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Date registered: Nov 2013
Vehicle: 1959 180D
Location: Northwest Arkansas
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Considering 1959 180D
Hello! I'm brand new to the forum, but not brand new to antique cars. I have a habit of falling in love with the styling of a car and it follows me home. The last one is a 1956 Studebaker Flight Hawk. For those unfamiliar, it's a heavy flathead 6 cyl with a 3-speed OD transmission. So I'm DEFINITELY familiar with being the last off the line, but I can cruise along on the highway at 85 easily and that's supremely important because I love to drive my cars.
I have ALWAYS loved the styling of the older Mercedes. I thought it'd eventually be an early 60's car, but this little '59 is absolutely adorable.
I've read that the 0-60 time of this is 39 seconds and the top speed is 68. I could probably accept the 39 seconds, but 68 isn't an option.
I replaced the wiring harness in my Hawk for about $225, and I've checked a vendor linked to this forum and found that the comparable wiring harnesses total $1,800... I'm guessing that's a typical difference in parts costs...
Do I need to walk away from this adorable little car? (Never had a diesel before.)
THANKS for any advice!