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Old 02-07-2007, 11:04 PM
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Pawn shop find

Hello, My names luke, and Im more of a vw guy, but I think I may have come across a pretty good deal. Im not sure this goes here, or the vintage forum, but the car is a diesel, so I will put it here. At a local pawn shop I found a 1961 Mercedes 4 door sedan (I forgot the model ) The body is almost perfect, the inside is pretty nice to (except the mexican blanket seat covers). The main thing is, it's a diesel, and I know nothing about these. It hasnt been driven for a few years, but it still runs and drives. I am looking to find a new vintage daily driver for around town, seeing as pretty much everything on my my 66 bug is wearing out. Are these cars decent? Are parts hard to find? The guy wants around $1500 for it.

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Old 02-07-2007, 11:14 PM
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See for all the info you want. There is also a link there to join the IPOG/Ponton discussion group where you can ask the other 600 ponton owners about the car. Great group.

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Old 02-08-2007, 02:40 AM
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Is it a round body, one of the old bathtub Benz's? Hell that sounds like a steal for one of them.
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Old 02-08-2007, 06:32 AM
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It will be nice to drive around IF you are patient, and you dont drive around people prone to road rage. The old diesels were very, very slow. Classy ride though.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:27 AM
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Yes, its one of the old ponton models.
Im not to worried about speed. Like I said, I drive a 66 bug with 45 hp motor.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:56 AM
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hey, don't knock the 45HP beetle, it only weighed 1800Lbs, or so, and it could scoot. the ponton will be Much slower on takeoff, but able to hold speed pretty well. you're gonna miss the tweet tweet of the VW 66 huh? still on the 6volt system IIRC I had a 65 in the mid 80's and I still miss the tweet of that motor... I don't miss the bad brakes or heat though!
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:07 AM
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i had a 66 and a 72. even with three friends in there and the rear end nearly dragging, it still was pretty peppy with the 1500 in there. will not miss the 6 volt headlights though, thats for sure.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:26 AM
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All my beetles (7) were '70s models, really thought I had made it when I had gotten into the dual-port models and electric defog blowers, I think my '72 would run over 70MPH!!! Well, I was a teenager and it was faster than my motorhome.

Sounds like it could be a good find in a classic Benz, check the ponton group to find what to look out for on that car, most classics can bury you if you don't know the weak points to check out.


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