Newsletter Number 78
26th July 2004
Welcome. This newsletter we have news of a new staff member, a golden opportunity for someone, some more bargains and the usual links and list of cars.
Thanks John Green.
New staff member.
You will remember that Bob left us a few months back and since then we have been on a quest to replace him with someone else with a love of Mercedes-Benz and the ability to be our Spares Manager. Well we have a new staff member his name is Murray Mules and he certainly has a love of all things automotive especially Mercedes-Benz's. So much so that in his garage at home he has a W187 220 sedan from 1953 and a NSU RO80!. Murray is well known to members of the local Mercedes-Benz club as he often displays his 220 at there annual Wheels display. Murray is a member of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers and even ran his own business servicing Mercedes-Benz's from home for awhile. You can contact Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org
We get a lot of requests for prices on mag wheels but have not been able to find a good source for some time. However all that has just changed. We now have access to a wide range of German made (not Asian) high quality alloys. Most are replicas of various AMG designs so you can now get the AMG look for a fraction of the cost.
If you click here you can see a page we have set up to show all the different wheels. Each wheel is available in different rim diameters and offsets. We can also supply you with a wide range of tyres to suit your car. Click here for information on the tyres we sell.
To select new rims for your car you need to be careful to keep the same offset of the rim and rolling diameter of the tyres. Here are two links to help work out what will fit your car:
Rolling diameter calculator
You will notice that not all the wheels have what fits what listed, we will be putting all this up in the next week or so. We will also be posting some pictures of the cars we have fitted with these wheels so you can see what they look like.
Cars for dismantling.
We haven't run this section for a few newsletters as there was nothing really interesting to report. However I thought that we should make a start again as many people appreciated these listings:
- 380SEC W126 1983 see below, it got sold before we had a chance to dismantle it! Only real problem was the timing chain had broken.
- 230.4 W115 1974 model, rusty heap of junk, but with a reconditioned engine in it that is still running great. We have compression tested it and all is fine, it also has a great automatic transmission
- 280E W123, very early version with a 12/76 compliance plate. Car has been sitting for about four years and the engine is clagged, however it has a great cream MB-tex interior. Also has some great rust free panels.
Well the last "What the" certainly had everybody thinking, here are the two answers that come close to making sense to me:
Mauricio from Brazil thinks "The car seems a Russian Volga with face-lift as a Rolls-Royce. Wheel caps MB C 180 Klass."
Martin from Canberra came up with this and even sent me the pictures you can see on the right.
I was quite amazed when I saw the photo, but it looks like a modified Lada sedan (early 90's model).
The headlights are different, the grille is also different, but everything else screams out Lada 210X series (2104, 2105, 2107) but with different bumbers, modified bonnet to accomodate a tombstone front grille, and twin headlights.
I have attached some photos so you can compare for yourself
Anyway I cant say that I am sure one way or the other. The only thing I know is that its ugly!
This newsletters "What the" is to tell me which model these style of wheels were originally fitted to. (don't panic these are the most expensive ones we have)
If you have any ideas for a great Mercedes puzzle, please e-mail them to me.
We have unearthed a few more bargain for you. Here they are:
W123 sedan front door rubbers 78-85 version $90.00 each. These are aftermarket but fit well and are excellent value at this price.
W113 boot mats to suit the version with the spare wheel in its side (not upright version) $185.00 each. These are brand new genuine mats, not old hard crusty ones!
We also have one set only of W108 and one set of W110/111 door seals that we will sell at the reduced price of $685.00 the set. These are genuine rubbers and would normally be $850.00 a set.
Also don't forget our other specials listed here!
Ever dreamed of owning an immaculate W111 coupe? Well here is your chance, we have been helping a client restore his pride and joy for about 18 months now but unfortunately he needs to sell up and put the money into something else. This car has an interesting history in that it has had four owners one of which was me and has travelled only 87000mls! Infact it sat in my garage at home for four years until the current owner brought it off me. The car has had a full bare metal respray and I mean full. Under the car and in the engine bay is just as shiny as the rest of the car. All the chrome work has been done, but not fitted. Like wise the timber has all been polished. There is also a large inventory of new parts including tail lamps and rubber seals that come with the car. It needs to be reassembled and a new interior fitted. Price is yet to be determined but it will be a bargain, so if you are interested please ring me on 0419 295458 or email me.
Joke of the week.
A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgery. As she lay
her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to
the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly
and said, "I'm so sorry, your duck Cuddles has passed away."
The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?
"Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," he replied.
"How can you be so sure," she protested. "I mean, you haven't done any
testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."
The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room, and returned a
few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner
looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front
paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom.
He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet
patted the dog and took it out, and returned a few moments later with a
The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed delicately at the bird.
The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and
strolled out of the room.
The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is
most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck." Then the vet turned to
his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill which he
handed to the woman.
The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!," she cried,
"$150 just to tell me my duck is dead?!!"
The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my word for it, the bill
would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now
We get a lot of e-mails from clients who wish to sell there car and either ask us to list them on the website or to give them some pointers on how to sell there car. As a result of this and other research we have done we have started another website specifically aimed at offering the Classic and rare car Community of Australia a cheap and effective way of selling there cars. The site is called www.classicexchange.com.au and was officially launched on the 25th of June. If you go and have a look at it you wont see many cars there but we are working on promoting this to the Classic and rare car community of Australasia. So please have a look, sign up and if you have a car for sale please list it.
As we are offering free advertising we are obviously trying to do everything as cheap as possible to start things off so we would ask that if you know any other "Car buffs" that you forward the details of the site onto them by "cutting and pasting" this section of the Newsletter to them. Thanks.
Links of the week.
Now if you own a 170 or even a pre war Mercedes you should have bid on this item that was listed on ebay in Germany. Have a look at the lower left hand picture to see what it is. It is a gas producer that used charcoal to provide fuel during the petrol.
Here is a link to an add for a 300CE with about 15000kms on the clock, the auction has been and gone and it fetched $38000.00!!!! Pity it had a velour interior.
Cars for Sale.
The ML320 sold before I managed to get it on the website. Infact it created so much attention parked out the front that an hour after we sold it a chap who had looked at it the day before turned up in his Vito to see if we would take it as a trade. I have priced a few of these and hopefully should have another one in stock soon.
We have also had a 380SEC come and go. We brought it for the dismantling department only to realise when it got here it was not that bad a car. The engine had a broken timing chain but apart from that it was not to bad.
Work on cleaning up the 300d is well underway. We have steam cleaned forty years of road grime from underneath to reveal one of the most original looking chassis's I have every seen. We have ordered some parts for Germany to get it into tip top condition and then it will be listed for sale.
We have a 280CE arrive that we are also working on to get ready for sale. The car had been sitting for two years due to the ill health of the previous owner and needed very little to be coaxed back into life. We have fitted new tyres and done a full brake overhaul and well as sort out some issues with the cruise control and sunroof. This example is one of the desirable later versions with timber console, rear headrests, etc, etc.
New into stock is a W124 230E, it is a 89 model with only 148000kms. Signal red duco with cream MB-tex, a very nice car.
And finally I have got the pictures of the 380SL that has been listed for a few newsletters. It had been up in Sydney but will be in Canberra later this week.
Click here to see all the cars for sale.
Cars we have sold:
ML320 1998 model 107000kms
380SEC 1983 model 236000kms
New arrivals for sale:
280CE 1983 model
230E 1989 model 148000kms
Also in stock we have:
E220 1994 model 151000kms
E320 coupe 1994 model with only 117000kms
260E 1989 model only 123000kms
190E 1987 model, 180000kms
380SL 1981 roadster 144000kms
280SE 3.5 sedan 1972 model
C200 1996 model 176000kms Rare manual transmission!
Collection of three factory Stretch Mercedes-Benz's
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.