1971 Mercedes-Benz W111 280 3.5 coupe RHD 1 of 245, “Christine” - Formerly owned by Laura Ashley.
This rare and stunning coupe comes from long term ownership of over 17 years, of which over £50,000 has been recently spent with Hilton and Moss visually and technically restoring the vehicle back to her former glory. Our client has looked after ‘Christine’ with a no expense spared attitude and a most fastidious attention to detail has been thus lavished upon the car. With clinical levels of accuracy to component overhauls, and every single procedure being carried out to the most exacting standards, down to every last nut, bolt and screw this surely has to be one of the very best W111 3.5 coupes available on the market today.
The list of works completed on the car in the last few years - undertaken by ourselves - is extensive. Other previously completed works by marque specialists whilst in our clients care are also fully documented within the history file of this much pampered car. The engine has been fully overhauled, as have all other technical / mechanical components like the gearbox, rear axle, braking and steering systems plus nearly all ancillary mechanical components. The front end wiring harness has been completely restored and the car comes fresh from our paint shop, gleaming in two tone 050 cremeweiss / 040 schwartz. All data card correct of course.
Complimenting the arrow straight bodyshell is an acre of gleaming restored chromework, in addition to a full retrim by a marque specialist, with fresh macasa wood overhaul just to finish it all off inside this beautifully spacious and palatial cabin.
The details on this one must be seen to be appreciated, from small but important things such as the original spec restored Becker radio and rear shelf speakers (head unit still under warranty), down to the tool kit in the boot, this is a rare car that is even rarer to find restored this well. The shell is believed to be all on factory welds and panels with just localised repairs as opposed to panel replacement being needed over its life. The net result is visible original spot welds and details often lost during restoration of these rare coupes and this shell’s originality thus really is in another league compared to most W111’s you would ever encounter. All details of this car have been put back to be as datacard correct as possible, to aid future values and preserve this piece of MB history how she left the factory nearly half a century ago.
A seriously comprehensive history file comes with the car, detailing every expenditure over the last 2 decades, every mot, everything you could ask for with the car down to handbooks - the lot. This wonderful insight into the cars past and present comes in a 3 inch thick stack, catalogued chronologically to compliment the wonderfully presented car with as comprehensive a history as you could wish for. This also documents the prior ownership from day 1, to when the car was once famously owned by Laura Ashley, and then latterly her son Nick Ashley. The car also underwent a colour change to grey when 10 years old, which was put back to original black over crème during the recent restoration with our client.
The car is priced sensibly and priced to sell, and with the recent £50,000 expenditure it makes the car excellent value for the new owner with all major expenses taken care of.
Excellent investment opportunity of a very rare machine which is fast appreciating in value and has been restored correctly…