~ SOLD ~ Our client brought us his sound daily-driver 280SL a few years ago for improvements. After many shop labor hours, new materials and factory parts, the results speak for themselves.
After a portfolio evaluation recently, our client finds himself in a situation where, reluctantly, the car is offered to its next caretaker. Only maintenance and run-in miles have been completed (about 600).
The course of restoration is generally the most expensive route to a world-class automobile—purchasing one already restored, is generally the lowest cost option.
Please email for answers to questions. Staff is standing by – thanks, Brian
A San Diego, California ‘garage find’Rarer than a 450SL and more expensive when new, this highly desirable ‘European’ specification SLC includes the ‘small’ ROW (rest of the world) bumpers also used on early U.S. cars (1972 – 1973). With the “hot Euro spec engine” she will, “get up on the cams” at highway speeds. Unfortunately, this also means she cannot be sold for use in California. Imported directly from Europe in 1998, she later moved to San Diego but without California emissions, she sat in the previous owner’s driveway under a cover until our recent rescue. U.S. lighting was likely added when she was imported. In order to purchase, a California resident would need to be a licensed dealer or an exporter.She was resprayed some time ago in the original color of DB #735, Astral Silver. The Roser* leather, dash, carpet, bright work, and glass all appears to be original.The last service [...]
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Dr. A’s 280SL
Dr. A initially acquired this highly original 1971 Euro spec Mercedes Benz 280SL from Motoring Investments. He loved the vehicle, and a year later he brought it back to us to add a couple of upgrades he desired. We added factory-style Frigiking air-conditioning. Additionally he wanted to upgrade from his MB-Tex to leather upholstery, and wanted new 280SL accurate multi-loop carpet installed. Finally, as a true Audiophile, he asked us to enhance his audio system as a cherry on top.
The first set of photos shows her original state and progress as we documented the condition and observations about what needed attention.
A few years ago a client asked us to help with his purchase of and subsequent restoration of a 280SL. He found this 1969 model in Pasadena, still in the hands of the original owner’s family. She happened to be the 1948 Rose Queen and later, for her 25th wedding anniversary, instead of the mink she had asked for, she received this Mercedes. What follows is the photo documentation of turning our client’s dream, into reality.
From the Bartolini Collection – Recently acquired from our 86-year-old friend and machine shop owner with a stack of service records from the last 30 plus years! Sergio bought the Alfa from his friend and client, J.R. Tappan with the intention of modifying it with a poly-cylinder Italian engine, but the years accumulated, and other projects took precedence. We purchased the car in August [...]
From the Bartolini Collection – Recently acquired from our 86-year-old friend and machine-shop owner with a stack of service records from the last 30 plus years! Sergio bought the Alfa from his friend and client, J.R. Tappan with the intention of modifying it with a poly-cylinder Italian engine, but the years accumulated, and other projects took precedence. We purchased the car in August of 2019 to give it the love it deserved. During engine servicing and maintenance, a feral kitten was discovered living somewhere in the bowels of the engine compartment. One can imagine the shock experienced by the technician when, on attempting to remove sparkplugs, the feral cat sunk claws and teeth deep into his hand before disappearing again into a cavity under the car.
During ‘author appreciation week’ we loaned the spider to sci-fi writer and philosopher Ivor Peter Brians to do his morning coffee-shop runs. We look forward to his writing the [...]
A fellow’s very nice Pagoda had developed an intermittent noise from underneath and after attempts from several local shops did not resolve it, he reached out to us. Not far from where the 2019 Pagoda Fest was held three weeks ago, our team made a side expedition to his garage to bring the car back to our shop. Several days after investigation and minor repairs, we returned his car. After he had a chance to drive it on a quiet Saturday, this is what he wrote:
““Ok!!!!! Drove car today. You fixed it!!!! It’s great. Thanks so much, u r genius.”