Five Incredibly Well Preserved Vintage Mercedes Cars Turn Up After 45 YEARS In A Colorado ‘Barn Find’.

A group of outstandingly preserved classic European cars have turned up in a barn find in northeastern Colorado.

Randall Faris, a long-time Mercedes buff, had been looking for a Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3 or a later 450 SEL 6.9. He was at his home near Devil’s Tower in Wyoming when his brother-in-law, Scott Milewski, called him from Ft. Collins, CO, about 350 miles away about an ad from Craigslist for five 6.3s.

Amazingly, these weren’t cars for parts or fixer-uppers.

1. A group of outstandingly preserved classic European cars have turned up in a barn find in northeastern Colorado.

Five Incredibly Well Preserved Vintage Mercedes Cars Turn Up After 45 YEARS In A Colorado 'Barn Find'.

2. The five vintage Mercedes sedans had belonged to a wealthy cattleman who had passed away in 1994. Pictured is a red 1969 Mercedes 6.3.

Five Incredibly Well Preserved Vintage Mercedes Cars Turn Up After 45 YEARS In A Colorado 'Barn Find'.

The five vintage Mercedes sedans had belonged to a wealthy cattleman who had passed away in 1994.

A grandson was now handling the sale of the cars, which had been kept in a climate-controlled storage buildings for 45 years and evidently had not been driven for the past 20 years or so.

Unsurprisingly, the Craigslist ad generated quite a lot of interest. Faris said:

My brother-in-law had just 20 minutes to look at cars and make a decision.

The cars were covered in dust, but had no rust and the interiors were in very good condition. However, Milewski did not get to drive them, taking only the visual condition and stated mileage as indication to roadworthiness.

The decision to buy the lot was a partnership between Milewski and Faris, who agreed that they’d probably keep a car each and sell the other three.

3. A grandson was now handling the sale of the cars, which had been kept in a climate-controlled storage buildings for 45 years and evidently had not been driven for the past 20 years or so. Pictured is a green 1971 model.

Five Incredibly Well Preserved Vintage Mercedes Cars Turn Up After 45 YEARS In A Colorado 'Barn Find'.

Faris said:

We got them home on trailers over a couple of days. We cleaned them up and were astounded by the beautiful condition. There were no dents in the bodies, and the interiors were very nice. One car had a couple of rips on front seats, but that was it.

The two men have examined, started and run four of the cars so far. It seems that replacing a few of the air springs might be the biggest expense needed. Faris said:

Other repairs have been minor things — switches not working, things like that.

Two of the Mercedes 6.3s are 1969 models, a red car and a black one with just 27,000 miles. Faris plans to keep the red one for himself, which needed just a muffler and tie rod ends for a total of $853. He said:

The air suspension was fine on that one. We have documentation showing the black car was detailed by its first owner every month.

4. The cars were covered in dust, but had no rust and the interiors were in very good condition. Pictured is a blue 1971 model.

Five Incredibly Well Preserved Vintage Mercedes Cars Turn Up After 45 YEARS In A Colorado 'Barn Find'.

Another car has 53,000 miles and the other cars’ mileage is in the 70s. Milewski has chosen to keep the 1971 gold car. Faris said:

The interior wood looks brand new on that one.

The other three cars include two 1971 models in blue and green.

The man who started this 6.3 collection bought his first Mercedes, the blue 1971 model, brand new in December 1970. His widow told Faris that he liked it so much that he bought four more used cars over the next few years.

She recalled that the couple would fly into San Francisco or southern California, get out of the airport and see someone waiting in a 6.3. She said the driver would hand over the keys and the couple would drive the car back home to Colorado.

5. Two of the Mercedes 6.3s are 1969 models, a red car and a black one with just 27,000 miles. Another car has 53,000 miles and the other cars’ mileage is in the 70s. Pictured is a 1971 gold car.

Five Incredibly Well Preserved Vintage Mercedes Cars Turn Up After 45 YEARS In A Colorado 'Barn Find'.

Source: Hagerty.

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