The Mercedes-Benz W111 was produced between 1959 and 1971, including four-door saloons (1959-1967) and two-door coupés and cabriolets (1961 to 1971). We had the pleasure to restore a 1971 280 SE coupe version with a 3.5 litre V8 engine. The car came to us from Japan in one piece, but the entire body was heavily rusted. We disassembled the car for shot blasting, welding, leading and metal rust proofing treatment, before spraying with epoxy primer, then with polyester filler, and a final coat of primer. This was followed by spraying the basecoat, then five coats of clear lacquer applied over five days, with two coats each time. Afterwards, the car was re-assembled and prepared before being taken to an upholstery specialist for a complete interior retrim.