This is an amazing and simply gorgeous condition Mercedes 280 SEL 4.5 that sat in professional storage for the last 22 years. She shows a very believable 23,600 miles! Finished in Tobacco Brown with beautiful Cognac leather interior there is virtually nothing on this example that is not simply immaculate. The best way to describe this 108 sedan is to pretend you are in 1975 and you are buying a well-kept certified 1972 Mercedes from the authorised dealer. Even though this was an Illinois car its whole life, the underside of the car is clean as a whistle. Absolutely without a spec of rust anywhere. The car is a true 1 owner from new. It was ordered here in the US under German delivery and driven for 6 months on vacation before shipping to the US. It was ordered with every single available option including tape deck and the "SL" steering wheel was fitted upon deliver at the German dealer. Back here in the US it was used it in clear, warm weather only. When the car arrived on American soil, she was fully Ziebarted which has kept her clean. When we got the car, we flushed out the fuel tank, fitted a new fuel pump, put in all new filters rebuilt the fuel distributor and fitted brand new injectors. She fired up and has purred ever since. We are assuming this may have been the reason the car was originally "parked" but we cannot be sure. From the moment we started her, everything worked. Even the A/C started blowing cold air! We went right thru the car, updating all services. Everything works as it should and as pictures show, is in immaculate presentation. Mechanically the car is fantastic with no known issues. Just a quick look under the hood is testament to how well this Mercedes was maintained. We are yet to fit the new heater slide controls which have crumbled as they usually do. Outside of this, every single feature and function works as it should; electric windows, door locks, antenna, original Becker radio, A/C, heater, interior and exterior lights, horn.... the complete list. Body and paint is excellent. The paint is entirely original without one panel ever having been repainted. This is very evident in the close up pictures where you can see the Mercedes Benz signature "orange peel" in the paint. Very shiny and consistent with hardly any blemishes throughout ~ with the exception of notable stone chips at the front panels each side of the grill. We were going to repaint these but figured a purist buyer would prefer to see 100% original paint. The wheels and hubcaps are all original and also never repainted. The interior is an equally stunning aspect of the car with the Cognac leather interior close to perfect. She is in virtually as-new condition with no wear on the seats, carpets or headliner. The leather is like a 2-3 year old example; hardly showing any wear on the signature Cognac leather red "overprint" on the ochre hide. Look at the many close-up photos taken where this finish is truly like new. Almost impossible to find this these days and reproduction Cognac leather just doesn't look the same. So original is everything that we did not even need to replace the seat springs. These are all original and in good shape. The dash is excellent without a single crack in the dash pad. The dash wood is beautiful without any fading, lifting or peeling albeit with a few minor hairline cracks (I reiterate "MINOR"). The wood around the base of the front windshield and window surrounds is simply superb. Have a close look at the buttons and switch gear; they look like human hands have never touched them. Simply amazing. She is also appears to be a non-smoker car so clean and sweet. The headliner is excellent and the rear parcel shelf without any sign of sun-fading. All these things are a great testament to its low miles. So original is the car, the tyres are the original factory fitment Michelin X whitewalls. The one in the trunk is brand new and never fitted to the car.
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