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Greetings to everyone of benz world! I'm Shaune - I'm a 17-year-old from Long Island and for my first car, I got my grandfather's 1977 300D/w123/whatever you want to call it :) . Even though I got in almost a year ago, I figured it might come in handy to join a forum just in case I run across any questions along my diesel-powered adventures.

It's actually a pretty interesting story with my car...my grandfather bought it brand new in 1977 and brought it back to the US direct from Germany several years later. Back-story: He was stationed in Germany during the 70s in the Air Force. Since then, he's moved back the US to California, but anyway...34 years and almost 207,000 miles later, he no longer needed two cars after my grandmother could no longer drive and offered me the car. The price? Pay for shipping Pay for shipping from Cali to NY and put $1000 into an IRA. $850 for shipping and an investment for my future? Good deal, if you ask me.

He absolutely loved this car and kept the car in immaculate condition and as do I. I remember the first time I went to his house when I was 7 (they would always come to our house) I immediately fell in love wit the car. Whenever he calls us, I always keep him updated. I actually just rounded over to 210,000 miles last week.

So yea, that's my story.

Below are some pictures - a friend of mine was feeling particularly artsy when he was detailing my car and took some pictures...
 

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Dang, can't beat that price, and it looks like new in the photos! Nice to see a 17 year old who appreciates a fine car rather than whatever is popular on the street racing scene. That Mercedes has a lot of life left in it if you take care of it! Congrats!
 

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Hello friend,
I know you probably wont believe this, but I am actually 17 years old too, and drive an old merc. Here is how my story goes. My family is really into cars, and I have been going to car shows before I could say daddy. So I turned into a car nut, and in good car nut tradition, I saved up every dime I could find, and never bought any videogames/iphones/electronic gizmos, etc, and came up with 2,000 dollars when I was about 14. Even though I could not drive, I said what the hell. I really became interested in Mercedes, and after searching, several deals fell through. One day ridinig back from a school function, I caught a glimpse of a w126 in black. I had my Grandfather (It is really nice to see that you are close with your Grandfather;)) pull over, and we looked at the car. The next day my Grandfather(extremely techy with all cars:)) test drove and bought her with my cash.I now was the owner of a 1987 560sel black on palimino. The car has 240,000 miles on it, and I now drive her daily, being 17. I really love this car, and wash her every weekend, and work over the summers to get my girl:D AMG goodies and regular repairs.

Enough about me, you have a wonderful w123, and she also has sentamental value, which in my mind is priceless. Being obssessed :bowdown: with Mercedes, I know that your w123, was the car that got Mercedes popular in the United States. As we are still young, are tastes will sway many times, but just remember what a great, beautiful car you have. Hopefully, you will never sell her, I know I wouldn't. And as kids at school race around in the civics, just remember, you are not only driving a classic Mercedes Benz, you are driving a family heirloom:thumbsup:
Warm wishes,
Der Bomber
P.S. Please visit and get familiar with the w123 forum here on Benzworld. Do some reading up, alittle everyday, and in 6 months time, you will know her inside out.
 
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