Date registered: Jul 2003
Vehicle: 1978 450SEL 6.9
Location: Ridgefield, CT USA
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I am currently stationed in Baghdad as a member of the Army Reserve. When we first arrived in April, I happened to see a partially looted 560SEL sitting in the driveway of a looted house. While I was checking it out, the owner came outside. Turns out it is an armored version.
After a couple of return visits, I was able to convince him to part with it. In my "spare time" (when not being shot at), I've been fixing it up.
I own four other Benzes, but this is my first "armored car". Any links where I might find out some info on this vehicle (such as whether it's a factory-made or aftermarket conversion, etc.)?
Also, I've shipped two previous Euro-spec cars (1978 6.9 and a 1984 300TD-T) to the USA, so I know of the headaches potentially involved. However, it's been a number of years, so any info would be appreciated as well. Since my former importer retired (and died), I'm aslo looking for any recommended firms that might be interested in getting the car back to the USA. (Maybe I could smuggle myself as well!)
Sorry for the long post, but I don't have the best access to the 'net, so I have to make the most of it.
Bill von Zehle