Mercedes-Benz Classic Center
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Mercedes-Benz Classic Center

Imagine a used-car dealership with six-figure sticker prices, an inventory older than you are and access to parts that have been out of production since the early 20th century.

That pretty well sums up the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, a 26,000-square-foot, multimillion-dollar shrine to all things Benz. -- Martin Zimmerman

Photo: Mike Kunz, general manager of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine stands among many of the classic Mercedes-Benz automobiles for sale. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine is one of two in the world (the other is in Germany) repairs and restores classic Mercedes-Benz automobiles dating back to the late 1800’s. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
A 1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Special Roadster, worth $625,000 has a special place in the showroom of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
Even the trunk area of the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Special Roadster is a work of art. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
A red, classic 1955 Mercedes-Benz with gull-wing doors awaits repairs in the spotless shop at The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine is one of two in the world (the other is in Germany) repairs and restores classic Mercedes-Benz automobiles dating back to the late 1800’s. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
Restored right down to the spark plugs, this 1911 classic Mercedes-Benz whose original owner died on the Titanic awaits completion in the shop at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
The horn on a 1911 classic Mercedes-Benz in the shop at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
A classic signature Mercedes-Benz hood ornament is found on a 1952 MB 300S coupe in the shoowroom at The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
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