MB 280 fea­tured on Hugh Corn­well solo al­bum in 1997

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 ( W111) is to cross the block dur­ing Clas­sic Car Auc­tions’ 19 Sep­tem­ber sale – af­ter 28 years in the care of for­mer The Stran­glers vo­cal­ist, Hugh Corn­well.

Es­ti­mated at £60k-£70k, the car was re­stored ex­ten­sively in 2002; its floors, wings, doors and boot floor were re­newed (com­plete with pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence) at a cost of £8500. Five years ear­lier, it had ap­peared in the cover art of Corn­well’s solo al­bum, Guilty.

The SL Shop’s sales man­ager, Bruce Greetham, who has sold and re­stored sev­eral W111s over the years, said: ‘Surely this car should be Golden Brown? Thank­fully it isn’t, be­cause the colour re­ally sells this car.

‘Celebrity own­er­ship doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a higher price.

The mar­ket is cur­rently vi­brant, and a V8-en­gined W111 Coupé is a car that buy­ers still seek. Good cars will al­ways find keen buy­ers; if the car is right then the price will be driven ac­cord­ingly.

‘As a company we have re­stored a num­ber of these cars, and the cost of an ex­ten­sive restora­tion is usu­ally in six fig­ures.’

❚ clas­s­ic­ca­rauc­tions.co.uk

❚ theslshop.com

Hugh Corn­well is part­ing company with his Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5, hav­ing owned it since 1992.

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