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Hello from new Member !!! Geelong

Post by maddin » Thu 01 Dec, 2016 10:42 pm

Hi there,
my name is Marty,
stumbled across the forum today and thought I'd sign up after reading through lots of topics!
A bit over 20 years ago (sh*t!!) I had a W116 280s back in Germany which was a fantastic car and now I'm very keen to add another old Mercedes to the family in the near future.
A little undecided right now but at least I can narrow it down to 2 models...
I have my mind set on an /8 so either a 450slc or a W108 280se 3.5...been following the prices for those models for a while and I think I need to jump on one rather sooner than later before they are out of my price range!
Just missed a really nice 450slc in Adelaide,too picky with the colour :Doh:

I'm also in the process of getting my Porsche 914 on the road but that will still take some time...and money :boohoo: (engine currently getting rebuild)
Anyway...I used to take pictures for the RACV European car show at Flemington racecourse so I probably have taken pictures of some of the members cars here at some stage.
My dad's first car in the mid 50's was a Mercedes too,not 100% sure but I think it was a 170.
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cheers Marty :wave:
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Post by Tony From West Oz » Thu 01 Dec, 2016 11:13 pm

Marty,
Welcome to OZBENZ forum.
In the User Control panel, there is a section for your location. If you give us an idea of there you live/work/play, then we may be able to recommend specialists in your location, members may also be able to help in person, share tools, etc.

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Post by T-Modell » Fri 02 Dec, 2016 12:28 am

Welcome "Maddin" (Diether Krebs, RIP), :laughing6:

not too far away from me, that license plate, Bingen am Rhein. Good luck with your search, you've definitely found the right forum!

Best regards
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Post by CraigB » Fri 02 Dec, 2016 9:51 am

Welcome Marty. I love period photos and yes that is a 170 - lovely car.
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Post by maddin » Fri 02 Dec, 2016 10:23 am

Hi and thanks for the warm welcome...!
T-Modell wrote:Welcome "Maddin" (Diether Krebs, RIP), :laughing6:

not too far away from me, that license plate, Bingen am Rhein. Good luck with your search, you've definitely found the right forum!

Best regards
Thomas
Yep,I grew up in Budenheim/Rh ,close to Mainz (Helau!)

Craig,
I might have a few more Mercedes related period pictures for you :-)

Tony,
I updated my profile info now!

I would love to find somebody with either a 450slc or a 280se 3.5 close by who would be willing to cruise around with me for a bit so I get a feel for both models.
( I'm happy to organize a bbq in exchange!)
Such a hard decision and such a first world problem!
Anyway..any help would be much appreciated
Cheers Marty
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Post by CraigB » Sat 03 Dec, 2016 12:31 am

Hi Marty. I have had a little bit to do with these models or similar, but not a heap. Both great cars in my opinion but both quite different. I gather it is a collector car and not so much about practicalities. The obvious is the very classic 60's sedan vs the 70's sporty low slung 2+2. Substantial difference in ride and handling, the 3.5 not much different to a finnie and with swing axle rear, but still a great handling and riding car for the era - the 450 with more sophisticated fully independent rear end and lower centre of gravity. 3.5 you sit up high looking down the long bonnet and surrounded by lots of wood and chrome - 450 you sit right down low, between these big sill sections like other big GT/2+2 cars and is the chassis based on the sporting sl dna and not big luxury sedan and they feel that way to me in driving experience. Both great feeling but very different. Mechanicals are not that different as far as one being much easier to live with than the other. Both can have big issues though, particularly rust so you need a keen eye that at best will know the models and where to look. Others might think differently - those are just my honest opinions to take on board. One of each would be nice!
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Post by maddin » Sat 03 Dec, 2016 9:07 am

Hi Craig!
Thanks for your answer! Much appreciated!
The idea was to get a cruiser for family excursions,a car that sits 4 ( a child in the back). I guess a 3.5 is more of a cruiser than a 450 but I really like the shape of the 450 and yes, if I could I'd take one of each,thanks! :dance:

I'm aware how important it is to know the weak points of the cars.
My 914 came from the USA so I had to rely on pictures more than anything but I was lucky and ended up with a very solid Californian car for a fantastic price.Prior to the sale I did about 2 years of reading up on the car and researching the forums till I found the right one .
I haven't done much of that for the Mercs yet other than drooling over sales ads!
I'm not after a concourse car,rather a solid ,mechanically well maintained car ,doesn't have to be a beauty queen.

Anyway...will have a look for some more period pics for you! :wave:
cheers Marty
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Post by T-Modell » Sat 03 Dec, 2016 6:23 pm

maddin wrote:.... I guess a 3.5 is more of a cruiser than a 450 but ...
cheers Marty
Marty,

the 450 is also nothing than a cruiser; so in the end it's four doors or not. The 450 is definitely a more modern car, better to drive. Just my opinion.

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Post by maddin » Sat 03 Dec, 2016 6:50 pm

Hey Thomas,
I think I have to drive both cars to get a better idea...might have a look if there are any for sale at a stealership somewhere in Melbourne.
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Post by maddin » Sat 03 Dec, 2016 10:59 pm

CraigB wrote:Welcome Marty. I love period photos.
Hi there,
my dad took those at the Nordschleife ,I can at least identify 2 famous Mercedes-men!

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Last pic for today....my dad on his 125cc Puch racer....in front of a 220

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Cheers Marty
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Post by TheMadRacoon » Sun 04 Dec, 2016 12:00 am

Hi Marty.

Good luck with your search. There was a forum member who recently had one for sale but who had such little genuine response he wheeled his 450SLC back into his garage. I can't recall if he was in Victoria though.

If it helps, there are a few threads on common issues with SLCs (rust being the biggest). Here's one:
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10759&p=68722&hili ... slc#p68722

I've never really had a proper sports car, but the SLC (at least the 350, the 450 shouldn't be different) is a very stable and good handling car. It is heavy, and in traffic if you want to flick it into another lane you have to give it a second...not so much for the weight to shift, perhaps it is more the car's length....to get the nose to align, but it surprises me once turning in how agile it is. On twisty, tight roads it is fabulous in all respects, with the bonus of a compliant ride.

I love the SLC but admit it is boring if you're just doing straight freeway driving. The W108 is perhaps better in that regard as you can enjoy the view over the bonnet and that fantastic, charming, classic interior. It is (at least as a 280SE six) responsive and fun around sweeping bends and tighter corners. I haven't driven W107 and W108 over the same roads so can't directly compare.

You've made me nostalgic Marty. I'd better make an excuse to take my 350SLC on a good run again soon
Emad,
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Post by T-Modell » Sun 04 Dec, 2016 12:14 am

TheMadRacoon wrote:...
I love the SLC but admit it is boring if you're just doing straight freeway driving....
Tell me one car, that is not boring on a straight freeway @ 110km/h? :laughing6: :laughing6:
Except the Trabbi of David ... :whistle:

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Post by CraigB » Sun 04 Dec, 2016 2:44 am

Trabbi at 110 must be a very steep downhill I would think - definitely exciting at that speed!

Fantastic photos.
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Post by maddin » Sun 04 Dec, 2016 10:51 am

T-Modell wrote:
TheMadRacoon wrote:...
I love the SLC but admit it is boring if you're just doing straight freeway driving....
Tell me one car, that is not boring on a straight freeway @ 110km/h? :laughing6: :laughing6:
Except the Trabbi of David ... :whistle:

Thomas
Hey...my old 2CV! If you do 110km/h in that car it feels like breaking the Land Speed Record!!
Those 2 cylinders at at 110 sound like The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse screaming in your ears!
I miss that car....
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TheMadRacoon wrote:Hi Marty.

Good luck with your search. There was a forum member who recently had one for sale but who had such little genuine response he wheeled his 450SLC back into his garage. I can't recall if he was in Victoria though.

If it helps, there are a few threads on common issues with SLCs (rust being the biggest). Here's one:
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10759&p=68722&hili ... slc#p68722

I've never really had a proper sports car, but the SLC (at least the 350, the 450 shouldn't be different) is a very stable and good handling car. It is heavy, and in traffic if you want to flick it into another lane you have to give it a second...not so much for the weight to shift, perhaps it is more the car's length....to get the nose to align, but it surprises me once turning in how agile it is. On twisty, tight roads it is fabulous in all respects, with the bonus of a compliant ride.

I love the SLC but admit it is boring if you're just doing straight freeway driving. The W108 is perhaps better in that regard as you can enjoy the view over the bonnet and that fantastic, charming, classic interior. It is (at least as a 280SE six) responsive and fun around sweeping bends and tighter corners. I haven't driven W107 and W108 over the same roads so can't directly compare.

You've made me nostalgic Marty. I'd better make an excuse to take my 350SLC on a good run again soon
Thanks Emad!
I actually went through the thread about the member trying to sell the SLC ,couldn't believe it! I hate selling things and selling cars is the worst because of all the dummkopf lowballers!

Thanks too for the rust-link...will be reading this now and going through a few more...
Cheers Marty
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