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Supply of Spare Parts for Retro and Classic Cars Continues to Gain Ground Bosch Automotive Tradition Offers Parts, Bytes, Services and Emotions to Fans of Historic Cars

  • Automechanika 2012: showcasing of the reproduced generator for the Mercedes 300 SL
  • “Partbob” online shop for sought-after spare parts and original repairs
  • Bosch Classic network expands to 54 Bosch Service workshops in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
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  • September 11, 2012
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Historic cars are guaranteed to draw attention wherever they are on the road. Classic car events are becoming increasingly popular for both participants and spectators. Since 2010, the number of cars older than 30 years has in fact grown annually by around 10% in Germany, where almost 260,000 classic cars are currently registered with the H registration. Bosch Automotive Tradition, the classic division of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, supports classic car fans with a wide range of spare parts and information, including a free online knowledge database and the “” online shop, which procures sought-after spare parts. In addition to organizing the “Bosch Boxberg Klassik” rallye for classic vehicles, Bosch Automotive Tradition also participates in many trade fairs and events for classic cars.

Original Reproduction of the Generator for the Mercedes 300 SL
The generator for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (gull-wing), which will be showcased by Bosch Automotive Tradition at Automechanika 2012, is a product of a current reproduction project. The generator is being manufactured using the original design and technology. Development, testing and production are being performed to the standards of OE quality currently employed at Bosch. Constructive redesign together with more precise manufacturing techniques has resulted in a new development with double the performance. Prior to production release, the generator successfully underwent intensive laboratory testing. In addition, it was fitted in a Mercedes 300 SL and had to pass a 2000-km endurance test during the famous “Mille Miglia” classic car race. Some 125,000 measurement series with around one million measurement values were performed during this race.

Originality of the car in every detail
Bosch Automotive Tradition has access to a range of over 58,000 spare parts from the worldwide pool of Bosch plants and can therefore ensure a supply of original Bosch spare parts for historic automobiles. Appropriate long-term storage or continued production after completion of series production guarantees the continued availability of older spare parts. Where stock levels do not cover higher demand for a particular part, Bosch investigates the feasibility of repair concepts or reproduction according to original specifications – an approach epitomized by the generator currently being showcased for the Mercedes 300 SL. Spare parts are available from wholesalers and Bosch Service workshops or from the classic divisions of automotive manufacturers. Information about the current range of reproduction parts and spare parts is available on the homepage

Extensive Online Knowledge Database
Bosch Automotive Tradition is helping retro and classic car enthusiasts to locate suitable spare parts using an extensive online knowledge database. Over 40,000 documents are available to download free of charge under the menu option “Knowledge” at The documents can provide answers to questions such as which starter was originally installed in a car, in which cars a particular controller was used, or also provide information on which alternative spare parts can be used. Fans of classic cars use this knowledge database extensively, with the result that the range of documents is constantly being expanded.

Online Shop for Rare Spare Parts
The online shop was initiated in 2012, and offers rare spare parts and discontinued products by Bosch for retro and classic cars. Owners of retro and classic cars can also make use of the “1:1 REMAN” repair service via the online shop. This service is available exclusively via the new shop and offers original repairs for a whole range of Bosch parts and components, such as K-Jetronic fuel distributors and warm-up regulators and D-Jetronic induction tube pressure sensors. All offers are currently available in German, English, French and Spanish; additional languages to follow. Bosch Automotive Tradition guarantees the quality and range of the products offered and the partners, and ensures rapid, problem-free order processing.

Classic Service at Specialized Bosch Service Workshops
The classic division of Bosch has developed a network for retro and classic cars in collaboration with Bosch Service workshops based on specialist knowledge of classic car repairs. In 2012, this network was extended by an additional 27 repair shops in Germany. This means that 54 Bosch partner companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland currently feature the addi-tional wording “Classic Service” as proof that they have employees with specialist knowledge and the tools and equipment required to carry out service and repair work on historic cars. For a list of these partners, in-cluding contact details and opening hours, please go to Information covering all aspects of the classic car world is also available on the Facebook page of the Bosch Classic Division

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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