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Newbie´s roundie

Post by 1961blueroundy » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 3:52 am

Hi guys,

here are some photos of my roundie. It´s a 1961 180Db with the legendary OM636 Diesel engine. The engine has only 43 DIN-HP. The car is slow, yes, but it is very economic. The average Diesel consumption is not more than 6,5 l/100km! You never risk to drive too fast, indeed. You can feel the "slowing of time" in that gorgeous car. It´s simply great! :love4:
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If you want to get an additional impression of the countryside in my homeland, yo may follow the link to youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ8zlgGbq84
You see the 1954 ponton of a friend, filmed by the dashboard cam in my roundie!

Hope you enjoy the pics and the video!

Best regards,

Jürgen :sign2:
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Re: Newbie´s roundie

Post by brother benz68 » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 6:29 am

Hi Jürgen,

Great to hear from you,

That is one beautiful Mercedes you have, and I the video is fantastic. Thanks for posting it.

I toured Austria and Germany back in 1985 as my brother was playing the violin for a small orchestra called Silver Strings and were playing in many concerts, but we also visited many different beautiful places. I was a teenager back then and my interest was in cars. I remember seeing a lot of advertising and fanfare for the release of the new W124. Those were the days!

Hope to here more from you

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Re: Newbie´s roundie

Post by Tazzieman » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 7:45 am

There is no need for speed in such a beautiful environment Jurgen!
Most people need to enjoy the scenery rather than rush from A to B as quickly as possible.
I guess that is the beauty of classic autos from time past. You don't have much choice!

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Re: Newbie´s roundie

Post by T-Modell » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 6:00 pm

Hi Jürgen,

great pictures ... but Vorarlberg? How many days to drive there from Kaiserslautern with 43hp? Was it a 2-week holiday with 2 days in Vorarlberg? :laughing6: :laughing6:

Enjoy your lovely car ...
Thomas
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Re: Newbie´s roundie

Post by CraigB » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 10:20 pm

Thanks Jurgen - i like the environmental context of your photos, I am a biologist and trying to pick species from the photos! When i worked in the UK i loved the fact i was working with threatened species there that are weeds here. I also like the 'image' you have presented of "the slowing of time". If i am explaining my car obsession to a non-car person i put it in terms of 'being' in another time or time travel. Some years ago i did a long trip into the north of South Australia, the Flinders Ranges, in my 1924 Amilcar. There are dirt roads and many of the fences are the same ones that would have been there in the 1920's, made out of very hard native timber posts of Mulga, no powerlines and for most of the time there is no reminder that there is anything that is not consistent with the 1920's. The properties in norther SA are generally in the range of 500 to 1500 square km. To me it is like time travel and i am experiencing much the same as a 1920's pastoralist (farmer) on his drive home from town. What other ways can you so fully experience the same sensations as another time? I think in your Benz, driving old roads it can be much the same thing. As i move from W108 to W113 to W116, W126 etc, all represent a feeling from another time and often with any car i like to think of what sort of person bought this new and the time they lived in and what they experienced. The W113 i think of a moviestar with its red exterior, red interior, big white steering wheel and tasteful chrome all over the place. On the rare occasion that i am driven in the rear seat of my 560SEL i think of the wealthy of the world. One of my cars is the ex - Lebanese embassy car and i have been told by others that this rather large prominent gentleman was usually chauffeured in the car, always sitting on the LHS - and when you look at the rear seats the LHS is visibly lower and compressed despite the good condition of the leather. A feature of the car I think is important to keep.

Anyway, thanks for those images!
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Re: Newbie´s roundie

Post by 1961blueroundy » Wed 02 Dec, 2015 5:12 am

Hi Thomas,

Vorarlberg is our (i.e. me and my wife) favorite holiday destination since the last ten years. In the recent years we preferred the fastest route to get there in order to have a maximum of time to spend in the mountain highs... But this year we decided to follow the the old proverb "via destinatum est". The journey becomes the destination. The old roundie is the perfect vehicle to realize such an idea. So we made a stopover wherever we saw something interesting and it took three days until we arrived in the Great Walsertal/Austria. There we stayed for another ten days in a holiday home. The landlords became our friends over the years. Last year we realized that they have a respectable fleet of oldies too... So we had the idea to take a ride with two oldies over the Silvretta pass an the Arlberg pass. Moreover, I wanted to find out if the 43 HP of the 180D were really sufficient to climb the respectable slopes op these passes... The result of the test: No problems with our 180D, but the VW beetle of our friends had a rough ride!
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The 180D is fully suitable for all day use. I had to confirm this. There is a plan growing in my mind to make a journey to north sweden, back to that place near the polar circle, where our roundie spent the last fifty years of his life...

Best regards,

Juergen
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Re: Newbie´s roundie

Post by 1961blueroundy » Wed 02 Dec, 2015 9:45 am

CraigB wrote:To me it is like time travel and i am experiencing much the same as a 1920's pastoralist (farmer) on his drive home from town. What other ways can you so fully experience the same sensations as another time? I think in your Benz, driving old roads it can be much the same thing.
Hi Craig,

I must say that i´m deeply impressed by your thoughts. I wouldn´t have expected to get such a feedback on a common mercedes forum (ozbenz.net is obviously something special). Your words couldn´t have been chosen better. If asked for my own motives to care for that old Benz, i would exactly agree with you. Your motives seem to be quite the same as mine.
I was born in 1961, while my ponton was going to exit the assembly line in Stuttgart/Untertürkheim. My memories of the cars of the period of my youth are mainly characterized by these pontons. So, driving a Ponton these days is a reminescence to my youth. I´m going back, traveling in time! That car is some kind of time machine. Only a few people would be able to understand such thoughts...

Cars might reveal a lot about their drivers (If seen in the right context, sweeping statements may fall short!) If you analyze the listing of my cars attentively, you may hit upon the Subaru Forester and the two Deutz tractors. All these vehicles indicate a passion for nature and wildlife. Unfortunately, the properties in the old world are significantly smaller than in Australia. We measure in square meters or in hectares (1ha=10000m2). Many regions in Europe are overcrowded, but some places are still natural. You told me, that you visited the Nuerburgring and the Eifel. So you can roughly imagine the countryside where i´m living. It´s not a bad place to be. Peaceful and safe. But what do i try to explain in times of Google Earth?

Craig, i fear, i´m going more and more off topic... we should start a private conversation or change the topic.

Best regards,

Juergen :wave:
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Post by Tazzieman » Wed 02 Dec, 2015 9:59 am

1961blueroundy wrote: Craig, i fear, i´m going more and more off topic... we should start a private conversation or change the topic.

Best regards,

Juergen :wave:
No no Jurgen! This is exactly "on topic" and what keeps forums interesting and alive. It's like classic car magazines , I buy them for the stories as much as the pictures.
Speaking of pictures , we must see more pics of your country and the ponton - whilst we make plans to visit one day :occasion5: It is a beautiful part of the world when you escape the cities.

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Post by 1961blueroundy » Wed 02 Dec, 2015 10:20 am

Tazzieman wrote:Speaking of pictures , we must see more pics of your country and the ponton - whilst we make plans to visit one day :occasion5: It is a beautiful part of the world when you escape the cities.
I promise to post more pictures! I think the yearning for the unkown places on earth is in our mind since James Cook... For me, Australia is still an extended white spot on the map. Want to alter this one day.

Ask CraigB, what he´s thinking about that :occasion5: :jokercolor: :drunken:

Great forum! Stroke of luck to stumble in here!

Juergen
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Post by Tazzieman » Wed 02 Dec, 2015 10:38 am

Jurgen I have been near (Karlsruhe) so have some idea of your "backyard". If you ever visit Tasmania , we can go for a drive in the country, which in places is similar to yours but elsewhere very different. Same goes for the beer.

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Post by pastelgrey300D » Wed 02 Dec, 2015 11:06 am

Beautiful car Juergen, as I mentioned in the other post I really like the b/c series roundies with the larger bumpers and the lower/wider grille from the W111. What is the colour of yours? That blue is lovely! Plus the whitewalls and the spotlights just set it all off. If I had a roundie yours is exactly how I'd want mine to look! :love4: :love10:

A local club member has a 190Db - we did a wedding run in it (my blue Finnie in the background) a few years back:
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Their car is the reason our club doesn't do economy runs anymore - everyone knows they would win so no one would show up!!!
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Re: Newbie´s roundie

Post by 1961blueroundy » Thu 03 Dec, 2015 10:16 am

Tazzieman wrote:Jurgen I have been near (Karlsruhe) so have some idea of your "backyard". If you ever visit Tasmania , we can go for a drive in the country, which in places is similar to yours but elsewhere very different. Same goes for the beer.
Hey Tazzieman,

i´m often on my way to the southern hemisphere. Quite comfortably, sitting on my sofa, having a beer or a wine. No problem to fly over... with Google Earth! :blackeye:

Thanks for your invitation, the same offer goes for you, the roundie is always ready! I won´t forget you.

By the way, I´ve been living near Karlsruhe from 1996 to 2001. Was some kind of exile for me as a native "Palatine" (translation used by the americans for the "Pfälzer", the inhabitants of Rheinland-Pfalz, one of the sixteen federal states "Bundesländer" of Germany) ... The region near Karlsruhe is much more urbanized than the western Rheinland-Pfalz. Karlsruhe wasn´t a place to be for ever, so i went back to the place where i was born.

Nothing compares to the feeling to be on your own land. See the linked video for more. Shows me on a Deutz DX 3.10 AWD tractor, testing a weed chopper on my terrain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlmq0chE9Uc


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W120 180D (1961) mercedes blue 350
W124 E220 convertible (1995) brilliant silver 744
W109 300SEL 3.5 (1971) white. Sold in an attack of madness.

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Re: Newbie´s roundie

Post by 1961blueroundy » Thu 03 Dec, 2015 11:04 am

pastelgrey300D wrote:Beautiful car Juergen, as I mentioned in the other post I really like the b/c series roundies with the larger bumpers and the lower/wider grille from the W111. What is the colour of yours? That blue is lovely! Plus the whitewalls and the spotlights just set it all off. If I had a roundie yours is exactly how I'd want mine to look! :love4: :love10:
Hi pastelgrey300D,

the colour is the mercedes medium blue 350. It´s really beautiful. I wonder why the medium blue was one of the rarely chosen colours in the sixties.
For the whitewalls i must admit, that they are fakes. The chrome wheel trims aren´t original as well. Yes, the appearance of the car is set off by these accessories. But puritans may spit out...
pastelgrey300D wrote:Their car is the reason our club doesn't do economy runs anymore - everyone knows they would win so no one would show up!!!
The 180D and the 190D where true champions of economy by their time. They can even compete with modern cars. Sometimes i think that fifty years of technical development where in vain...

Here i show you another picture of the roundie. You need not take the easy roads with this car. It´s always ready for a challenge!
On tour in Switzerland, Kanton Bern, near Lungerer See.jpg
Juergen
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