This is a 1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC Convertible RHD, finished in silver with a black leather interior; the clock shows 192,000 miles.
This Mercedes 500SEC was converted to a convertible by Lynx Engineering who are perhaps better known for their Jaguar-based vehicles such as the Lynx XJS Eventer Estate. Believed to be one of only three built, the previous owner believes the other two are hidden away in private collections. One of these was ordered new by Formula 1 World Champion driver James Hunt and James is rumoured to have had a role in the design and engineering of this very rare coachbuilt machine, adding to its significant provenance. This specific example is also rumoured to have had its own celebrity ownership in the hands of Rag’n’Bone man, which came to light after a Mercedes-specialist workshop, who serviced this car, claimed to have collected the vehicle from his Sussex estate.
The current mileage is just under 193k miles and we understand the vehicle underwent an extensive restoration in 2013 at approximately 190k miles. Older photographs of the vehicle show it to have originally been supplied in what appears to be a pale-green body colour and a green cloth interior. After its restoration, which included sacrificing a complete 500SEC donor car for genuine body panels and a complete interior, it’s now finished in silver with a black leather interior.
The car is still in very good condition even 9 years after its restoration, but could use some TLC to make it perfect. There are some minor wear and tear marks both inside and outside of the vehicle but apparently nothing major. The roof mechanism is still functional but the current owner has said that the hood frame would benefit from re-aligning and possibly lubricating. The hood fabric itself is in good condition with no rips, tears or leaks although the interior lining has some signs of wear.
The car runs, drives and stops as it should. There is an extensive and detailed history folder and the car appears to have been meticulously and enthusiastically kept by its previous owners. Lynx Engineering themselves carried out some of the work and there are receipts for £14,000 in servicing between 1996-2003. There is a document from Lynx Engineering confirming it was built by them and there are also letters between previous owners about the vehicle, all of which add colour to its history.
Regular servicing, which appears to back up the mileage, was carried out between 1996 and 2003. It is believed the car went into hibernation sometime after 2003 until it was found and restored in 2013. Since re-surfacing in the last few years, this car has gained considerable attention from Mercedes collectors and enthusiasts alike.
With its extensive history, rarity and provenance this car is indeed very special.