With so many classic Mercedes Benz models to choose from, the first and most important step to any Mercedes restoration is choosing the right model for your needs and expectations. The Beverly Hills Car Club has endless resources throughout this website that will provide you with model-specific tips and information to help you choose the right classic Mercedes. Whether you choose classic Mercedes of the 1950’s like the Type 300, 220SE or 190SL; classic Mercedes of the 1960’s like the 220SE, 250SE or the 280SE; or classic Mercedes of the 1970’s like the 280SL; you’ll find that Mercedes Benz presents a truly exceptional array of classic saloon and sports cars to choose from.
In the restoration world, Mercedes Benz is known for having a great support system via the Mercedes Benz Classic Center, as well as a wealth of suppliers of parts and restoration companies. These resources can come in handy throughout your restoration and can make undertaking a restoration on a Mercedes easier. From rebuilding the mechanical direct injection system of the 300SL to returning the body of a 190SL or Type 300 to like-new condition, you can rest assured that you can find the information you need.
Whether this is your first restoration or you’ve been taking on projects like these for decades, the Beverly Hills Car Club is happy to provide the following basic restoration tips to get you started!
Prior to starting a restoration project, be sure to have a good knowledge of the Mercedes Benz classic that will best meet your goals. Perhaps you’re looking for an everyday driver and the later model 280SE would work for you. Or, maybe you’re looking for a concours quality showpiece like a Gullwing. Be sure that the model you choose is capable of meeting your expectations.
Do your research by speaking with industry insiders like the Beverly Hills Car Club team, others who have taken on similar restorations, or by joining one of the many Mercedes Benz restorers’ forums online. You should also research availability and costs of parts and components for your particular model.
Try to steer clear of classic Mercedes models that have extensive rust damage to the chassis, as this can mean a complete frame-up restoration. If originality is important to you, you’ll also want to steer clear of models that do not have matching engine and chassis numbers. To authenticate a particular model, you can always contact the Mercedes Classic Center.
Look for models that have documentation regarding history, such as ownership, restoration, repair or maintenance documents, as these can be vital in establishing the value of your car later down the road.
Of course, these are just a few of the many, many classic Mercedes restoration tips that the Beverly Hills Car Club has learned over the years. Based in Los Angeles, they are a California classic car dealership that is renowned for their fair and honest car deals and for having classics of all makes, models and conditions. From pristine examples of 1960’s Mercedes to barn-finds and unfinished restoration projects, you’ll find it all here. Their team encourages you to browse their online inventory and welcomes you to contact their team with any questions you may have. They look forward to hearing from you and to helping you find the classic Mercedes for restoration that you’ve been looking for! Connect today.