I acquired my 1958 220S Mercedes Benz the Summer of 1967. I worked for a German Auto Repair business in the Tri-Cities, Washington. He owed me money and I asked if I could have the car instead of my regular compensation. It was, and is, in great mechanical condition at that time. The interior and the body however was in need of care. I worked on it through my senior year, graduating in 1968, repairing and refinishing various minor mechanical issues. I also completely disassembled the wood dash board, the front and back window trims as well as the jockey box back to its original condition and reinstalled them. I then went off to college using the car all through my graduation in 1972. After graduation I drove the car and maintained it as any special car would be cared for knowing that at some time in the future I was going to restore it, or at least bring it back to some level of restoration.
In the early part of 1989 I decided it was time to begin the task of some level of restoration and began to seek out the possibilities of hiring such a specialist. In August of 1989 I engaged a professional while I was still in the Eastern Washington area. This was an involved process that concluded in May of 1993. During this time I worked with these specialists ordering and assisting in the acquisition of various parts, services and technical advice necessary to conclude this round first restorations. Since then the car has been garaged, serviced and driven on a limited basis. I have all the records and notes covering this.
As time has gone by I've come to realize I not going to be able to finish what I stated. Both personal and professional limitations have come to light. In addition there are no beneficiaries in my family who would be able to commit the time, money and passion to move this forward.
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