The Captain's Car

I know, I know....

I disappeared on you. And as *someone* has been reminding me (because it is very hard to hide from your editor when you live with her), that's breaking the No. 1 rule of blogging: don't disappear on your readership!

In my defense, it's been the sort of wonderfully busy Spring we self-employed folks dream of. In fact, 'dream' is the right word, because I have had the pleasure and privilege recently of tracking down some true dream cars. So sharing some of those amazing finds seems like the perfect way to get back into blogging.

This week's gem was hiding in a garage just a couple miles from where I live: a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE-B/C.

It came to me via word of mouth - one of those small town things: 'Hey, you're a car guy, right? There's this guy with a classic car he might be ready to sell. It's pretty cool...'

Pretty cool was an understatement.

As the dust testifies, I took the pictures below as soon as I woke this beauty from its extended slumber. Only 56,755 original miles on this car, and as best I can tell in reviewing its history, it’s had just four owners in 54 years.

It was first ordered in Lakeport, New Hampshire by Arthur Lessard & Sons, Inc. for Captain Edward F. Jewell of “The Anchorage” in Meredith, New Hampshire. The Captain paid $8,247.82 (a lot of money in 1964!) as indicated by the window sticker. I found that stored with the original paperwork in the Becker folder, all in such pristine condition, it appears it was rarely—if ever—opened since purchase. Itemized on the invoice is $123.32 worth of extra equipment the Captain apparently did not order—we can only imagine he did not want to pay for it, either!

Clearly, though, the Captain cared for his investment, which includes the best features money could buy at the time: leather upholstery, heater blower, windshield washer system, Becker-Europa AM-FM radio, white side wall tires, rear bench seat, automatic clutch (automatic transmission), anti-freeze, and two reclining front seats.

The Captain did an outstanding job taking care of the smallest details. The leather is original and still supple. The tool roll is still in the original plastic bag stamped 220SE, the jack, lug wrench, and wheel starter in place. The glass is clear and not de-laminating. The radio works perfectly once it warms up. There is no corrosion, even under the original trunk mat, which is made of a vinyl material that can trap moisture and rot the trunk floor if an owner is not attentive. And the solid Burl Walnut dash—wow! They just don’t make them like that anymore.

This jewel of a car is in need of very little. The original carpeting and few other details you can see in the photos need attention. It lacks the original wheels, but we have those and will restore them to the car.

European Auto Solutions, one of the premier classic Mercedes-Benz service centers in the country, is about to begin a full servicing of this amazing vehicle. As it already drives beautifully and has all the earmarks of a perfectly-maintained car, I can’t wait to drive it after it’s received the loving servicing and cosmetic rejuvenation it deserves!

Feast your eyes, my friends...

{And if you like this sort of thing, I promise I'll be back in 2 weeks with another post - next time, it's a road trip to find a unique BMW...}

I could be someone who lives in a house called "The Anchorage" and drives this car, no?

I could be someone who lives in a house called "The Anchorage" and drives this car, no?

Solid Burl Walnut dash. They literally do not make 'em like that anymore.

Solid Burl Walnut dash. They literally do not make 'em like that anymore.

The Captain had a plaque with his name installed on the dash. As one does.

The Captain had a plaque with his name installed on the dash. As one does.

You know you've arrived when instead of an actual street address, you just give the name of your estate.

You know you've arrived when instead of an actual street address, you just give the name of your estate.

The wrong wheels - but we will soon rectify that!

The wrong wheels - but we will soon rectify that!

Almost perfect!

Almost perfect!