The mechanical fuel injection was air force fighter derived technology from the previous decade and provided for extremely reliable and powerful motoring. In standard form they were equipped with power steering and this was the first chassis in the world to be marketed with all round disc brakes as standard and crumple zones in built. Brake lines have all been replaced and the calipers refurbished and tested to 600 psi.
Some other mad facts
Bumpers. These are REALLY difficult to get hold of. Really. Seriously, they are rare.
The gentleman who prepared the car for respraying was just that- a real gent who loved his trade and with over 50 years experience. He had this car for 9 months during the rebuild. An original Mercedes colour was used in Ivory white and was applied as a 2 pack (shinier).
Axle and running gear
All inspected and parts replaced and welded as necessary.
The instrument binnacle was made of 17 separate pieces of wood. Again, stripped down and restored.
Refurbishment and safety
It was only when the car was fully stripped down that the evidence of crash damage many years back was discovered. The chassis was placed on a jig and mended.
The W111 cabriolet was the last car that Mercedes built to specification rather than price i.e. they built it, totted up what it cost to make and then decided on a sale price. Later on, cars were made to suit budgets. As a result, if someone thought that a chrome door end would look nice, they just put them on. I hope you agree that extra chrome does look nice...
Attention to detail
People always say that cars aren't built the way they used to be built. Quite. Without computer guided lasers, hand built cars are notorious for having uneven panel gaps and generally looking… hand built! However, if one is willing to spend the time during a rebuild, we think you will agree that the finish speaks for itself. It really is all about the love...
The car has many chrome pieces attached. Over time the exposed pieces deteriorate and so most of the pieces were re-chromed. This is a very labour intensive and time consuming process but well worth it in terms of providing glamour to the vehicle.
Old cars rust, that's just a fact. All the areas prone to rust on this chassis have had new steel fashioned and welded into place by professionals so that chassis integrity is maintained. In this example, the outer steel floor has been cut away to reveal the rusted box section that provides rigidity in convertible motor cars- L shaped plates were made and welded into place and then the outer plate re-attached, followed by cavity waxing of course.
We kept to the original specification during the rebuild (there aren't many around who still use the techniques). A 'duvet' filled with horse hair sits between an outer layer and inner layer made up of a light grey felt material. The metal frame has been powder coated and ash mounting beams carved by hand and attached to the frame to serve as mounting points for the materials. This photo shows what was lurking beneath previous to the restoration...