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Newsletter No.007 Weird 230SL, Mitsubishi take over?

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Newsletter Number 7
Short newsletter this week. At the last minute I got some FREE tickets to the dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony for the Olympics. It is on Saturday night and guess when I normally finish the newsletter? So as you can imagine I am off to Sydney in the morning.

What were they thinking?
Maybe I could have headed this "What were they smoking" Have a look at this.  It looks like the sort of conversions that were done on quite a few English cars in the 60's. But, as you can see, it is a LHD car.  The number plates are Spanish and the car is apparently for sale. A proper 230SL should look like this.
One readers idea.
As I have mentioned a few times, this newsletter is for you guys. So, input from newsletter readers is both sort after and appreciated.  Mike Stock has suggested a get together of Newsletter Members at a fund raising show he is organising.
It is on Saturday  October the 14th at the Southern Cross Club and is the fundraising
show for "Volunteers for Isolated Students' Education". This raises money to send
retired teachers to assist families in the outback who rely on School of the Air for their children's education.
This show is held each year. The performers this year are:
- Ted Egan, an Australian performing icon.
- Greg Champion, comedian, singer and song writer (I Hit a Hundred in the Backyard at    Mum's, the Wagga Wagga Song, and the AFL theme song That's the Thing About Football),
- Felicity,  voted  Best Australian Club Entertainer 1999,
- Andrew Clermont, leader of the Fiddlers' Fest and probably the best fiddle
player in Australia. Is just back from an American tour.
- Chantelle Delaney, whose singing voice is already being compared by radio
presenters to that of Tina Arena.
Mike says "This is one of the best variety shows on the circuit and has a regular
return audience each year". "All artists are main stage performers and we have been able to keep our price for this three hour show  and dinner to $35 or show only for $15 per adult ". "This would be a wonderful opportunity for the Mercedes Benz locals to have a get together at a bargain price and to raise some money for a worthy cause" Anyone interested can go here to see the publicity flyer

If you email by September 14th saying how many tickets
you require, we will make sure you have your own MB table. Unfortunately, I will be in Queensland at the Indy Car Races on the Gold Coast on that weekend. So I will have to leave it to Mike to organise the get together.  It would be nice to have a  regular get together.  A mailing list that I am subscribed to in the USA have a BBQ once a year and it is a great success with people driving amazing distances just to cremate some meat and talk cars with people who understand them.
Car for Sale.
Quiet week this week. Same list as last week. I have the 560SEL advertised in the Sydney papers this weekend and am taking it to the Olympic dress rehearsal.  The 600SEL has had a reconditioned transmission fitted to it in the last few weeks.
Here is the list:

280SE        1983        $12990.00

280E            1979        $6990.00

560SEL        1986       $23990.00

450SL            1979        $25990.00

380SEC        1983        $22500.00

280SEL        1985        $11990.00

600SEL        1992        $89900.00

Check out our cars for sale here.  Here is a shot of the 380SEC that we have for sale.

Check this out. The passenger safety cell was certainly alive and well back in 1971 when this W108 280SE was built. It belongs to a chap I know in the US. It was parked on the side of the road behind his Ford Explorer. Some out of control Mexicans rammed the back of the Mercedes with Ford F150 pickup (Ute) and it then rammed the Explorer. Note the back window is not broken!
DaimlerChrysler - Announcement on Mitsubishi Before the Weekend

This release hot of the press      Stuttgart, September 7

DaimlerChrysler expects to announce the results of its meetings with Mitsubishi Motors Corp, (MMC), the Japanese automobile manufacturer this week, a company spokesman in Stuttgart announced. Meetings have not yet been concluded. The talks centre on Daimler-Chrysler's 34 percent investment in MMC, already agreed upon, against the background of current unfavourable developments at the new partner.