Mercedes Restoration

We do not patch a plate over a hole in the floor, we cut out all rust and either manufacture a repair panel in house or install a complete replacement panel as necessary.

We use modern protective materials to ensure such repairs will last considerably longer than the original.

We use a chrome plating company that employs triple-plating technique which gives outstanding, show quality results. We can re-trim with the correct period materials and have any wood components restored to better than new.

Our skilled technicians rebuild customer engines in house at our own dedicated workshop.

There are different levels of engine rebuild; we can rebuild to perfect running condition, or to competition standard where every component is balanced to a tolerance of 0.1g against a factory original tolerance of 5g.

We can also rebuild to show quality aesthetically, where all parts are cleaned, painted, plated or polished as required, right down to the use of correct style of hose clip if required.

We can offer upgrades or modification of almost any description. For example we can modify your manual 4 speed pagoda to a 5 speed manual using a gearbox from a BMW.

This gives an overdrive 5th gear and dramatically improves the driving experience at modern motorway speeds and distances by lowering the engine rpm. It reduces noise, improves fuel consumption and reduces engine wear.

We also commonly fit electronic ignition systems to replace the old contact breaker system.

We offer pre-purchase inspections of cars for potential restoration at £400 + VAT, this includes both mechanical & bodywork.

We strongly recommend such inspections as they frequently reveal the need for further investigation before proceeding. We ask that inspections are preferably carried out at our facility in Richmond, Surrey to enable us full access underneath the vehicle.

All inspections are personally overseen by Colin Ferns, hence the recommendation in investing in transporting the vehicle to us. IN extreme situations, Colin will come out to the car, but the cost is likely to be considerably more.

If you’re considering restoration, Colin will usually have a lengthy conversation with you to understand your expectations & objectives, and explain the process and likely costs involved. If you are looking to restore a car to make money, expect to be disappointed.

It is VERY rare that the value of the finished car will exceed the cost of restoration. This is because we only restore to the very highest standards and the required investment generally reflects that.

To illustrate this, just a body restoration on a Mercedes Pagoda is around £20k, without any interior, chrome or mechanical work. It takes 3000 hours to assemble a Pagoda from scratch, so £3000 hours at £90 per hour is £27k.

Mercedes restoration has always been an integral part of our business and we have been proud to produce restorations of the highest quality to many older models such as the W111/112, 121, 113 and even the ubiquitous 300SL “Gullwing”.

Over the years we have built relationships with specialist suppliers from all over the world and are often able to source parts that are no longer available through the regular supply chain. We also have our own inventory of rare parts for older cars.

The most common of these older models are the 230SL, 250SL and 280SL from the 1960’s, and we have established a reputation across the world as specialists in this model. We can offer everything from a Mercedes service to a complete bare-shell restoration.

A bare shell restoration is of course a time-consuming and expensive undertaking when done properly, and there are many, many examples of older Mercedes cars that have been subjected to poor quality restorations in the past. We consider ourselves to be exceptional in the standards that we offer.

Recent Restorations

A bare shell restoration is of course a time-consuming and expensive undertaking when done properly, and there are many, many examples of older Mercedes cars that have been subjected to poor quality restorations in the past. We consider ourselves to be exceptional in the standards that we offer.

See the process below with some of our recent restorations.

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