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Newsletter No.035 Wheels 2002, Hearse, Australian Classic Cars

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Newsletter Number 35
25th February 2002

Hello and welcome to another newsletter.

Hello again. The first change you will have noticed with this newsletter is that it has a date on it! This was a suggestion from one of our newsletter readers. If you have any suggestions or any other feed back (positive or negative) please let me know.

This newsletter we have news of a very unusual Mercedes the we have for sale. Info on an acticle on one of our cars in a Classic car magazine and and the report from Wheels 2002.

John Green.

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Workshop Open Night.

On the 12th of March we are holding an open night for the Mercedes-Benz Club of the ACT. All of our customers are also welcome to attend and meet with the club members. Proceedings will start at 6pm with a sausage sizzle, the presentation will start at 7pm. This is an annual event that we have been holding for the club since we opened. This year we will be discussing the little things that can be done to improve the look of your car.

Wheels 2002

As mentioned in the last newsletter Wheels 2002 has been and gone. It was a very wet affair with everybody going home early due to the rain that set in just after lunch. But I was most impressed with the turn up. There were 571 cars in total representing all of the major car clubs in Canberra. The Mercedes-Benz Club of the ACT had the second largest display with 61 cars. It is good to see that true classic Car collectors are not afraid of a bit of rain.

The MBACT club display included a 220SE Cabriolet, a 220S Coupe, my 300b, a 300d, a 170S and heaps of other great cars. Some of the photos from the day can be seen below. Go and have a look at this page for some more photos.

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Australian made Hearse.

One of these days I will write an article on the production of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Australia. To give you a very condensed version it goes like this. Mercedes-Benz Australia produced CKD cars in the AMI (Australian Motor Industries) production line from 1958-63. The car you see below is from the final year of production. It was originally a 220S sedan when it rolled off the production line. It was later converted to a Hearse. We purchased it a few months ago from the Central Victorian funeral palour that was still using it as a "standby" car, for when things got busy. It has travelled a careful 114000mls and is in excellent condition. Have a look at this page for a few pictures we have posted of it. The tacky red floor mats have been replaced with the correct grey ones and the seat cover has gone to reveal a perfect front seat since the photos were taken.

Site of the week.

The site for the week is Australian Classic Car magazines site. Why? Because if you go and buy a copy of the March edition of it you will find a two page article on pages 98-99 called "My Classic and I". It is a monthly feature about someone and their Classic Car. This month the person and car featured is myself and my 1954 300b. Also in the March edition is an article on owning a 350/450SLC.

Not sure what the circulation is like for this magazine, but I have recieved the following e-mail from a member of the Adenauer 300 club. Wow I must be famous?

John Green: congratulations on your March feature presentation in Classic Cars! 300 Adenauer models [one of the best kept mercedes classic secrets] now need as much attention and world exposure as possible. One of our club members [Len Sokoloff, of ponton fame, who is one of the many MMLS [mercedes multi-list-subscribers], sent me your veteran's list posting to me on this subject] Absolutely Cool ! I am forwarding this notice to the one-hundred and eleven (111) members of the Adenauer 300 club and hopefully someone will send the article for our pleasure. * Is it possible that I could reproduce the electronic article [with your permission] to display later, on our club website [in our monthly feature] ? Thanks

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My 1954 300b, that is featured in this months Australian Classic cars.

Cars for Sale.

Would you beleive that we have sold every car we had for sale? The 560SEL, 280SE and 250 Compact have all found new owners. The 250 was sold to a newsletter reader in Adalaide. We have also sold a beautiful 1990 model 300se and a 1986 500SE since the last newsletter. That leaves us with just the Hearse for sale at the moment.

We are also considering selling Sandra's A160. Have a look at this page for details on it. Price is $25000.00 firm.

Don't forget that to see a full size picture of any of the cars we have for sale just click on the picture.

220S Hearse 1963 model.

w2002-hearse.jpg - 49.54 K When is the last time you saw one of these? Built in Melboune in 1963 using a Body made at the Australian Motor Industries plant in Port Melboune. 114600mls from new and in very good original condition. The back doors still open for storage. New exhaust, brake hoses, engine mounts, gear selectors rebushed and heaps of other recent work. $11990.00AUDMore details


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 e-mail me here. Also don't forget that you can check out the old newsletters here

Thanks, John Green.