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Newsletter Number 51
13th January 2003
Hello and welcome to another newsletter.
Hello again. Big news this newsletter, the website is in for a major overhaul! Some great toys for you to rush out and buy, and a reminder about the OZVETS mailing list.
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Can't afford the real thing?
This press release came out from Benz just before Christmas. Collecting model cars is one of my weakness's. Any of you that have been into my office will have seen the collection. Guess I will have to pay the local MB dealer a visit.
You can now acquire your very own fleet of miniature SL-Class Roadsters. The four downsized versions of the sought-after originals are available as 1:87, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:12 scale models. Approved by Mercedes-Benz, the designs are characterised by the highest levels of quality and accuracy.
Although the smallest (1:87 scale) 500 SL is only just over five centimetres long, it has a complete set of interior features including a separate steering wheel and individual seats. In the next size up (1:43) the model even has printed "wood" trim elements on the dashboard and visible brake discs on the front and rear wheels. Attention to detail is even greater in the 1:18 scale Roadsters which have opening doors, bonnets and boots, as well as steering front wheels which can be controlled by turning the steering wheel.
"You can't help but be impressed when you see how the model makers have analysed our real roof hinges and faithfully reproduced them on a tiny scale", enthuses Frank Knothe, head of development for the full-size article, as he inspects the 1:18 scale model. The idea for the range of diminutive gifts came from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH which was established two years ago.
Bigger still, the 1:12 scale 500 SL can not only be manoeuvred precisely by radio remote control, but also converts from a Coupe© into an open Roadster in a matter of seconds at the touch of a button.
Officially licensed by Mercedes-Benz, these miniature masterpieces make ideal Christmas gifts. The models are available from authorised Mercedes-Benz dealers.
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The big news on the website.
Our website has been on the net since the 1st of November 1996. That's over 6 years! To date everything that you see and read on these pages (including the spelling mistakes) I have created. When we posted the first page I had to type the HTML code in line by line, there were no fancy web editors like there are today. It was the first Mercedes specific website here in Australia and we even beat the local authorised MB dealer onto the net by over a year! It has been a huge task, but not a thankless one. Over the years I have received a steady steam to compliments and constructive criticism, all of which was very welcome.
So I guess that it is no surprise that it is time for a change. Over the next few months the entire site is going to be restructured and rewritten. We have contracted a local company called Infoport to do this job. You can check out their website here. There are many new and exciting things planned for the site. For example our newsletter subscribers will be able to subscribe and unsubscribe on line. You will also be able to tell us what you want to be informed about and so much more.
Anyway stay tuned, the contact was only signed today, the first pages should be up in about three weeks...
Links of the week.
Ever wondered how Google worked? Check this out.
300b for sale in Argentina. And another one that is for sale.
And while we are on the 300b theme here is the story of the rarest 300b of them all.
Cars for dismantling.
We had an interesting experience with a 1966 250SE last week. It was a Victorian registered car that came in with the customer complaining of a vibration at speed. A quick check revealed that one of the rear tyres was no longer round and this was the source of the customers problem. The car had some very worn retreaded tyres on it. (I might at this stage also point out that the car had some very serious rust in the doors and a few other spots.)
Anyway we sold the customer some second hand tyres and went to put the car onto the hoist to fit them. When the UP button was pushed the l/h/f hoist arm went strait though the chassis rail and through the floor. As you can imagine this was a slight moment of excitement for the staff member concerned! We suggested that the customer might consider selling the car for scrap! So we now have a 250SE with a floor change manual transmission being dismantled.
We have also brought a 1984 190E that had already been partially stripped by someone else. It's an ex Hong Kong car, so no decent panels, but some good lights, mirrors and internal bits.
Cars for Sale.
Traditionally, January is a bit of a dead month for car sales. People are either on holiday or working out how to pay their bills after Christmas! But this was not the case this week. We have sold the 300E and the 230E as well as a very nice 380SEC that only came in on Monday.
The 380SEC was a one owner car with only 119000kms on the clock. Thistle green with cream leather and all the usual options. It sold for $25000.
The 280CE that I thought may have been coming, didn't! The customer who was going to trade it decided to sell the car himself! We do have a 1985 190E and another 1986 230E due in early this week, so the details for them will be in the next newsletter.
Don't forget you can check out our cars for sale here!
C180 Sedan 1997 model.
First of the "Update" C class models. 5 speed auto, quad air bags, cruise control 10 stack CD and all the other great C class features. Only 65000kms and full dealer service history. Unmarked bone MB-tex interior. $32990.00AUDMore details
190E Sedan 1985 model.
Great clean little car with 188000kms ,service history
230E Sedan 1986 model.
172000kms and service history. Climate control, tilt action sun roof, electric windows, alloys, unmarked Royal Blue MB-tex interior. $14990.00AUDMore details
560SEL Sedan 1986 model.
An excellent example given the mileage. 240000kms but with a condition that looks more like 150000kms. Champagne duco with tan leather trim. Like all 560's it is fully optioned right down to the electric rear seats and the town and country horns system. air conditioning, multi point central locking, power steering, tilt action sunroof, climate control, etc, etc $17990.00AUDMore 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.