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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-25-2007, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Electricians van vs. my SLC

So, there I was sitting in traffic enjoying the autumn sun. Out of nowhere comes a van and hits me from behind at speed - probably about 50kph. I had no warning at all. The guy jumped out of his van and proceeded to tell me that he was bending down to pick up his sunglasses that had fallen down somewhere. Idiot.
Really terrible thing was that I had only just (about 1000km ago) given the car a full body derust and repaint.
So, back into the most expensive restoration shop in town it goes, courtesy of the idiot's insurance company.
At least nobody got seriously hurt and both vehicles drove home quite happily. I just had a bit of a sore neck for a couple of days and a couple of random bruises on my knees where they hit the steering wheel. I hope the other guy got a bit sore too... :-)
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The best thing is that you weren't hurt - the Mercedes are designed to crumple and it did, as advertised.

Is it in Astral Silber? Very pretty car, it's a shame that this happened. At least he has insurance and you'll get the car redone. Get the best quality job you can though, the car and you deserve.

I didn't know they issued personalized number plates down your way, cool that you got one of them.

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Ouch, help up pretty well. Glad nobody got hurt though. Make sure you report your neck pain too.
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At least he has insurance and you'll get the car redone. Get the best quality job you can though, the car and you deserve.
Sorry,but that car is totaled The unibody is tweaked and if struck again after being repaired,he may not walk away unscathed.

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Oh that's awful...
was the repair done? post the pics of it as soon as it's finished.

Yah i heard some of the SL models from has weak Mercedes SL parts that can't withstand that kind of incident. Gladly the car wasn't totally damaged from the rear. Minor repair can fix that but I think if it'll be hit again... Can't imagine how it will look like...
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Hi again..
The car is still in the shop being assessed. I think I took it to the right place, it's currently parked between part restored XK120 Jag and a ground up restored convertible Mustang, just around the corner from a gorgeous Morgan... :-)
The damage isn't as bad as the photos look at first glance - I did choose the most dramatic pics for the original posting and with the discussions I have had with the resto shop, they are pretty sure it is very repairable. It may need a full new panel for the back corner to retain the full crumple zone, but we will see.
One of the ideas for the SLC was to go rallying with it as a replica of the old 5.0 cars anyway - maybe this will force me into putting a rollcage into it and finally getting the project underway... :-) Trouble is, the same project includes an engine transplant and conversion to manual gearbox.

But, I can think of much worse things to do with the beast!

I will post photos of the repairs once it all gets done.

And in answer the earlier post, yes it is Astral Silber - well a modern DuPont laquer version of the same colour anyway. The genuine Glasurit paint was apparently nowhere near as good as the new paints and has aparently been discontinued anyway. The inside word is that even though the paint shop will tell you they are giving you the original G735 paint, they will be using new paints anyway. The SLC isn't a concours car, so I wasn't worried about absolute historic correctness anyway.

My neck was only stiff for a couple of days and the bruises are pretty much gone.

I'm just dying to get the car back on the road so that I can go for a drive! Luckily, I have a work car that has been getting me around, but it is quite a bit different - a smart Fortwo. Probably about as different as I could get really.. It's a heap of fun to drive, but the 'Benz just has the special old school feel that the little smart lacks.
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Really what a shame
But its only a classic car in good visual condition. Sory was.

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Demain, sorry to hear about that. I hope you'll recover from the pain. Make sure you will not have future repercussions of pain in your neck/back and have yourself treated properly. I've seen others post here that have been through these kinds of accidents and they've been having the pain come back years after the accident, because treatment was not done properly.

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Yah i heard some of the SL models from has weak Mercedes SL parts that can't withstand that kind of incident. Gladly the car wasn't totally damaged from the rear. Minor repair can fix that but I think if it'll be hit again... Can't imagine how it will look like...
Sorry to get OT but why do you always post links on that? Nearly every reply you make has that link to that parts source. Are you soliciting that site?

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That sucks, glad you're okay..

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Glad you walked away ok.

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