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Newsletter Number 40
3rd June 2002
Hello and welcome to another newsletter.
Hello again. Firstly, thanks to the newsletter reader who reminded me that I was going to tell you about the "flying Sprinter' last newsletter! Yes, I forgot. Will fit the story in next week. The other comment I have received during the week is about the mix up with newsletters 31 and 32. When I posted newsletter 32, I accidentally copied it over the file for Newsletter 31. If anybody has a copy of Number 31 in hard form, I would appreciate getting a copy as I need to do it again!
This week we have a history lesson, more cars for sale and for parts, the ultimate retirement project and the ultimate Rally car!
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The ultimate Bash Car!
Most of you will have heard of the various charity Bashs that are held across Australia. Yesterday (Sunday), the Mayor of Kalgoorlie and some of his fellow councillors will depart Coffs Harbour for Perth in a 300SEL 6.3. He called into see us with two dead electric windows on the way to Coffs Harbour to start the rally. For those of you not familiar with the departure and arrival points, have a look at the picture of the bonnet.
The car has a roll cage, four point racing harness and extensive underbody protection, otherwise it is a standard 6.3. The leather seats have had tailor made canvas covers made to protect them. I would be interested to see the fuel consumption figures for the event.
Ozvets mailing list.
Last newsletter we launched the new OZVETS mailing list. It has certainly been an overnight success. To date we have 49 list members and growing. Discussions have helped one list member with the purchase of a new family car. Other topics have included the life of a door hinge grease nipple and fuel octane ratings.
To join the list just follow the instructions found on this page. You will be sent an e-mail confirming that you want to subscribe. When you have activated your subscription you will start to receive e-mails on a regular basis from other Mercedes-Benz fans here in Australia. There is also an option to received the e-mails in a digest form rather than one at a time. This can be helpful for people who have limited time to download. If you try it and don't like it, unsubscribing is just as easy.
What's in a name?
Did you know that Mercedes cars were named after an Austrian girl?
In 1897, Austrian businessman Emil Jellinek, travelled from his home in Nice, France to purchase a car from the Daimler factory in Cannstatt, Germany. On his return to the French Riviera, his sporting Daimler Phoenix caused such a sensation that he decided to enter it into a local touring competition, under the name of "Mercedes" after his favourite 9 year old daughter.
Realising the business potential for the new car, he not only placed an order for 36 more, but also secured the franchise for selling them in several countries. Gottlieb Daimler also agreed to having them sold under the name of "Mercedes." The Mercedes trade name was registered after Daimler's death in 1900 and the 3-pointed star became the trade mark. Daimler had once drawn the emblem on a postcard to his wife, the star symbolising the growth of the business into transport on land, sea and air. For Karl Benz, a name for his automobile was simple: he enclosed his name in a cogwheel to exemplify the solidness of his engineering works at Mannheim. The cogwheel later became a laurel wreath. After the First World War the Daimler and Benz companies worked closer together, generally advertising on the same posters. They amalgamated in 1926, combining the laurel wreath and 3-pointed star as their trade mark. Interestingly, although Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz were two of the major pioneers in the automotive industry, they probably never met, even though they lived only 100km (60 miles) from each other in Germany. Daimler passed away in 1900. Daimler-Benz amalgamated in 1926.
Cars for dismantling.
Last newsletter was the first for this new newsletter feature. It certainly raised some interest as I received three calls the next day for the R/H/F window regulator from the 300SEL 3.5! New cars into stock this week include:
380SEL W126 84, huge rear hit, good engine and auto, interior poor.
250 W114 68, very early compact, great engine and auto, we reconditioned the auto in the this car 5 years ago, body is tired, good black interior.
300D 1980, beautiful straight car, with great interior, engine is stuffed and not worth rebuilding.
250 1978, heavy side impact, engine worn, but very good auto and diff, all front and rear panels/lights/bars OK.
Link of the week.
From ebay.com a very challenging retirement project for someone.
Also from ebay.com some bolt on horse power for your 450SEL.
A Danish Mercedes Fintail lover.
And finally a not so well written article on the upcoming Maybach sedan.
Cars for Sale.
Fresh into stock this week is a rare 190E 2.6. This is the 6 cylinder version of the W201 190E series and is real delight to drive. The 300E 2.6 has been sold to a local customer. Don't forget that to see a full size picture of any of the cars we have for sale just click on the picture.
190E 2.6 Sedan 1988 model.
Rare 6 cylinder 190E, auto, 197000kms with excellent service history, unmarked cream MB-tex interior, cruise control, ABS brakes, multi point central locking, alloy wheels, $15990.00AUDMore details
300SE Sedan 1986 model.
An excellent example given the mileage. 286000kms but with a condition that looks more like 150000kms. Silver duco with blue MBtex. Grey lambs wool seat covers front and rear. Good service history, air conditioning, multi point central locking, power steering, tilt action sunroof, climate control, etc,etc $14990.00AUDMore details
280S Sedan 1982 model.
Possibly the best Hong Kong Import we have ever seen. 135000kms and a great local service history including a reconditioned cylinder head and front suspension. Immaculate interior. Cruise control, electric seats, electric windows, etc. $9990.00AUDMore details
230E Sedan 1986 model.
Low mileage example for an '86 model at 182000kms. Full history, electric windows, central locking, CD player, willow green metallic duco with tan MB Tex trim, both in perfect condition. $14990.00AUDMore details
190Db Sedan 1961 model.
Excellent find for the serious collector. Full history, recent respray and rebuilt diff. Perfect red trim. Plenty of receipts for recent work done on this car. $9000.00AUDMore details
220S Hearse 1963 model.
When is the last time you saw one of these? Built in Melbourne in 1963 using a Body made at the Australian Motor Industries plant in Port Melbourne. 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
380SE Sedan 1984 model.
Alloy block 3.8lt V8 model in very good condition. Cruise control, ABS, electric windows, cruise control, climate control, etc, etc and it all works fine. 211000kms with reasonable log books. Blue interior in excellent condition. $10990.00AUDMore 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.
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Thanks, John Green.