Originally Posted by trimaster1
Certain cars I HATE to see dirty. Mercedes is 1 of them. I don't care what year it is, it should be clean. It's amazing what a quick wipe down with a chamois cloth can do...
Reminds me of the time i was out shopping with my old boss. He had taken his wife's 1979 C107 450SLC, which was quite frankly a disgrace. She's very wealthy, owns a Â£2million house and wants for nothing.
The car: Bird crap all over the metallic blue paint, dulled and oxidized chrome. Filthy glass in & out, clothes and empty coffee cups strewn on the back (leather) seats. Apparently her father had accidentally thrown the original carpets (not overmats, CARPETS!) on a bonfire after a valeter had removed them and hung the out in their barn to dry. She never replaced them. The boot had puddles of water in, old maps and torn-up magazines, and no toolkit.
Moss growing around all the window seals, rear windows didn't work, sunroof didn't open either.
So we're out in the car, in a particularly poor area of East London, and we need to park somewhere. There's a virtually empty lot, with 2 guys sitting on plastic lawn chairs.
We pull up, "hi, we need to park for about 20 minutes".
They said it would be Â£4 or if we wanted them to clean the car whilst we were gone, it would be Â£10. "Fair enough mate, give it a clean".
We walk off, joking to each other that we've just given money and his wife's car keys to two random guys in a dodgy part of town.
We go shopping, and return to the car 20 minutes later - the doors are open, the hood and trunk are open, 4 guys are going to town on this car to make it shine inside & out.
We were amazed, they were leaving no stone unturned - even ditching all the rubbish for us. The glass sparkled, even the tyres were dressed.
As they finished, one of them came to us, pressed the keys into my boss's hand and said...
"You want to start treating that car like a fuckin' Mercedes, bro!"
I exploded with laughter, my boss making excuses "it's my wife's car" etc.
Her 450SLC was written off by another driver a few months later, and we never told his wife what they said, but every time she sees my sparkling 190E she tells me that
she'll look after her next Mercedes...