1998 Mercedes A140 Classic

One of – if not the first UK A-class restored by Mercedes Benz UK to a very high standard.


Our A-Class shows as an Experimental, Press/Test car on the VIN check and was the actual car used by Autocar for its first UK road test. Motoring journalist Andrew Frankel purchased the car from Mercedes UK and the car left the Frankel household in 2010 after a minor accident (documented in the Mercedes Owners Club Magazine, The Gazette) and shown in pictures below. Despite only minor damage to the bumper and bonnet, the car has a Cat D marker due to its low market value at the time. Once back with Mercedes it was restored to as-new condition. When Mr Frankel drove the car for a retrospective Autocar road-test (pic below and at https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/features/class-its-own-revisiting-original-mercedes-class) he purchased the car back to go into his small collection. Due to lack of use it was sold to the last owner who took the car to Mercedes to do a major service costing £1,729. The car was garaged and rarely used and due to failing health the current owner decided to sell. The car is now with us and presents in almost as-new condition and has just had a fresh MOT with no advisories, current until January 2025. The car has had 5 owners (two Mercedes and 2 the Frankels) and now sits on 87,300 miles. We are soon to be visited by another car magazine so the car will be documented in print once again. We have a ream of documentation, including invoices, letters, magazines, V5Cs and MOT certificates. The service book shows 15 stamps, the last 2,300 miles ago. A little bit of Mercedes history.


Ember Red (594U) with gray fabric/slate grey/orion grey (008A) interior combination, reticule on drivers armrest left and right, side airbags, driver and passenger airbags, cassette compartment, speakers front and rear, CD player, 4x electric windows, electric mirrors, vertical adjustable and removable front passenger seat, spare wheel, closing system with infrared remote control, container to drivers seat, oddments box under drivers seat, fire extinguisher, first aid kit.


In fantastic condition throughout, with no dents or scratches, the wheel trims are perfect, the interior is excellent with no rips, tears or marks on the seats. There is no rust anywhere on the car and the headlamps are crystal clear. Full and unused toolkit in the boot. Continental tyres all round with plenty of tread. We also have a file of invoices etc. The car has had a Motor Check and we have two working keys. Road tax is £200 per year. Restored to a high standard by Mercedes Benz UK and presents as such – one of the best left in existence.

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