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Work in Progress - 300 SL Roadster Restoration

October 2018: The Beginning

Where do you start with a restoration project when the car is worth over £1M as is? The same way we do all our restorations - a complete strip down and cataloguing of every nut and bolt.

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November 2018: The DNA of a 300 SL

What does a 300 SL look like when reduced to its constituent parts? It looks like a mountain of work. From recording stock to the beginning of the chassis stripping we take you through the organising process which is critical to a successful project.

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December 2018: The Space Frame

The lightweight tubular space frame enabled much of the advanced suspension and drive train breakthroughs to be realised and helped the 300 SL to being king of the race circuit. The first step is fine finishing the tubular space frame prior to applying the powder-coat finish.

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January 2019: Finishing the Space Frame

With the 300 SL Roadster Space Frame re-aligned by the metal team it was then stripped and prepped in January. The powder coating is then applied for a durable and even finish which is ideal for the rigours of the road.

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February 2019: The Perfect Body: The Shell

After more than half a century on the road the body of this 300 SL Roadster was in very good condition. Yet the Hemmels Neugeboren Process demands that it be brought back to bare metal then made better than new.

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March 2019: Braced & True

The restoration of the shell is a long, painstaking process where the body is first braced & trued. Hemmels most experienced craftsmen head the team in charge of ensuring the shell is reborn, better than new.

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April 2019: There Are No Shortcuts

The path to perfection is a straight one, demanding that every obstacle is faced head-on and resolved without compromise. Just like when it was manufactured, the shell of the 300SL is hand-crafted and refined in by inch. There's no rushing and no magic machine that can restore the shell. It requires patience, commitment - and time.

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May 2019: Prepping for Primer

After 3 months of relentless restoration the 300SL shell is nearing the stage where the metal work is completed. Here the pre-priming team work in concert to ensure allsurfaces are sanded to be silky-smooth, ready for a protective coat that will see this legend hardened, true and ready for another 50 years of beauty.,

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CHRIS BASS, MERCEDES-BENZ OWNERS CLUB
Editor, The Mercedes-Benz Owners Club Gazette
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After 3 decades collecting classic cars, I have finally found the company that has that same attention to detail and finish that I have always wanted. A phenomenal business and people.
B. Field, UK
1968 280SL, 1959 300SL Roadster
I really love what you guys are doing. Keep it up.
Kyle Molyneux, Editor, Mercedes ENTHUSIAST Magazine
Editor, Mercedes Enthusiast
I admire every car you produce. I am always looking forward to your workmanship and end product. I can be considered as a voyeur of your art.
Marcus Bonello, Malta
1970 280SL 
What a pleasure it is to work with Hemmels - not only did they make a generous offer for my car, but they followed through with the funds within hours. Splendid firm.
Seamus O Dunlaing Ireland
1968 280SL 
"You are a rarity, to the point of unique. I love your approach and you will turn this industry on its head"
N Babbington
1971 280SL 
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Holland
1970 280SL Roadster (Sales, Servicing)
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London
1970 280SL (Manual)
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