Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Lost Cause Weekend, where we explore the inventory of the Beverly Hills Car Club. We had fun with the British Stock on Saturday, with Austin-Healey, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Jaguar taking center stage. Now its time for the Germans, starting with Mercedes-Benz.
Lets start out with this 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEB Coupe. Of course the dealer states that this is an excellent candidate for a restoration, but really… This is a 4-speed car, with factory sunroof, but there is going to be a lot of work before this will ever be road ready. First off, you will have to deal with the rusting floor pans before tackling the drive-train, and then you will have to source an entire interior, right down to the instruments. Asking price for this piece of lawn art? $1,500! See the listing here.
This is a 1972 Mercedes Benz 350SL, which at first glance looks to be rather presentable. According to the dealer:
1972 Mercedes 350SL with both a soft and a hard top. This car comes in white with black interior and has very sought after small bumpers. It is an original California Car owned by the same gentleman for 32 years. This is a nice presentable daily driver that is mechanically sound.
If I’m not mistaken, this is the only year the SL was offered in the US without the large federally mandated bumpers, and I’m not sure if I like it or not. This car shows over 143,000 miles on it, but so what? This is a Benz, and offered at only $6,950! See the listing here, and tell me if this is the Benz for you…
Moving up 11 years, and we have this 1983 Mercedes Benz 280SL. This one looks to be a grey market import, with the 2.8L inline six, a proper manual transmission, and manual window regulators! Its a pity that the US spec headlamps were installed, because the Euro face is so much prettier. According to the dealer:
1983 Mercedes 280SL in green with parchment interior. This car comes with both a soft and hard top, very sought after small bumpers and (rare) manual transmission. It was previously owned by an elderly gentleman since new.
That interior is going to need some attention with either new leather hides, or better yet, MB Tex indestructible vinyl! The soft top will need attention as well, but so what… you have the hardtop! This car shows 174,000 miles, and is offered at $3,950! See the listing here.
Switching Gears, this is a 1960 Mercedes Benz 300D Adenauer RHD Saloon, and it really is a magnificent beast. According to the dealer:
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D Adenauer in the highly sought after color combination of Arabian grey with red interior. This vehicle is an extremely rare right hand drive, fuel injected car that has been in California since the early 70’s. It is an excellent car to restore.
What is not mentioned is whether or not the car is running, and what the state of the rest of the mechanicals are. The body looks to be in great shape, and the interior will need a complete refresh. However, this particular car will command a lot of attention when complete. Yes, it will be a Herculean task to restore this car, but is it in pretty good shape to begin with, and will be worth more than the comparable Rolls-Royce or Bentleys of the same vintage. Offered at $19,750. See the listing here.