Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 1990 W126 300SE - High Mileage Award
Location: MA, USA
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The lower-end models, even what us mere mortals consider high-end, such as fully loaded Euro S-class cabs, get neglected on occasion - but the 300SL was more comparable to a modern SLR. The toys of movie stars and oil tycoons. Try finding a beat-up SLR in fifty years - the nice ones survive, and the rest get wrecked at high speed. Even the Adenauer models got left in the yard after a while due to maintenance costs, but the Gullwing simply had too much road presence to fall under the radar. Barn finds are the only source for unrestored examples, especially when the car has such an ample following, such that people trace individual serial numbers from the factory to obtain specific cars. Oh, and that replica has a shoddy-looking shifter boot. Hardly Clark Gable material.
One can still find 300SL roadsters for less than the gullwing models, but hardly chump change there, either.
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