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Old 01-02-2012, 09:47   #46
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Re: 300 Gullwing Mercedes, 1954-55

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Here is the car I always lusted for...almost got a near perfect one many years ago at an auction.

Mercedes 300 gullwing coupe...marvelous lines
As a 190SL owner, we have several friends with 300SLs. I can't imagine someone thinking them "junk" though. These are both wonderful machines. Easy to work on, and parts are still available FROM Mercedes Benz, and they drive amazingly well, especially since they are over 50 years old. The 300SL was a 275hp machine that put Mercedes Benz back into business after the war. We have friends who race their 190SLs, who regularly beat the SLs produced for the next 20 years.

I nearly sold my 190SL a year ago, but decided at the last minute to hang onto it. And yes, most parts (excepting chrome) are cheap.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:00   #47
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One night we had to entice a girl to pull down her nylons because of a broken fanbelt ......... .......
Not the first time I've heard of nylons being donated to keep the water pump and/or generator spinning.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:36   #48
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Re: Any classic car enthusiasts on board ?

Not a classic, but maybe a future classic?? Not sure and if it does come one all I will have by then will be the photos and memories



my old baby. Not exactly the most loved Porsche generation, but I liked her.


Maybe I am biased, but I think my old old, MCoupe is an underrated BMW and deserves to be regarded a classic Bimmer one day.
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Re: Any classic car enthusiasts on board ?

Hoppy,

I don't think your biased, the profile shot of the Bimmer Mcoupe shows truly unique lines. My Track-T in profile has a bit more of pedestrian lines to it in comparison.
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Not a classic, but maybe a future classic?? Not sure and if it does come one all I will have by then will be the photos and memories


Likely? The R129s aren't particularly collectable. Yours is either an AMG or a V-12, right? Due to low production numbers, these are more likely to be collectable - but neither is particularly cheap-to-keep, when compared to the naturally aspirated V-8s.
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Re: Any classic car enthusiasts on board ?

Not really a classic, but to me it is: 2004 Chevy SSR, 327, 300 HP

(Should have waited until '06, then I would have gotten the 6L 400 HP manual ride)
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:27   #52
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Re: Any classic car enthusiasts on board ?

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I don't think your biased, the profile shot of the Bimmer Mcoupe shows truly unique lines. My Track-T in profile has a bit more of pedestrian lines to it in comparison.
One DIY English car I really liked and had for a short spell was an MG TD; fortunately easy to work mostly.

By the way, the plane in the background, is that an Electra or a Twin Beech?
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One DIY English car I really liked and had for a short spell was an MG TD; fortunately easy to work mostly.

By the way, the plane in the background, is that an Electra or a Twin Beech?
Good eye, Beech 18 with P&W R-985's.
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Re: Any classic car enthusiasts on board?

I too can add a few classics to those mentioned above. In order of purchase I've had
- Piper GTT / P1
- Honda S800 Convertible
- BMW 2002 Turbo
- Mercedes 190 SL
- Bentley S1 Special Sport Saloon by Mulliner Park Ward (1 of 3 built with an aluminium body)
- Facel Vega HK500 (restoration project)
- Jaguar Mk2 3.8
- Jaguar E-Type 1 1/2 Coupe
- Aston Martin V8 ( the third one built)
- Vandem Plas P4 ( with the 4 ltr Rolls Royce engine)
- Jaguar XJS V12
- Monteverdi Safari
- AMP Pacer 4.2ltr
- Jaguar XJS V12
- Aston Martin Lagonda S3
- Piper P2
- Jensen Interceptor S3 (with LPG conversion)
- Lotus Elan Plus 2 Convertible
- Jaguar XJS 3.6.

And now a catamaran!
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Re: Any classic car enthusiasts on board ?

Never really been into cars - certainly never got the hang of fixing 'em . But I like looking at older cars .

Mini
Ford Escort Mk1 (in Yellow!)
Fiat X19
Mazda Rx7 Mk2......not easy to get yer legover in. But possible . Bonnet also works .
Rover SD1 - V8, wasn't fast - but the torque was amazing.

After that, nothing really springs to mind - a collection of faceless modern stuff. Reliable though .

I have hankerings for Series II (or III) Landrover - and a Ferrari. But not enough to buy either.
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Likely? The R129s aren't particularly collectable. Yours is either an AMG or a V-12, right? Due to low production numbers, these are more likely to be collectable - but neither is particularly cheap-to-keep, when compared to the naturally aspirated V-8s.
It's the 55 AMG supercharged. When looking I also drove a 65AMG V12 biturbo but the exhaust note did not excite.
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Re: Any classic car enthusiasts on board ?

This is one of the nicest cars I had after 1980; the 2500 Coupe Lancia.
I presume that this car is unknown into USA as not compliant to emission ruling.
It was not particularly fast but very comfortable at speeds above 110 mph.
There were a few in Holland at that time; it was never a popular car and now it is a collectors item. I sold it because of a weak fore train and very high cost of maintenance that matched closely my later 308.

I still have in France - but not driven for a long time a Volvo 262 Bertone which belonged to my late stepfather. Also a car, I think that never went commercial in USA.
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Had one and a MKII with a BDA engine
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Had one - and indeed a 125, 124, 124 BC Coupe Ac Coupe and two 128s and an 850
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Had a series 2, 3, 4, and 6 (Series 2/3 are original body shape with 12A, 4 was turbo 13B (like the blue rally car below), 6 was the extremely swoopy with twin turbo 13B
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Electrics by Joseph Lucas - the prince of darkness, never succumbed to that particular piece of ordinariness


But mainly its been bikes and rally cars for me. None of these are mine, but I have codriven in all of them. The red and white Celica is an interesting car. Twas driven by the great El Matador - Carlos Sainz.
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For you wooden boat people......

here's a Custom Built 2009 Wooden Car

This custom wooden car rides on a 1986 Toyota truck frame and gets power from a Chrysler 318 engine.
It is driven by an automatic transmission and has merely 1,800 miles on its speedometer.
The whole body is made of cedar and its interior is just as over-the-top as the exterior.

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No body rust issues, but termites could hurt resale.
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