Author Archive: Brian Peters

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The “Holy Grail” of European, 4-speed 280SLs and a real anomaly—a never rusted European spec car! Still retains her original, factory beige undercoating and most original paint!! Add in the original upholstery, carpet and perfect, original dash wood and this defines Preservation Car! Never seen salt, perfect trunk floor and the original spare is still present.

With the hot cam of her high output Euro spec engine and taller differential—this is a driver’s car!

Icing on the cake: Chassis number 11304410023547 is one of the final 830 280SLs actually built in 1971 and what some call a ‘true’ 1971 model. Of the 23,885 total, this is just 338 from the last car.

Imported on 10/9/1985 (w/all paperwork) – Purchased from Motoring Investments by our client in 2007 w/exactly 99,999 actual kilometers (102,264 now) – She’s returned home as he’s rotated his collection around – Just freshened mechanically ($8000) with service records intact
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World-Class Survivor!

All-original, preservation 300D turbo – The factory original upholstery, paint, trim and undercoating all confirm the 81k actual miles. When our client purchased this car last year we did a full service and inspection (he’s downsizing). Absolutely everything works and this is a true survivor. It was owned by one small town pharmacist who drove it sparingly its whole life then transferred to our urologist client last year.



1968 W113 250SL light ivory, left front view

This rare 250SL Pagoda came back home after 30 years! We are humbled to have clients this loyal. Dr. Peters bought her from us in ’93, tucking his old military flight-surgeon bag in the trunk, and heading down the road, in-line six singing and four-speed auto grabbing gears with surgeon-like precision.

Incredibly, this fifty-one-year-old retains her original carpet and upholstery with a lovely patina. Considering that most 30-year-olds have had all their soft parts replaced, an oldtimer this original is a treasure. When the Full Bird, now an octogenarian was ready to downsize he brought her back to us, flight bag still in the trunk.

She has the ingredients we all seek: matching numbers, no major rust, sound mechanicals and what is missing in virtually all the shiny ‘driver’s’ on the market—a high degree of authenticity and originality. Please view the photos carefully—they’re all there, including the floorboards, showing her original factory undercoat.

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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