5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

KEEP ON TOP OF 1

SER­VIC­ING

Mercedes of this era were ter­rif­i­cally well-en­gi­neered, and ex­am­ples that have been prop­erly main­tained should still drive beau­ti­fully. The best way to make one bet­ter is to fol­low its main­te­nance sched­ule to the let­ter. The own­ers’ club and var­i­ous spe­cial­ists re­vealed that these cars are best left as orig­i­nal as pos­si­ble if you want to ben­e­fit from the many Deutschmarks that Mercedes-Benz poured into the car’s de­vel­op­ment.

KEEP IT PRO­TECTED 2

If you find a rust-free car, keep it that way to avoid wal­let-wilt­ing body re­pairs by treat­ing the panels and box sec­tions to thor­ough and reg­u­lar pro­fes­sional rust-proof­ing.

OUT WITH THE OLD 3

It’s nei­ther the eas­i­est nor the most pleas­ant of jobs, but re­mov­ing old un­der­seal and re­plac­ing it with fresh stuff is worth the has­sle for peace of mind alone, es­pe­cially on a car you’ve just bought. Bet­ter that than rot fes­ter­ing un­seen.

STAY ORIG­I­NAL 4

Us­ing qual­ity OEM parts will make a big dif­fer­ence to the way these cars steer, stop and ride. So if you sus­pect that a car may have been re­paired or main­tained us­ing cheaper non-orig­i­nal com­po­nents, then a thor­ough over­haul of the brakes and sus­pen­sion will pay div­i­dends – just don’t ex­pect it to be cheap.

MERCEDES KNOWS 5

BEST

Brak­ing power on W114s and W115s was good straight out of the box, so don’t be tempted by ex­pen­sive up­graded pads and the like – just stick to the cor­rect MB bits. And re­new­ing the bushes, joints, and dampers with orig­i­nal parts will trans­form the ride qual­ity and han­dling of any model, not to men­tion over­all re­fine­ment.

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