This 220SEb Cabriolet has been restored in the factory midnight blue (color code 904). A magnificent paint job was done on a bare body with extreme attention to detail both inside and out. Undercarriage and trunk were done completely; detailed with cad-plated fuel and brake lines and all new brackets to hold them up. Engine bay fully restored to factory specifications using every hose clamp available from that era. Engine, transmission and rear end have all been rebuilt, as well as the front suspension, using new parts from Mercedes-Benz wherever available. The injection pump was rebuilt by Gus Pfister, founder of Pacific Fuel Injection in Northern California, highly regarded as the best place to get these injection parts serviced.
The interior was completely redone in the factory using Mercedes-Benz parchment leather. Rather than purchasing a leather seat kit, the seat patterns were crafted from scratch, copying the original seat covers. Carpet was also tailored to the car and not a kit that most people buy online and throw in there hoping that it will adjust itself to the car. The outside door handles were purchased brand new, as well as the lock on the trunk. Our interior guy has only been working on our cars exclusively, which have been only Mercedes-Benz and occasionally a Rolls Royce or Ferrari, for the last 35 years.
Factory Blue German canvas and original Headliner materials used to rebuild the soft top frame from the bottom up. Every molding has been re-chromed by the best shop in Los Angeles. We also purchased a set of burlwood from Mercedes-Benz in Germany circa 1986, fully aware that we'd find good use for it in this 220SE Cabriolet. All brand new factory Mercedes glass was purchased for this project 14 years ago, including a Brand new windshield and molding. It's equipped with brand New European headlights and taillights (items that are no longer available today), a professionally rebuilt factory installed Becker radio and a brand new Hirschman electric antenna; (also an item that can no longer be purchased today at any price!). There are too many other parts to list. This was a serious and costly restoration.
We upgraded the differential to disc brakes for better braking performance, installed all 4 brand new rotors and calipers, brand new bilstein shocks all the way around, 5 brand new Phoenix tires, new master cylinder, replaced brake hoses, and re-cored the radiator.
We would be thrilled to find a better restored car than this, as we are always looking for better cars, but for the most part, we usually end up restoring them ourselves because we're proud of the high quality work we do.
Well over 3,000 hours spent on this meticulous restoration that took over 7 years to complete.
Way too many other parts to list at this time!
Over $275,000 invested in what we believe the nicest 220SE Cabriolet out there!