By Brittany Merkel
Nate McLaughlin is a senior technology major in the Automotive Restoration program, all the way from Ticonderoga, N.Y. He specializes in paint and body work. With a heavy push on paint on the Mercedes project, his job is crucial in this phase. Nate has held an internship with Vintage Car Works in Denver, Colo., the past three years. The shop has helped fuel his love for German cars, especially Porsches, as well as experience in paint. The 300s is currently spread out across Templeton. The engine has been rebuilt and is sitting in the lab waiting for its time to go in, same with the suspension, while the rest is in the paint lab. Our team is working closely with PPG paint, who created a special line for the 300s. The final product will be all black.
Due to the extreme standards of Pebble Beach, lots of documentation is required. With help from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center and Paul Russel and Company, the car is expected to be finished in 2022 but there is still pressure to get it done as soon as possible. Once it is reassembled, there will only be about fifteen percent left to restore.