A 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]