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      06-03-2010 06:03 PM #1


      In contrast to most of the Kilometer staff, I didn’t take a post-birth ride home from the hospital in something hip and European, but instead a wood-sided Oldsmobile wagon. I drove a classic Chevrolet C-10 pickup in high school, and in fact no one in my family owned a non-GM car until the floodgates opened ten years ago with my mother buying an E46 325ci and my brother ditching his Cadillac for a pearlescent white Audi 90. It has been some number of years now since I saw the light when it comes to newer cars, but I continued forcing myself to believe that older American cars were still quite good. Much of this denial involved the fact that I owned and loved a one-owner, low mileage 1968 Cadillac Coupe Deville until I moved to Chicago three years ago and ran out of space for a 20-foot expanse of heavy, thirsty steel. Then a few weeks ago, Mercedes-Benz offered me a drive in a 1970 280SE 3.5. For the sake of my fond Cadillac memories, I should have walked away...

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      06-03-2010 07:49 PM #2
      Thanks for posting this!

      A W111/112 is still on my "pipe dream" list as they seem to be insanely expensive these days. Not 280SL expensive, but still a lot more than I can afford.


      Absolutely stunning cars, even with those horrible DOT side markers.

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      06-03-2010 08:04 PM #3
      When I was a small kid, there used to be lots of MB taxis, and while none were a 280 Cabrio (how cool would that have been?), many of them had the same steering wheel. I used to think that steering wheel was just the coolest thing. Even today, it looks cool enough to where I would hang one on the wall for decoration.

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      06-03-2010 08:29 PM #4
      There is one of these at my work but it is just 280SE... not a 3.5. Beautiful cars they are...

      This interior is so full of win, even by today's dashstroker standards.


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      06-03-2010 08:48 PM #5
      Nice article

      I love that dash!
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      i'd lock this thread but i have no clue how...

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      06-03-2010 09:20 PM #6
      You're all right and yeah, I totally want one now. I'd settle for a sedan, which is a far cheaper way to get into these. The cabrio I drove was from the M-B Classic Center, and is valued somewhere around $100k.
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      06-03-2010 10:26 PM #7
      Well, I turned into quite the vintage geek gearhead without the help of one of these, but:

      In 1994 I was tempted by one of these W111s (a 250SE coupe) and also a Zermatt silver '83 Audi ur Quattro. Come to think of it, the 250SE was silver also. $1500 for the W111 (needed brake work and paint) or $3900 for the Audi (spotless, 16" BBS, thule rack, Blaupunkt Berlin... so tasty...)

      I bought a damn Saab 9000 Turbo. WTF!

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      06-04-2010 09:08 AM #8
      Nice job buying the one car that hasn't gone up in value.
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      06-04-2010 10:08 AM #9
      Lovely cars, and definitely from a period where M-B established itself as the best automaker in the world...in technology, safety, build quality, etc.

      I personally prefer the straight 6, but I understand why the V8's are so desirable.

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      06-04-2010 11:56 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      You're all right and yeah, I totally want one now. I'd settle for a sedan, which is a far cheaper way to get into these. The cabrio I drove was from the M-B Classic Center, and is valued somewhere around $100k.
      Which blows my mind - you could get a Rolls-Royce Corniche for half that.
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      06-04-2010 01:37 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      Thanks for posting this!

      A W111/112 is still on my "pipe dream" list as they seem to be insanely expensive these days. Not 280SL expensive, but still a lot more than I can afford.


      Absolutely stunning cars, even with those horrible DOT side markers.
      Surely you must mean a W111 cabriolet because the coupes (esp non-V8s) seem to be damn near worthless. I inherited a 1969 280 SE coupe, European model, with the 2.8 Bosch MFI engine and 5 speed transmission. It sat for 14 years in his garage without seeing the light of day. It needs some sympathetic resto, and some rust repair on the underside, but otherwise is a very solid project, but the value of these coupes (compared to the cost of restoring them) is sad. They were such beautiful and very expensive cars in their day. Chrome everything, real wood on the dash and A pillars, HAND BUILT, beautiful interior - it has class in spades.

      Not sure what I'll ever do with (currently tucked away in dry storage). Not really worth it to sell as a resto project to someone with deep pockets, I don't have deep enough pockets to pay to restore it, and don't really have the time right now to restore it myself, so maybe it will rest for a few more years.

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