Not quite a real barn (are they ever?), but an incredible garage find classic 1963 Mercedes Benz 220SE convertible survivor.   

Jonny’s attention spiked when we received an email asking whether he’d be interested in a ‘fintail’ W111 Mercedes convertible (also known as a stack headlight Mercedes), that has sat dormant in the Fielding’s family garage for some 30 years, having not been on the road since the mid 1980s.

The Mercedes is a gorgeous 1963 model, which originally launched in 1961 (the same year as the E-Type Jaguar). This drop top cabriolet and the coupe were unveiled that year to celebrate 75 years of Mercedes Benz, but it is far rarer to see a factory right-hand drive (RHD) car, compared to LHD.

Mrs Fielding of Manchester inherited it from her Father, who bought it in the early 1970s. He passed away in the mid 1980s and was the last person to drive and MoT it. Nick Fielding, who appears on this film, is the grandson of the original owner, and is a keen car fanatic himself. It has taken him many years to persuade his Mum to let anyone dust off her Dad’s treasured Merc, and begin to ascertain what it will need to recommission.

After a respray in the early 1990s, the car went straight back into the garage without use and then fell victim to a strange paint reaction. Although the old paint flaked off in sheets, Jonny and Nick were pleasantly surprised by how solid the bodywork was beneath.

Thanks for watching.

Please do subscribe and contact me through here if you have something that could be interesting to feature on our Youtube channel.

Want to be a Late Brake Show Patreon? Follow this link