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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2014, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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190SL, the car that saved the SL name

Hi everyone. My name is Bernd, I am a German and a fairly new member to this wonderful site. I was encouraged by a few members here to be a bit more active on this forum. As I happen to write books about the history of Mercedes cars (Warning: I am not a technician!), the people around them and stories that are not yet so well known, I thought, this blog of mine might be of interest to some of you.

190SL, the car that saved the SL name as it managed to sell in larger numbers

In the future I will post and write some more blogs that deal with interesting history bits and pieces and will post them here for your enjoyment. Please let me know, what you think. All the best, Bernd
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Bernd -

I found your piece to be a fascinating and wonderfully satisfying read. For me, "classic" doesn't begin to describe the stunningly timeless beauty of the 190SL.

One year ago today I purchased my first Mercedes-Benz. Like so many other folks, the cachet surrounding the brand -- the elegance, performance and build-quality -- had me always dreaming of owning one. Until today, I hadn't realized that cars like the 190SL had been so instrumental in fueling this yearning. With such a 'high bar' of expectations, the odds of a joyful ownership experience weren't in my favor.

But my little CLK320 convertible has exceeded my hopes ... I've never gotten so much sheer, consistent pleasure from anything I've ever purchased. (Let me add that there have been a few age-related repairs and issues, but many of these I've managed to resolve myself thanks to the members of this very forum. And I'm no mechanic.)

Which brings me back your article. My admiration and fascination surrounding the brand has only grown this past year as I've gotten to know and become comfortable with my own vehicle.

Please keep such terrific posts coming our way. Who knows? My next Mercedes may be a vintage one!

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Thank you Bernd for posting here. The article is quite interesting. I love the style of your writing and I can't wait for your book on the modern SL's to arrive in the mail. I ordered it this morning and I am beyond excited to receive it.
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I had no idea they were only available in silver for the initial year. Excellent post, thank you for sharing.
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Bern, I am a happy owner of your digital book on the W111/112 coupes. Fantastic work and I recommend it to others, I believe we even have you listed on our website as a resource. Stick around, post often and welcome to the forums!


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Thank you gents for your kind comments. Now I owe you one :-)

Present cars: MB W111 SEC 1970, Jaguar X300 Sovereign 1997, Ford Mondeo 2008
Past cars: MB 170V Cabrio B 1936, 170S 1950, 220 Cabrio B 1951, 300d 1958, 300d Cabriolet D 1960, 250SE 1966, 300SEL 3.5 1970, 350SL 1972, Alvis TC100 DHC Grey Lady 1954, Jaguar 420G 1967, Jaguar XJ40 Vanden Plas 1993, Range Rover P38 1998
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Hi Bernd - fantastic piece!

Just goes to show you don't need to be a technician to talk cars, especially when you have such brilliant stories to tell. Love the "rattle king" nickname, great piece of history right there.

And welcome to the forums! Can't wait to hear more from you and read some more of your excellent thoughts on MB models.
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