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Newsletter Number 36
20th March 2002

Hello and welcome to another newsletter.

Hello again. Only a short newsletter this time. Amongst the many things that I am doing is getting ready for the Mercedes-Benz club of Victoria rally in Albury at Easter. A full report with pictures will appear after the event. It should be a great time with Mercedes-Benz club members coming from as far away as New Zealand.

This newsletter we have a mysterious Mercedes-Benz history page for you to check out, advance news of a 220a we have finished restoring, the release of the New CLK and a report from the workshop night.

John Green.

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Workshop Open Night.

The open night was a great sucess. Over 40 Mercedes nuts enjoyed a chat over a beer and a sausage sandwich, before a guided tour of the workshop and wrecking yard. The wrecking yard tour was interesting in that we had trouble getting them to go back to the workshop for the rest of the tour! The full (sad) story of the 300CE 3.4-24 AMG was revield and many questions were answered. All the W126 owners that attended now know how to stop their door trims from squeaking!

New CLK released.

Mercedes-Benz has released the first pictures of the excitingly styled and technically sophisticated new CLK-Class, ahead of the coupe’s world premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show (March 7 to 17, 2002).

new-CLK.jpg - 27.14 K

The new model series (C209) will go on sale in Australia later this year beginning with the CLK 320 and CLK 500 models. The CLK 55 AMG and CLK 240 will join the model series late 2002 or early 2003. Australian pricing and specifications for the new CLK-Class will be announced prior to the car’s local release.

A continuation of Mercedes-Benz’ long coupe tradition, this two-door car represents an autonomous model series within the Mercedes-Benz product range, and emphasises this role with a new design right down to the last detail, making for an appearance which is both elegant and dynamic. Pronounced stylistic features such as the uninterrupted line of frameless, fully retractable side windows, the louvred radiator grille typical of the brand with its central Mercedes star, the reinterpreted twin-headlamp face and the sweeping lines of the coupé roof underline the self-confident character of the new CLK-Class.

The CLK-Class range is headed by two V8 models whose performance figures match those of typical sports cars: the CLK 500 (225 kW) and the CLK 55 AMG, whose further enhanced power unit now develops an impressive maximum output of 270 kW. With these powerful engines the new CLK-Class Coupé accelerates to 100 km/h from rest in only 6.0 (CLK 500) or 5.2 (the CLK 55 AMG) seconds.

Restored 220a

Just a teaser here for you. Hopefully by the time the next newsletter comes out I will have finished a new page of a 1955 220a that I have helped a friend of mine restore. Here are a few pictures to wet your appetite. 220a-swheel.jpg - 59.26 K220a-engine.jpg - 60.52 K

Like I said you will have to wait until the next newsletter for the full story.

Site of the week.

The site for the week is this site telling the history of Mercedes-Benz It is a very good condensed history of our favourite marque, but the odd thing, is I have no idea who did it. The "BACK" link at the bottom of the page does not work and I can't work out anything from the URL. But who cares? It is a good read.

Cars for Sale.

Not much happening on the car front still. We have put the A160 on the market and have had quite a bit if interest in it. We also have a nice old W126 280SE that has just come in.

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

A160 1999model.

A160-blue.jpg - 60.17 K The worlds most practical carkl, as voted by a leading UK motoring magazine. 39500kms, Avant Gaurde alloys, grey interior, quad airbags, CD player, everything. $24990.00AUDMore details


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


280SE Sedan 1981 model.

<280se-blue.jpg - 42.53 K> Early W126 model in very good condition. Cruise control, ABS, electric windows, cruise control, climate control, etc, etc and it all works fine. 257000kms with reasonable log books. Cream MB tex interior in excellent condition. $8990.00AUDMore 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.