in Stuttgart, including some military stuff (which the Mercedes-Benz museum won't display). I have several military Mercedes-Benz vehicles so it was great to see other ones as well. I can highly recommend this museum. There is enough for everybody, not just cars. I even saw a chainsaw display. Obviously I mainly potographed the MB cars. Hope you enjoy them.
The museum in Speyer is the sister museum of the one in Sinsheim. Very similar in its set-up with transport and technology as its subject. By far not just Mercedes-Benz, but obviously most of my photographs would feature the brand.