Mercedes-Benz Classic Center Irvine

mercedes-patent-motorcarA replica. Yours For $65,000

By Gunnar Heinrich

MERCEDES’ Classic Center in Irvine, CA stands as an ongoing contract between Benz and the needs of clients with vintage models and aficionados who want to buy pristine examples of old Benzes they admire.  That said, the Center’s customer service does come at price…

The axiom is essentially that if Mercedes built it, the Center in Irvine (or Stuttgart) will restore it with genuine parts or manufacture replacements themselves. That includes the Benz Patent Motor Car of 1886, should you own the original.

And if you don’t, they can sell you a replica that they built for $65,000. Or any other pristine example of a Mercedes that’s at least 20 years old.

Thumbing through a recent sample list of car for sale, the Center is offering a wide range of Benzes. For the oil burning enthusiast, an unrestored “light ivory on tobacco” 1980 300SD (W116) for $65,000. The S-Class turbodiesel has just 1,320 original miles.

Or there’s the stem to stern restoration of a 1957 300SL for a solid $750,000.

The least expensive restoration listed is a restored ivory on red 1969 300SEL 6.3 (W109) for $55,000.

In short, the classic Benz enthusiast is spoiled for choice – so long as he’s willing to pay the sharp premium.

FYI, the Classic Center also buys old Benzes in good shape, restores cars for a princely sum billable by the hour, offers technical advice, and sells parts to customers with babied classics.

[Linked: MB Classic Center Irvine]

February 12, 2009

About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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  1. Their collection is amazing, but if you are ever in the holy land ( Stuttgart ) you must visit the Classic center in Fellbach.

    Since I knew a friend of one of the classic centre employees, I was given a tour of the shop where they rarely allow the public. Then I was taken into the Heilige Halle, full of irreplaceable Mercedes including the original Maybach Concept, recently retired F1 cars, C111 prototypes, many W100 600s and the list goes on…

    The staff was very friendly, they love what they do, and allowed me to take photographs.

  2. Thank you planning my next trip to Germany, Chris! I have to see that – it sounds too wonderful to be true!

  3. You must also check out Meilenwerk in Düsseldorf. It’s three classic car dealerships under one roof, plus offers storage for owners to keep their cars.

    I’ll have to put the pictures up on Flickr one day. Or send me an e-mail and I can share a few.

  4. I having 1990 and 1988 mercedes 300SE two cars.Both are in good shape. i need to sell these cars for you.please let me know

  5. I have a ’72 280 SE 4.5 with auto trans: need parts book,
    or to identify part # of Auto Trans control shaft seal.

  6. i am the proud owner of a 1986 300sdl mercedes, i was wondering if this center not only has the museum of cool cars , but possibly has access to parts for these classic mercedes. i would like to fix my sunroof and i need a few hard to come by parts (othern than scouring the junk yards)

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