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This was being dragged by the back frame on the back of a rollback that had another car on the bed. The tow truck was on the way to scrap both cars for metal. Fortunately, the tow truck got a flat front tire on the way to the scrap yard.

I was on the way to see the "new" warehouse that @rwd4evr is getting as a result of my suggestion to get shop space and sell of MB parts to fund his addiction much like I do. He's getting 3500 sq ft of space and sub-renting a 20x25' space to me for chump change per month. It should allow me to stash large car parts, and maybe a project car that shouldn't be on the street. @rwd4evr will probably doing this more full-time.

I "earned my keep" today by noticing this ponton just about 2-3 blocks from the warehouse. I stopped. Looked. Snapped a picture, and luckily the tow truck driver was on the other side of the street and made a comment to me. He offered the car for $300 with no title, and I said I would be back. @rwd4evr sealed the deal and had the guy deliver the ponton near my house as we don't have the warehouse space yet. Unfortunately the tow truck driver bashed in the gas tank side of this car that had apparently just had all the body work done and was ready for paint. It looks like a rust free chassis, and all parts plus spares appear present, but we're in rotting boxes an leaves on the inside of the car.

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Hard to believe someone would scrap it after all that effort. Hard to believe, eh?
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So it seems that this car has the wider grill and with a 121.010 vin must be a 1959-1961 190b
It's not the most desirable model, but worth more than scrap metal.

Cheap fun!

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Oops. This makes it look like the VIN of 121.010.10.013924 actually would make it a 1956. I don't know.

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OH... The VINs changed in 1960 to the convention that was used through the 60's, 70's and even 80's for Euro cars. That's all I've known. So I couldn't get my hands around how 013924 could be a later model. Now I see how. See attached images.

So it is a 1960 190b
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Awwww...

Pardon me, I react to cars being saved from the junkyard like some people do to animals from the pound. Yes, I'm the weirdly emotional car guy.

I really do wish the best of luck to you, and I hope to see the (it's never, but) final product at some point.
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Awwww...

Pardon me, I react to cars being saved from the junkyard like some people do to animals from the pound. Yes, I'm the weirdly emotional car guy.

I really do wish the best of luck to you, and I hope to see the (it's never, but) final product at some point.



I won't be the one to save this one, and I suspect that any valuable parts will be sold off while maybe using this rot-free chassis as the basis for a possible resto-mod. Cheap fun!

Such common interests as Kevin Kemper (but far less productivity) get me excited thinking about his projects.
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Junk yard? I believe Fonzi said it was going to be scrapped. As is squashed. Flattened. Or possibly worse, ran through one of those car shredders, which turns it into a car into little tiny bit of metal. I that state, a car like this would possible fit into a 55 gal barrel.

Nice save on what looks like several valuable parts. I would put the grill on my shop wall.

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Junk yard? I believe Fonzi said it was going to be scrapped. As is squashed. Flattened. Or possibly worse, ran through one of those car shredders, which turns it into a car into little tiny bit of metal. I that state, a car like this would possible fit into a 55 gal barrel.



Nice save on what looks like several valuable parts. I would put the grill on my shop wall.

Yes. It was on its way to the same place that I take carcasses after I have gotten every valuable part off if it, and people get paid ~$0.04 per pound for "light iron" and about $0.50 per pound of aluminum if it is pure aluminum, like an alloy wheel. The guy probably would have gotten not much more than $50 for it, which is why he was willing to deliver it for $200 total.

That very comment about the grill is exactly why we had almost zero hope of finding the grill under the pile of glass and leaves and rocker panels and gas tanks, etc. When we were assessing the dropped off car, we couldn't believe the stuff we kept pulling out of the disintegrated boxes and leaf piles. We were just excited to see there were both front and back windshields, let alone EXTRA parts too. For example There are 2-3 extra door glass panes, yet there is glass still in every door.

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Great save! I'm a sucker for saving pontons, even those too far gone to make sense. Whether you restore it of part it out, saving it from the crusher is what counts. Cheers!
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THIS is the kind of car I'd put a modern Benz 4 or 6 cylinder into. Wonder how long it would take to find/get a title ...
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