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JG Francis is an man who knows a lot about the older products in the Mercedes-Benz family. He owns Los Angeles-based Mercedes Motoring, which is where Francis turns wrenches on classic tri-stars and breathes new life back into the lumbering German coupes, sedans and wagons. Sometimes Francis will travel far to bring a new project back to his California shop, and his pal Sean always seems ready to make the trek with him.

The duo's latest conquest was a 1969 1976 240 D sedan that was located all the way up in Fairbanks, Alaska. After 10 days and 4,000 miles, the men and their machine arrived back in the Golden State, and were given no issues by the classic diesel four door. Mercedes-Benz put together a short video about JG Francis and his shop, and the automaker is currently editing another about his most recent roadtrip. After the jump, we have the bio video for Francis and a teaser clip for his Alaska-to-California adventure.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems like a good business to be in. Restore cars and go on road trips with your best friend. Where can i sign up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the cars these guys do, it's impressive! Gotta say though some of their cars are unbelievably overpriced. Still as a fan of old Benzes, this is very cool.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A great website. Have had MB for over 30 years - one of 2 I have now is 84 300 TD wagon - 80,000 original miles. I will keep checking in
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great video, helps Mercedes dispel the old man's car stigma. I love those mid 60's-70's Benz.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for the great article AB. Brings back some fond memories... Back in '99 when I was in High School and about to get my permit, my parents set out to by me a inexpensive car to learn how to drive a manual transmission right off the bat. I had my heart set on getting myself a Porsche 944(which I eventually did the following year), but what I ended up with beforehand was a '79 Mercedes Benz 240D. My parents were practically given this car. I think they paid like $3,500 for it. It was Yellow w/matching yellow hubcaps, 4 speed, & leather interior. Oh, and it had 32,000 original miles and garage kept! It was purchased from a widow who had recently had her husband pass away and just wanted to get rid of it. It was mint. Looked like it had less than 5k miles. The leather didn't show any age at all and the car looked like it was just rolled off the assembly line. Let me tell you, at first, the embarrassment of driving an old Benz quickly vanished. The car was solid. It handled like a tank. It was super comfortable & I definitely enjoyed the time I had with it.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      I learned to drive in a 240 D. Cars don't get much slower than that. I mean dangerously slow.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      They don't make cars like this anymore. If you have an old beater, hug it and give it a tuneup.