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Newsletter Number 43
25th July 2002

Hello and welcome to another newsletter.

Hello again. Sorry we are 10 days late with this one! Things have been very busy. This newsletter we have news of an exciting event to be held in Perth next year, more Mercedes-Benz campers and the Australian release of the new SL500.

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John Green.

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Australian Classic Days.


In October this year, the members of the Mercedes-Benz Car Club of Western Australia (Inc), in conjunction with the international Mercedes-Benz Classic Club will hold the first Mercedes-Benz Classic Day to be held outside Europe!  This will follow immediately after the European Classic Days in Luxembourg in September.  These rallies are certainly an event not to be missed if you are a Mercedes freak!

The program is as follows:

Thursday 24 October: Arrival Day

Arrival of participants at accommodation. Welcome dinner at Tawarri.

Friday 25 October: Swan River Day

Scenic drive from Perth to Fremantle, at the mouth of the Swan River.  Spend the rest of the day in Fremantle.  Attractions include Fremantle Arts Centre and History Museum, the brand new WA Maritime Museum (the new home of Australia II), the West End historical district (including University of Notre Dame Australia), Fremantle Markets, and the South Terrace cafe strip.

Late afternoon, drive back to Perth for dinner at the Old Swan Brewery.

Saturday 26 October: Museums Rally Day

Aussie BBQ breakfast at the Motor Museum of WA, Whiteman Park, followed by drive through the historic town of Toodyay and the Avon Valley to York, WA's oldest inland settlement, for lunch, and a visit to the York Motor Museum.

Drive back to Perth via Mundaring Weir Hotel, and then an informal dinner in Perth.

Sunday 27 October: Show and Shine Day

Join us for our annual Show and Shine Day at Manners Hill Park, Peppermint Grove, a picturesque spot near the banks of the Swan River at Freshwater Bay.

In the evening, as a climax to the whole event, the Classic Days / National Rally Closing Dinner at the Royal Perth Yacht Club.

M.B Camper for sale in W.A

Want a Mercedes camper?  Here is one for sale in W.A.  It is one of a reported 15 converted by Dennings.  The owner knows of another 6 or so in Western Australia that have been converted locally.  We were contacted by the owners looking for some parts for it, but were so impressed with the site I thought I would share it with you. Check it out here.

Spot the mistake.

Anybody notice the mistake in the last newsletter?  The picture of the Silver 300D was incorrect, I have just fixed it. I  have also added two pictures of the super rusty 190b that were supposed to have been in the last newsletter.  To check them out go back and have another look in the "Cars for Dismantling" section of the last newsletter.

Links of the week.

We were sent an e-mail from a chap in Netherlands who has just started his own webpage. check him out here, he has a 450SLC and a 6.9.

And here are few interesting ones that Frank Mallory from the Mercedes Veterans mailing list sent to me. The last one is a great site.

And finally one for those of you with a sense of humour (don't click on it if you are easily offended) Its a word document that you need to download.


Cars for dismantling.

No fresh cars this time, lucky as we have no room to put them!  So here is a list of some of the cars we are dismantling at the moment:

280SL 1976, yes a W107 SL. Its LHD and was imported by someone who thought they were going to make a pile by converting and selling it.

450SLC 1980, another import, this time from Hong Kong.  There is an interesting story on this one. The guy who imported this car drove it around Hong Kong for a few days while he was there buying cars. When it arrived it was damaged by the forklift when being unpacked, the car was put to one side.  A few weeks later they tried to start it.  It wouldn't start so it was towed to us.  This car has so much rust that the fire wall is almost not there, the reason it would not start is that the fuel lines are rusted through!  It took me awhile to explain what had happened to the poor chap who owned it.  The car had been swapped after he left Hong Kong with a different (much worse) car. 

500SEC 1984, real bad front damage, we bought it from a chap who had bought it damaged for the chassis number!

We have also been negotiating to buy three W111 coupes with a view towards dismantling them. Two are 220SE's and the other was a 300SE but has been fitted with a 450SE V8!

New 500SL here in Australia.

The following is part of a press release from DCAP last week. 

July 2002 will see Mercedes-Benz continue its long SL-Roadster tradition with the launch in Australia of a stylistically scintillating and technically sophisticated sports car. The new open-top two-seater is the fifth generation of this successful Mercedes series, a series which began its quest for world glory in 1954 with the legendary "gullwing-door" 300 SL.

  • Fifth generation of SL sports car legend lines up at the start
  • Unique package of sophisticated driving dynamics systems
  • World premiere for new Sensotronic Brake Control
  • Exciting design incorporating styling features from the legendary 300 SL
  • Roadster and coupĂ© in one thanks to vario-roof
  • Powerful V8 engine for sporty performance
  • Lightweight body with high aluminium content

The new SL 500, priced from $289,474, will be appearing at Australian Mercedes-Benz authorised dealerships for the first time on July 22, 2002. 

Cars for Sale.

The 230E has sold, we traded a 1984 190E on it.  It's a bit rough, but mechanically OK. We are looking for just $4990.00 for it.  We also have a W123 230E just come in.  It is a personal import and has a NEW fully reconditioned engine that we fitted to it only 6 months ago.  The engine cost the previous owner over $5000.00 and we only want $5990.00 for the car!

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


300D Sedan 1986 model.

260E-green.jpg - 40.70 KRare diesel version of the W124 sedan, alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, multi point central locking etc. Blue M.B Tex interior 242000kms with good service history. $14990.00AUDMore details


300SE Sedan 1986 model.

300SE-silver1.jpg - 55.94 KAn 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 Reduced to$13990.00AUDMore details


280S Sedan 1982 model.

280S-bronze.jpg - 50.33 KPossibly 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


190Db Sedan 1961 model.

190Db-grey.jpg - 327.45 KExcellent 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.

w2002-hearse.jpg - 49.54 K 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


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.