Date registered: Apr 2016
Vehicle: 1989 300CE W124
Location: USA, Oregon
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Competition, I got it, he didn't!
One of the old guys I work with has a 1988 300CE with the blue interior. It's white and well taken care of both appearance wise and mechanically. He has driven it to 286,000+ miles over the past 12 years.
One day I opened my mouth and said "If I ever find one that looks as good and was is sound mechanically I'll buy it on the spot."
So a few months ago and said his long time mechanic told him there might be a 300CE sitting in a garage in Lake Oswego with low miles on it. He told me more than he should have because I called the owner right away.
The next day during my lunch break I took a short drive over to eyeball this car to see if it really existed as "advertised". It was sitting in the owners garage "taking up space he needed" because he had finally bought a new Mercedes for his wife that was the driver of the 300CE. He explained that she only drove it to go "antiquing" for home decorations.
We didn't have time for a drive right then as I had to get back to the office. The next day I took time ot go drive it and do more than just look at the engine oil on the dip stick. We did a pre-trip inspection of the car. The "old guy" was very knowledgeable about the car and went over the history of the car and detailed the history of the car and repairs and repair shops he had used over the years, where he bought it, the whole nine yards worth. I wanted to drive it but...I held my tongue and just let him talk, I learned a lot and now I have a great story to tell.
Finally we pull out of the driveway and start a drive. Th car feels showroom tight. I'm driving like an old lady...he says. We were stopped at an intersection he says. When you can go push the accelerator to the floor and see what it can do. Well it shifted into low gear a shot away...fast! I hadn't really expected that from a 25 year old car. We took it out on I-5 and cruzed South with no particular place to go. We got South of the traffic, when I looked down we were "cruzin'" and 93 miles per hour. It was a nice day partly cloudy and dry pavement. What a treat. He talked a lot, I listened as I extended my lunch break but I finally had to tell him I had to get back. I told him that I wanted the car, we needed to come together on a price, he was going to gather the maintenance records in a packet and we would meet later.
When I got back to the office I told the guy that told me of the car that I had gone to see it. He looked a bit upset...
I told him of the car, it's a 1989 300CE, Black with Sable Brown interior, Original floor mats, no cracks in the console wood with less than 150,000 miles on it, has new brakes, new battery, new lubricants all around, it has 25% tires on it...the owner said it was for price negotiation reasons! He said "If you don't buy it I will." Fortunately, I got to tell him I had already agreed to buy it.
This was the most fun I ever had buying a toy! I've had Porsche, Volvo, MG, Opel, BMW and the odd 1973 FORD Falcon but hands down this was the best fun ever.
The best part of the fun was I got it, HE didn't!
It is always enjoyable when Terry drives his 88 White 300CE and I happen to pull up in the Black 89 300CE it looks like salt and pepper in the parking lot at work.