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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Hilton Head Island - '85 380SL and '02 E320 owner

Greetings from the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

My name is Anton, and I'm the long-time owner of a 2002 E320 Wagon that's been my workhorse for most of its life. 152K miles, no real issues, and she's just a big, comfortable touring car with tons of room.

I live on a restored 36-foot Soverel sloop, so the wagon has been terrific for carrying gear, people, and is better than your average grocery getter.

Recently I picked up a 1985 380SL from my mechanic Frieder Kemmann. It's an original owner car, with about 105K miles and in very good shape. On the outside looks almost showroom, and the interior is very clean with just minor wear on the driver's seat. The P/O is an executive with PPG, and he now lives in China and wasn't driving his roadster much, so he asked Frieder to sell it. My girlfriend's VW Cabrio died right about the same time as this 380SL was in Frieder's shop for some minor work, and the timing couldn't be better. We asked Frieder if he knew of any clean MBs for sale, and he mentioned the roadster.

Drove it around in the rain with the hardtop on, loved it, and made him an offer on the spot. Signed, sealed and delivered. So, the G/F now drives my wagon, and I drive the SL.

I absolutely LOVE this car.

I'm originally from Europe, but graduated from high school in Orange County, CA, so these were the convertibles I always lusted over. Never thought I could afford one until now.

She's not quick, but she sure does hustle down the road once she's there. I intend on keeping her mostly original, with the addition of a new stereo (Kenwood deck and HELIX Blue 4" 2-way speakers. Driver's seat is a little worn, so I'll throw sheepskins on for now, and eventually replace all the leather. Top is OEM, and probably needs replacing along with all the weatherstripping/seals. Black dash pad is just a little cracked in places, but that'll just stay as is. Wood and interior panels are like-new, as is the body and paint and chrome.

She also has the rear jump seat with two seat BELTS (ambitious!).

Any how, that's my noob intro.

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Very neat looking 107 there, welcome to Benzworld. I hope you have introduced yourself to the guys and gals on the 107 forum.

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Thanks...I heeded your suggested and posted in the R107 forum as well.

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Very nice 107 - I'll have to check out your post in our section. Good to see someone from Hilton Head. Many years ago, I spent several weeks a year there in Palmetto Dunes - my folks owned a 1/2 share in a condo. Beautiful island. I can see why you moved there. Enjoy this site - you will learn a lot from many very experienced 107 owners.

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