We got a call a while back from a gentleman who was attempting to close out his wife’s uncle’s estate, who had recently passed away. He and his wife were trying to get the estate ready for sale when the realtor called and said they needed to get the garage cleaned. The couple then went over to the garage and opened it up, ready to start clearing out old scrap wood and garbage; much to their surprise, the garage was not full of trash but rather two Cadillac Coupe Devilles tucked side by side. The two cars still had the original window stickers on the car! One car had 4,800 miles, the other had 14,000. Both were completely original, well documented, and ran like new with nothing more than a quick tune-up. We were ecstatic to help awaken these beautiful Caddys from their slumber and get them back on the road. We cleaned up the cars and both sold in a matter of days, the new owners thrilled to have such an original, low mileage example.
We bought this XKE from a guy in Michigan who had acquired it with the purchase of an old warehouse. The car was buried underneath broken ceiling tiles and a hefty glaze of pigeon droppings. We were told that the poor Jag had been taken on a storage lien after it sat in annual storage for over thirty years. Luckily the windows and doors were closed when the car was originally parked, so the interior was surprisingly well-preserved. We dragged the car out of the tight nook it had been confined to only to realize that the rear end and transmission had been dropped and stored next to the car. We bolted some caster wheels on the car and rolled it up onto a flatbed. Back at CCC we took inventory of all the scattered parts and got the rear end, transmission, and brakes back on the car. Four carburetor rebuild kits later, we had the Jag purring just as it had the day it was parked. Shortly after the completion of a long and thorough restoration, the car was sold the car to an XKE enthusiast in Sweden.
We purchased this Merc from the original owner, a World War II veteran whose fascination with Mercedes began when he fell in love with the 540K of the 1930s while serving overseas. Years later, back on home soil, he purchased this ‘58 220S Convertible and drove it for a number of years before falling ill. The owner was in the early phases of a restoration of the car when he became ill and could no longer work on the car himself. Knowing that his health was an issue, he decided to let the car go. The family of the owner contacted us and asked if we would like to come take a look. The car was nearby, in Chicago’s Sauganash neighborhood, so we jumped in the flatbed and headed over there. When we arrived, we found the dusty, albeit nicely preserved and largely complete 220S that you see in the photos. The 220S is a handsome car, and we were happy to bring this one back into the limelight.