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Newsletter Number 59
19th May 2003
Hello and welcome to another newsletter.
Hello again. Sorry this newsletter is so late. I am still finding it hard to sit down and work on the website due to my back problems. However, I have finally managed to do the report from the MBCV Concours weekend, it appears below. Also in this newsletter is news of a Ponton get together in Poland, and a special link of the week.
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Ponton meeting in Poland.
Do you own a Ponton (Roundie here in Australia) and have always dreamed of a nice trip to Poland?? Well, here is your chance. S³aomir Korsak is organising a Ponton get together in Poland in July. There are several web pages that will tell you all about it. There is one on the Ponton site here. There is another one here that I can't read, and this one. Would be good to see some pictures from this event. I have asked Slaomir to send me some....
The pictures have all been put on the server from the old site. I am going to be using this space to upload all of the pictures I have, (there are thousands of them). One of my pipe dreams is to come up with some method of letting customers find a picture of anything Mercedes at the push of a few buttons..... Meanwhile here is my report from the Mercedes-Benz Club of Victoria Concours.
This years Concours was held in conjunction with the AOMC European and British day at the Dandenong show grounds. The event was a resounding success with more cars than I have seen at a Concours for many years. Not only was there quantity, but there was also quality, and not just among the cars presented for judging. There were some real gems parked here and there. As usual Noel Harding and Wayne Fitzgerald were there in fierce competition with their 190SL's. There were also rows of W111 coupes, heaps of Roundies, plenty of Pagoda's and a great 220SE Roundie Cabriolet. A Campervan conversion company brought along a sample of there new model based on the MB100 van and Three Point Motor brought along the Vito 112CDI that was used for driver transport at the recent Melbourne Grand Prix.
Here is a shot of my 412D camper van. I used it to transport all my stock there for the trade display. There was also an interesting trade display from Continental tyres. The Van performed faultlessly for the trip and clocked over 400000kms as I drove onto the Dandenong show grounds where the Concours was held! I was tempted to enter it in the Commercial vehicles class but didn't when a guy turned up with his Mercedes Tractor!
Apart from Cars and trade displays, the MBCV also had a restoration display for the public to view. In the tent was my fathers immaculate 1960 220SE coupe, his partially restored W143 230 sedan from 1937 and the chassis of a friends 1955 220 Cabriolet. There were two companies displaying their restoration skills as well. Scott Mahoney from Metal Master Panels was working on one of the front guards for the 220 cabriolet and Rob Brewer from Carwood was displaying his timber restoration techniques.
They also had a tent with some cars from the Lindsay Fox collection in it. (more about the Fox collection later)
The Outright winner was Lindsay and Angela Miller, with their 1955 220a. Regular Newsletter readers will recognise this as the car that was featured awhile back in Newsletter 38. We had a large input into the restoration of this car and were very happy when it also won the "Best Professional Restoration" award as well.
The next day the MBCV organised a tour of some of the local car collections in Melbourne. The shots above are from George Hetrell's collection. Both are taken from the loft of the barn where he keeps his cars. It is an amazing collection with two very notable cars. A 1896 Benz Velo and a 540K. Both are immaculate and are used regularly by George on various Classic car runs. George also has his own adult size train set that runs on a kilometre loop through his own personal botanical gardens! You can just see the carriages on the left of the left hand picture above. There were plenty of big kids lining up for a ride!
Next stop was Nereo Dizane's collection. Apart from two Benz's (note these are not Mercedes-Benz's) and a 170Da Ute , he also has the worlds largest collection of Brabham race cars! The red one is the car that Sir Jack raced at Indianapolis. All of them have been restored and see regular action at Historic Race days. One of them even did a few display laps at the recent Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. Most of those posters and pictures on the wall behind the cars are personally signed by Jack! His mechanic owns the Carter Corvette, this is a famous Historic race car that was originally built by Murray Carter.
Then onto the final stop for the day. The Fox Museum workshop and display rooms. Yes that is a 1:1 scale timber buck for a 300SL roadster. On the wall behind the car was an original 1:1 scale blueprint for the same car. This place is just amazing. Lindsay Fox has the largest collection of 300SL's outside of the MB Classic centre. 4 Gullwings and 5 Roadsters to be precise. Once again all of the cars in this collection are usable, not just museum pieces. Some of them are used for charity days to give kids with Cancer a thrill. Like this Porsche 959, the Jaguar XK220 or one of the many Ferrari's I saw there. One of the Gullwings has just got back from the paint shop and was having all the refurbished parts put back on.
The display rooms are in the old Victorian Government Mint building. (the vault with meter thick walls is still there) Here is housed one of the worlds most impressive Mercedes-Benz collections. There are so many striking cars that it is hard to know where to start. Here is Ringo Stars old 600, a beautiful 170S cabriolet, a pre-war 200 cabriolet, an amazing 280SE 3.5 cabriolet and another 540K. Given that I saw two of these magnificent cars in one day you would think that they are common, however the 540K is one of the most desirable collector cars in the world! This car was originally owner by German Ambassador to England, hence it is a right hand drive version.
Overall this was an amazing weekend of friendship and cars. I would personally like to thank the MBCV and their organising committee for the work they did to put this weekend on. As usual it was a roaring success. I would also like to add that if any of you Newsletter readers think that Car clubs are boring, I hope this changes your mind.
Link of the week.
Unfortunately I have put my collection of LWB sedans up for sale. Me recent problems with my back have forced a bit of a rethink on my plans for these. You can click here to check out a page that has all the details.
Cars for dismantling.
Two new cars this week. Last Monday we had a W116 280SE booked in for an engine rebuild. It is quite a nice car but the engine is just worn out. You know the joke about a smoke screen like James Bond? Well this is that car. Anyway when the owner tuned up with the car he took one look at the 87 300E and decided that a new car was a better alternative than a new engine (and a lot more fun). So as a result we have a 1976 280SE to be dismantled, one unusual feature of this car is that it has a Cream leather interior! Obviously the engine is worn out but the rest of the drive train is great.
We also have purchased yet another illegal import 190E. This one is a 1983 model and unfortunately is only in reasonable condition. So between this car and the one reported on in Newsletter 55, we now have plenty of 190E parts.
Big cars for Sale.
Cars are coming and going here at the moment. The following have been sold:
260E 89, sorry didn't even get to take some pictures of this one.
420SEL 86, we sent this car off to the detailers and thought that they had given us a different car back!
300E 87, traded a 280SE on it (see above)
C200 97, traded the low mileage 190E on this car
The following cars have arrived for sale:
450SLC 78, one owner with only 130000kms
190E 89, amazing condition only 93000kms
300SE 63 Cabriolet, yes it is a fake (used to be a coupe) but it will be a fraction of the cost of a the real thing and it has a brand new engine in it
And the following are due to arrive soon:
230E 1986, only 153000kms, full MB dealer log books. White with blue cloth, alloys, etc.
190E Sedan 1989 model.
Not often you see a 190E with under 100000kms these days! Great little car only 93000 kms. Ivory cloth interior, electric windows, external temperature gauge, rear headrests, long ACT rego. This car is currently featured as car of the week on the website.
190E Sedan 1987 model.
Great little car only 166000 kms and good history. Latest style Becker radio, long NSW rego. Grey MB-tex interior.
380SEL Sedan 1985 model.
This car has the best interior I have seen on a 380 for years. If fact the whole car is rather special! Only 146000kms with books. navy leather and burled walnut interior. Original Becker radio, Cruise control, original alloys, sunroof, etc. $16990.00AUDMore details
500SEL Sedan 1984 model.
The model we never got here in Australia. Yes its an import but it is a good one! Lets face it if you want a 500 you have no choice but to buy an import. Black leather, Sony CD player, electric seats front and rear $9990.00AUDMore 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
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Thanks, John Green.