In 2005 I bought my wife a 5 year old Mercedes CLK 230K Cabriolet. It was in immaculatecondition, inside and out with only 13,000 miles on the clock.
Unfortunately, we did not have a garage and it has been out in the elements for the last 15 years. This had a significant impact on the overall condition of the car. It was still looking good inside and had only35,000 miles, but the car was starting to age from both a bodywork and mechanical perspective.
The first step I took was to contact Ross at Drive Autos and discuss what the options were, he advised that it would take quite a bit of time and money to improve the mechanics and restore the bodywork.
The bodywork required replacement panels; Ross advised us to go for original Mercedes panels to ensure authenticity & longevity of the car. We discussed new alloys but again Ross advised to refurbish the existing alloys to maintain the look and consistency of the end result.
Ross managed the whole restoration project andspent a significant amount of his personal time in removing 15 years of wear and weather on the soft top. What he has achieved is, nothing short of,miraculous. He has not only brought the soft top back to life he has also been able to restore the existing lights & glass work as well as improving the chrome and other bodywork pieces.
The mechanical & MOT aspects of the work were subcontracted, and Ross kept on top of this in terms of the specific aspects of putting the car back on the road and MOT’d. I greatly appreciated his advice, guidance and management of this process.
Likewise, the bodywork, panel replacement and a complete re-spray process was also subcontracted and again Ross managed and monitored progress.
The end result is an immaculate example of the model. It is beautiful, every bit as good as the day we bought it, fortunately we now have a garage and hope to keep it in tip top condition.
At this stage anyone would have been happy to accept the car but not Ross. Having the car back in operation Ross then started detailing the car to an exceptionally high standard both inside and out. He has polished and worked the external paint and applied a custom ceramic finish that will keep the car looking great for much longer. The finish and sheen from the car has to be seen to be believed.
Ross was still not finished, he applied the same diligence and detailing to the internal surfaces and leather work. It looks and smells like a new car
I don’t have the words to fully express how we feel about the car. I handed Ross a 20 year old car and he has transformed this back into the car we fell in love with in 2005.
I would like to thank Ross for his dedication, diligence and detailing, in completely restoring this beautiful car.
I cannot praise Ross highly enough and would most certainly recommend all aspects of his work.
Bill, Broughty Ferry