Here’s what happened. Around three years ago, he went to his nephew’s school leavers’ party at a boarding school in the Swabian Jura mountains. In the yard of the former monastery stood a decommissioned fire service vehicle that had been stationed there and had recently been replaced by a more modern fire engine. The sight of the Mercedes-Benz 408/LF8 from 1969 tugged on Holger Hutzenlaub’s heartstrings.
“It was in orderly condition, as is often the case with fire engines. As it only rarely got called out, it had less than 32,000 kilometres on the clock. But there was some visible wear and it had been parked up for a very long time.”
It’s also no coincidence that Hutzenlaub’s eyes fell on the Mercedes-Benz: he’s been working for the brand for 25 years. The 50-year-old automotive engineer and vehicle designer is currently head of Daimler AG’s Advanced Design Studio in Germany, located in Sindelfingen. Among other things, his team is working on the design strategy for the new Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles.