Arthur Bechtel – A Pioneer with Passion
In 1972 “Oldtimer” was a term that meant something to only a few people in Germany. A sizable market for classic cars did not exist at the time in Europe - and there was no sign of one developing. This didn’t worry the young Arthur Bechtel, who went ahead and set up his own classic car trading and service company.
His passion for classic automobiles, and a decided talent for dealing with people, allowed his small business to flourish from the start. This combination of expertise, commitment and continuity ensured, over the years, ever-increasing success. As a result, Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors is a major contributor to the fact that today, the most important classic car centre in Germany, can be found near the city of Stuttgart. It is here, the birthplace of the automobile, where the company is still headquartered today, trading globally in high-quality classic automobiles and offering numerous classic car-related services.
The Full Spectrum of Classic Automobile Services
The portfolio of services from Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors includes an in-house workshop as well as comprehensive advice on all key issues relating to the classic automobile. Whether it's a question of construction, care or the sale of collections, whether you are looking for a classic car as an investment or the professional storage of high-quality automobiles - we have the right answers. Execution of worldwide shipments, provision of bespoke insurance and finance, and the fulfilment of colour and equipment requirements are just some of our many services. Moreover, our clients benefit from our unique knowledge of the market. We update our expertise through regular presence at numerous national and international events, such as fairs, exhibitions, Concours d'Elegance and auctions.
Two Generations, One Vision
Arthur Bechtel’s enthusiasm for automotive classics is complemented by his great talent to establish and maintain contacts worldwide. For more than three decades he has been travelling to China, which he now refers to as his second home. His fondness for the country and its people has also influenced his son, Tim, from his earliest days. Tim Bechtel has managed the Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors business for several years along with his father, continuing the firm’s success story into a second generation. As well as a great passion for classic automobiles, both father and son share the same vision of bringing these vehicles as important cultural assets to China and thus continuing their pioneering work in the People’s Republic.