23rd June 2009.
Hello and welcome to the latest Newsletter.
Hello everyone, I put off last month's Newsletters for various reasons.
Apart from being very busy with both Chris and Murray having time off on
holidays we had also had a lack of cars to sell. For a month or so every
car we got in was sold before we even managed to get it advertised!!! Not
bad when you listen to all those out there who say we are in a recession?
One thing that has happened since the last Newsletter is the WA club
Presidents Dinner where I was the guest speaker. As part of my speech I
presented a PowerPoint presentation with slides to back up the stories I
was telling. It was my plan to put words to the presentation and add it to
the next Newsletter. Unfortunately that has not happened yet. I should have
it finished for the next Newsletter.
Anyway this Newsletter we have a great selection of cars that have just
arrived for sale, a pictorial report on the Victorian Club Concours, some
great links and a possible conspiracy theory!………
Please don't forget that if you have any ideas for Newsletter content
please let us know .
Thanks, John & Sandra Green.
After a few months frustration the admin techs on the
OZBENZ forum have resolved
the security issues that stops us from letting new members subscribe. So if
you had been trying to subscribe with no success please try again.
It is great to see how this forum has grown over the years. Whilst we are
the sponsor of the forum we do not control it. It has always been our wish
that the direction it takes is decided by the members. This has been
demonstrated as the emphasis of the forum has changed from exclusively
Classic cars to the point where is now caters for all models with Boards
recently being included to cater for all the current spec models.
I have included a few links to the forum in the "Link of the month" section
to show the sort of things the members discuss.
Mercedes-Benz Club of Victoria Concours.
Chris and I drove down to Victoria for the annual Mercedes-Benz club of
Victoria Concours on the 17th of May. Rather than write a report
in the Newsletter I have done a pictorial report
which you can find here. This is the second
time I have driven the 300CE-24 3.4 AMG on a trip like this and I must say
it is an awesome road car. I was trying to work out on the long drive home
how I could ship it to Germany and drive it on the Autobahns!
Bulk stock buy out.
Long term customers will remember at times we have brought bulk lots of
stock from importers here in Australia that represent the various OEM
manufacturers for Mercedes-Benz. The last one was in Mid 2006 and was
featured in Newsletter No.101.
Well we have negotiated another one. This time with a lot of engine parts
and other goodies. We will be listing a lot of this stuff in the next few
Newsletters and some of it on ebay. In the meantime we have already listed
a few items in our ebay store. You can
click here to view them. Much like this Newsletter you can subscribe to
our ebay store and receive updates when we list new parts. Use the link in
the top right hand corner of the page.
The photo up the top of this Newsletter is of some of the parts laid out
E class coupe.
Last Newsletter we reported on the new E class coupe. This resulted
in a few interesting discussions with customers who read the report. I
"The W208 CLK was based on the W202 C class
and the W209 CLK was based on the W211 E class"
But, the night that I published the Newsletter I read on a number of sites
(sorry I should have recorded the URL's) that the W209 was based on the
W203 C class. They went on to say that the W209 was far superior to the
W208 as it had the appointments of the W211 E class…..
So what is the story here? Well it is quite interesting. I can't prove it
but my memory tells me that when the W209 was released here in June 2002
that MB made a big deal about it being so much bigger than the old W208 and
that it was based on the W211 E class. No doubt both claims were true. It
was bigger by 16mm in the wheel base (I checked). And, yes it does have a
lot of the W211 toys in it, so you can say it was based on the W211. I can
even remember people saying it should no longer be a CLK, and that it
should be a ELK (yuk)
I just love a good conspiracy theory and would also love to find that press
release to see just how the spin doctors put it.
Either way the new E class coupe is 100% the new E class with two doors,
not a 2 door C class with E class bits. (I hope)
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
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
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. Details are
their website. Phone enquiries to Karen Fail ph 02 9482-2216 or
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.
April 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 from April the
23rd till the 26th. It will be followed immediately
by a tour of the South West of WA from the 27th till the
31st of April. You can register your interest in this event by
e-mailing them here . Further details will appear on
this website soon .
Links of the month.
- See this
post on the OZBENZ forum and then follow the links to some great
- Or maybe
this post with an interesting discussion about tailshaft Flex discs.
Follow the link in the first post for the scary pictures.
- The 300SL is about to be reborn
according to this article which was sent to me by a Newsletter reader.
- Or you could buy
this piece of history..
Cars for sale.
As noted at the top of the Newsletter used (pre loved) car sales have been
very active over the last month or so. See below for the list of cars that
have been sold. You will notice amongst other things that we had a C43,
this has been sold and a 560SEC traded against it. This will be available
for sale soon.
There are several notable new cars that have just arrived for sale and a
few that are a departure from our normal range. I have listed them all in
the e-mail you got to notify you about this e-mail. The 280SL and 220Sb are
both standout cars, not because they are perfect, but because they have
near perfect bodies in terms of rust and panel fit.
Don't forget our SL500, it has had a set of
much nicer 18" AMG "Hammer" alloys fitted which suit it much better.
You can check out all the cars we have for sale
New cars into stock include:
A140 Classic 2000 model
E240 Elegance, update version
220Sb Beautiful original condition
280SL Pagoda 1968 model
Bentley S2 Mulliner Park Ward Convertible
Karman Beetle Cabriolet, 1968 model
Cars sold include:
C180 Classic 2001, low mileage
ML270 2003 seven seat, Luxury version
300SE sedan 1988 model
280CE coupe 1978 only 154000kms
450SLC 1976 model
C432 AMG 1998
E320 Elegance sedan 1998 only 125000kms
280SE W111 coupe 1968, restoration project.
Also in stock we have:
SL500 1994only 76000kms
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.