1993 600SL Mercedes

I came to own this car in a very strange way.  In 2006, my car collection had grown to the extent that I was running out of room to store my cars.  I already owned a hangar at a local airport for my airplane, and when I was at the airport one day, I heard that there was a 50’ x 50’ hangar for sale.

Unfortunately, the gentleman that was selling the hangar had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and wasn’t doing very well.  He had decided to sell the hangar as part of his “taking care of business” as he called it.  He didn’t want to leave his wife with a lot of things that she would have to deal with.  While I was inspecting the hangar, I noticed this car sitting in the corner.  It was covered and when I asked him what it was, he told me that he had bought it on a whim as a present to himself.  As much as he enjoyed the car, it wasn’t the most practical on since it was a 2-seater.  Because of that, he really didn’t drive it all that often.

The car had 49,000 miles on it ,and he had all of the service records for the car. He told me to hang onto the car for a few weeks and see if I liked it.  It was a wonderful car and in the end, we came to an agreement for both the hangar and the car – a nice 2-for-1 deal.  Fortunately, he had an extended recovery, and lasted years longer.

Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton, Chicago native, and passionate car collector. Currently retired, but still involved in the car collection community. Reach out, happy to connect!