Hello and welcome to the latest Newsletter.
Been missing the newsletters? It has been some time. June last year to be
exact. I have been working at getting rid of the back log of workshop work
and working towards our new ideal of running a restoration, or
preservation, shop. I love doing the newsletters especially when I send
them out and get such great responses back from them, but have just had too
many other things on my plate. So, as a new year's resolution I am back to
In this newsletter I have included a few interesting facts about
Mercedes-Benz history, both here in Australia and worldwide. I have also
some great links for you to check out.
Please don't forget that if you have any ideas for Newsletter content
please let me know.
Thanks, John & Sandra Green.
Here at M.B Spares we have always been interested in the rare and the
strange when it comes to collectable Mercedes-Benz vehicles. So as a
service to likeminded customers we are introducing our new Register service
for these cars. Basically we are looking at models with variants of less
than 100 units. For example the RHD version of the 280SE 3.5 cabriolet of
which only 71 were produced.
For now we are just looking at the Crayford wagons, the 280SE 3.5 and 300SE
coupe/cabriolets in RHD. If you have one of these very unique vehicles
please contact me. You can see the registry
here. In time we may include the 300SE LWB sedan and a few others….
Mercedes-Benz sewing machines??
So did you think that Mercedes-Benz only made cars and trucks?? Well you
may be surprised to know that at various times they have made all sorts of
other products. Everything from Sewing machines to type writers and more
recently push bikes. Click
here for a site in Dutch that details many of these products. Just move
your mouse over the pictures at the top and check out the pictures. Or you
could click here to check out a
pushbike with an 8 speed auto gearbox!!
New E class released.
The replacement model for the E class has been launched at the Detroit
Motor show. See the pictures at the top of the Newsletter to see what it
looks like. Here is some of the text from the press release:
Detroit - With the new E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the
pacemaker when it comes to safety, comfort and environmental compatibility
in this market segment. With more than 20 new or further technical
developments, this all-new saloon further consolidates the leading position
of Mercedes-Benz in the luxury class. They include trailblazing innovations
for safe driving that are available from no other manufacturer worldwide in
this combination. Examples include the standard Attention Assist, Adaptive
Main Beam Assist and automatic emergency braking, which is activated when
there is acute danger of a collision.
Mercedes-Benz has improved the already exemplary long-distance comfort
of the E-Class even further in the new saloon, including intelligent
bodyshell technology with up to 30 percent greater rigidity, further
improved seats and a newly developed suspension whose shock absorbers
automatically adjust to the current driving situation. The optional air
suspension now works together with an electronic damping system.
The outstanding safety and comfort of the E-Class are matched by its
environmental compatibility and economy: the four- and six-cylinder engines
are direct-injection units, and consume up to 23 percent less fuel than
before. The combined NEDC consumption of the new four-cylinder diesel
engines is just 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres, which corresponds to 139
grams of CO2 per kilometre. All the engines for the new E-Cass meet the EU5
emission standard, and in the case of the E 350 BlueTEC the emissions are
already below the EU6 limits planned for 2014.
The press release also goes on to explain some of the rather amazing feats
that Mercedes-Benz have achieved with the design of this new model. For
example, the drag coefficient is only .25 making it the world's most
aerodynamic luxury car! It also features an all new safety feature called
ATTENTION ASSIST. It is a drowsiness detection system, which is standard
equipment, and equipped with highly sensitive sensors that continuously
monitor more than 70 different parameters. Observing the driver's steering
behaviour has proved to be a particularly strong indicator: several years
of practical research by Mercedes engineers have shown that drowsy drivers
make minor steering errors that can often be rapidly corrected in
characteristic ways. These corrections are recognised by a highly sensitive
steering angle sensor.
Australian spec cars sold in the UK?
Would you believe that you could get a car in the UK, delivered by a UK
dealer that was made to Australian specifications? Well, it is well known
that there was a delivery system where you could order a car here from your
local dealer in Australia. Then pick it up at the factory in Sindelfingan,
drive it for awhile and then drop it back to them to be shipped to
Australia. You then picked it up again a second time at your local dealer.
We have just acquired a 1979 450SL that has was sold by a dealer in the UK
and then brought immediately to Australia. The data card shows it being
sold by dealer 537, but having code 625 which makes it Australian spec, it
also has an Australian compliance plate from 11/79.
Apart from this rather interesting start to its life it also has some great
options like a limited slip diff and rear seat. The data card also shows
that the roof used to be black, an interesting customer request. Maybe they
wanted it to look like the soft top way up when the hard top was on? You
can see more details on this car here.
117985 22 045725
0 9 537 08056
Great Britain (537)
mb-tex black (101)
signal red (T) (с 01.01.1963 по 31.12.1993)
black (T) (с 01.01.1963)
rear axle with limited-slip differential (с 01.11.1965 по
left rear view mirror not installed, mirror fixture mounted
(с 01.09.1961 по 30.06.1964)
additional plate and rear seat bench stop for great
britain (с 01.03.1967 по 31.07.1980)
hardtop mounted (с 01.02.1963 по 31.10.1980)
tempomat (cruise control) (с 01.09.1975)
central locking system (с 01.04.1970 по 31.10.1993)
outside rear view mirror, on the left (с 01.01.1963 по
paintcoat preservation (с 01.01.1964)
Behr air conditioner and electric window lifters (front
doors) (с 01.04.1970)
heat-insulating glass for side and rear window panes;
sedan: heated rear window pane, laminated glass; station
wagon & w 201: heated rear window pane, single-sheet
safety glass (с 01.11.1973 по 28.02.1989)
oil for rear axle with limited-slip differential, in
canisters and containers (с 01.01.1964 по 31.01.1990)
lamp unit, asymmetrical, l.h. traffic (с 01.02.1963)
version for Australia (с 01.08.1966)
aluminium disc wheels with radial-ply tires (с 01.10.1969
tires with tube (с 01.01.1963 по 31.08.1965)
10 liters of fuel and mode of packing VE II (с 01.12.1965
tropical battery (с 01.06.1965 по 30.11.1991)
folding top fabric9001 black (с 01.08.1972)
Here is the current list of upcoming events. If you know of an event that
would be of interest to our Newsletter readers please
e-mail me with the details as you
will see below it does not necessarily have to be an exclusively
Mercedes-Benz related event. The plan is not to put each clubs entire
calendar on here, just the major events. Here are a few that I know are
22nd march 2009 The Mercedes-Benz club of the
ACT will be displaying their member's cars at the Shannons Wheels 2009 car
show being organised by the Council of ACT Motor Clubs. This is an annual
event with over 1000 classic/historic/vintage cars on display. It is held
in the gardens in front of the Old parliament House and this year is being
hosted by the EJ-EH Holden Club
ACT. You can get more details from either the
MBCACT website or from
of ACT Motor clubs website.
25th August 2009 . Shannons Eastern Creek
Classic, an excellent event run by the NSW Council of Motor Clubs and is
open to all clubs and their members. It is a great family day out and you
even get a chance to do a lap of the circuit in your car!!
2009.Mercedes-benz Club of
Victoria Concours d'Elegance Held in conjunction with the RACV Classic
Showcase promoted by the AOMC at
Flemington Racecourse. Discounted Concours entry fee when paid on or before
the April Club Meeting. More details
13th September 2009. Mercedes-Benz club of NSW
Concours d'Elegance is the highlight of the club year. A time when the Club
exhibits its marque to Club members and the general public. The 2009 event
will be held at Parramatta Park, Parramatta NSW. Enquiries to Karen Fail ph
02 9482-2216 orConcours
club of the ACT annual Concours, held in conjunction with the ACT
German Autofest. More details next newsletter, but you can see some
pictures from the 2008 event here.
Easter 2010. Yes I know that is a long way off, but there
is no harm in advance planning. The
of WA will be celebrating their 50th birthday and running
the next Bi-annual Mercedes-Benz Clubs of Australia rally at over Easter in
2010. Planning is in its very early stages at the moment, but you can get
some details here.
E-mail of the month
We get so many e-mails these days and try our hardest to get them all
answered promptly and to be honest it does get a bit boring some times. But
then you get an e-mail like this one:
Dear Spare People
I am an old 300D (1980). My owner thinks I need some new valves or my
valves need reseating. Do you guys have kits to fit my heart and what would
you recommend? A complete valve transplant or rip them out of my chest and
I also have a siezed rear break caliper and would like a kit to
replaced my arthritic bits. I would like to get myself in tip top shape
again because my owner is a good bloke and he did actually wash me
My chasis number is 12313022177686. Could you please return my message
and give me an idea of wallet damage?
Thanks You may just save me from the scrap yard.
Now that is funny, but we had a problem. There were no "spare people" to
reply so we had one of the regular workers send the replyJJ
Links of the month.
- Many newsletters ago we had some pictures and details from a chap who
races a W111 230S fintail in South Africa, well he recently contacted me
with news of a new website about his car and other Fintail racers around
the world. It is an excellent site
and well worth a look.
- Here is a great story about a Bugatti, read
here for the story and
here for more details of the amazing history from the guys selling it.
Stainless steel cars, now that is a good idea….
- Foe those of you who have been reading the newsletters for some time, you
may recall the short history of Horch cars and how the name was lost as
part of the carve up of Germany following WW2. Well a great story about the
last Horch, which was actually made after the war and in Western Germany,
has come to light.
Click here to read the story. From looking at the pictures you can see
how the inspiration came from the Mercedes-Benz type 300, and if you look
close you can even see a few Mercedes-Benz parts on it like the boot
Click here for an interesting page with pictures of all the
Mercedes-Benz specials made for the Pope over the years. There are some
truly amazing cars here, like have you ever seen a W108 Landaulet??
Mercedes-Benz made in Australia??
Here is something to win a bet with at the pub… From 1958 to around 1964
Mercedes Benz passenger cars and commercial vehicles are assembled in
Victoria by Australian Motor Industries Limited, through its subsidiary,
Mercedes Benz (Australia) Pty Limited. There are still plenty of these cars
getting around today. You can identify them by two things.
- The engine bays were painted black not the same colour as the rest of the
car like Germany production examples were.
- The 7th digit of the chassis number is a 6 not a 2!
These cars are not worth any more or less than the German made versions,
but are certainly an interesting part of Australia's rich motoring history.
I have put two pictures of the production line at the top of the
newsletter. Just click on them to see full size and then click again to
Cars for sale.
As you can imagine, lots of action in the pre loved car department over the
last six months. I have only listed the recent car sales below and what we
currently have in stock.
Don't forget Sandra's Viano 7 seat van, have
had this for sale for some time and I must admit it is a difficult vehicle
to sell. The main problem is that most people don't even know that
Mercedes-Benz do a "Tarago" style people mover. This has been our family
transport for the last two years and is a great vehicle for a large active
family. It has been a wonderful car, over Christmas we drove to Melbourne,
across to Adelaide and back via the Hay plains averaging 9lts per 100kms
for the trip including driving around Melbourne and Adelaide. Not bad for
such a big car.
You can check out all the cars we have for sale
New cars into stock include:
450SL Roadster, 1979 great history
300SE sedan 1988 model
E280 sedan (more details soon)
Cars sold include:
E430 1999 model
E320 sedan 1994 model
300E 1986 only 145000kms
E320 cabriolet only 78000kms
Also in stock we have:
280CE coupe 1978 only 154000kms
450SLC coupe, 1979 immaculate
ML320 CDI with full options.
W114 long wheel base sedan project
So that's it for another newsletter . Hope you liked what
you saw. If you have any ideas or want to contribute any articles, pictures
or other material please
here. Also, don't forget that you can check out the
old newsletters here
Thanks, John Green.