News & Events

We enjoy discussing Mercedes-Benz cars almost as much as working on them. Our blog is where we share our thoughts, opinions and reflections on our own activities here at John Haynes Mercedes, and news and events from the wider Mercedes-Benz community.

YOUNGTIMERS

Mercedes Youngtimers       The new generation has arrived…… Mercedes-Benz from the 1980’s and 1990’s are fast becoming the new trend for many enthusiasts, owners and even collectors. Over the last three years we have commissioned and restored as many Youngtimers from...

Electrical Faults On Mercedes-Benz cars

The modern-day challenges of electrical faults on Mercedes-Benz cars. As we know Mercedes Benz cars have come on leaps and bounds in technology over the years. Technology is becoming more and more advanced and with it, a lot more technical than the Mercedes of...

Two Gullwings!

Two gullwings arrived at the garage both silver with red leather the only difference between them is 55 years!! The original Gullwing is the 1955 300 SL Gullwing (W198) which was the first car in the world to use fuel injection developed by Bosch also using an...

Salon Prive 2013 London

The Salon Prive Concours D`Elegance was held in Syon Park London. With over £65 million pounds worth of cars on display. This invitation only event makes this the most prestigious Concours D`Elegance held in the UK. This year one of our customers was invited to...

European AMG road trip

This summer we decided to do a European road trip and combining it with a holiday was the perfect excuse to take our 1994 W124 E60 AMG Limited. The E60 AMG Limited is a very rare car being only 1 of 12 with the factory option codes 957 (AMG technology package) and...

1955 300 SL Gullwing poor running

A 1955 300 SL Gullwing was delivered to the garage after being in a museum for 15 years without running. Our job brief was to re- commission the vehicle ready for use. Firstly the old fuel was drained, fuel tank inspected and cleaned together with the fuel pumps,...

Three generations of cabriolet

Three generations of Mercedes Benz cabriolet were at the garage, a collection of rare and unusual cars. The oldest of the trio is the green W187 220 Cabriolet B built in 1952 one of 997 built. The blue W128 220SE ponton cabriolet built in 1960 is only 1 of 17 RHD...

1966 230 SL Running fault

A 1966 230SL W113 arrived at the garage with a running fault. After 15 Minutes the car would stall and after 10 Minutes would restart and run for another 15 Minutes and stall again. The garage in Kent who had recommissioned the car after being in storage for 14 years...

Barcelona or Bust!

A very good customer of ours asked if we would like to help him drive three of his cars to his house in Barcelona, Spain. After removing the cars from our storage facility we set about preparing the cars for the 840 miles non-stop trip from Dieppe to Barcelona. The...

280 SL/8 Crankshaft

A new customer with a 1969 280 SL/8 Pagoda arrived at the garage from Surrey with a heavy knock and vibration from the engine but otherwise running OK. On dismantling the engine the fault became very apparent the crankshaft had sheared on the web adjacent to number...

Off Roading

The Company has 3 off road G Wagens, which are used by staff and friends for organised off road days on the South Downs. The G Wagens are extremely capable off roaders with front and rear differential locks which make it a true 4 x 4, they have a low ratio transfer...

300SL’S

Two 300SL's arrived at the workshop bearing consecutive chassis numbers 299 and 300. Both cars were finished in Silver and Red leather interior and were shipped to the USA in 1959. In June 2012 they were reunited at our workshops after 53 years...

Classic Simon

Look out for the new Classic Mercedes magazine which has just been launched. Simon Haynes of John Haynes Auto Technics has written a column about the Classic Mercedes market place. The magazine is out every three months, so look out for Simon's regular column.  

190E W201

Celebrating 30 years of the W201, in June we helped Mercedes Enthusiast compile an article on the W201 by supplying four different 190Eís for a back to back test. The cars were 190E 1.8, 190E 2.0, 190E 2.5 ñ 16 and a 190E 2.6. Keep your eye out for the article and see...

CL63 AMG

From time to time we have interesting cars arrive to us at the same time, by coincidence we are working on two side by side CL63 AMGíS. One is a W215 CL63 AMG 2002 which was one of only twenty six built it is a V12 6.3 litre engine producing 439 bhp and the other car...

W116

Celebrating 40 years of the W116 in 2012 Mercedes Enthusiast asked us to source two W116ís for an extensive feature. We provided our own company 450SEL 6.9 and also a customers 280SE. Read the article to see how they got...

Top Gear

This left hand drive 600 Grosser originally supplied to Egypt was not a restoration but re-commissioned for the personal use of Jeremy Clarkson and the television programme Top Gear. We assessed the areas mechanically and cosmetically that required attention and with...

Our Body Shop

This October coincides with the First Anniversary of our purpose built Body shop. Since our Body shops relocation we have been fortunate to work on some wonderful Classic Mercedes from the ever popular W113 Pagodas to the luxurious head turning ‘Type 600’S’. Currently...

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