Here’s one of the nicer-looking old Mercedes-Benzes I’ve seen lately. For every rust-free W126 S class, there are two dozen rusty and dirty ones belching on our streets. This custard yellow 1985 280S sat on a Helsinki street, seemingly flawless. No rust anywhere.
But, the other side looked quite different, I’m sad to say.
Honestly, it’s such a bummer. I don’t know how long this W126 had been preserved flawless, before being visibly dented big time. The plates mark it down as an original Finnish car, not a later second-hand import.
It’s even difficult to figure out what has caused this door to get this bent.
I do like the colour a lot. Compared to the usual silver, the dairy-like colour is a fresh change.
I do believe the car is a low-mileage example. It’s worth putting right again, even if sourcing rust-free panels from somewhere else than Mercedes directly would be a pain.
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]