Launched just over a year ago, Mahle’s Classic Line, featuring its special spare parts segment for vintage and modern classic cars, has grown steadily.
The range now includes engine parts such as cylinder liners, pistons, valves, and bearings as well as starter motors, alternators, thermostats, and filter elements, covering more than 1,700 vehicle types.
Jonathan Walker, General Manager Aftermarket UK & Ireland, Mahle said: “For many of our customers, their vintage car isn’t just a passion—it’s an investment. That’s why our Mahle Classic Line is all about quality, staying faithful to the original, and durability. In particularly demanding cases, we also offer the option of single-unit production or small series.”
Mahle is continually expanding the Mahle Classic Line, as the current market experiences a boom in the construction of simpler, everyday historic vehicles. The trend is toward vintage cars originally produced for the masses, which are restored with the same care as premium-class historic cars.
The range is available to customers by following specific but simple guidelines. The process is explained below when ordering a piston, as an example:
Send clear and concise requests, with samples if possible, to help speed up the process. This is not for Motorsports Pistons but pistons that are or have been available in the Mahle Aftermarket range.
All requests for pistons will be reviewed, ideally based on the following quantities:
Forged pistons – 60+
Cast pistons – 100+
Lower quantities can lead to pistons costing in excess of £250 each.
There are three main options:
- Pistons available, i.e. parts that are live in SAP
The price will be calculated depending on the quantity requested, and the piston will be produced only after the quote is accepted.
- Pistons available in SAP but with the status as no longer available. Drawings and tooling will be checked for availability, as will rings, circlips and pin. Only then will the request for the piston be sent to the factory. This process takes around four weeks and at the end of it the customer will be quoted, and as above, the piston will be produced only after the quote is accepted.
- Pistons with no tooling
This will require a minimum of two sample pistons. These will be sent to the factory, with a quote provided by the factory if possible.
In the case that Mahle can’t help, it will work in close partnership with another supplier that may be able to produce the pistons.
The production time can take 8-12 weeks after acceptance of quote.