Slowly the bright red Mercedes-Benz 408 drives through the streets of Berlin. Some passers-by turn around with interest and gaze after this remarkable vehicle. It is a real eye-catcher, because it is a former fire engine with the inscription “Jugendfeuerwehr Rathmannsdorf”. The passengers on board are not firemen, but Christine and Alexis. The two took a day trip with their “little fire brigade”, as they lovingly call the vehicle. “Not only travelling is great fun – with a classic every ride is an experience,” Christine explains. For them the attraction lies in the fact that you can be free with a van and discover for yourself. And the couple uses it as often as possible.
For longer journeys, Christine and Alexis bought a Mercedes-Benz 408 with Mikafa body. You notice: Real “DüDo”-lovers, as the Mercedes-Benz 408 is also called due to their production in Düsseldorf. But travelling in an old-timer – raises the question of if this can be difficult? “With our DüDo we have always been on the road in Europe. Of course there are breakdowns, but until now fortunately only at the beginning of the journey or on arrival. And if you do get stuck with a classic car, help is usually not far away. Most of the time you get to know great new people,” Christine explains. “For us, our DüDo is simply perfect: big, loud and beautiful.”
Not only travelling is great fun – with a classic every ride is an experience.
Besides the Mercedes-Benz 408 with Mikafa body and the former fire engine, Christine and Alexis also own other vehicles. Among others, another Mercedes-Benz 408 called “Goldi”, also a former fire engine from Nohra near Weimar. “Goldi” needed a complete restoration – which made them both sweat a bit. However, independently of one another, the couple has always been interested in old things and their restoration: Alexis has been driving vintage cars ever since he was able to drive – from bicycles and scooters to cars. However, the two are not exactly from the trade, because Alexis used to work as a carpenter and outfitter for the film industry, Christine as a media designer.
This classic car passion has become more than just a hobby for the couple. Christine and Alexis also founded a small start-up: They called it Oldtimerteile Köpenick. There they offer the rare spare parts for DüDos. They came up with this idea more spontaneously than planned: Due to their own lack of spare parts, one thing led to another, and they founded their start-up. “It makes us happy to contribute to bringing more DüDos onto the streets,” smiles Alexis.
And that’s not all: The two have also set up their own business by hiring out their vehicles. “Goldi” und the former fire engine “Rathmannsdorfer-Feuerwehrauto” can be hired via their Holiday Rescuers page “Die Urlaubsretter”. A possibility to see the DüDos in action and to experience this very special driving feeling that Christine and Alexis are so enthusiastic about.
LKW panel van
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Permissible gross weight
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