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1970s Mercedes W123 200
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The Project

New restoration project at Carrosserie HQ – this gorgeous W123 has been shipped 5,500-miles to the UK from Guatemala! The car arrived at Tilbury Docks and will now make the voyage up to Barnard Castle to our workshop where our technicians and fabricators are very excited to work on this lovely car with a special back story.
 
This solidly built Germany executive saloon is believed to be the first W123 to be shipped to South America. Bought by its current owner’s Grandma back on the 15th December 1976 – the grandson has commissioned to restore this classic Mercedes back to showroom-standard at Carrosserie.

November 2023

The W123 actually had some restoration work done a few years ago in Guatemala – but the quality of the work was sadly poor and not suitable to the owners standards.
 
With the car spending its whole life in a much hotter and drier climate than the UK, this W123 has hardly any rust. Our fabrication team will be stripping the shell back to bare metal – all metal work will be done – reshape, realign and then respray.
 
Next, the car will move to mechanical, which will include a full engine and transmission rebuild. Full electrical refresh, interior will be re trimmed too.
Once the restoration work is done, the owner will drive from Barnard Castle to Spain where his grandma now lives and she will be reunited with her Mercedes once again.
 
We cannot wait for this gorgeous W123 to transport its original owner back to 1976. What a story – we cannot wait to start work on this 47-year old time capsule.
 
Expect regular updates on this one. The owner has also commissioned for a documentary to be filmed on the rebuild of this W123 – so make sure to follow our social media for this!
Phil Sage
Phil Sage
27/09/2023
The work carried out here is like magic, the standard the cars leave is fantastic, the cars they restore are works of art !
Catherine Lonergan
Catherine Lonergan
26/02/2023
Very Friendly always helpful staff
Nigel Cramp
Nigel Cramp
25/06/2022
Great friendly and helpful team at Carrosserie. Highly quality work. This is the second time I've used their services. Highly recommended if you want quality restoration or paint work.
Ian Roper
Ian Roper
26/03/2022
Neil who owns the company straight away gave me one of the best buying experiences I have ever had. He was nice to speak with giving me confidence in buying from him from the outset. This continued throughout the buying process with updates on the process of finance that he organised. Because of my working schedule being so hectic and having to juggle many parental duties. We were unable to get over to pick up the car in the week. Despite the company being closed on weekends, Neil went out of his way to meet me on a Saturday afternoon and even showed me around his amazing company. It was so clear to me that this is someone who is genuine, kind and cares about his company and customers in equal amounts. A truly rare thing in this day in age. I wouldn't hesitate to use his company myself in the future and would recommend him to friends and family in a heartbeat.
John Royce
John Royce
16/02/2022
Outstanding choice of cars, superb restoration facilities from a very professional team. Highly recommended.
John F Crabbe
John F Crabbe
28/12/2021
Excellent and friendly service
Michael Leatherland
Michael Leatherland
19/08/2021
The brief was to bring my Austin Healey up to showroom standard to prepare it for sale. There were some problems along the way but were satisfactorily sorted out by the owner Neil who is a true gent. The workmanship was of the highest standard and never in doubt. My purchaser was very impressed with the quality of paintwork and overall presentation.
Colin Smith
Colin Smith
07/06/2021
Excellent service and good experience to advise on all aspects of vehicles
Craig Jameson
Craig Jameson
11/11/2019
Amazing

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