Author Archive: Brian Peters

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Unrestored, his spectacular example had been owned by the same California woman since 1984 and then by my client since 2015! Importation and maintenance records are included.

Note that many European models, having been subjected to the reality of winter driving already had rust starting before they were imported. This car however, after having lead a garage-pampered, warm-weather life for five years journeyed to California with her long term owner. The original Michelin spare tire/wheel looks like it has never been on the ground and the body metal under it is as pristine as that of a new car.

It is very unusual to find a 39 year old car this well kept, original and pristine – Brian

Mercedes 280SL 1971 – SOLD

Low mile fully fettled car with cosmetic restoration by Motoring Investments
1971 Mercedes W113 280SL in signal red

This lovely example came from the long-time collection of a U.C. Berkeley Ph.D. committee board member when we obtained it in 2005 for a client who became its second long-term owner. A second client had been searching independently for a high-quality 280SL for over two years when he realized the effort involved. In an inspired moment, he concluded the most efficient way to have the car he desired in his specification, was to buy the right car condition-wise and build his dream car around it. In 2016 we purchased this car on his behalf from our first client. This low mileage, highly authentic Pagoda then benefited from a Motoring Investments cosmetic restoration (over $85,000) after which she was garage kept in Del Mar, CA and driven on nice days for only 1900 miles. Estate planning recently brought her back to us. With just 69,000 actual miles on a car with examples known for going well [...]

1971 Mercedes 280SL W113 project

Great 1971 project 280SL

  1. Body completely media blasted and sealed in epoxy primer
  2. Most body metal-work performed w/new passenger floorboards and trunk floors completed with correct panels
  3. Transmission (auto) was rebuilt
  4. Cylinder head has been reconditioned by ‘Metric Motors’.
  5. Fuel Injection pump reconditioning by Pacific F.I. (the U.S. specialist) with concours finish
  6. Everything is boxed and contained in the rolling package for easy shipping
  7. Everything has been cleaned/de-greased
  8. Yes, car is complete
  9. Restoration receipts total $40,058 (not including original cost of the car).

     Project 280SL Mercedes, project

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