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Just came back into the office from getting some sunshine. It's about 56 degrees here in Philadelphia today. But, it truly amazes me how many people were looking at my 1987 420 SEL as I either rode by them or was next to them at a light. Some of these people were in their new 2005 BMW's, Maxima's, Volvo's, Explorer's and etc. I guess they were wondering what year my Benz was and how does it still look so good.

That gives me a truly good feeling[:D][:D][:D]
 

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o ya thats what makes me take care of my car the best part is when u have fellows in S55 brand new AMG's and they just stare and wonder damn what year is dat baby?? lol i always have ppl ask me how i keep my car lookin so new
 

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Although I’m no longer amazed you’re right, it is amazing. After all this time I still get positive comments about my SEL. I always wash it before I take it out. Well cared for 126s are real head-turners. With modern MBs looking like Hondas (modern B*Ws as well, for that matter) most people don’t know what to make of the beautiful, classic 126. 126s are often mistaken for much newer cars.
 

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Prochambers - 2/16/2005 7:26 AM

Just came back into the office from getting some sunshine. It's about 56 degrees here in Philadelphia today. But, it truly amazes me how many people were looking at my 1987 420 SEL as I either rode by them or was next to them at a light. Some of these people were in their new 2005 BMW's, Maxima's, Volvo's, Explorer's and etc. I guess they were wondering what year my Benz was and how does it still look so good.

That gives me a truly good feeling[:D][:D][:D]
I know the feeling, Prochambers.

I always get a few people checking out my SEC and SEL on a regular basis. These cars are truly head turners. [8D]
 

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i second everthing that was said. the most shocking thing to people is how old the w126 is and how it truly is the the classiest design benz ever came out with! so classy i so humbly compare them to rolls and bentley of there age. current benz's look like nissan maximas and hondas. its really sad. [V]
 

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i know what you guys mean,,,ive only had my sel for a month now,,and living in florida im surrounded by old dudes in new MB's,,,i get alot of waves and double takes,,its like belonging to an exclusive club,,,,I LOVE IT.....ive never put some much money into a car without wanting to sell it,,,lol...in a month....oil change, tune up, front end struts and bushings, brakes/front and back, shocks all the way around, engine and tranny are coming up down the line,,,,,runs great...looks even better,,,199 black opal paint,,powder blue leather....went without her for four days,,,dont think i would have missed the wife in four days as much as i missed my benz......will post pics soon,,,thanks for your help and support,,,,,
 

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Yep, these cars really attract the attention - especially when they are waxed and polished up.

Here in South Orange County, California, Mercedes are one of the more common cars on the road. It is not at all unusual for me to be out driving and to be surrounded by M-Bs - but the 126s still get the attention if they're clean and shiny. I get even more attention in my '89 560SL - especially with the top down. I KNOW its not me they're looking at, so it must be the Panzerwagen.

These cars are design landmarks - that's part of why their production runs were so long. The R/W107 SL was produced from 1971 to 1989; our 126s ran from 1981 to 1991. Few M-B models have had longer runs.

-Robert
 

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I love it when people check out my benz. I always get compliments on its condition. i think the black on black works really well with the W126 and the long
wheel base makes it even better. I agree the new MB's
dont have style like our cars do. Thanks Mercedes for
the new BLAND design. Our W126's are timeless !
 

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i agree completely,,,and i cant help but notice how the 2005 american cars are modeling themselves after the ugly(no offence meant to those who like em)new MB's,,,,toyota and nissan are guilty as well....
 

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At work the customers, who of course don’t know my name, refer to me as the ‘supervisor who drives a Mercedes,’ there’s no mistaking these cars for any other, there’s no doubt as to what you drive – even among the most automotive clueless.
 

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screw what other people think..

screw what other people think...i just love that feeling when i walk up to my car and see it sitting there!
 

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I dont know if any of u guys have experienced this before.

I found a piece of paper kept under my wiper blade, got mobile phone numbers on it , i called that number , a girl answered, asking my personal. I dont pursue further since i dont know how she look like. Maybe next time she should attach her photo as well. Yep, i think girl love to ride in big benz., or love to ride the guy with big benz one way or the other..[8D]
 

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I don't think i can add any more than has been already said, but i love the attention my benz gets. I love to keep her spit and polish shiny. I am often approached and asked what year and make my benz is and to a man they are surprised and often comment how much better looking it is than current models. Tarquin
 

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some days ago when i was driving on the 4lane road here, a w124 300TDT taxi with 3-4 passengers came. The driver placed the car next to mine in the other lane, and he accellerated and braked and looked on my car. So i accellerated, and he followed on the side of me all the way until I drove off the highway.

And allmost everytime im at the gasstation, someone talks to me about my car :)
 

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RE: screw what other people think..

cyberdrakon - 2/16/2005 10:28 PM

screw what other people think...i just love that feeling when i walk up to my car and see it sitting there!
WORD!

i really don´t get it why you people get attracted by people saying your car looks like its a new car?!

we are driving these cars because they are nice classic cars and not because we like the people to think its a new car, if i wanted i wouldve got a newer car....
 

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RE: screw what other people think..

DEF-C - 2/17/2005 12:28 PM

i really don´t get it why you people get attracted by people saying your car looks like its a new car?!

we are driving these cars because they are nice classic cars and not because we like the people to think its a new car, if i wanted i wouldve got a newer car....
What makes me feel good is when people say that my car is "like new" - i.e., that it looks like a 1987 420SEL that just came off the showroom floor. Anyone who thinks one of our 126s - in any condition - "looks like a new car" (as in "looks like a current-production new car") needs an eye examination or a change of medication - they're seeing things!

I take the comment "looks like a new car" as a compliment to the condition of my car, and the extensive (and expensive!) care I have taken to get and keep it there. Any idiot (well, almost [;)]) can keep a new car looking good, at least for a couple years - but it takes much more work and commitment to keep an 18-year-old car looking "like new".

-Robert
 

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Heres one for you..I'm driving down the highway the other day and the owner of a G-500 pulls along side and gives me a thumbs up which I humbly reply to with a thumbs up of my own. Then he points forward and gives a thumbs down...2 minutes later I understood what he was getting at. I followed him and what a saw was a 420SEL in pitiful condition, the paint was filthy, rusty, and it was sagging badly and to top it off th hood star was bent to the side. [xx(] Whereas my 1991 350SDL was spotless [:D] (If its not clean I won't drive it)
 

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face it. most people dont know a damn thing about cars except to get in and drive them and have them serviced once in a while. None of us is trying to fool anyone into thinking our W126's are new. Its called PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP ! Its just nice to have our time & effort recongnized by the public. Anybody who has a problem with us getting a "little wood" from having our W126's admired can SUCK IT LONG and SUCK IT HARD ! [:D]
 
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