Ladies and gentlemen,
I've enjoyed being a member of this community for a while now. I thought some of you might be interested to see the results of a seven month restoration I just completed on this W108. I looked for this restoration candidate for about 15 years -- it had to have a perfect body, solid maintenance history, no accidents, etc. Easier said than done. Well, I finally found the perfect car right here in California; the only problem was the aesthetics. The car was maple yellow, terribly faded, over brown MB-Tex interior. To describe it as "drab" would have been a compliment. But it ran beautifully, and better still, offered a perfect/never been out of California body.
I chose one of the stock colors in 1973 -- one you almost never see on this car, but, in my opinion, the color that shows off the beautiful lines the best, especially when paired with a black interior. We took all the chrome off the car, and stripped the entire interior. The paint job glistens, the new black leather interior is warm and sophisticated and smells glorious. We added new carpeting, refinished the wood where necessary, dyed the headliner, and fixed any little thing that needed attention.
The repairs included some big items like a brand new stainless steel exhaust, new engine and transmission mounts, and ran to the smaller details. For example, the right rear license plate light wasn't functioning properly, so we replaced it (yes, $1,600 from MB Classic center jus for the part). We tried to do everything right.
This morning, I received the photographs of the final result from famed auto photographer David Bush. I selected 99 of the best ones and posted them here:
In the meantime, I attached a few here for you to enjoy.
We are finishing up a few details on the vehicle now, and it will be going up for sale later this month/early July. I want it to be as good as it can be. Most would consider it pretty amazing already, but a car of this quality needs to really be perfect. Stay tuned!