Date registered: Feb 2016
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This is an interesting car, it was built in September 1965 as code "997" and the data card shows "Standwagen" or show car, I assume that it was built for one of the US motor shows, most likely Los Angeles. The car lived the first part of its life in Southern California and was driven by a member of the Balboa Bay Club as evidenced by the window stickers, I was told that it was bought from a John Wayne Memorabilia auction in the 1980s and "The Duke" was a governor of the Balboa Bay Club at the time and what's interesting is the last sticker is dated 1979, the year he lost his life to cancer.
The color is Papyrus, much of the paint is original and I can find neither rust nor accident damage anywhere, the air suspension works flawlessly which is a big bonus. The documentation with the car is incredible, all that's missing is the original service book and a copy of the CA pink slip, everything else is there, including a period map from the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, it highlights Mercedes Benz of Phoenix who were at the time headed by Mr Thiesen, also Brookshires- apparently the best place to eat a roast beef sandwich-sadly no longer there, also The Biltmore resort, synonymous with big movie stars including JW. An incredibly original car with more original paperwork and books than I've ever seen