Roy Orbison's Coveted Mercedes Limo Undergoes Restoration in California

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Roy Orbison's Coveted Mercedes Limo Undergoes Restoration in California
Roy Orbison's Coveted Mercedes Limo Undergoes Restoration in California

In a project that melds the worlds of music and classic automobiles, the Mercedes limousine once owned by legendary singer Roy Orbison has been beautifully restored to its original splendor in California. The vehicle, which found its way to the Mercedes Benz Classic Center of LA, underwent a comprehensive restoration process, echoing the legacy of its famed owner and his contemporary, Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock 'n Roll."

Elvis Presley, known for his impeccable taste in cars, influenced his peers in the music industry, including Roy Orbison, who was compelled to purchase a similar rare Mercedes limousine. The restoration of Orbison's Mercedes was carried out with explicit instructions to achieve perfection, a nod to the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail that the project demanded.


The restoration included a fresh coat of paint and re-chroming, alongside necessary engine work to bring the vehicle up to mechanical perfection. However, it was the interior restoration that required a delicate touch, particularly when addressing the original leather seats that once cradled the "Blue Velvet" singer.

Mike Kunz, involved in the restoration, emphasized the importance of preserving the original leather, stating, "This was the same leather seat that Roy sat in. So, why do you want to change that? You want to leave that alone. That's part of the story." This decision showcases the respect for the vehicle's history and the desire to maintain its connection to Orbison.

Kunz reflects on the significance of celebrity-owned vehicles, noting, "Cars are storytellers. They all have had a life, and they continue to have a life. And if you can tie that into a celebrity life, then I think that has an additional appeal. And it certainly adds to the value of the car." This restoration project goes beyond refurbishing an old car; it's about preserving a piece of music history, a testament to the intertwined legacies of Roy Orbison and his cherished Mercedes limousine.