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Hans: Everyone should own a classic car. It relaxes you and makes you happy.

Christian Wolf, better known as Hans, was born with his love for classic cars: The second word he spoke? No doubt: “Car!”. Even during school Hans would spend his nights in his father’s garage with old and rusty tools, working on cars. Nevertheless, he didn’t choose to pursue his passion right after school but rather started to study business administration in Leipzig.

In 1995 the right time came and Hans realized that offices, numbers, facts and poring over documents were not his world. Hans wanted to create something of his own, live his passion – his own Classic Car-Shop was his wish. An unrestrained will drove him forward. In order to pay rent of his first workshop, in which he set the ground stones of what we became today, he worked for the municipal waste collection at night.

If you ask Hans, why he is so obsessed with vintage cars you won’t have to wait very long for an answer. It is the artistry of craftsmanship – the quality of the workmanship and to keep an eye for the obvious while being detail oriented. That is what inspires him, what drives him forward and motivates him. It is his goal to combine your wishes as the customer with the best of craftsmanship.

Accuracy, fine feeling and good hearing – that’s what he needs in his speciality. Hans is our expert for the overhaul and adjustment of engines, carburettors as well as injection and ignition systems of all classic cars. We can guarantee: If Hans laid hand on your classic car it’s going to run smoother than ever before. That’s what we’re proud of!

Passion for great things: Hans‘ dream cars are almost all Sports or Racing cars. Be it a Ferrari 265 Daytona Spider, a Lamborghini Miura or a Porsche 911 2.5 ST – these classic cars let his heart soar. He likes large engines, which need a very precise setting in order to be able to unfold their full force. True to his motto: On the matter, here we go!
That doesn’t only apply to work but also to his leisure time: kite surfing, snowboarding, dirt track races – action please, immediately! For lazy Sunday drives, however, it may also be a Roadster. Driving into the sunset in a Mercedes Benz SSK Black Prince may even appeal to our boss.

Being our boss doesn’t seem to be too hard – otherwise would Hans call our working space his second living room? Of course, it’s playing quite an important role that he successfully made his hobby his profession. At least as important is the relaxed atmosphere within our team. Besides, it’s fun when everyone works for the same goal, says Hans: every detail has to meet the highest standards!

car workshop wellness for your oldtimer
 

Frank

Our Workshop Manager is always around: from logistics to the final touch

After the first inspection of your classic car in our garage, Frank will make you a detailed offer and will be there for you while your classic car is brought back into shape by us. He’ll take care of the procurement of the right spare parts and at delivery he’ll explain in detail what has been repaired, renewed or restored by our team.

It’s the tinkering that lets his heart soar though. “It’s great when we’re able to keep the patina of a classic car while still realizing the customers wishes without limitations!” To putter around with cars has been part of his life since early childhood. The enthusiasm for the perfected technology and the stories that the vintage cars tell, still fascinate him again and again.

Frank never gets bored with us, because next to the daily office work, he is also hard at work in the workshop when it comes to repairing or overhauling mechanical parts. Additionally, Frank is able to look back at many years of experience as an automotive refurbisher, which makes him our maintenance specialist of your classic car.

And how is Frank spending his time when he’s not in the garage? „Laying around in the garden while dreaming of classic cars: 1957 Buick, 1967 Pontiac or a 1959 Plymouth, Ford Mustang, Jaguar E 1 Series …“Typically male! If there’s someone out there who wants to make one of Franks wishes come true, here’s a tip: „A Rolls Royce Phantom III would be a dream to have in our workshop! “

The question why he loves working with us doesn’t actually have to be asked, but there are other reasons besides dearly beloved classic cars. „Interesting customers and colleagues, a great working atmosphere and challenging tasks“ says the skilled mechanic. The vintage cars are just the cherry on top.

 

Philip

The first out of our stable

We’re especially proud of Philip! He was our first apprentice, who has enriched our company as a Car mechanic since 2010.

By now, our former apprentice has become an independent, competent and reliable mechanic: Repairing, restoring and improving the equipment of the workshop are on his daily plan. Thanks to the wide range of different types of vehicles that have come to Philips‘ hands in our garage he has gained a great amount of knowledge. “Continuous learning is the order at Classic Lounge. There’s no mindless plan. You have to know what to do and what not to do. That’s what I value here! And also that we have the opportunity to produce actual quality work.”

He loves to tinker with cars, be it with us in the workshop or at home on his personal dream car, a BMW 735i E23.

Has he passed on the enthusiasm for cars and classic cars? Who knows! Philip certainly loved cars ever since his childhood, the passion for classic cars – for individuality – came a little later, though. One brand in particular has a very special effect on him: „An old Porsche is always the most fun to repair and restore. Well-thought-out technology that can be repaired well with very good quality it´s just a pleasure!”

 

Sven

Technology and humour - tinkering until everything is allright

Since May 2016 Sven has brought fresh wind into our workshop team. Sven – this name primarily stands for peace and concentration when it comes to diagnosing faults and repairing vintage cars.

Even if Sven is relatively new with us, his love for the automobile is quite old and not rusty at all. „Ever since the first time I had the smell of petrol in my nose, I knew: I love cars! That has never changed!“ The enthusiasm of the trained car mechanic for the well-established and reliable technology of classic cars becomes clear in his work: he inspects very carefully. Just like his first personal project in our workshop, a Ford Mustang.

And besides the great team, that is exactly what he values with us: „It is diversified and exciting to repair vehicles that were not built to drive only ten years.“ Seems like he can’t get enough of pondering, thinking and puttering. According to his own statement, Sven takes apart everything that falls into his hands: from tinkering on cars with friends and restoring boats, everything is there.

Sven – a mechanic through and through. Though, also quite the comedian. You should always be prepared for one of his dry remarks, which are thrown at you as if fired out of a gun. There’s no situation which he can’t save with humour and a wink. And that’s another reason why we appreciate Sven as an employee.

bodywork steel sheet artists
 

Erik

Sheet metal is his World

Erik, born in 1988, became part of our team in 2010 as a trained vehicle manufacturer. Since then, he has been managing all aspects of fabrication and restauration in our body shop.

Body and vehicle construction – that sounds substantial- and it is. With Erik, the Classic Cars, which are to be fully restored, are lovingly treated in their origin. Zinc coated and welded here, rusty parts are fully or partially replaced. If the original body can no longer be used in large parts, Erik even fabricates entire fenders from steel sheets. A good day’s work: actually seeing what you have created.

When asked how he would describe his work with us in five words, Erik grins: “Dirty, but great and fulfilling!” A man of clear words!

Body and vehicle construction – that sounds substantial- and it is. With Erik, the Classic Cars, which are to be fully restored, are lovingly treated in their origin. Zinc coated and welded here, rusty parts are fully or partially replaced. If the original body can no longer be used in large parts, Erik even fabricates entire fenders from steel sheets. A good day’s work: actually seeing what you have created.

Though it can be a little more detailed: „Each body tells me their story about their lives. Was there an accident? How was it treated? This is interesting to me.“ On working with us, Erik appreciates the feeling of belonging together like in a family, but also that he has a great scope for action. Erik enjoys the proximity to our customers, who can also look over his shoulder if they’re interested. It is hardly necessary to mention that Erik has been a fan of cars since early childhood and that he likes to work on his own racing car in his spare time, a BMW E34 Coupé. It is remarkable – but the love for BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Porsche can be combined in one person – Erik is the living example: the complete M series from BMW, the Audi Quattro, the Porsche 911 or the „Rote Sau“ from Mercedes – Erik loves them all!

 

Michel

our apprentice is always excited about new classic cars: „Because we get them all! “

One step after another – that’s how Michel describes his professional career. Sounds like an uncomplicated and humble guy? Yes, and no.

Fact is: Michel knows where he wants to be: „I’m proud to made my apprenticeship at Classic Lounge and can be part of the team further on. Here I’ve got everything that’s important to me – working with beautiful old cars and familiar and easy going colleagues.“ Quite uncomplicated and humble!
But of course Michel is also young, daring and full of dreams. On the question if there’s a classic car he would like to restore which we didn’t have in our garage yet: „Sure! Tons! But sooner or later they’re all coming to us!“ Quite cheeky and reason enough to consider an apprenticeship at Classic Lounge exciting.

Michel is already hard at work: removing rust, tinning, sanding or preparing sheet metal – always under the watchful eye of Erik of course. Most impressive until now was his first time helping with the body restoration of a Karmann Ghia Pigalle – an extremely rare classic car.

Older gentlemen indulging older vehicles proves to be the most logical. But why are younger men also enthusiastic about it? For Michel it’s the unique character, the distinctive form and the history of each individual car. But even more important for him: to be able to understand the technical progress of classic cars and to recognize the fascinating solutions that were already possible at that time. But there are also other things that he enjoys: cycling, canoeing, diving, reading or simply travelling with friends. But that all came later. Michel grew up interested in vehicles. The range extends from the well-known 1968 Dodge Charger to a now less popular Toyota Corolla E70 station wagon from 1979 to the now very rare Datsun Skyline 2000 GT from 1969.

 

Many personalities with one aim:

to live fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
Classic Lounge Leipzig – Fascination for automobiles
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