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Date registered: Jul 2004
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RE: My possible first car.
Newbie input warning here [8D]!:
"These old Benzes are a limited commodity (they're not making any more of 'em) and, in my humble opinion it's a shame to thrash an old Benz to death when there are so many other old cars out there that can satisfy the 'need for speed'...as well as the obvious need to drive something different. Look deeply into the engineering and styling detail of these cars, and you'll develop an appreciation of the car and not view it merely as a 'beater'. If you own it, you're obviously entitled to do with it what you want...but those of us who restore and treasure these cars treat them less as possessions and more like historic items to be passed down to future generations, more caretakers than owners."
Hear, Hear for the historic preservation view!!! I got today a 1977 SLC, which is my first coupe too. And you guys were really making me feel chicken for never having gone over 125 MPH tops in my '87 Iroc (bought from orig'l owner in '89). Then, again, I would rather not get the speeding tix I got flying in the camaro anyway!
At any rate, interesting thoughts to ponder which is generally good... but I have to admit the tech details frequently fly over my head... so much to learn, so little time!
I've never attempted a restoration. But if I can't afford to pamper the coupe as it deserves, then maybe I can help guide its way to someone who is willing & able to do just that. It is exactly a guardian relationship, in my mind. After all, in a few short years, it'll be 30 yrs old. I'd like to see it in much better shape by then, just as I'd like to get some much needed work on the camaro, who'll 20 yrs old that same yrs.
I guess its similar to the difference between sailors & power boaters. Some are in a hurry to get there & some want to leisurely enjoy the journey but of course some get and/or want both... just sometimes not from the same car. Absolutely right it is a matter of personal taste & preference, so ultimately there is no "right" or "wrong".