Another rusting relic this week for the corrosion fans to enjoy.
The idea came after reading the property website:
I thought that something should exist for cars, buses, vans, lorries and motorcycles.
When I look into it the nation’s favourite auction site is casting up many dozen examples of rusting relics. Many that require extreme bravery and much metalworking skill.
This week’s wreck is a piece of German manufacturing history:
It is located apparently in Arboleas, Spain.
One of the advantages of Spain (from a metal perspective) of course is that it is beautifully dry.
That is not to say that signs of the corrosion beetle are absent. The sills on this example look worthy of some close attention.
Although listed as suitable for spares I am not certain what spares you will be able to glean.
For a start there are no doors and the car interior is more like a shed. The seats are squeezed into it and look torn and stained.
Fortunately front and rear glass is in place.
Confusingly the listing states the registration date is 08/10/1964. But in the same description also maintains that it is a 1967 Mercedes 220.
I’m not certain how those two things can coexist.
The 220 reputation is for being bullet proof. Indeed the body on this seems to have survived moderately well.
But a lot of parts are missing – this picture has no sign of an engine for example.
It looks like this car was a donor in the past. One of those magnificent stacked headlights is missing. As is the proud chrome grill.
A quick scan of the Internet reveals that the 220 is well served with parts however https://www.niemoeller.de/en/mercedes-benz-oldtimer-spare-parts/spare-parts-catalog-mercedes-benz-170-220.
I’m taken by the location which looks like a cross between a wasteland and a prison yard in these photographs.
The price seems low at £500 (currently with no bids). But a better prospect is https://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/mercedes-benz/220/223226 at €4,850. (Although it lacks the stacked headlights I notice.
This one looks even better https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/listing/mercedes-benz/fintail/200/1967/117659 at £22,098.
So it does look like these 200s fetch a reasonable sum.
However at the end of any restoration you would still have a left hand drive car.
It does look as if Right Hand Drive versions are not rare https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-220-SEB-W111-FINTAIL-STACKED-HEADLIGHT-MODEL-1963-/222789612102?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368.
Sadly the chances of rescue for this old girl are not looking high. At least not in the UK (There are no bids at the time of writing).
Although it would be marvellous to be proved wrong. And to see the before and after photographs.