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post #451 of 738 (permalink) Old 10-22-2010, 12:33 PM
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Post Vintage Ponton Spotted In Varadero Cuba - May 2009

I am not sure what year or model this ponton is but it was nice to see.
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post #452 of 738 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 07:50 PM
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b4 mine took a dump =(

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So far this has got to be the coolest MB I've seen on my current trip here in Munich. Apologies for the bit grainy phone camera photos, but that thing looked really nice! And a few minutes later I saw the owner drive down the street, too.


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post #454 of 738 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 09:42 PM
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This Finny is a 1965 220b 4-door sedan named Klaus. We have been on & off tour together since 1984. I believe I’m the 2nd owner. I rescued Klaus for a reasonable price as a birthday present to myself from a prominent hometown attorney family. I used to walk the backstreets & alleys on my way to high school. Parked off an alleyway I saw this car that was so gothic & gaudy. It looked like the cars that the bad guys in the early James Bond movies always drove. It was a Mercedes Benz. When I got older, I was gonna get a Mercedes Benz like this. A couple years passed. The car was still setting there. I bought it. I was very lucky to have a father who was a “Doctor of Motors”, arguably one of the best auto mechanics in the region during his time. He was a mechanical, electrical & welding wizard who specialized in European imports, was a Ferrari mechanic for a privateer racing team during the late 1950s – early 1960s, and was proprietor of his own small business. He resuscitated the neglected engine & provided its new lease on life. I thankfully learned most of my automotive skills & patience from him.

The car is powered by the timeless M180.940 straight six cylinder, dual Solex 34 PJCB carbureted engine. 1965 was the last production year of this W111.010/ M180.940 model. It has the latest & greatest versions of its model’s brake system, subframe, axles, etc., but none of the overly electrical or hydro/pneumatic issues of its successors or more advanced coupe brethren. The 220b was the pedestrian version of the W111...your basic entry-level sedan, taxi or fleet car. Produced from August 1959 – August 1965, most were driven into the ground or to the crusher. Production numbers were 69,000-ish, with slightly less than 5000 produced during the final year (Klaus’ year). It appears these Finny or Heckflosse Benzes are now encountering a surge in collector interest. I do know that drivable versions are now quite scarce on the open road (especially from the looks on other driver’s faces as Klaus passes them on the motorway…”What the Hell was That!”) .

Over the past decade, my job had me living out of a suitcase travelling about America & Europe. During that time I stockpiled a mass of new OEM replacement parts. I finally created the opportunity for a major R&R. The drivetrain (engine, 4-speed automatic transmission & rear end) are all original. The engine was overhauled by my father mid 1980s. The Solex carbs were then rebuilt & bench-tested by Apple Hydraulics. The past 3 summers have been active. The original radiator was refurbished. All coolant hoses are new. All ignition components are new. I replaced the original Bosch distributor with an electronic 123Ignition this past year (probably the most impressive upgrade to driving pleasure). The driveshaft has new u-joints & rebalance. Most rubber wear & suspension components have been replaced. Bilstein shocks all around. New rear springs & Gillette Bear P185/80 R13 M/S tires. We upgraded from Girling to ATE front disc brake calipers years ago.

The seats are original & in better than average condition compared to the battered examples I usually see in ebay. It has a Becker Europa radio, but I’ve had a Blaupunkt Washington with matching 10disc CD changer in the car since the 1990s. I modestly upgraded the sound system 2 years ago with an EQ & Blaupunkt matched component speakers front & back. I'd like to strip & refinish about 2/3 of the dashboard veneer. I searched long & hard for the flip down armrest…great shape, great condition, wrong color (but I can live with that ). I have new front & rear window seals I hope to install during the off-season. Any non-original interior features I add are usually made from MB items.

Whatever mood I am in, when I climb into Klaus I feel like a million bucks. That timeless vintage smell of the interior. The spaciousness & visibility of the concert hall-like seating area (I have not experienced a car with more head or leg room). The speedometer with its vertical thermometer-like calibrations. The sound & way the doors (even after 45 years) still seal shut.

The ride is luxo-barge smooth, yet it can corner like a sports car. It’s a great town car or tour car. Zero to 60mph times are not in this car’s vocabulary (with a whopping 105hp @5200rpm), but Klaus can drive forever at 75mph & can hit 100mph if need be. I added an air snorkel connection to the airbox intake similar to the W111 fuel injected models. At 80mph, the result is almost like a low boost blower kicking in. Best of all, the front end approaching a slow mark’s rear view mirror does wonders in moving them out of the passing lane.

For whatever reason, the car has been getting more looks & thumbs up this year than I have ever experienced. It's now end of season & Klaus is garaged until next Spring. I have a few more R&R projects to complete over the winter so the car will be good to go for another 45 years. Ride on!
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1972 280se 4.5 in California

I've just bought this w108 280se, a very happy new owner. There are a few things I'll be working on to get it in a perfect condition, but here it is as I've got it. The two tone paint I believe is factory and I am the fourth person to be enjoying her. The car is running well! Hello from San Francisco!
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post #457 of 738 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 05:01 PM
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Nice rides but I'd like to post mine if I can figure it out!

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1963 220Sb


This is my baby that I've now owned for 35 years.
I know every nut and bolt.Some parts are a challenge but most service parts are cheap. (When purchased from the U.S!)
Column shift 4 speed manual. Twin solex carbs.Everything works except the heater. 144hp from 133cu inch.Not a lot of power for the weight but tows and cruises well. It will be 50 soon with many years of life left. Long live the Finnies!
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post #459 of 738 (permalink) Old 12-08-2010, 03:05 PM
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Hi Guys,

After selling a old set of headlights last year from my old W108 280SE, I got the itch again to have one of my own.
I had been taking to a guy who lives near by who has three 300SEL 6.3's and a 280SE 3.5 rotting away in his backyard but he won't give them up.

This car had been sitting in a carport for the last 10years and was only started last Saturday for the first time, ran perfectly but I won't drive it any distance till I trailer her home. Handshake deal has been done so I will pick her up in the next week.

Shes a W108 280SE 3.5.

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First sighting.









Out in the sun





With my other girl, this is my new screensaver



Some scanned shot of the old girl from 14 years ago



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This car had been sitting in a carport for the last 10years and was only started last Saturday for the first time, ran perfectly but I won't drive it any distance till I trailer her home. Handshake deal has been done so I will pick her up in the next week.

Shes a W108 280SE 3.5.



Do you get to keep the same plates in Australia? Those make the car look quite diabolical and like it came straight out of the movie "The Omen". Would maybe make other driver's think twice before they cut you off in traffic!

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