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Stunning Silver on Black with Sunroof, Power windows, Auto on column, A/C
Car was ground up restored by Sheldon Restorations in Costa Mesa, California (formerly the facility for Bruce Strauss, world renowned restorer/collector). At the height of the recession in 2009-2011, Mr. Sheldon decided to sell his huge business and move back to South Africa. This was a car he was restoring for himself and his son who ran the business, so trust me, no short cuts taken. Bruce Strauss stated that this car, once finished would easily fetch $80-$100K and that was in 2012! We all know what his Olive green 280SE 3.5L Cabriolet has done ļ? A car I should have bought when Bruce was asking $130K in late 1990's, and now pushing over $400K!!! Please take a look at Hagerty values which have taken a sharp upward turn on 6-cyl 280SE's, both low and high grills. We expect this to continue it's sharp increase as the 3.5's are becoming less and less affordable, it makes the 6-Cyl's a bargain, as we've witnessed the Gullwings and Roadsters of 1950's prices, and their more affordable version, the 190SL's taking a steep rise in their prices.
All mechanicals were gone thru, expansive cosmetic restoration to the level of Pebble Beach. Bare metal Paint job with an empty shell, new rubber, new chrome, new window moldings/channels, all new interior with the black headliner, glossy black dash. We went thru the engine, injection pump, fuel tank, exhaust, brake system, radiator, brake lines, A/C flush and recharged, Electrical system, door panels, upholstery, heater levers, fuel injection pump, radiator flush, brake/transmission fluids, parts for the shifter lever, dash lighting, restoration of the wood in glossy black by Madera Concepts in Santa Barbara, California, all new chrome/rubber, Electronic sunroof, power windows, and the list just goes on and on. Car was purchased from Mr. Sheldon in 2010 and brought to completion by the efforts of Tony Wahl at Tony's German Auto and his knowledgeable wife, Linda. Tony is considered by many the most respected Classic MBZ mechanic in the country if not in the world. Some 40 years+ of experience on ONLY classical Mercedes benz has taken to make him on of the greatest master mechanics in the world. Tony supervised the entire completion job which took over one year. There are just too many items to list here. Parts were purchased from various sources including MBZ Classic Center, Sun Valley MBZ, Miller's, as well as some custom fabrication on some metal parts which did not exist at an astronomical rates. There's nothing cheap about restoring a 1960's-1970's Mercedes Benz. By the same token, I don't feel that Hagerty prices are a good justification. When people ask me that the value on Hagerty is only XXX Amount of dollars, far below what it takes realistically to do this type of project, my answer is simple: Please go to Hagerty Headquarters and I'm certain they have at least 10 of these cars lined up at their prices. Reality is you can buy one that's in need of repairs and restorations and easily spend $70-$100K, or buy one that's already done, still in substantial savings.
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Laguna Classic Cars & Automotive Art is the creation of Andy and Beth Coyle, long-time Laguna residents. Andy began his career in the auto business by giving tours at the Ford River Rouge manufacturing complex in Dearborn Michigan before working in the Lincoln Mercury Division in sales and marketing positions. After being transferred to southern California, Andy went on to a successful career managing and owning car and RV dealerships. Andy also competed and won in several auto racing organizations including SCCA Cal Club, International Road Racing Association, and NASCAR Winston West series and NASCAR Super Late Model series. Some of the tracks he has competed on include Riverside Raceway, Rockingham Speedway, Irwindale, Mid America Raceway, Sears Point, Monroe Washington Fairgrounds, and Tucson Raceway Park. Since moving to Southern California over 30 years ago Andy knew that Laguna Canyon was the ideal location for selling interesting cars and auto related art. Laguna Beach, and especially Laguna Canyon, is home to many car enthusiasts, collectors and craftsman. Laguna is also world known for its exceptional natural beauty and thriving art culture. Laguna Classic Cars & Automotive Art will be at the cross roads of the art and classic car cultures.