Brabus Founder Bodo Buschmann Dies at 62

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Brabus Bodo Buschmann

One of the most prolific tuners of Mercedes and AMG cars leaves behind a long legacy in the auto world.

Mercedes enthusiasts and the tuning world have lost one of the biggest names in the industry. Bodo Buschmann, the company’s founder, passed away at the age of 62. The German magazine Waz was the first to report his death.

Buschmann was born in 1955, and he founded Brabus GmbH while attending law school at 22. The company was initially supposed to focus strictly on Mercedes-Benz products, and he dedicated himself so fully to his business that he was more often found at his initial small shop more often than he was at home.

Always an entrepreneur, Buschmann continued to make Brabus the leader in Mercedes-Benz performance and refinement. Cars such as the the ultra-high performance Brabus 900 Rocket, an insanely fast cabriolet that packs 900 HP and 1,106 ft-lbs of torque, exemplify his ethos.

Brabus 900 Rocket

As enthusiasts, the work of Brabus work is felt every time we grip a custom wrapped steering wheel, or a re-upholstered interior, or fall in love with a re-styled exterior. His influence was so great that even non-Brabus cars had to step up their game just to match his unique vision. And then of course, there’s the power. We’ve covered various Brabus creations in the past, and whether they are old-school V12s, new turbocharged motors, or off-road monsters, the theme is always the same. More power than you’ll ever need.

Buschmann was known by work colleagues and associates as an ideal worker, dedicating his passions to his business and having a work ethic like no other. But of course, after Buschmann’s passing, a re-structure has already taken effect, with the company being handed down to his son, Constantin, who will now act as CEO. Other long-established employees will carry on in their positions, moving the Brabus legacy along.

Brabus Bodo Buschmann

At MB World, we have always admired Brabus cars. Buschmann’s motto will forever stay with us: “Never work for money. Work for passion!”

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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