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Restored in our shop without regard to cost – 1000 break-in miles only.
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1971 Mercedes 280SL Restoration –

‘906’ Blue

1971 906 blue Mercedes 280SL in front of the Villa Zee Zaw carriage house

Initial Condition

Good but not *Perfection*

Here at Motoring Investments we tend to work on a wide array of classic Mercedes Benz – and like a fingerprint – no two are ever alike. Generally our jobs entail initial appraisals based on imperfections we are able to determine exist, but every now and again we see a car which has nearly all parts in good working order comparative to your average project car. When this car was brought in, our lead mechanic was talking the client out of more work than was actually needed because of state of his prized daily-driver Pagoda. Eventually the jobs were agreed upon and the work began.

J. David Dominelli Collection 280SL

Discovered: W113 280SL hidden away for 4 Decades

Recently we had the opportunity of acquiring a Mercedes W113 280SL which came with more lore than expected. We found it hidden away in a Southern California garage for a time span of 4 decades. We have compiled a video on the discovery and delivery of this fifty-three-year-old Pagoda to our shop in a video, the link to which is included. This collector-car icon, part of infamous Ponzi schemer, J. David Dominelli’s car collection, with its connection to the rich and famous will not likely be forgotten again.

Timelapse cleaning after 40 years of storage

This vintage racing 100-6 (modified) is now live on Bring A Trailer (BaT). Ends Saturday the 9th at 11:00a.m. Pacific time.

Austin-Healey live on Bringatrailer! Here is a quick video on the discovery and walkaround of the Austin-Healey 100-6: As well as a conversation detailing the car’s history with the owner/driver of 50 years:

A YouTube like will take place on Thursday at 1pm Pacific time to do a live walkaround as well as answer any questions in real time you might have or that may be raised when viewing the vehicle! You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here:

V8-Powered Austin-Healey 100-6 Race Car

Barn-Find project race car

Modified 1958 Big Healey


View the Discovery Video

Interview with the long-time owner/driver is located under ‘videos’

Mercedes 190SL 1960

Long term original owner history
~ SOLD ~ Thanks Atomotive!







190SL engine bay image from left rear


Mercedes W121 190SL center section of floor boards


Hoyt Special 1961

Only One in the World!

One-of-one Hoyt Special, similar in concept to a Lotus Six, Albert Hoyt built this Special in 1961 and competed in F-Modified with the SCCA at such tracks as Elkhart Lake, Mid America and the occasional USAF air base in the early sixties.  He designed and scratch built the tube frame, then hand fabricated the all aluminum body from an aircraft drop tank(being a fighter pilot, Al had easy access to such items).

The engine/transmission, complete drive train, suspension and brakes were from a donor 1961 Volvo 544.  Even the speedometer was used. The donor car was basically brand new with 250 miles on it.  Al’s son Mike who can be seen in some of the early photos confirmed that the 8100 miles showing now is the actual on the drive train. The differential is a limited-slip unit.


Is on BringaTrailer auction site and ending in about 40 minutes! Don’t miss it!

V8-Powered 1961 MG MGA Roadster

Mercedes W113 Dark Olive/Parchment

Fully Restored without regard to cost
Left front view: 280SL, Pagoda dark olive over parchment
~ 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

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