Date registered: Jun 2005
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Grubine - the Benz capital
ZAGREB, Feb 24 DPA - Grubine, a village in one of Croatia's poorest regions, has 800 inhabitants and 117 Mercedes cars - probably a world record in per capita Mercedes ownership, local media reports.
A Mercedes, or Mechka as the locals call them (which means bear) has been a status symbol in the Imotska region since the mid 1960s when thousands joined other Yugoslavs seeking work in booming Germany.
More than 200,000 Croats have moved to Germany since then.
Those who returned, for vacations or for good, felt they needed a visible display of their success - usually with a large house and a Mercedes.
"When our people in Germany earned their Deutschmarks, they looked around to see what the rich were driving and wanted the same," Pero Karin, a Grubine resident, told the Jutarnji List daily. "So, they always returned in a Mercedes."
Vjeko Lasic has the most distinguished model among the many vintage cars in the village, a 170 SD model from 1952.
"There are only eight of those in the world," he said.
Owners are believed to include former US president Bill Clinton and Britain's Queen Elizabeth.