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Flashback 10 years ago this was my driver, what were you driving?

This 1976 280 w114 Long wheel base right hand drive was my driver. Just dropped it off in Torrance, California for tint...

Originally delivered to Ireland. Sold to Australia....in 2004.

I drove this daily for a year from Alamitos Beach, CA to Redondo Beach, CA as my commuter..
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10 years ago I had a 560SL and an '86 Bronco.

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Been driving this for the last 32 years.
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Flashback 10 years ago this was my driver, what were you driving?

Exactly 10 years ago?
I had a lot of friends make fun of me. "Barbi Car" or "Kenmobile" they called it.
Flashback 10 years ago this was my driver, what were you driving?-imageuploadedbyautoguide1399482804.873433.jpg
^^ not mine, but mine was identical to this one, maybe slightly darker seats.

In about 2002, I sold the 1998 Honda Civic manual trans sedan I bought new because I was bored if it, and got the 1991 Infiniti M30 for a few thousand less.

While I owned the Civic, I purchased a four door convertible for $2800.
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Flashback 10 years ago this was my driver, what were you driving?-imageuploadedbyautoguide1399483138.824740.jpg

It had ripped seats, a manifold gasket leak, and ended up having a cracked head too. I got some black leather seats from John Cashman for about $400-600 shipped. "Restored" and Installed the seats myself. Had the top half of the engine rebuilt for about $2500 (where I first saw a beautiful w113 and other Benzes and started to realize I was into the wrong line of cars).

Due to the Infiniti purchase, I sold my (rusty) 1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible for about $4800 in 2002 because I got the convertible Infiniti daily driver and thought I'd never drive the Lincoln anymore. (The Lincoln needed electric & top work in addition to the body work, but ran like a tank after I had the engine rebuilt. I sent the car to California with a windsheild to replace the cracked one and a replacement wiring harness for the power top system. Apparently the car changed hands a few times and the windshield got broken, and the car was never restored further, as of about 2 years ago, but the drivetrain and brakes were holding up well enough for the car to be enjoyed as-is.

That covers about 10 years ago and a little more, but if you go back about 16-19, you see my infatuation with taking the top off cars. This 1978 Thunderbird had the top go back on with wingnuts. Flashback 10 years ago this was my driver, what were you driving?-imageuploadedbyautoguide1399483446.135668.jpg

None of those are an extended wheelbase w114, but that's the story of my interesting cars anyway.

The recent 1973 450sl is boring compared to the Convertible 5.0 SLC
( http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c1...nvertible.html ), even compared to the 280slc 4-speed I think. I think the 280slc might possibly the most fun-to-drive car I've ever had. Ahh.. I had a lot of college fun in that 1978 T-bird.

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'84 300D

A bunch of others, of which I still have three, including the '87 300TD

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10 Years ago I had a 2003 Chevy Suburban, a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, and a 1992 Chevy Astro van. Then it happened.... I bought a 1989 Mercedes 260E (W124), which I still own. Probably considered by many to be the runt of the litter, but I love that car. The '03 Suburban and Trailblazer got sold within a year and I kept the Astro van until just a few months ago. In the mean time, I bought the '74 450SLC to "restore" and that started my addiction. The '74 is now a parts car and I have added a '78 450SLC 5.0 (107026), an '81 380SLC with a 5.6 from an '88 560SL, and most recently a '71 250. I also added a 2001 Land Rover Discovery II a year ago.
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in 2004, my 66 230 was in its waning years...blew a head gasket a year or so later, and never got around to repairing it and the car got junked ;[
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Mine was an '03 Hyundai Tiburon, dark blue with tinted windows. It ran like a scalded greyhound... loved that car, I did. But quality was an issue and I had trouble with many things. My warranty was almost up so I traded it in on my BMW (no regrets)
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1977 MB 240D 4 speed 142K - Long term project car.
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