When a passion for the MB-trac, stemmed from sunny days spent on a Devonshire farm in the 80’s, turned into a fully-fledged business, Paul James of MBtracman.co.uk needed a reliable and trusted Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts supplier to help bring his love of this vehicle to life.
“I grew up driving these incredible vehicles in the 80’s on a friend’s farm in Devon and about eight years ago I got into restoring them for myself. What very much started as a passion project, soon piqued people’s interest and I had requests to restore other MB-tracs.
“I really think that these vehicles were lightyears ahead of their time. Even though production finished in 1991, I work with customers who are still using them for daily agricultural purposes because, like most Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles, they are real workhorses and are dependable. I work with customers in the UK and Republic of Ireland, as well as on the Continent. Owners know that it is a reliable tractor and it can be repaired and maintained as required, as you can still get Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts for them. People invest in these vehicles, because they know they retain value, they are sought after, still a pleasure to drive and offer long term value,” Paul added.
Paul has put his money where his mouth is and not only restores MB-tracs for customers, but has also invested in his own over the years.
“I use my own MB-trac for light duties around my 30-acre farm. I have a couple of the original MB-trac 800 and a later 900 turbo, as well as a mighty Mercedes-Benz Unimog. I do have some customers who obviously have invested in the MB-tracs as something to be admired and to take to shows, as the vehicle has a strong following. They offer a great sense of nostalgia to many and are very desirable.
“The key of course is being able to still get the relevant parts for these incredible vehicles. I have worked with Rygor Commercials for many years as they look after the Sprinter Vans I have, so it is was natural for me to deal with them for this too. It is always my preference to use Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts, as these are quality pieces designed specifically for these vehicles. Ashley in Rygor’s parts team at the Dealer’s Westbury site is brilliant. He’s always helped me and keeps me up to date with stock levels. He gets on the case quickly when I am requiring a part and comes back to me with all the necessary information. He has sourced me everything from mirrors, lights and windscreen seals to badges, filters and internal cab parts. He also finds the data cards for the original build codes, which my customers find really interesting to view. I have been impressed with how many parts I can still get hold of for vehicles that are more than 30 years old!” Paul said.
For Paul and the team at MBtracman.co.uk it’s all about providing a quality service and taking the time and care to restore vehicles which customers hold close to their hearts.
“We invest in Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts as it is part of our commitment to providing a quality service. These restorations normally take around nine months, as we have a dedicated team member who works on each one, lovingly restoring it to its former glory. We’ve also just had two more arrive this week, which will be with us for a year, so there is always an exciting project on!”
Ashley Bryant, parts advisor at Rygor Westbury said: “For us, it’s not about simply selling our customers a part, it’s about building trusting and reliable relationships with them. Only then can we ensure that we are not only providing them with the highest levels of service, but we are helping get their vehicles back on the move, whether to maximise vehicle uptime, or bring a classic back to its former glory.”
With 11 branches throughout Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, West London, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, Rygor are a multi award winning specialist Mercedes-Benz van and truck Dealership.