Technical characteristics of this model
- Brand : MERCEDES BENZ Cabriolet
- Model: 280 SL (Pagode)
- Year : 1968
- Mileage : 800 km
- Tax CV : 16
- Number of gearboxes : 4 automatic
- Body color : Green
- Interior color and type of coating : brown leather
Restoration of the 1968 Mercedes 280 SL Cabriolet
The owner of this car bought it in the United States. Its blue body color and brown leather interior give this Mercedes convertible an incredible charm. However, for its restoration, the owner chose to have it repainted green!
After a partial disassembly to estimate the restoration work, we discovered that the corrosion had done a lot of damage. The floor and underbody were badly damaged. We had to strip and corroded elements before applying an epoxy anti-corrosion treatment. We also carried out a partial airbrushing of the floor.
Some irrecoverable body parts had to be redone. This is the case for the side sills, which have been completely remanufactured, as originally, by the bodybuilders of the workshop. Changing the side sills is a delicate operation on a convertible, because it is a car without structure.
Buying a car abroad can sometimes reveal unpleasant surprises. We discovered some poor workmanship on this Mercedes Benz 280 SL. As a classic car and collector car professional, we encourage our customers to seek advice when buying a vehicle abroad. Some details are not misleading, and our expert eye can alert you and make you more vigilant about your purchase.
The restoration of this Mercedes is only partial, but with such rust-damaged bodywork, the restoration budget is between 25,000 and 35,000 euros.
The team devoted 350 hours of work, i.e. approximately 2 months of vehicle downtime.
List of work carried out
- Partial dismantling,
- Analysis, stripping, cutting and treatment of all corroded floor and sill elements
- Adjustment and welding of new elements, and re-manufactured in our workshops,
- Partial airbrushing of the floor,
- Anti-corrosion treatment with epoxy, then filling primer,
- Application of a tint and varnish,
- Reassembly of all the elements and finishes
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