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On or about June 10th my 380 gets on a transporter headed for Madison Wisconsin. I'm giving it to my daughter for the summer. If it works out, she'll probably keep it.

It wasn't easy to make this decision but it is for the sake of the car. I've taken good care of it but I don't drive it hardly any more -- I've been everywhere there is to go, we only have one road US1. According to my log: 2017, 500 miles; 2018, 235 miles; 2019, 35 so far; ten years 20,000 miles.

I'll be hanging around keeping up on things. Thanks to all -- for the gussets, the bumper-ettes, the headlight buckets, and the fantastic knowledge base. I've told her about our forum so I hope she'll show up here at some point or just lurk maybe.
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I don't envy your having to make this decision. It had to very difficult for you. Did the salt air have any influence on your decision? I ask this because although my 560 is garaged, and came from Cali.(rust free), it is now subjected to salt air. I should probably bring it home for the winter, but would mean selling the 300E.

On the plus side of your situation, I imagine that Wisconsin has some very scenic areas where driving a 107 during late spring through autumn would be a great experience. I'm sure that your daughter will make the keys available during your visits.
You may wind up giving another 107 a needed good home sometime in the future too.
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I realize I haven't posted in a long time, but I have to reply to this post since I live in Madison! While the weather has not warmed up yet, it is supposed to (finally!) this week. I have a great mechanic who only works on older Mercedes vehicles, and have your daughter contact me if she needs help with the vehicle.
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Weather Man,

I have the same plan - give this Mercedes to my daughter one day. In my case, that will be a few years until she gets up on the step in San Diego and has a place with a garage.

I'm a fan of what you are doing.

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I'll be missing you weatherman and your mystical 24mpg 380sl!
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I don't think I could ever give up my 380... I'm its fist and only owner and I didn't hang onto it for 36 years (the last 20 years under a variety of tarps/covers) just to finally get it back on the road 2 years ago and then say goodbye. Besides... my kids think of my 380 as that old piece of "junk garden art" that sat in the yard with dirt and crap all over it for their entire lives. My kids (all adults now) only drive new cars... they have no clue. They know only, "turn the key and it goes", if it stops working call dad. I guess I'm alright with that but what will they do when I'm gone? Is that progress?

Weatherman... how will you drive to the grocery store if you give up your 380?
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I don't think I could ever give up my 380... I'm its fist and only owner and I didn't hang onto it for 36 years (the last 20 years under a variety of tarps/covers) just to finally get it back on the road 2 years ago and then say goodbye. Besides... my kids think of my 380 as that old piece of "junk garden art" that sat in the yard with dirt and crap all over it for their entire lives. My kids (all adults now) only drive new cars... they have no clue. They know only, "turn the key and it goes", if it stops working call dad. I guess I'm alright with that but what will they do when I'm gone? Is that progress?

Weatherman... how will you drive to the grocery store if you give up your 380?
Like you, I've owned my 380SL since new. Always occupied one of our garages. What "Angel" wants, "Angel" gets. It has only 46K miles but has always been driven - admittedly sparingly. Never been towed, never left me stranded except early in its life it had a tendency to drain the Battery - short in the electric antenna.
I do tend to overly pamper my vehicles.
Good knowing you are throwing a lot of TLC LOVE on your 380SL. I've followed your meticulous restoration threads here, great craftsmanship.

BTW, how did your 380SL end up out in the yard under tarps?
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Like you, I've owned my 380SL since new. Always occupied one of our garages. What "Angel" wants, "Angel" gets. It has only 46K miles but has always been driven - admittedly sparingly. Never been towed, never left me stranded except early in its life it had a tendency to drain the Battery - short in the electric antenna.
I do tend to overly pamper my vehicles.
Good knowing you are throwing a lot of TLC LOVE on your 380SL. I've followed your meticulous restoration threads here, great craftsmanship.

BTW, how did your 380SL end up out in the yard under tarps?
It broke down and I didn't have the money or the time to fix it, so I covered it until I could get to it. A week became a month became a year became 20 years. The kids grew, I sold my company, I semi-retired, and that gave me the time I needed to finally get to work on getting my 380 back on the road. I found and joined this forum and for the first time in all the years I owned the 380sl I had access to people who knew what they were talking about and were willing to share their knowledge with complete strangers. If not for this forum, my 380 would likely still be under a cover in the backyard, instead of on the road a working pretty good, all thanks to the good people of this forum. It's not pretty yet... but it will be.

I meet a friend at the range on Thursday's, it's about a 40 minute drive each way. Before I had my 107 back on the road, that drive was an annoyance, now that I'm driving my 017 again, I look forward to the ride more than the shooting... well, unless I have a really good day and shoot tight patterns at 50 yards... then it's about even.
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We put the hard top on it yesterday in preparation. It has been off for years and now it is a different car! Gorgeous!

And an offer has arisen. My brother in Syracuse wants me to have his Jeep Wrangler. I told him I'll pay shipping.

Until then I'll use my bike and scooter for groceries, just a half-mile away. And dig it, Publix will now deliver, might be useful down the line.
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