For anyone with a whiff of octane in their nostrils, the news that Ballsbridge Motors will be exhibiting a selection of the truly wonderful O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection, is more than a motoring highlight, it will be a life highlight.
Having had the pleasure of been introduced to these cars by the late Nigel O’Flaherty, some years ago, I cannot recommend their viewing highly enough. This is a visual walk through fashion, history and of course, the development of the motor car. Appropriate that the O’Flaherty legacy is further emphasised, as it takes place on the site where in 1950, the first Volkswagen Beetle built outside Germany was assembled.
Intended as a tribute to company founder, the late Stephen O’Flaherty and his eldest sons, Michael and Nigel O’Flaherty, this will be the first occasion on which this Collection will be placed on display for public viewing.
A selection of the most iconic and rare vintage Mercedes-Benz passenger cars from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection can be seen in the luxurious surroundings of the recently redeveloped showrooms of MSL Ballsbridge Motors on Dublin’s Shelbourne Road commencing from Valentine’s Day, Thursday, 14th February next.
Cars from the collection will be displayed on a rotational basis for a limited four-week period in each case throughout the year, each model being replaced by another until visitors have had the opportunity to view all of the cars involved.
Centrepieces at a reception to launch the exhibition will be the two most prized models in the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection. These are a limited-edition working replica of Karl Benz’s famed 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car, the world’s first passenger car, and a 1898 Benz Velo Comfortable – the first motor car ever imported into Ireland.
Amongst the must-see models that will feature for periods throughout the course of the year will be an extremely rare 1911 vintage Benz model 8/18, the imposing 1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 two-door sports-roadster, a 1936 500 K Cabriolet and a two-door 1955 300 SL Gullwing with its distinctive upwards-lifting doors.
Under the stewardship of MSL Ballsbridge Motors, visitors to the exhibition will enjoy the design features of these early vehicles whilst viewing them side-by-side with the very latest newcomers from Mercedes-Benz – models that include the latest A-Class, B-Class, C-Class and S-Class variants, coupled with the EQC, the first electric Mercedes-Benz which is set to arrive in the latter half of 2019.