Our dealer group is embarking on an exciting new project to restore a classic Mercedes to its former glory with the goal of auctioning it off to raise money for the children’s charity, Whizz-Kidz.
Lancaster Mercedes-Benz is renovating a lovely 1983 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC Coupe (in need of just a little TLC!) finished in silver with a blue leather interior.
The 5-litre classic S-Coupe is MOT’d and in OK running order, but requires serious attention to its interior, bodywork (…and the rest!!) – which have all taken a bit of a beating in the last 32 years.
The Mercedes-Benz of Southend team have been hard at work giving the car a full vehicle health check, from the more noticeable dents, scrapes, flat tyres and ripped fabric to the less obvious engine parts, chassis structural integrity and electronics.
Our very own Master Technician, Mick Cooper and Technician, Jake Ellis have been handling the strip down – carefully and meticulously removing much of the seating, fabric and trims, and have loved every minute of it.
It’s brought back some fond memories for Mick in particular, who was with Mercedes-Benz back when this particular model was launched brand new!
Special care has been taken not to damage or break anything as some of the parts we’re dealing with are particularly brittle and fragile…and obviously no longer available to purchase new. So for the moment our S-Class says ‘goodbye’ to Southend and ‘hello’ to Witham as we move on to the next stage. Check out the progress here
So what are we looking at?
In Pic 1 the OSF wing has been removed to repair and prepare for painting. Inner wings and headlamp panel are awaiting repair and preparation. Pic 2 shows the S-Class’s engine removed and awaiting thorough cleaning and preparation for painting. Moving onto Pic 3 you can see the windscreen aperture with the screen removed. The screen is going to have to be fully replaced as it had unfortunately become delaminated. The aperture itself is in pretty poor condition and will need some repair work. The dash is also weathered and will require some specialised repairs to fill the cracks.
In Pic 4 this is a wider view of the front end…you can also see we’ve started repairs to the front door. Pic 5 gives another view of the engine bay, and Pic 6, Pic 7 and Pic 10 give internal views of the cabin which has been completely stripped.
Pic 8 shows the view from NSR of the car showing repair work underway to the door and rear quarter – you can also see some roof repair, and the boot lid has been removed for preparation. In Pic 9 you can see where the rear screen has been removed, revealing rust with the aperture and awaiting repair, and also visible is the OSF wing laying in the boot area. And Finally, Pic 11 shows a close up of some repair work underway to the NS.
You can find all our photos of our progress so far here.
Things are still moving at our Witham Body Repair Centre...albeit slower than we anticipated - Less because of any real difficulties with our SEC 500 but more because our workshops are maxed out at the moment! Keep an eye out for more updates.
Keep an eye on this page for more updates as they come or to see the new Mercedes-Benz S-Coupe click here.