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post #711 of 732 (permalink) Old 01-21-2016, 02:25 AM
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Vehicle: 1964 220SE coupe
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Hello, new guy here Just got this 64 220SE Coupe last month from some long time friends. It sat in their garage for 20 years after it didn't start one day. 4 speed on the floor, sunroof, red interior, been repainted in the late 80's, previous owner has swapped in a 1970 280SE engine. So far all I've done is look at it and research info on these cars. Well, I did fix a stripped out spark plug hole too and turned the engine by hand. No rust on the camshaft or in the cylinders, whew! After I get done painting a 1931 Ford Model A I'll be getting to work on this car.

Here's a picture fresh out of the friends garage waiting to get winched up into the transport.
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post #712 of 732 (permalink) Old 02-06-2016, 09:36 PM
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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
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post #713 of 732 (permalink) Old 02-11-2016, 02:38 PM
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1971 300SEL 6.3

Spotted this for sale at the Classic Center in Irvine. New 15" Bundts too.
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post #714 of 732 (permalink) Old 03-03-2016, 12:38 AM
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My 1967 250S
Just got a custom plate too!
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post #715 of 732 (permalink) Old 03-08-2016, 03:36 PM
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My lovely Wife spotted this at Trader Joe's
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post #716 of 732 (permalink) Old 03-25-2016, 03:17 PM
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My First Vintage Car 1963 220SB Automatic

This is my first vintage car purchase a 1963 220SB Automatic, bought 6 months ago in southern California. It is very good daily driver condition, so obviously my list of to do jobs is long. It runs and drives very well and will cruise at 70 mph all day long.
I immediately found a 1965 220SB Automatic which I snapped up for just in case parts, although it really could be restored, I am in 2 minds about that right now.
I will be needing expert help along the way but for now I am driving my classic car and enjoying it every day.
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post #717 of 732 (permalink) Old 04-16-2016, 01:10 AM
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Vehicle: 1965 220SE sedan (finnie) with 450SE conversion, 1964 220SE coupe project, 1966 300SE coupe
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Nice 220Sb. Those headrests you have are quite rare and valuable. Don't lose them!
And the coupes are beautiful too. Don't you love a wife that takes pics of cars at the shops for you!
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post #718 of 732 (permalink) Old 04-16-2016, 02:25 PM
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Nice 220Sb. Those headrests you have are quite rare and valuable. Don't lose them!
And the coupes are beautiful too. Don't you love a wife that takes pics of cars at the shops for you!
Thanks, I actually spoke to a guy that paid $1800 for a mint condition pair for his show quality coupe! I have the dealer option A.C. fitted in the car to, pipes are cut so I guess the core leaked, I'll get to it soon as I am.in southern California and it will be 100+ in a month or two!
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post #719 of 732 (permalink) Old 04-16-2016, 02:29 PM
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Nice 220Sb. Those headrests you have are quite rare and valuable. Don't lose them!
And the coupes are beautiful too. Don't you love a wife that takes pics of cars at the shops for you!
Unfortunately the 1965 220 SB spare parts car doesn't have the headrests it does have the original Becker radio though. The 63 has the Becker Europa the 65 has the Becker Mexico.
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post #720 of 732 (permalink) Old 04-22-2016, 06:56 AM
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1972 280sel 4.5 that was originally purchased by my great grandfather. He was not the type that generally bought luxurious and expensive things but following the founding of the Honey Baked Ham company he was in a position to do so. In his later years he was asked by a close relative what he would buy if he were to get anything, and his answer was a new Mercedes. They next day his family took him shopping and he bought the car that would be his last. He was only able to drive it for a short while before being diagnosed with ALS, yet he still loved to wash, wax, and care for the car meticulously. Following his passing the family held on to the car driving it occasionally but mostly keeping it stored. Only a year ago were my father and I were asked to take the car. It was given to us because the part of the family who owned the car did not use it often, and they wanted it to stay within the family. My father and I have restored numerous vehicles before and this has been our latest project (still in progress). Currently we have repainted it and fitted custom 3 piece wheels. We still have to reupholster the interior and complete fitting the air bag suspension along with other minor detail work.
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