This 1982 Mercedes 500SEL was ordered new from Saudi Arabia but had spent much of its recent life in London.


Our instruction was to fully restore it to exacting specification to the highest possible standard on the basis the vehicle would be returned to Saudi Arabia once finished.


It was crucial this restoration was to be cosmetically flawless but matched with 100% reliability as the vehicle would be driven and used when needed throughout the year.


This particular vehicle when ordered new had every possible extra which made the restoration challenging especially trying to source key components both mechanically and cosmetically.


The family who have owned the vehicle from new realised the importance of originality and areas such as the interior date velour and the complex hydropnuematic suspension had to have immediate attention to ensure the restoration could be successfully completed.


Velour is notoriously difficult to now find, we were able to purchase the correct and original date velour from New Jersey and retrim the entire vehicle this included sourcing the tricky to find ‘hard plastics’ which make up the detail inside any W126.


The hydropneumatic suspension on this W126 was integral to the restoration as there were some parts which were unavailable to be purchased new from Mercedes-Benz, fortunately we have a worldwide network of reliable key suppliers who are able to overhaul the parts which are no longer available.


The restoration was carried out over a 12 month period and a further 2 month shakedown stage to ensure reliability before the vehicle was transported back to Saudi Arabia.


This was one of the most enjoyable restorations we have had carried out in recent times as the build quality of W126 models is of such a high standard it was a pleasure to get the vehicle back to same quality as it looked and drove when it left the factory in 1982.