Brabus Mourns The Death Of Its Founder Bodo Buschmann

One of the industry’s great automotive tuners has left this world. And we join the entire Brabus family in mourning the loss of its founder Bodo Buschmann.

The scion of a family of car dealers, Buschmann founded Brabus in 1977 while he was still in college. Over 40 years later, the company he founded is still known as the premier tuner of Mercedes (and other) vehicles.

A hands-on chief executive till the end, Herr Buschmann also co-founded and presided over VDAT e.V., an industry group of automotive tuners. But he’ll be best remembered for the cars he tuned and restored.

Over the past four decades, Prof. h.c. Bodo Buschmann customized countless Mercedes-Benz, AMG, Maybach, and Smart automobiles. And through the Startech brand, he oversaw similar conversions on innumerable Aston Martins, Bentleys, Jaguars, Land Rovers, and Maseratis.

“Bodo Buschmann managed to turn his hobby into his occupation when he was just 22 years old,” noted Brabus in a statement released over the weekend. “This passion stayed with him until his last breath. He set standards for the entire industry all his life and always stayed true to his motto: ‘Never work for money – work for passion!’”

Buschmann passed away this past Thursday, April 26, 2018, after what was described only as “a short illness.” He was only 62 years old. In the wake of his passing, Bodo’s son Constantin Buschmann takes over as CEO with immediate effect, having served until now as its head of marketing and sales. Ulrich-Joachim Gauffrés will continue serving as the company’s CTO, and Stefan Hosters as CFO.

more photos...
  • Six_Tymes

    62, i wonder what illness it was. I read he was a good person, and loved life.

    • smartacus

      yes i wonder what illness
      takes a good man like him at 62
      while a satanist like Soros is almost 90
      :*(

      • Six_Tymes

        geeez, you did not need to remind about that scum of the earth, that is a depressing thought.

  • S3XY

    I have a Smart Brabus. R.I.P.

  • Bash

    RIP

  • RIP, and really he is known for his passion. Although his car is not really my taste… well except the Brabus Classic!

  • Nelson

    RIP

  • Infinite1

    R.I.P.

2019 Ford Mondeo Wagon Facelift Spied, Could Be The New Hybrid

The 2019 Mondeo family will bring minor styling tweaks inside and out but significant hardware and software updates.

Gateway Bronco Will Sell You A New First-Gen Bronco With Ford’s Blessing

Fancy a brand-new first-gen Ford Bronco? Here’s your chance.

Facelifted Renault Espace Spotted Near Arctic Circle

Renault’s updated Espace MPV should make its official debut sometime before 2020.

Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette Won’t Premiere At Detroit Auto Show

You’ll have to wait a little longer to see the mid-engine Chevrolet C8 Corvette.

DS Techeetah Shows Off New E-TENSE FE19 Formula E Car

Formula E’s fifth season is about to commence this Saturday on December 15.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Is All About Speed, Costs $699

This special edition smartphone will go on sale in North America and Western Europe on Thursday, December 13.

Porsche Launches 2019 Macan S With New 349HP V6 Engine

UK buyers will have to spend upwards of £46,344 for the 2019 Porsche Macan.

2020 BMW Z4 U.S. Pricing Leaked, Will Start At $64,695

The U.S.-spec BMW Z4 M40i gets 382 hp, whereas the European model has to make do with 335 hp.

Upcoming Porsche Taycan Could Very Well Be Sold Out For The First Year

That’s if all customers who have already placed an order do indeed go on with purchasing the EV.

BMW’s Game-changing Platform Supports ICEs, Hybrids And EVs

The brand new architecture will underpin all future models from the 3-Series upwards.