Showroom Sales

We offer showroom sales in San Diego, California where we specialize in especially original motorcars from the warm, dry, Southwestern United States. We ship cars all over the world at reasonable rates. See our Virtual Showroom


We can assist you with clearing that small, funny, foreign car from your barn to help you build a world-class automobile collection. We are always on the lookout for especially original, rust-free, low-mileage cars. Let me know what we can do for you. More details

Restoration Projects

Motoring Investments performs complete & partial restorations and service on classic, collector and vintage vehicles. We are quite well known for our work with vintage German, British and Italian automobiles. It could be said that, “We wrote the book on the Mercedes W113 Pagoda.” Click around this and our ‘Old Site’ and you will see why folks say that! More details


While the majority of the cars on our site are owned by us, we do accept select consignments. In some cases we assist clients in their purchase of one of our cars by taking some of their collection on consignment. More details

Mercedes 280SL Buyer’s Guide

Originality is king when it comes to vintage cars. Not only does finding a 40ish year old car that has not been altered by numerous past owners add your enjoyment of the car; the more original features that you can substantiate the better when it comes time to sell your treasure. More details


  • Brian Peters| January 12, 2024 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Maureen, Thank you for commenting. It is certainly possible to have an original hood and replacement fenders. One could imagine a scenario where the two front fenders were replaced at two different times and in each instance, the hood was undamaged or only lightly damaged. It could also be that your fenders are original, and they just appear to be replacements. It takes an auto-body expert familiar with the Pagodas to determine the originality of body panels.

  • Maureen Ferguson| January 11, 2024 at 7:43 pm

    I have someone stating that my 1971 280SL has had the fenders replaced but somehow the original hood is still on the car. How is this possible?

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