Burgundy, cream MB Tex interior, 1897cc petrol engine, 4-speed manual column change gearbox, electronic ignition, original 13 inch steel wheels with chrome and body colour hubcaps and chrome trim rings, period Becker radio, front and rear classic-style inertia reel seatbelts, rear centre lap belt, historic vehicle classification with free road tax in UK, bare metal repaint 10 years ago and many thousands of pounds spent during recent years.
This is not one of the most expensive Mercedes models of its era, but considering that it would have rubbed shoulders when new with the likes of Ford Anglias, Austin 1100s and Vauxhall Viva HAs, and would have been a rare and expensive choice for a British motorist, it must still have seemed somewhat other-worldly when viewed against the drab backdrop of 1960s Britain. Being one of the last of the first series cars it has the quirky wing-top indicator flashers as well as the iconic tailfins that were unique to this model, giving it a true and instantly identifiable retro appeal. The flowing lines of its coachwork are seemingly even more beautiful now than when it was new, and it is presented in its original period colour scheme which shows it off to perfection. Few models from any maker, old or new, have anything like its charisma.
Being a W110 series car it is 6 inches shorter in the bonnet than the W111 saloons, but identical in cabin and boot space, so garaging is less of an issue than with the larger saloons.
It was supplied new in the UK in June 1965 and has had seven owners in total. The last two are known, one being a gentleman in Leicestershire who owned it from 1994 and the other in Essex who bought it in 2000 and has owned it until now.
The latest owner has been responsible for one of the most thorough restorations we have seen on a saloon car of this era, and has spared no expense in bringing it up to the best standard. Starting with a bare metal repaint in 2005 he has steadily worked through the car, thoroughly overhauling the structure and replacing or reconditioning many of its key components. In the last four years alone the front and rear bumpers have been re-chromed, rear door handles re-chromed and front ones renewed, front and rear window rubbers renewed, rear lights renewed, chromed headlight rings renewed, roof mouldings and gutter strips renewed, front grille re-chromed, wood on dashboard re-polished, wheels shot blasted and painted, all brake pipes renewed, main spring on rear axle renewed, exhaust manifold shot blasted, both number plate lights renewed, clutch thrust bearing renewed, drive chains to engine renewed, water pump renewed, starter and dynamo renewed, electronic ignition fitted, ignition switch renewed, speedometer cables renewed, fuel tank and fuel gauges renewed, radiator renewed, four new shock absorbers fitted, rear wheel bearings renewed, rubbers on all doors renewed, boot rubbers renewed, gearbox linkages renewed, both door mirrors renewed, all rubber pipes to engine renewed, engine mountings renewed, four new hub caps fitted.
This painstaking restoration has resulted in possibly the best example of this model in the country. Apart from extremely light patination (but no wear) to the MB Tex seat facings, almost every part of it looks and feels as new. Having brought the car up to this high standard he is now frustrated at the lack of jobs to do, and is looking for another automotive challenge, so this is the perfect opportunity for a new owner to benefit from his painstaking work and expenditure.
As a result of the above attention the car drives and handles superbly, with few concessions being necessary due to its age. The four cylinder engine provides smooth reliable performance via the four speed column change gearbox which, thanks to the new linkages, feels precise and slick; not at all like the “stirring of porridge” feel that puts many people off the idea of a column change on the usual worn out examples. The suspension, drive train, brakes and steering also operate perfectly, again due to the many new parts fitted, and contribute to a really enjoyable driving experience.
The last owner drove it regularly during the Summer months on classic car tours and shows throughout the UK, as well as local running about. The pinnacle of his ownership experience was when the car was driven by Sir Stirling Moss and John Surtees at a VIP evening in 2012 at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands, Surrey. This car will make an ideal entrant to classic car tours and shows, or even a daily driver for those who like to make a statement with their mode of transport. It is old enough to qualify for a place in the paddock car park at the Goodwood Revival.
We have carried out a comprehensive mechanical check of the car in our own workshop. Any significant faults found have been remedied, and any required maintenance has been carried out. Invoices for this work will be supplied with the car, along with our own warranty, details of which can be supplied on request.
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