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Newsletter No.013 The missing link, what happened to the courtesy car?

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Supporting Australia's Classic Mercedes-Benz Owners

Newsletter Number 13

Welcome to the new look newsletter. As mentioned in the e-mail, the newsletter very quickly outgrew the old system and changes had to be made. We had several problems. In order to pack the newsletter full of great info, we had to attach quite a few files. Many newsletter list members found this a problem with down load time or with individual restrictions on mail size. Our solution is to make it web browser based.

You will receive an e-mail every fortnight with the URL for the latest newsletter. You will also be able to go back and look at old newsletters. We hope that this feature will make our newsletter system an excellent resource tool for our customers. The old newsletters can be found here. I hope to have them all published before this newsletter comes out.

Any questions? Or you want to get off the list? E-mail me here.

John Green.

Why don't you say what you mean?

The following e-mail was posted to the Mercedes Veterans mailing List last week:

IMHO, the aesthetic properties of most Mercedes Benz automobiles - particularly those of a vintage to be considered "classics" - have been elevated to a level of understated assuredness which far surpasses the vast majority of their contemporary rivals. The strength of these designs is drawn chiefly from their clarity of purpose and unforced composition. The Mercedes Benz stylists did not choose to debase their designs with the now all-too-common formula of misguided design cues emblazoned with gaudy embellishment. They instead reduced their designs to what was required and then thoughtfully made those remaining elements beautiful. Bright shiny objects may appeal to the masses but I believe they were shooting for a different clientele. All this of course fails to explain bundt pan wheels and the recent ML series... :~)

Couldn't have put it better myself. Wondering what "Bundt Pan " wheels are? That's what the yanks call the classic 14" alloy from the 70's.

The missing link.

Many Mercedes-Benz fans in the 70's were disappointed when Mercedes-Benz didn't bring out a cabriolet version of the W114 coupe to replace the W111 cabriolet. Since Mr Daimler and Mr Benz merged back in the 1920's there had always been a hansome four seat convertable car in the model line up. This trend finished in 1971 with the 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet. The model that replaced it was the 350SL, a two seat car designed with a totally differant purpose in mind. It was not until nearly the end of the 1990's when the CLK cabriolet was released that a four seat convertable was once again included in the model line up. But, a clever German company is now trying to right the wrongs of the Stuttgart design teams that decreed that cabriolets were not marketable. Have a look here at the Baehr Companies conversion kits for the W114 and W123 coupe. The dark blue w123 coupe really takes my fancy and could live in my garage any day. An interesting point to note is that the 280SE 3.5 cabriolet version of the W111 is now the most sort after version of this model. Some examples have sold for over $150000.00 Australian Dollars. Here is a picture of one in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Fallbach (Germany).

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Cars for SALE.

Here is one of the benefits of the updated newsletter system. Full pictures of all cars for sale. We have just brought a super neat 1986 300SEL sedan with full MB dealer history. Also, my father has for sale in Melbourne an ex wedding hire 220S 1958 Ponton sedan. The 280E and 280SE sedans have been sold since the last newsletter.

230E Sedan 1986 model.

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Very well presented car with good service history. Has electric seats with memory on the drivers side. Also has cruise control, electric windows and alloy wheels. Long NSW rego. Diamond Blue with Gray MB-tex interior. $16990.00 More details

319 Van 1963 model. 319-van.jpg - 49.50 K

Wow what a find!!  Is fitted out as a camper van. 1.9lt diesel engine with four speed manual transmission.  All body moulds are there, would be a very easy restoration. $3990.00AUDMore details


300SEL sedan 1986 model.

300SEL-blue.jpg - 71.32 K Excellent condition and with a very interesting history. Has travelled only 216000kms and has every option you could imagine. These include ABS brakes and Drivers Air Bag $21990.00AUDMore details


A160 Classic sedan 1999 model.

A160-blue.jpg - 60.17 K Excellent condition . Has travelled only 21000kms. Excellent fuel consumption. Avant Garde Alloys. Still under MB warranty $29990.00AUDMore details


450SLC Coupe 1978 model. 450SLC-white.jpg - 28.61 K

Excellent V8 coupe, excellent mechanical condition White with brown velour interior, 15" Alloy wheelsPOAMore details


450SL Roadster 1974 model.  450SL-silver74.jpg - 53.63 K

Very neat car, silver with black leather. Recent respray, mech excellent, only two owners with full history,suit collector. $23500.00More details

220S (ponton) 1958 model.

Excellent condition. Ex Wedding Hire car. Faultless black 2-pac duco with red leather. All chrome and lenses perfect. Strong engine and quite drive train, perfectly functioning Hydrak system. $12990.00AUDMore details.

Safety Cell Demonstrated!

Look at the picture below. It is what remains of our courtesy car. It was a 1971 250 W114 sedan. Last Friday it was the meat in the sandwich in a four car pile up. Lucky for the customer and his family who were in the back seat all got out without injury. If you have a good look you can see how the "passenger safety cell" works. The rear mudguard is designed to deform like it has with no damage to further forward than the windscreen. The rear door gaps are still the same as when the car left the production line back in 1971and the door still open and shut perfectly. One of the other cars in the accident was a late model Nissan pulsar sedan. Both the front seats had broken and were laid right back (it was hit from behind). I wonder if the Nissan owner had the time to look at the condition of the Mercedes and compare it with his car. Both were written off, but I know which one I would have rather been in.

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So thats it for the first of our new look newsletters. Hope you liked what you saw. If you have any ideas or want to contribute any articals, pictures or other material please e-mail me here.

Thanks, John Green.