Mercedes-Benz mar­kets clas­sics

Stuttgart mu­seum to of­fer clas­sic Mercedes for sale

Octane - - IGNITION // NEWS - Words Matthew Hay­ward

MERCEDES BENZ Clas­sic is of­fer­ing the chance to buy man­u­fac­turer-ap­proved clas­sics. The com­pany’s her­itage op­er­a­tion, based at the Mercedes Mu­seum in Stuttgart, has set up the ‘All Time Stars’ pro­gramme to take the risk out of buy­ing a clas­sic Mercedes-Benz. Each car is put through a 160-point in­spec­tion by Mercedes, which prom­ises to ‘ex­tend the brand’s ex­ten­sive qual­ity com­mit­ment’.

Three dif­fer­ent lev­els of car will be of­fered. At the top of the scale is the Pre­mium Edi­tion, which gets you a car in the best pos­si­ble con­di­tion, with min­i­mal mileage and re­stored to per­fec­tion by Mercedes-Benz Clas­sic. The Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion cars are sim­i­larly well-pre­sented, al­though the mileages may be a lit­tle higher, with some of the car’s orig­i­nal patina show­ing through. The third level, Driver’s Edi­tion, will of­fer slightly more us­able mod­ern clas­sic cars of ex­cel­lent me­chan­i­cal con­di­tion, with higher mileages, and some wear and tear.

Each car comes with de­tailed his­tory records and a full re­port on any mod­i­fi­ca­tions car­ried out, as well as any de­fects or blem­ishes.

Early high­lights of­fered in­cluded an ex­tremely rare W124 E60 AMG (now sold), a fully over­hauled 450SEL 6.9 for €70,000, and a 1929 630 Kom­pres­sor, on of­fer for €850,000 at time of writ­ing. Per­haps the most ex­cit­ing is the 1998 CLK Le Mans racer. Al­though never raced, it did take part in pre-qual­i­fy­ing at Le Mans.

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