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Old 06-13-2004, 09:48 PM
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if both youre first ever memory and youre latest one are of the same car, that is som

Don't you just love a good story! My first diesel experience was in 1976 while driving a Corolla and making a trip to the dealer. I was a Jr. in college and saw a '63 190D fintail on the Toyota dealer's used lot. It was red with column-mount four speed and I loved it. They let me drive it alone and I had never driven a diesel before. The smell of the exhaust and that of the interior combined to create a memorable scent. The verticle gauges, column shift and who-cares-how-long-it-takes-to-reach-30 mph attitude it gave you was addictive. I guess that's why I bought the 240D manual shift I have today. If I could locate a solid fintail diesel it would be in the driveway.
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Old 06-13-2004, 10:58 PM
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Cool 300 something

it was about 5th grade about 1985 my friends parents had must have been a 300 something diesel it had a turbo and it was cream colored i just remember that riding in it i felt like someone special
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Old 06-14-2004, 12:00 AM
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My first memory of a Benz is the commercial from the early 80's or late 70's maybe with the old man driving the million miler across the desert.
1985 300D Turbo ~225k
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Old 08-23-2004, 10:11 PM
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My earliest memory of a Mercedes was back somewhere between the years 1981-1983. I was ages 5-7 during those years. I remember my aunts 1974 Mercedes 240D automatic sedan, which is a car that made it back into the family in 1999. I remember smelling the diesel and me and my cousin riding in the back and thinking it was funny that she was driving S L O W, but we did not know that a 240D was a slow car back then. It was like brand new, because my uncle bought it for her new and kept it in perfect order. They sold it I think in about 1985. In 1999, I saw an ad for a 74 240D for $100! I had to go look. Body was still excellent (so I thought), but the interior was very dirty (originally white/black, but was all black when I bought), engine had a bad knock, due to the owner accidentally leaving the oil cap off and driving with NO oil and destroying the engine. After I bought it, my grandpa went back with me to haul it home and he knew the man. He recognized the car as my uncles old car and the man told my grandpa that he bought it from his son in 1985, before my uncle moved to North Carolina. Small world. Anyway- the car had set on FOUR flats, on a soggy somewhat swampland bottom for years and you know what happened. After I got it home- I noticed the floors (ALL of them) had huge rust holes, a well as the trunk, but the rest of the body was perfect. I decided it was not worth a new engine and replacement of floor pans, as well as the electrical glitches in the taillamps, so I sold it to a girl (who said she was going to restore it) for $75. I did keep the original white color-keyed wheel covers. I guess they was worth the $25.00 difference I lost.
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:24 AM
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The first time I saw a Mercedes and wanted to have one was in '87 at the Ducumenta, Kassel Germany. The Documenta is one of the most important modern Art exhibitions in the world. When I entered a part of the exhibition, sponsored by Mercedes Benz, there was a beautiful "anthracite" 500SEC at display. They put it in the middle of this huge hall like a piece of art, brilliant!
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:48 AM
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first memory?. hmm. my dad bringing home a 1975 200 back in 81. I was in grade 1 at that time and that car stayed with us until i was in 2nd year college, wherein we sold it to get a 123 sedan. Now that sedan is long gone and i have my wagon with me.

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1985 230E - now my daily driver...
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:53 AM
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My first memory of my car is from around 1988 or 89, when it was my mom's car. I remember being a small child, in my baby seat, sitting between my brother who had the little reading light on in the back reading a book, and my sister who was sitting on the other side. It was night time, and my dad was driving and my mom was in the front seat, coming back from San Antonio, TX. I also remember riding around in the back seat around town while my mom ran errands, and I enjoyed hearing the engine roar back then whenever she accelerated hard. I guess that's why I like it today.
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Old 08-24-2004, 02:43 AM
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First 300SL

First Benz that sticks in my mind was in 1955 when I was 8 years old. Ronny Burns (George & Gracie's son) took me from Los Angeles to San Francisco in his brand new silver 300SL Gullwing. Wow!
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:41 AM
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My earliest Mercedes memory was in the mid 80's. I was about 4 and my grandfather had a 1983 240D. Chocolate brown, Palomino interior. Being more of a visual type of person, I dont remember any specific trips, but just the gleam of the light bouncing off of the chrome lining the rear door windows, and back into the interior as I would ride in the back seat looking out the window. It seemed so serene to me. I also remember my grandfathers hat, which he would always put on the back shelf once he got in the car. At the time my mom drove a VW Jetta and my father had an Audi 5000. My granfathers car always seemed so secure in comparison.

Owning a w123 now, brings me back to childood. When i find myself in the back seat of my car, cleaning, or riding there, I always find myself gazing out that window, just as I did when i was a little boy.

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Old 08-24-2004, 05:56 PM
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My first memory (well I don't actually remember this, but I got it on tape ) of riding in a benz is when my dad drove me and my mom home from the hospital after I was born. 17 years later I inherited that very same car!

Kind of funny, he drove my moms toyota taking her there. Didn't want to ruin his interior in case of an accident
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Old 08-24-2004, 06:48 PM
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My uncle owed my mom some money and gave her a 1972? 220D that had been sitting for awhile.

The interior was mint. The car ran like a clock and everything worked. This was in 1979 or so.

I went to high school with a bunch of rich kids in Newark, some of them got picked up in SD's and SDL's and I have loved the look of that car since.

Funny thing that now, 20 years later I am probably driving those rich kids parents cars.....

I think I'm going backwards, not forwards....LOL
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Old 08-24-2004, 09:15 PM
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LOL .. older Mercedes drivers whom I come in contact with in parking lots etc. usually comment on my young age, and my old car with positive remarks. Now that the older w123's are becoming more and more popular with my generation, I guess you could say alot of us are moving backwards! And thats 100% better than moving forwards, figuratively speaking, and literally (I could be in a SCION or somthing) I'll still proudly be behind the wheel of my Merc when all those other young whipper-snappers are on their 3rd or 4th rice-burners or whatever it is thats "cool" nowadays!

WOW, reading this post really makes me feel like im moving backwards! LOL
All I can say is that I thank my grandfather and his 240D with the subliminal 3-pointed star addiction they fed me when I was little. It has grown into a monster. And its GREAT.

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Old 08-25-2004, 05:33 PM
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WOW, did this bring me back!! My earliest memory comes from when I was about 4 or so in the early 50's. I lived in NYC then and was out with my mom on Broadway or 5th or whatever. She used to go down to Manhattan a lot with me and my sister (we actually lived in the projects in Brooklyn). We were in front of some hotel when this HUGE BLACK car pulled up and the longest legged, prettiest, wealthiest woman I've ever seen got out of the car when the chauffer opened the door. To the best of my memory, the car had to be an Adenauer, still to me the most elegant MB ever built. That car, that sensing of unbridaled privilege and wealth never really left my memory and influenced my attraction to "different" types of cars my whole life. I never went through the muscle car phase in my youth. While some of my friends were driving around in 6000 HP GTOs, Z28's and 6-Pack hemis, I drove and old slow 180D ponton and and even stranger car, a Peugeot 403. Yeah, it was this big black Adenauer that made me always want nice old MBs.
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Old 08-26-2004, 03:18 AM
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My dad's 170DS was the only car we had for a long time, so it is the earliest memory of a Benz for me. We still have the still works...................OM636 engine has to be the toughest piece of mechanical engineering ever.
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Old 08-26-2004, 09:46 AM
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Growing up in New Orleans' French Quarter in the '60s, I recall seeing what I now know was a Fintail parked on a street near my house. It was greyish-blue, with tan leather seats (with those little "ventilation" holes, remember?). No idea which model it was.

During my car model phase, I built the only 2 Benzes I ever saw back then in kit form. The first was a Ponton sedan, molded in black, with chrome for the wheel caps and big headstone-shaped grille. The other was an AMT 1/25 scale kit of the 300SL Gullwing, which -- unaware of the car's racing ancestry -- I painted metallic red and with racing decals and bare black wheels. (Since then, Tamiya came out with a kit of the 500SEC. I'd love one, but it's hard to find.)

After that, to me, Benzes were "just" the cars villains in James Bond movies drove. Sometime during the '70s, though, DBAG undertook to change their image with Americans, and by the end of that decade, MBs were glamourpusses. I still knew nothing about the various models ("What's a 300SD?") until I bought my first Benz in 1997.
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