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Old 09-02-2015, 02:53 PM
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I've owned a lot of cars over the years, but the 250se cab is forever; it's a family vehicle. How about finding a Pagoda? They're getting expensive quickly, but you can still find doable projects out there.
I guess if I could find a driver pagoda I could dump my 1985 280sl 5-speed, but I am wary that i would be dumping a good 107 for a crappy pagoda. The 280sl 5-speed fulfills my "classic driver" desire. It's not "antique" like a pagoda or w108. So I guess if I got a pagoda I could dump the w108 and the r107.

However, I was thinking more along the lines of the 280sl r107 and the w111 cabriolet. But I guess it looks like any cabriolet is simply not going to be practical. If I got a Pagoda, I assume it would take me forever to get it to the point where I would want to take 6-12 hour daytrips in it.

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Old 09-02-2015, 04:48 PM
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Two Fintails that I have were owned by men who would have preferred to part with a testicle than their Mercedes Benz. One was in his nineties when they took the keys away. The other had owned the car for 24 years when he died at age 78. Both were career military officers, veterans of WWII who bought the cars in Germany and shipped them home.

It is rare in today's consumer culture to buy a car you like more than anything else that comes after it. I love the old sedans. For some reason I started with the W108 and have been going back further in time with my infatuation. I have added the Adenaurs or early fifties big fender sedans, coupes or cabriolets to my wish list.

Your thread topic made me think about cars that I have sold. My first Mercedes consumed my discretionary income for a year and then needed major engine work. I had to bail out when the repair estimate exceeded two months wages at that time. I got over my remorse when I could afford to buy another one that was very nice.

A good friend told me years ago, "You can't get what you want until you know what it is". "It" does seem to be a moving target.
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