Date registered: May 2005
Vehicle: 1981 300SD, 1976 300D
Location: Phoenix AZ
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Hmmm. *I* don't know anyone who wants the most technology possible in their car.
Everyone I know wants the machine to work, perfectly, for years after their payments are finished. The less extranenous crap to interfere with that, the better.
A super-expensive for the time W126 doesn't have much in the way of wowee-zowee technology, even for its time. Do they talk? Digital dashes? Remember this '80s gizmo craze? Where is it in the 126?
If you think I'm referring to a bunch of desperate paycheck-to-paycheck slobs who only hope that their car will start, you are much mistaken. I'm a lowly ASE cert. master technician- among the "everyone I know", for example, I know a retired Mayo Clinic physician, a founding partner of a successful law firm, an IT security chief for a Fortune 500 company, and two different enterpreneurs. Daily drivers for these folks:
1999 MB SLK230
2000 Volvo S70
1987 GMC Suburban
1977 Datsun 280Z
1999 Audi A4
All these cars (and owners) have character! And the people in question, I feel its safe to say, can afford almost any car out there.
I can't say that I think that the demand for a vehicle of considerable class, timeless styling, anvil-like build quality, and comparatively reasonable cost per mile is gone. Perhaps Anna Nicole Smith wouldn't be caught dead in a W126 but I think there's a surprising demographic out there who find that sort of vehicle very appealing indeed.
1985 300TD, Lapisblau/blue Tex. 15" Centras, Alpine 7283,DaLan hitch, loud pipes
1994 S500 Coupe, flat black wrap, salvage beast for track use!
2003 Jaguar XJ Sport V8 black/black
1995 BMW 540i/6 black/tan
1993 500SEL black/black
1986 420SEL blue/navy
1984 380SL ivory/brown
1984 300D blue/navy
1983 280SE blue/grey
1983 300D Manila/palomino
1983 300D Astral/henna
1983 300D Astral/black
1981 300SD (farewell, old friend) Astral/black
1976 300D tan/tobacco