Pictures: https://goo.gl/photos/iR9cwRhVVyqZmnSo7 (Carfax is included in the photo gallery)
I became the second owner of this car in August of 1999 when I purchased it from Hatch & Sons in Waltham, MA, with 39K miles (Peter McCarthy was the salesperson). I flew up and back between DC and Boston to test drive and purchase the car.
These cars had only four options available to buyers from the factory:
- Paint Color: 702 (Smoke Silver) / 199 (Black Pearl)
- Transmission: Automatic (Fewer Units) / Manual (More Units)
- Heated Front Seats
- Rear Headrests
This car is outfitted with both heated front seats and rear headrests (in other words fully kitted and therefore rare).
When I was at the Hatch & Sons and before I completed the purchase, I was able to talk with the original owner about the car. The previous owner was an Occidental Petroleum executive who had bought the car for his wife. She primarily used the car to go back and forth to play tennis at the club. They traded it in on a new(er) Mercedes.
The only issues the car had at purchase were:
- Passenger side fairing between the front and rear wheels was split horizontally (parallel to the road) which was incurred when the previous owner turned into and hit a frozen mound of snow at the end of their driveway
- Rear trunk had two cellular antennas installed on the lid
Prior to taking delivery, the car had the NAM headlights replaced (with OEM Bosch European lights with glass lens), the right fairing panel, and the trunk was repaired/resprayed to return the factory look (at the time, Hatch & Sons was the Ferrari authorized paint shop in the Northeast).
The car was picked up by InnerCity Lines and transported via enclosed carrier to my home in Denver and then first titled in Colorado and later retitled in both Maryland and Virginia (where I currently reside).
Note that in Virginia, even though the car was titled as an Antique, there was a crack in the windshield due to a rock chip which had to be repaired for it to pass the mandatory safety check. At the time, OEM windshields were not available so a non-OEM one was installed. I then procured a used OEM windshield from a donor car which is included in the sale.
The car exhibits none of the common issues with the stitching in the rear seats coming apart. This is attributed to the car being indoors and out of the sun. However, the dash did experience a split and it was replaced with an OEM unit provided by Dave Hendy (who is on this board).
The car was involved in a minor accident where the driver’s side fender was damaged and needed to be replaced. A new OEM fender was procured, fitted and painted by Quattro Auto Body in Bethesda, Maryland. The insurance company which handled the claim was USAA. Coincidentally, although the other driver was at fault, both of us had USAA insurance.
In my time of ownership, I have always had it serviced either by Mercedes or Mercedes-certified mechanics that have used MB OEM parts.
The car has had all of its OEM 15” wheels refinished. It was also outfitted with new Dunlop tires (from Tire Rack) in the past 100 miles.
The sale of the car includes:
- Original NAM headlights fitted to the car and placed in the Bosch boxes the Euro lights came in
- Original (broken) left cluster gauge showing clockwise Fuel Level, Oil Pressure, Fuel Economy, and Water Temperature
- Original (broken) outside temperature LCD display
- Original (broken) fan control module
- Windshield (OEM/used)
Let me know if you or someone you know has questions or would like to see the car. It is an amazing car and in fantastic condition.