Date registered: Jul 2005
Vehicle: R107 300SL; 1990 500SL (R129);2001 R170 230SLK
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RE: How much cache does your car have -- where you live?
I have a `97 W140 S500L and a `88 R107 300SL and I own each of them for very different reasons.
Even though it passed into obsolescence seven years ago and is relatively cheap to buy the W140 still generates mixed reactions from other road users. Some absolutely loathe it whilst others are in awe of it but out on the road it still commands absolute respect and I am rarely, if ever, intimidated or bullied by other drivers. More often even the most aggressive of drivers keep a respectful distance from the car until I pull over. Usually then it is some other unfortunate who has to deal with the inevitable tail-gating that follows. Does the W140 have a certain cachet? No idea but I love it.
Today the R107 is an icon but once it definitely held a certain cachet for a particular type of buyer. Now, when it comes out of my garage on a sunny day people tend to appreciate it for what it really is. A superb piece of automotive engineering wrapped in a beautiful and timeless body. It`s a car that puts a smile on mine and other people`s faces.
So,I consider myself very lucky. I own two outstanding MBs both from the golden era of DB and which when new I could never have afforded to buy. They are both stuffed with character and quality and their like will never be seen again.
The final bonus is that out there amongst the As and Bs and Cs,C-COUPES and CLKs and Es and Ms and CLSs and Rs these older Mercs are a constant reminder of what DB once stood for and therein lies their cachet.