Date registered: Feb 2009
Vehicle: 1977 Red 280SLC, 1958 180 Black, 1961 180 Silver, 1961 180 Blue, 1962 180 Blue, 1966 289V8 Mustang..
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
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Elie Kallab from Lebanon...
I would like to introduce myself to the group.
I am Elie Kallab from Beirut Lebanon - Middle East.
I would like to tell you that I am in love with Mercedes... When I opened my eyes in early seventies there was everywhere Mercedes 180s (1953 till 1962) either as Taxis or private cars.
Therefore in my mind there was somewhat a "link" between the "old Lebanon" and the Mercedes 180s.
My father was a big fan of the S body, he had a 280SE 1977 then bought the 1982 newer body then in 1993 bought the newer 300SE.
Then my turn came.. I bought my first 180 1958 in 1999, the second and third 1961s in 2002 and the fourth 1962 in 2004 directly after buying my 280SLC.
I bought my 280SLC after the New Year in 2004. I strip it to metal then did a good paint job, the total restoration took almost 9 months then my baby was born!
After selling 2 of my cars (1979 Camaro Z28 T-Tops, 1977 Pontiac TransAm Red) last year I currently own the following:
1958 Mercedes 180 Black
1961 Mercedes 180 Blue
1961 Mercedes 180 Silver
1962 Mercedes 180 Blue
1966 Ford Mustang 289V8 (20750KM original mileage) Hardtop 4 speed
1977 BMW 633CSI Green
1977 Mercedes 280SLC Red
1978 Pontiac TransAm Y88 Gold Special Edition
1979 Pontiac TransAm Y84 Black Special Edition
2008 KIA Picanto EX Dark Gray for everyday use
I mainly drive as mentioned the KIA for everyday and the 280SLC and Gold TransAm on weekends.