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Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« on: May 12, 2015, 19:55:05 »
I have a question about what choices of wood were available when the car was ordered new and if there
were any choices in the finish, as in tone or color of the finish.  I've seen a number of restored cars and they all seem to have
the same color finish, glossy and rather dark. Were there any other choices from the factory other than the type of wood?
Thanks


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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2015, 21:56:10 »
You could call Madera concepts. They have seen it all.
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2015, 21:58:58 »
Hi,

Three different types of wood where offered for the 280 SE coupe.
Ebony Macassar, Burled wood and French walnut.
No choice of finish where available, only high gloss was possible.
The different interior colors where linked to a certain wood type.
Exceptions could probably be made if a customer insisted upon it, but if so it was very rare.
Blue leather came with French walnut, parchment, red and black interiors came with Macassar and
Cognac, bamboo and dark brown with burled wood to name a few.

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1971 280 SL 462 Beige met, Brown leather
1968 280 SL 180 Silver, Red leather
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2015, 23:32:17 »
I had a white Euro 250SE coupe once and it had Macassar with cognac interior. One of the finest cars I've ever owned or driven.
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2015, 02:39:48 »
I recall Madera saying that the factory typically didn't stain the wood. The color was natural and like most woods, darken when sealed. My W111 is typical with cognac leather, bamboo headliner and sun visors matched with burled walnut wood. I just had the instrument binnacle redone. See attached. 
Wallace
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2015, 04:27:38 »
So this is what a wood binnacle looks like on a 280SE that never came with it. I can now appreciate what pains the assembly people went through matching these parts to the car. Every piece probably did have some fine tuning for that perfect fit. Almost finished with this dash restoration that started in February.
Wallace
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2015, 06:35:18 »
Beautiful!

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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2015, 01:58:44 »
Hi Wallace,

Looks great! I'm always disappointed to see the non-wooden binnacles in the later coupes and cabs. Did you have it refinished at Madera, or somewhere else?
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2015, 20:11:45 »
Yes, it was done at Madera. Nice people to work with, no problems and pretty quick turnaround. I have had used Heritage Woodworks in the past, but as most know, no longer in business. Madera cautioned me against using a "Furniture" person as Madera uses veneer adhesives that are meant for more harsh exposure. Makes sense if it is true. I'm not peeling the veneer off to find out though :o Not sure who else does this that specializes in automotive wood.

The wood binnacle is the crown jewel for this car as far as I am concerned.
Wallace
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2015, 22:04:57 »
Nicely Done!
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2015, 03:50:39 »
Madera is the only company left as far as I know.  When Drew passed away there was no one left behind to carry on with the business.

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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2015, 04:53:54 »
And the final dash resto. I also covered the seats as well.
Wallace
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2015, 06:08:45 »
Wallace,

It  just looks totally stunning..
that must surely be one of  the most beautiful interiors around in a 280, with the  wooden instrument housing really adding to it.
Next time you might want to wipe of the rubber pedals, they seem a little dusty... ;-)
Fantastic job!

Cheers

Hans
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1971 280 SL 462 Beige met, Brown leather
1968 280 SL 180 Silver, Red leather
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1987 560 SEC 199 Black met., Black leather

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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2015, 15:37:53 »
Thanks Hans. I am doing the interior in bits and pieces. Like the steering wheel, carpet are untouched and of course....the pedals. Interesting that you would notice that as you must be sharp-eyed. Judges do look for things like that.

I am also installing a drool bucket for when I drive. I really do like the wood binnacle and it was worth the PITA. As far as safety goes, I can see why the shiny wood is a problem. Reflects the sunlight like crazy. Too bad.
Wallace
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2015, 15:41:32 »
Wallace,
The interior looks fabulous. I need to do my dash at some point. I'll be calling you!!
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2015, 18:49:45 »
There was some mention in the Pagoda Notes about the articles from "The Mercedes Collector". I have the bound issues and one of the first issues details taking the W111 coupe/cab dash apart in sequence. Very helpful.  
Wallace
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2015, 04:42:21 »
And the final project picture with the center seat and headrests installed. The car did not come with headrests but were installed with instructions thanks to this site.

And yes, the pedals are still dusty! :D
Wallace
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Re: Mercedes 280SE Coupe Dash Wood
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2015, 00:47:06 »
Well done Wallace. Hats off!  ;D
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