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Old March 15th, 2011, 01:40 PM
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Before I bought my Prius I was looking for an older diesel benz. I found this guy in LA and the work he does is nothing short of amazing. He may be king of the hipsters but if you are looking for a time machine mercedes he is your guy. I drove one of his cars and loved it.

http://www.mercedesmotoring.com/

I drove this one:
http://www.mercedesmotoring.com/car.php?id=34

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http://mercedes-benz.tv/index.php
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Old March 15th, 2011, 01:52 PM
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I love these. My aunt had one growing up and I always wanted it. There is a cool bronze green one in Marina Del Rey I tried to buy a couple years ago.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 01:55 PM
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yeah they are awesome. The only issue is this guy isn't cheap but you pay for. He only starts with one or two owner cars that have full documentation.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 02:27 PM
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I can imagine they are a fortune. Price of these things skyrocketed right along with gas prices... Whats his ballpark? 20-30k?
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I love these. My aunt had one growing up and I always wanted it. There is a cool bronze green one in Marina Del Rey I tried to buy a couple years ago.
It's not the one with the beige convertible top parked on Lincoln by Cetanni, is it? That one looks clean.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 02:39 PM
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I can imagine they are a fortune. Price of these things skyrocketed right along with gas prices... Whats his ballpark? 20-30k?
You can still pick up a nice one on CL for $3k around here.
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no its not a convertible and was for sale by a private party. Guy got so much interest in it he changed his mind and decided to keep it. I always see it on lincoln and have the overwhelming urge to drive over the top of him in my wrangler.
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20 to 30k is the norm. He sold two to Seinfeld.

3k? Ron good?
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Some lady had one in my neighborhood the other day. She was selling it for 2k. It was in amazing condition.
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I have a friend who was flipping these. He was getting super clean ones for around 6k. Last I checked he had 4. It is a good demographic to buy a car from.
I would love to see all the cars Seinfeld has.
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I know you can get nice ones sub 10k but it looks like these guys are the ECR of the 300d. Hence the price difference.
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Some lady had one in my neighborhood the other day. She was selling it for 2k. It was in amazing condition.
You know the model or have the info?
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You know the model or have the info?
When I get home from work i'll look it up and send it over to ya.
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My best friend just picked up an '84 380 SL with 80k on it. Looks almost new and all original for $3500. Owend by a Local Mercedes mechanic. Hell of a deal on a car that has become a classic.
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My best friend just picked up an '84 380 SL with 80k on it. Looks almost new and all original for $3500. Owend by a Local Mercedes mechanic. Hell of a deal on a car that has become a classic.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 06:35 PM
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I had a '68 280 SL Euro model with a 4 speed manual. Loved that car. Sold it to by the Defender in '94. Miss it, but no regrets
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Old March 15th, 2011, 06:58 PM
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Here is my friends "beater" as he calls it.
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Haha, I grew up with those W114/W115 Benz's (and a few W110's and a W123). My grandfather would buy them as he was so cheap and they got such great mileage and were bombproof. Back in the 80's you could get them for a few hundred bucks. He'd have my dad fix them for him as again he was too cheap to bring it to a mechanic. So being a kid, I'd look over my dad's shoulder or he'd have me go get wrenches for him. Needless to say, I came to appreciate the way they were built.

Those pics and the vid brought back some memories (especially the pull out glow plug!). Those cars had some very neat details like the simple but well laid out dash, big ol' steering wheel, the MB vinyl seats, the wool carpets that snapped into the floors, the huge trunk with super light trunk lid. Or all the mechanical but easily functioning items like the vacuum door locks, adjustable seats, sunroofs, and manual windows that were silky smooth and took maybe 3 cranks to go all the way down

And they are like Legos/Chevy/old LRs: you could take parts from one year and swap with another no problem. I think at one time we had about 4 of them at the house in various stages of disrepair. I got to a point where I could swap a tranny in them in just a couple hours (and you could swap diesel to gas or vice versa).

For junior year, I had my dad's '74 in college. It was originally a 240D but my dad swapped in a 280 gasser. Inline 6 with 2 carbs with a 4 speed manual. It was a lot of fun and that sucker did pretty damn well in snowy Vermont. Had it going all rally style up a lot of the hills with a few inches of snow on it. But the one thing I remember getting pissed about (besides it not wanting to start on cold mornings) was people slamming the doors. Those doors were so well designed you barely had to touch them to close like a vault much unlike any car of the time or any car I've had since.

Thanks for the link bjf! Let me know what you thought about them when you drove it - not sure if my memories make them out to be better than they actually were/are.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 09:50 PM
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The 300d I drove was really nice. Seats were stiffer than I remember but it cruised along really well. Very smooth and I love the old diesel sound.

Growing up my dad had a 450sl. We had it for a year and I remember him selling it for more than he paid. Back then those cars retained their values really well. When a new year came out because it was more than the year before you were able to still get your money back if you wanted to sell. After the 450 we had another 450 and then a 1982 240d. I remember my dad had it until 1986 and only put 2000 miles on it. After that he got a 190e. What a shit box.

I wish I had that car now.
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