25th August 2010
ACT German Autofest
M.B Spares will once again be at the
Mercedes-Benz Club of the
ACT Concours as part of the German Autofest. If you are a local come
along and have a look it is a great day. If you are from out of town
consider a weekend in Canberra. There is a dinner on the Saturday night and
Canberra's other great attractions to see. A .pdf file for the Concours
information and entry form can be found on
Here is a interesting car, used to be a W115
200D, but is now a 240D with an STT Turbo conversion. It has a huge 73.5kw
of power (up from 53kw) and a manual transmission so it is actually quite
fun to drive. I have never been impressed with any of the locally done
turbo conversions, but this one is quite neat. Body is quite rough, but
serviceable. We have brought it in as a vehicle to dismantle, but would
consider selling it as a whole. It has ACT rego until mid September so
could be driven away.
New W124 500E for sale.
this 500E that was listed on ebay and didn't sell at $35200USD.
589miles from new would make this a very unique car to own….
One owner 300 Cabriolet from 1952.
There is a story going around about a guy who owned a Here is a
Type 300 Cabriolet that until very recently was a one owner car, the
chauffeur is now aged 99!
What have we been doing.
Heaps is the answer! As explained above the phones ring nonstop and the
orders keep piling in so no time for the Newsletter. But here in point form
are a few highlights from the last 6 months:
- Helping to build the W116 race car that is pictured top right hand margin
(click on them to enlarge), short wheel base W116 with a NEW (yes that is
correct) 6.9 engine, custom brakes and suspension. The photo is of it
entering "The dipper" at Bathurst on the Easter long weekend.
- Restoring underneath a 280SE 3.5 coupe, yes underneath. This is a great
car, with excellent paint and interior, but was very lacking underneath. So
it has spent two months on a hoist having everything stripped out, painted,
polished, or plated back to original specification.
- One odd thing that we do have at the moment is two RHD 280SE 3.5
cabriolets in the workshop at the same time as the 3.5 coupe. (see picture)
it would not be very often that would happen here in Australia….
- Importing parts, lots of them in fact. People are really waking up to the
kind of savings that can be made if you can wait a few weeks for the your
parts. For example a Bi-zenon headlamp for a current series CLC200 is over
$4000.00 from a Mercedes-Benz dealer here in Australia. A customer recently
found this out after hitting a kangaroo with his new pride and joy. We
imported the part from Germany and sold it to the panel shop doing the
repairs for $2000.00! This is a huge saving. Also check out the picture of
the Rocker cover for a rare 190E 2.3-16 that we sourced. These are made
from a magnesium alloy and are very easy to damage if over tightened.
- We also continue to source hard to get parts for Classic cars.
Mercedes-Benz are dropping more and more lines from there price list. The
latest significant part to vanish is A113 820 03 90 which is a RHD headlamp
lense for the Pagoda series (230SL-280SL). LHD lenses are illegal for use
here in Australia so anybody with one of these had better look after their
headlamps until we can find some old stock of these.
- And finally dismantling a lot of cars, check out the picture of the A160.
More deatils on that one next month.
That 's it.
So, that's it for now, short and sweet and hopefully a little more regular…
See you next month…
John & Sandra Green.