The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection
The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection

An exhibition of the most iconic and rare vintage passenger cars from the acclaimed O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection has opened at MSL Ballsbridge Motors on Dublin’s Shelbourne Road.

Intended as a tribute to company founder, the late Stephen O’Flaherty and his eldest sons, Michael and Nigel O’Flaherty, this is the first time the Collection has been on display for public viewing.

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.

Two of the most exclusive models in the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection 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 over the course of the year are an extremely rare 1911 vintage Benz model 8/18, the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 two-door sports-roadster, a 1936 500 K Cabriolet and a two-door 1955 300 SL Gullwing.

Visitors to the exhibition at MSL Ballsbridge Motors will enjoy the design features of these early vehicles whilst viewing them side-by-side with the latest Mercedes-Benz range of models that includes the 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.

The recently redeveloped showrooms at MSL Ballsbridge Motors can accommodate over 30 vehicles. The location also has its own very special place in Irish motoring history, being the premises where in 1950 the first Volkswagen Beetle built outside Germany was assembled.

The 1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection
The 1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection