They’re true style icons, Mercedes models from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The design is timeless, but the engine: hopelessly polluting. But now that’s changing because Belgian/Dutch startup Monceau Automobiles is retrofitting original Mercedes classics with a state-of-the-art electric drive train, for the discerning car lover who doesn’t want to choose between class and climate.
“A clean, classic car, that was once like a protestant pope. Impossible. But that doesn’t mean there’s no demand for it,” says Roel Pollen, lifelong car lover and director of Monceau Automobiles. “Our customers want to drive in an environmentally conscious way, without emissions that harm the environment. On the other hand, they also love the charm and experience of a classic car. But without the maintenance problems that often entails. Monceau Automobiles has stepped into this niche, offering an electric classic car that meets all these requirements and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 7 seconds, and with a range of almost 300 kilometres”.