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Jim you just criticized just about every American car ever made with your logic. Thats fine, maybe you just dont like American cars. This Toronado is no Benz, we all realize that. However, despite the shabby build quality and cheap materials these old cars were indeed very reliable and very quiet/comfortable. They didn't handle well and were very slow, didn't have that German feel we all like but they were necessary vechicles in the automotive landscape and catered to a certain audience (albeit grayheads). To see such a well preserved model today, is a treat.

Shane, you weren't expecting a great response in here were you?. Regardless, its a cool car, go for it!
There is nothing inherently good about those cars - or they would have been the models the rest of the world used to develop their automotive industries, and we know they didn't. So, yeah, I am saying that in about the mid 1950's when we were busy rebuilding Japan and Germany they both took a different road. We took one of maximizing profits. Our skills waned and theirs were honed. They now make more autos than we do. Not everything was junk that came out of Detroit, but the preponderance of it became bloated, inefficient and gaudy.

It wasn't always like that. We have a legacy of great automobiles that we just abandoned. Even Ford's Model "T" was an honest, if utilitarian machine. It mobilized the American population, not those bloated beasts that came about in the late 1950's and lasted way too long.

None of those fake features make the car an especially remarkable vehicle - just bait for suckers. I mean, who thinks this car with the Landau roof and Landau bars it is just like a car with a real "Landau" coach? And Landau bars - the whole concept makes me cringe.

But that is me. To each his own. Now, there were some convertibles from the 1960's through late 1970's that were unusual cars. Not particularly great handling, or particularly fast, but intended to be spectacular by being large and conspicuous. Which they were. I recall seeing a 1960's era red Caddy Convertible with a white leather interior that was really an exceptionally stunning car to see. Especially in Munich, Germany where it was longer than any three, dull, German utility boxes on wheels (MB 180 or 200 sedans, VW bugs, Audi 80's, BMW 1600's, Opel Kadets, DKW's and other available stuff) that were common at the time.

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There is nothing inherently good about those cars - or they would have been the models the rest of the world used to develop their automotive industries, and we know they didn't. So, yeah, I am saying that in about the mid 1950's when we were busy rebuilding Japan and Germany they both took a different road. We took one of maximizing profits. Our skills waned and theirs were honed. They now make more autos than we do. Not everything was junk that came out of Detroit, but the preponderance of it became bloated, inefficient and gaudy.
I dont disagree with any of what you said but who said gaudy and cheasy cant be cool?.
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I dont disagree with any of what you said but who said gaudy and cheasy cant be cool?.
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I dont disagree with any of what you said but who said gaudy and cheasy cant be cool?.
You have a point there, I think. Jim
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I like it. Dayton makes the ONLY good true wire wheels available anymore. I would be interested to know what his reserve is but that is one nice coupe.

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Hmmm, wonder what a 500E would look like with a vinyl roof, landau bars, wire hub caps and a continental kit? Hell, lets go for the crushed velvet easy-chair interior, too
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Hmmm, wonder what a 500E would look like with a vinyl roof, landau bars, wire hub caps and a continental kit? Hell, lets go for the crushed velvet easy-chair interior, too
I do have a 300SEL that is in dire need of interior work. And paint. And Everything. That would be a start. It has a freshly rebuilt motor and tranny and suspension. Otherwise...

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Granted I'm lowered and rolling on 19's but I don't think I'll ever find a smoother ride and perfect steering like my '86 Century.

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I do have a 300SEL that is in dire need of interior work. And paint. And Everything. That would be a start. It has a freshly rebuilt motor and tranny and suspension. Otherwise...
Since I don't particularly like the W126 chassis, feel free to embrace your inner white trash visionary with that car.
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