|Chassis Number: ||116 028 22 026029|
|Engine Number: ||116 983 22 021584|
|Exterior Colour: ||Tunis Beige Metalic|
|Owner's Name: ||Unknown|
A rare 350SE version of the W16 Crayford wagon, was owned by the
President of the Crayford Convertable Car Club for many years before
being laid up.
Has been off the road for some time and needs to be restored. We visited
in March 2008 and took these pictures.
In 2013 it was sold to Floris de Raadt in Holland who is carrying out a
complete restoration on the vehicle including conversion to LHD.
Update pictures of the final result were received in April 2014.
In November 2015 it was auctioned by Artcurial for 43000 Euro, they
described it as follows:
Chassis # 11602822026049
- Rare model
- Carefully restored
- Fast, comfortable and convenient
- One of the 15 built
With just 15 units made, this car was destined for the great people of
this world, including Sophia Loren, who ordered one just at its launch
and always was accompanied by her five dogs during her personal trips!
Purchased in 2012 in England by an enthusiast of sports estates, this
Mercedes-Benz S-Class estate bodied by the Crayford workshops had been
attacked by corrosion over a large part of the bodywork. The enthusiasm
of this passionate collector took over and he started a long and
difficult restoration. The body was completely redone, using parts of
another Mercedes W116 and of a Ford Granada to get the tailgate right, in
accordance with the practice followed by Crayford at that time.
The owner wished to use the car regularly and even decided to switch
from right-hand-drive to left-hand-drive, which resulted in major
changes: the dashboard and the steering system of course, but also the
shifter and center console, as well as the engine compartment with the
powerful V8 from the 350 SE. The engine received much attention, with the
replacement of the injectors, the fuel, oil and water pump, the filters
and the fuel tank. To retain the true history of the car, the owner has
kept the original odometer counter in miles, indicating 66,000 miles at
This very rare car is a great opportunity to drive a very original car
that is both practical as well as a pleasure to use.