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Post by Giles » Wed 01 Apr, 2009 7:26 pm

Can anyone list their cars from first to current.
Here's mine:
1969 Valiant VE 225 CID slant 6, inbuilt speed limiter as would boil at 62 mph
1974 Datsun 1200 Coupe with webber down draft carbs and extractors.
1976 XB Fairmont Wagon 250 CID ex Brighton Vic. CIB, complete with spent shells. Had some strange police options.
1962 VW sedan (two door) 1600 CC with dual solex carbs, extractors and converted to 12 volt (said I'd never own a Euro car ever again after having this.)
1978 XC Fairmont Wagon 302 CID, close to GXL specs but with vinyl seats and no sunroof. Drove half way around Australia in this, was home away from home.
1988 Camry CS 5 speed manual wagon 2 litre, company car (no more Jap. cars please)
1977 Ford Fairmont 302 CID, so you think by know I had something about Ford wagons, Ground Hog Day.
1976 Toyota Celica Coupe 2 litre (not liftback) Japanese Mustangish look. Twin carbs no extractors.I know I said no more Jap cars but I sold for a profit.
1991 Ford Falcon 5 speed manual S Pac Wagon. Purchased new to order. Had to wait two months, no more Fords I thought after owning this one.
1974 Ford XB 351 CID Ute. Built up to GT look and had it for years, loved it. Was a real handful to drive and sucked the juice but had character.
1994 Ford Fairlane 5 Litre. My hair turned a shade of grey so I did the suspension and headers but it made no difference.
1977 Ford Ute 3.3 Litre, 3 on the tree. Garbage bin.No more Fords, ever I said !!!
1978 Ford P6 LTD 351 CID Poor mans limo, RR type grille. Never got to full restoration before having to sell.
1990 Toyota Lite Ace. Bought for work van, absolute death trap. Quickly on sold before loosing life.
1994 Nissan Patrol with 6.5 litre Chevy diesel. Hard riding unstopable monster.
1999 E430 Avantegarde. Still own. Nice car to drive. Wife's daily drive.
1988 300SEL (3rd. car) Still own. Have beed advised to sell by financial advisor, my wife. Priced accordingly to sell, slowly. "I am making an effort honey."
2001 Volvo V-XC-70 2.4 Litre turbo AWL wagon (shame on me, but it was the best suited unit for my needs). Nice unit, awaiting pricing of ECU software program for more herbs and spices.
Anyone got a "Bloody Volvo Driver" bumper sticker? Or "My other cars are a Mercedes".
Would enjoy reading others journey. Mr Green 's may take some time to compile no doubt.
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Giles
1981 500SLC (Colour Black) Keeper car Lola
1975 280CE Signal Red Long term Project Ginger
1999 W163 ML430 MB Search & Rescue Vehicle Mary-Lou
1987 W126 420SEL Melb based long hauler Erwin

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Post by GreaseMonkey » Wed 01 Apr, 2009 8:48 pm

Well done for remembering them all, although too many Toyotas for my liking.
I reckon my list would be longer,
and NO Jap cars,
ever,
but there are many others I would have forgotten.
I will work on it, see how far I get.
This could be an interesting thread if only to jog all our memories.
Chris M.

1976 450SLC (Sunny Sundays only)
1985 280E
1984 190E
1927 Model T Ford 'Woody' Depot Hack (work in progress)
1923 Model T Ford Racer project.

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Post by Giles » Wed 01 Apr, 2009 11:35 pm

Two Toyotas, too many. No wonder they made a profit for so long.
Only ever bought one new one and that was twenty one years ago. Now I know why they made a loss last year.
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1981 500SLC (Colour Black) Keeper car Lola
1975 280CE Signal Red Long term Project Ginger
1999 W163 ML430 MB Search & Rescue Vehicle Mary-Lou
1987 W126 420SEL Melb based long hauler Erwin

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Post by Ivanerrol » Thu 02 Apr, 2009 12:22 am

Too many to list easily - 40 plus cars so far from memory.
Here's a precis

2 x Triumph's : Worst cars I ever bought. I bought two too make sure. They should have been driven from the factory directly to the tip. (A dollie and 2500)
4 x Large 70's BMW,s Money Pits from the time they left the factory - Have improved of late - or so I've heard.
3 x Land Rovers series III - all bought new - all used in third world country
3 x 70's Fiat's including a venerable 130 saloon V6 - everybody should own an Italian car at least once in their life. Caveat - make sure you have a tool kit in the boot.
4 x Holdens one '59 model (first car) and three brand new 70's models - (before I saw the light of the European car)
4 x 90's Fords wagons - bought for work purposes
4 x Valiants 1 x Charger, 1 x VE V8 VIP + 2 others
4 x Toyotas of varying years from the 60's to the nineties
2 x Mitsubishis Both never made 10 years - wore out.
3 x Subaru Outbacks - I.M.H.O. best car on the road for it's price and purpose.
11 x Mercedes Benz - W108, W123, W116 x 2, W126 x 3, W124, W140, W210, W209 - Worst W209 - Marketing excuse to make money. Best - W126 380SE. W140 was great car - mine was let down by too many problems - and then the depreciation.

1967 Fiat 125s Sedan. DOHC, 4Wdisk brakes, 5 speed on the floor, Bucket seats, Full instrumentation, Radio, seatbelts, Heater demistor - all standard - 100mph and 30mpg
My brand new 1971 HG holden 186 Kingswood - Optional extras - Front disk brakes, heater demistor, radio, bucket seats.Seatbelts had just become mandatory otherwise they were an extra.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Post by pastelgrey300D » Fri 03 Apr, 2009 9:18 am

My list is mainly Japanese too, but things have changed now!

- 1964 Morris Mini 850 - First car bought 1998, still owned - don't even want to know how much cash has gone into it.
- 1981 Sigma - Cheap S***kicker car - worst rust I've ever seen on a car other than at the wreckers.
- 1973 Volvo 145 Wagon - Good at carrying things and the 4 speed manual was nice, but that's about it
- 1988 Mazda 626 Turbo Hatch - Fast and sorta practical, but unreliable due to being thrashed all its life
- 1989 Ford Telstar Turbo Hatch - Much better than the 626, but they still hadn't learnt how to paint a car properly
- 1968 Mazda 1500 SS Sedan - The only Japanese car I've ever really liked! Beautiful style with Japanese reliability! Shame it was so run down.
- 1968 Mazda 1500 Deluxe Sedan - Came as a parts car with the 1st one - got it running eventually!
- 1980 Mercedes 300D (pastelgrey) - Loved this car, but was a bit rough around the edges - years of driving on gravel roads and seldom being washed had taken its toll on the body and driveline.
- 1973 Datsun 1200 Sedan - This was a bit of a sentimental purchase as Dad had one when I was growing up - but even a new interior and a full-on scrub up couldn't disguise how overrated it was (if I hadn't had the 300D before I'd probably still be driving it! - fortunately for me early Datsuns in clean, original condition fetch stupidly high prices!)
- 1981 Mercedes 240D (current) - As a result of 300D withdrawl symptoms, I'm back to the W123 diesels!
David
1967 W111 230S - Horizonblau
1965 W110 190c - Mittelrot
1967 W110 200D - Weiss (work in progress)
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Post by Boyracer » Fri 03 Apr, 2009 12:03 pm

Speaking for myself, I don't think there's anything wrong with Japanese cars. I don't remember ever needing to join a forum to find out how any of mine worked. They just seemed to keep on keeping on, admittedly mindlessly, and without any intervention from me, which suited me just fine as far as those cars were concerned.

So here's my list.

1985-1987: 1969 Renault 10S - restored, one owner deceased estate. Poor little car suffered in the hands of a newly licensed teenager. By the end of my 'custody', this car had been fitted with extractors, had a sunroof fitted and the wheels had been sent away and widened among other things. Somewhere between this and now, I became a Purist.

1988-1988: 1988 Sukuzi Mighty Boy - my first new car! I lasted six months before I gave in to my anxiety about driving around in something half as strong as the alfoil Mum was wrapping the Sunday roast in. :?

1988-1989: 1982 Mazda 626 - Unremarkable, uninspiring, trouble free motoring. See my third sentence above.

1989-1991: 1985 BMW 323i coupe - what a great car! It gave me heaps of enjoyment and cost me a heap more to maintain.

1991-1992: 1991 Honda CRX - zippy, handled well but probably a tad too light. It used to be very twitchy on corners.

1992-1997: 1969 Mercedes Benz 250 - another one owner deceased estate, completely immaculate and unrestored.

1997-2004: 1997 Suzuki Baleno hatch - bought purposely as a car that would be used and abused (by my standards at least). Basically, this meant it was still maintained properly and washed every week, but was also left parked in and around the streets of inner Sydney, often overnight.

Current
2004 & continuing: 2004 Peugeot 206CC 2.0L - my current commute. As I am now more interested in older cars, this might be the last new car purchased for awhile.
2005 & continuing: 1974 Citroen DS - a hobby car. 2nd place in it's class concours winner.
2007 & continuing: 1995 Rover Mini Cooper - my other hobby car. 1st place in its class.
2006 & continuing: 1985 Mercedes Benz 230E - was Dad's from new, now mine. More sentimental than hobby, but a keeper nonetheless.

And last, and almost certainly least: :wink:
2007 & continuing: 1995 Mazda 121 - hehehe... this has been a great little car to take to places where I wouldn't take anything else or when I want to be incognito! I call it my Urban Assault Vehicle. It's sat in restaurant car parks whilst I've sat inside enjoying a meal and felt no anxiety at all about panel damage for a change. An unusual & liberating experience!

A barrister friend of mine borrowed it when he was restoring a car and had to run around to pick up bits and pieces. He said the prices he paid for his bits and pieces were dramatically lower than when he turned up in his convertible Audi TT. He thought the 121 made him appear 'disarmingly honest' - was the way he put it. :lol:

Best of all, aside from rego & insurance, this car has cost me virtually nothing. It was a one owner car and came to me at no cost because the first owner had updated and couldn't be bothered giving himself the trouble of selling it. :lol: I had the timing belt & fluids changed and the air conditioning regassed when I first got it and it hasn't missed a beat. It actually doesn't get used all that often. It'll sit unused for a couple of months, won't leak oil and starts first time, every time - which is all I need from this car.
Cheers,
Michael

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Post by GreaseMonkey » Sat 04 Apr, 2009 12:23 pm

Ok,
while I have a few minutes to spare, I have been trying to remember them all, quite fun actually.
I passed my driving test in 1972 in England and have driven I don't know how many cars since, but here is what I can remember;
1960 Hillman Minx (inherited from mum)
1967 Ford Anglia 105E Van
1955 Ford 103E Popular (sold in Australia as Anglia)
1955 Cadillac Series 60 Sedan
1959 Ford 103E Popular
1960 Hillman Minx (another one!)
1966 Ford Mustang convertible (beginning of my American car phase)
1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible
1955 Oldsmobile Rocket 98 Starfire convertible - what a beauty that was
1963 Ford Galaxie Country Squire station wagon (with fake wood on the sides)
1967 Ford Corsair
1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau with optional 428 motor
1964 Ford Thunderbird
1972 Vauxhall VX 4/90
1973 Volvo 144 (my sensible first house buying phase)
1982 Mini (as new - this was in '84)
1965 Ford Thunderbird convertible (a bit rusty, but everything worked)
1966 Lincoln Continental convertible
1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau (show condition, the one I still miss)
1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 200 Auto (white, 2 litre carby motor, not sold in Aus, my first Benz)
1983 Mercedes-Benz W123 200 auto (another, higher mileage silver one)
1983 Citroen BX14 (I was working in France at the time - great ride, but the world's worst gearchange)
1984 Volvo 245 wagon
1983 Mercedes-Benz W123 230TE wagon
1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 230E (Black with alloys, near perfect)
1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 280E (Euro-spec, a bit smoky but went like a bullet)
then I came to Australia;
1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 280E (still got it, 370,000kms and going fine)
1980 Mercedes-Benz W123 280E (stripped of all useful parts, not much left now)
1975 Mercedes-Benz W116 280SE Crayford wagon (my #1 project, it's getting there slowly)
1927 Ford Model T (being rebuilt as a 'Woody' wagon)
1976 Mercedes-Benz W107 450SLC (near mint, might have to go though, too many toys and we don't use it much)
1984 Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

and I am sure this saga is far from ended.........

Chris Martin

1976 450SLC (Sunny Sundays only)
1985 280E
1984 190E
1927 Model T Ford 'Woody' Depot Hack (work in progress)
1923 Model T Ford Racer project.

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Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 04 Apr, 2009 10:31 pm

Crikey Grease!!! :shock: Some real classic American motor there. :D :D

Can you breakdown your U.K vs Aussie experience?

A Hillman similar to this foto taken in 1966?

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W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 04 Apr, 2009 10:57 pm

Boyracer wrote:Poor little car suffered in the hands of a newly licensed teenager.
Here is a foto of a car that was only 6 weeks old. I bought it in 1974 new, drove it for a month or so, gave it to my mother and went overseas. (told her I'd be back in a few months - came back in 1986.)
The car was a HQ premier, 4 on the floor 308 V8 with Monaro pack. (Monaro's were "cop bait" while premiers were old peoples cars).
My mother drove it until 1977 until the petrol consumption got too much (actually I bought her a BMW but that's another story)
A P plater bought this car and wrapped it and himself around a tree three weeks after he bought it (He bought himself also)

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W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Post by Boyracer » Sun 05 Apr, 2009 12:56 am

That's a sad story. I guess we all do silly things at that age. Not everyone survives. :(
Cheers,
Michael

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Post by AndrewsSL/SEL » Sun 05 Apr, 2009 4:20 pm

There are some real weird blends of brands and performances in these lists.

I should fit right in.

68 Ford Cortina 1600 sedan [I learned to drive, rebuild brakes, change the clutch with this car]
69 Hillman Hunter Royal [Wrote of the front end along with a brick fence, not my fault and no injury]
74 Ford XB GS 351 sedan [I found out about rust with this car but it went like a rocket!]
70 Ford XY 250 sedan
76 Toyota Hiace Van [great for the surf trips]
69 Hillman Hunter GT [bought it for $400 and it was surprisingly fast- alloy head, oversize valves, jag style wood dash with all the gauges, twin 150 stromberg carbs, extractors and the worlds best heater. 10-30deg in 30 seconds!]
78 Ford XC GS 302 Panelvan [650 Holley Edelbrock performer manifold, extractors so then dual fuel got fitted, lowered to the max and could go round a corner like it was on rails. I ripped out 2 sumps it was that low :( ]

Then I got back into motorbikes
85 Honda XR250 [Two sets of wheels road trail for weekdays, knobbies for weekends]
90 Suzuki RMX 250 [fully specs enduro weapon. White power shocks, pro circuit powerpipe, excel rims]

78 Holden Bedford Van [to carry the RMX for the weekend enduro races and trips away with the boys :D :D ]
80 Mazda 626 Super Deluxe coupe [nice car that the then girlfriend, now wife claimed]
85 Ford XE 250 sedan [LPG, I hated the taxi suspension so I had Pedders fit Tickford eq springs, shocks and sway bar :) ]
94 Ford EB Fairmont Series II [Ex father in laws, LPG as with the XE I had a full suspension upgrade]
78 Holden 308 1 Tonner [L34 bathurst heads, Erson hi-flow 1 cam, Holley butterflies on a huge LPG carb, Edelbrock performer manifold, Genie extractors-2.5 inch single system, turbo 400 stage 2 shift kit with a hi-stall converter, fully rebuilt from the ground up with a statesman front end, and interior, GTS dash steering wheel and wheels. Oh I loved my ute :D :D :D :D ]
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From then on other than the Mercedes SL and SEL it's been company cars. The SL is a garage queen and my wife drives the Limo.
Andrew

86 Diamond Blue 420SEL [That is being parted out and stripped for spares]
87 Red 190E 2.6 [Cossie Bodykit, R129SL 4pots/rotors, Bilstein/H&R suspension=GOKART]
87 White 300SL R107 Roadster [Which has sadly become a bit of a garage queen]
89 Nautical Blue 420SEL [The new Limo thats now the wife and sons daily driver with hot old Lorinser LO rims]
13 White Ford XR6 1 ton ute[The work ute]

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Post by Ivanerrol » Sun 05 Apr, 2009 5:25 pm

One of G.M.H.'s greatest mistakes. They stopped making those one tonners.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Post by Brad220S » Sun 05 Apr, 2009 9:59 pm

I'm only young in comparrison (no offence) so my list isn't quite as long.

1964 VW beetle - 12A Rotory. Luckily it was never finished, it was soooo ful of rust it would have falen apart soon as you took off.

1973 MK1 Ford Escort - 2ltr pinto, was built as a rally car and entered in the "kidney kar rally", was a fun little car

1978 Chrysler Scorpian - pre mitsubishi, i would never admit to ownina a mitsubishi, turned me off them forever, was a good car, but so stupidly built. 1st car i was legally allowed to drive on the road

1988 VL Commodore

1990 Nissan Pulsar GTi-R - miss that car, brilliant, fast (12.5 sec qtr mile times) , handled like a slot car, easy to drive on the street. But just about anything that would go wrong was an engine out job, even to change a starter motor.

1960 Morris Minor Ute. - under restoration at the moment, all mechanicals are done, 1275 Mk 4 Sprite motor, twin SU, mild cam, 30 thou oversize, Morris major 4.2 diff (5.4 is original) but typically for a panel beater only the body work remains to be done.

2005 Mazda 3 SP23 Hatch - current daily driver

1960/61 Mercedes 220Sb Sedan

To be continued........................

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Post by Boyracer » Mon 06 Apr, 2009 11:08 pm

Well, so far it seems we're ALL all over the place when it comes to cars. It's nice to see!
Cheers,
Michael

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Post by Tony From West Oz » Tue 07 Apr, 2009 1:47 am

Going waaaay back in time, I will try to get the order of events pretty close chronologically:
  1. 1951 Morris Minor. Mum's car, was given to me on the condition that I repair the crash damage and the cause of the crash - seals gone in master cylinder. I did and rebuilt the engine several times - due to my "need for speed" and the poor car's inability to provide it.
  2. Morris Marshall (re-badged and cosmetic changes to Austin A105 Cambridge, powered by the 2.6L 6 cyl with twin carbies - capable of 100mph, but drove like a barge and accelerated and braked like one too. I accumulated several similar cars for parts Morris Isis, Austin A95, etc.
  3. 1970 Skoda 1200cc 4door. Not a bad car from the Czech, but was rear-ended, putting me in hospital with ca fractured skull, 3 months after purchase. Car written off by insurer.
  4. Renault Dauphine Gordini. The French put together a small rocket with this one, 40+MPG and very nimble town car. Pity about the ride and cruising comfort levels. Someone turned in front of oncoming traffic and wrote the Dauphine off.
  5. Hillman Minx Station Wagon - my first Automatic. Suffered from a crook torque convertor. Building a new home at the time, so decided to go to a
  6. Holden HR X2 Auto - No problems with the Automatic, except that it had 2 speeds, - stopped and slow. How GM believed any motorist would appreciate such a useless transmission, I don't know. Drove across the Nullabor, but identified head/gasket failure by Coolgardie. Loosened the pressure cap and kept a close eye on the temperature. Replaced the head gasket in Adelaide because we couldn't get out of there without it boiling.
  7. Datsun 1200 Station Wagon. Reliable, nippy around town, similar ride levels to the Dauphine. Moved to Carnarvon and towed a 1 tonne trailer up there with the Fridge & Freezer on Board. The poor girl was feeling the weight on every rise and every slight headwind. I was on shift there and the extra income allowed me to buy my second new car
  8. Mazda 180B Station Wagon - my pride & Joy at the time made the trips to & from Perth effortlessly. On the way back to Carnarvon an emu tried to come on board, but just wrapped his head around the back wheel and dented the panel work.
  9. A bit fuzzy here, but we came back to Perth with 2 kids in 77 and I changed jobs somewhere around 82 - I can't remember much of that time, but I really wasn't having fun at all.
  10. Falcon XD sedan - Divorced
  11. Falcon XE Wagon - Remarried. Mrs had Corolla Wagon.
  12. Nissan Urvan 12 seater bus. Ex-salt mine vehicle had no rear guards untouched by rust, just carpet glued to the red flakes of metal. When it rained, there was a flood. Retired when the roof seam welds started giving way after 18 months ownership.
  13. AEG 590ci Metro Bus - We converted it to a motor home - piston separated from con-rod which beat the cylinder liner to pieces. Too much damage & too heavy for me to repair it.
  14. Falcon XF sedan
  15. 1980 Mazda Capella 2.0 Diesel (grey import). The first car I ever ran on used cooking oil. Lost a coolant hose and warped the head. Still drove for another 12 months before dropping in an imported engine fitted with a Pressure Wave Turbocharger. Went like the clappers. Later found the boost limit function was not working (2.0 Bar from 1K RPM to max RPM) causing head bolt stretch. Sent to mechanic to fix, came back with pistons hitting valves :( No joy from mechanic, too expensive to take thru courts, sold for parts.
  16. 1980 300D. My first Mercedes Benz vehicle. I was converted. My wife wanted one also, soon we were a 2 MB family. Poor bodywork on this one would have been very expensive to repair
  17. 1984 300D. A friend was selling his - I had admired it for some time and when he needed a car to take his wire's wheelchair, I asked what he wanted and paid him for it. Sold the '80 shortly after for what I paid for it. This '84 is the TurboFatmobile.
  18. 1982? 280E. I saw this in the Quokka and it was cheap - blown motor. Bought it for ~$650 and drove it home, still licensed. Hum'd and Ha'd for a while - too good to part out, so I looked for an OM617 to slip in and make her go again. Licence ran out. A friend said her 300D had been for sale for a while :roll: so when I had a look and drive (almost no drive due to low fluids) I bought it for $1000 and had Mrs tow me home in it. 2 months later, over the pits and she was re-birthed as a 300D. Was smashed up last July when another idiot turned in front of me at traffic lights. Repaired and is now running again with new front end bushes and shocks.
  19. W124 300D '87 We needed a car as the '84 had the engine out to fit the Turbodiesel and Mrs's car had IP issues, so we bought this one. A bit rough in the trim but seems to run well. When the weather heated up, we found it needed a replacement viscous clutch and may have head gasket issues. Weather is cooling down now, so I doubt these issues will rise again until next summer. Will deal with them before then.
That is somewhere close and those cars which are missing are probably not worth mentioning.
Most were just A-B cars and were never washed or vacuumed.

We currently have 4 licensed, running 300Ds, 3 are W123s, 1 is a W124.
The cars we have now are rarely vacuumed and get washed only for special occasions. Some live outside, others are more sheltered.


We also have 4 W123 parts cars, the donor for the 280E - 300D transplant, another 300D with rust issues, a 230C with severe rust issues and a 280E which may find a new home with Nick.

This represents 41 years of driving.
Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

'83 W123 300D 325000km (Wife's car Josephine - sold).
'84 W123 300D replaced good OM617 912 with OM617 952 and enjoyed having good acceleration for the first time since first driving a 300D in 2002 - became engine and trans donor for 300CD Turbodiesel conversion. Now parted out.
'86 W124 300D sold (Wife's old car - sold )
'85 W123 300CD, 275 000km (Fatmobile) rebuilt turbodiesel from previous Fatmobile transplanted into 280CE (SOLD)
'99 W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my darling Wife's car - Sold)
'98 W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my car - Sold)
'06 Ssanyong Musso Crew Cab 2WD Ute (OM662 diesel and Auto Transmission)

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Post by Brad220S » Tue 07 Apr, 2009 6:18 pm

Tony From West Oz wrote: [*]Renault Dauphine Gordini. The French put together a small rocket with this one, 40+MPG and very nimble town car. Pity about the ride and cruising comfort levels. Someone turned in front of oncoming traffic and wrote the Dauphine off.
I kmow exactly what you mean with this. My Father has a Renault 750 fitted with a 850 Dauphine Gordine motor with a stupidly big cam and 4 speed box.
I absoluely love driving it, most fun you can have in a car with your pants on. :wink:
The look on peoples faces to see such a small car easily keeping up on the highway at 70mph (often faster :twisted: )
Very under rated car, with the amount of attention it gets, one would think they would be worth much more. I've had dozens of people looking at it, completely ignoring some beautiful, rare and valuable cars parked near it

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by GreaseMonkey » Tue 07 Apr, 2009 7:52 pm

Ivanerrol wrote:Crikey Grease!!! :shock: Some real classic American motor there. :D :D

Can you breakdown your U.K vs Aussie experience?

A Hillman similar to this foto taken in 1966?

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The Americans wer all stars in their own way, but the last '66 T-Bird was totally as new, I should have kept that one
Both of my Hillmans were 1960 series III models, the one with the cute curled over rear wings, that one you had would have been pre'57.
Breakdown my UK vs Aussie experience? How do I do that?
Sydney is as bad as London, but otherwise there is a lot more space here, less traffic, easy to get around etc, but the standard of roads is pretty poor, which coupled with the climate gives cars a hard treatment, while that old cliche about UK cars being rusty no longer counts, most councils do not use salt on the roads, the winters are usually milder now with less snow anyway, and some Aussie cars that been parked at the beach too long are far worse.

Interesting thread though,

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by dt280 » Sat 11 Apr, 2009 7:33 pm

Mine since 1992.

1983 Camira wagon - was bought by parents, it actually didn't go too bad at all, had the 5 speed manual. Though ended up doing a head gasket & the heater - The old man had to drop the dash to fix it..... Kept it until I had my licence for a year or so.

1979 Datsun 280zx. Great handling car, great fun as a p-plater car! Had it for a couple of years.

1988 EA falcon s-pack - my first 'good' car. Had the 5-speed manual, suffered from the usual falcon issues (kept having to replace ignition modules) but kept it for 6 years.

1983 Mazda 626 coupe. Got it when I had to drive from Bayswater to Cheltenham when I got transferred there for a bit with work. Paid $700 for it at auction, fixed up a couple of things, drove it for 6 months & sold it for $3500!

1993 ED falcon futura - another auction bargain ($2200 from memory - back in 2002 when these things were still 10 grand in dealers yards). Huge improvement from the EA.

1996 EL Fairmont - bought when I got a promotion at work

2002 AU3 Fairmont - Great car, Ford finally got it right, very underrated car. Got sick of it though, wanted to get something completly different for a change.

1994 W124 E280. Saw it at the auctions, and the starting price was VERY cheap! Had to put in a bid.. Ended up getting it for 5 grand, and to top it off, didn't need a thing to pass the roadworthy. Already thinking about the next Benz..

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 11 Apr, 2009 9:12 pm

dt280 wrote:Mine since 1992. 1983 Camira wagon - .
Camira's. - weren't they another one of those famous Wheels car of the year Lemons?

Golly, don't you think back and remember that the first cars you had were really sentimental purchases and then realise they were not much in the scheme of things

My sister had a Camira - bought it new. Her husband pranged it. When it went to the panel beaters to get it fixed the correct parts weren't available. One side of the car had different panels to the other. Even the strip down the side was different. Even the paint didn't match. This was when the car was only a couple of years old!! Wasn't this rated the worst car that Holden ever made? :lol: :lol: :lol: The famous J world Car.

My sister traded the Camira in on a 1975 Renault 16. It caught fire on the way home from the dealer - uninsured :lol: :lol: :lol:

The Camira might have been an ordinary car however some of the British cars of the 60's and seventies were criminally bad. - Anybody out there admit to owning a Morris Marina??? Triumphs were in bad league of their own. ( I had two :oops: :oops: )

Those early Ford E series cars weren't too bad by the time they had evolved to the ED. The EL was a good model at the time as well.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by OzBenzHead » Sun 12 Apr, 2009 2:51 pm

My list of cars owned -- in no particular order of my ownership (some model years forgotten or vague). Some I kept for mere months (or, in one case, four weeks -- the R100, which I "rotated" at 94 mph -- and survived!). Numerous spare-parts cars missing from list. Company / employer cars not listed (but have had about 12 or so of those, mostly Kingswoods and Falcons, but one Fairlane, one Mini Clubman).

Updated April 2017.

1953 Fiat 500 -- Hand-painted gold, with fake leopard-skin seat covers; my first car: 50 quid, registered and running. I was 13 (1963) when I bought it, and managed to get busted driving it only once -- by the police station sergeant who, being a cousin of my Old Man's, gave me a clip over the ear and sent me home with the warning not to let him see me in it again -- which he didn't, because I moved it to a mate's farm out of town and drove it around the back roads. When I was old enough to drive legally, four years later, I sold the Fiat for the same amount I'd paid for it, and bought:
1954 Morris Minor 2-door low-light -- well, it was one year newer!
1956 Morris Minor convertible -- eventually sold to Crawford Productions in Melbourne; CP wrote it off in an episode of one of their cop shows (Matlock Police, I think)
1957 Morris Minor panel van -- ex RAA roadside service van with 1100 cc motor, twin SUs, and MGB gearbox; went rather well (in a straight line)
1964 (?) Morris Mini
1953 Ford Consul -- did some mention pulling the skin off cold custard?
1960 Morris Oxford station wagon
1954 FJ Holden ute
1959 Morris J van
1962 Comma van
1964 VeeDub Kombi
1963 VeeDub Beetle
1970 HG GTS Monaro -- bought brand new; by far the biggest PoS I've ever owned!
1969 HT Holden ute
1959 Citroen DS16
1964 EH Holden station wagon -- x2 -- $50 each -- one good mechanically, one good bodily; made one roadworthy car of the two; I was in immediate post-divorce poverty stage of life
1966 HR Holden Special
196? XR Falcon 500
19?? XC Falcon ute
19?? XF Falcon panel van
1966 VC Valiant Regal
1967 VE Valiant ute -- As it succeeded the VC, I wonder why Chrysler didn't call this model the VD? LOL
1970 Mazda R100
1960 (?) Mk X Jaguar
1973 XJ6 Jaguar
1949 Rover 75 (P4)
1953 Rover 90 (P4)
1954 Rover 90 (P4)
1956 Rover 90 (P4)
195? Rover 105R (P4)
1958 Rover 110 (P4)
1959 Rover 100 (P4)
1960 Rover 3-litre Mk I (P5)
1961 Rover 3-litre Mk Ia (P5)
1964 (?) Rover 3-litre Mk II (P5)
1965 (?) Rover 3-litre Mk IIc (P5)
1965 (?) Rover 3-litre Mk IIc coupe (P5)
1966 (?) Rover 3-litre Mk III (P5)
1972 (?) Rover 3500 (P6)
1960 (?) Armstrong-Siddeley Star Sapphire IV
1964 S3 Bentley
1978 (?) Renault 17 TS Gordini
1976 (?) Renault 12
1979 (?) Renault 16 TS
1989 Nissan Navara dual-cab ute
1991 Toyota FourRunner
1963 Studebaker Cruiser (updated Lark VIII, former Vic cop car)
1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo
1958 (?) Peugeot 403 station wagon
1963 (?) Peugeot 404
1967 (?) Peugeot 504
1956 (?) Daimler Conquest -- with Wilson pre-selector 'box
1956 (?) Lanchester -- the Daimler Conquest with a different badge and grille, two cylinders fewer, and manual 'box
1955 M-B W180 220a
1965 M-B W111 220Sb
1965 M-B W112 300SE coupé (current, w/end driver)
1966 M-B W108 250S
1968 M-B W108 280S
1968 M-B W108 280SE
1968 M-B W108 280SE
1969 M-B W108 280SE
1970 M-B W108 280SE
1970 M-B W108 280SE (my first Benz)
1974 M-B W116 280SE Crayford Estate conversion -- formerly Rolf Harris's OzMobile
1978 M-B W116 280SE
1979 M-B W116 280SE
1992 M-B W201 180E
1989 M-B W124 300E
1992 M-B W201 190E 2.0
1983 M-B C126 380SEC (current, daily driver as at 2017)
1993(?) M-B W140 300SE (briefly owned for investment purposes – acquired as cheapie, sold for considerably more)

That amounts to four more cars than I've had birthdays (as at April 2017).

Although there may yet be another S-Class Benz somewhere in my future, I've slowed down somewhat in my dotage.

Edit: And whilst not really mine -- it was the Old Man's farm ute, used for taking the cream-cans down to the wharf -- I learned to drive in a 1927 Nash ute: no synchro, very few floorboards, no roof ... . Lots of fun!
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1965 W112 300 SE/C
1983 C126 380 SEC

and formerly:
1955 W180 220a
1965 W111 220 S
1970 W108 280 SE (my first Benz)
1973 W116 280 SE Crayford Estate (previously owned by Rolf Harris)
1980 W116 280 SE
1989 W124 300 E
1992 W201 180 E
1992 W201 190 E 2.0
+ numerous W108 and W116 rolling spares

and prior to my M-B enlightenment:
53 other cars of many nations, but mostly British oil-leakers (including 14 Rovers of the 50s and 60s) cursed by Lucas the Prince of Darkness. First car owned (at age 13): 1953 Fiat. Learned to drive in: 1927 Nash utility paddock-basher & Grey Fergie tractor. Driven distance (logged as at 30 June 2016): 4.6 million km.

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by 116Benz » Mon 13 Apr, 2009 12:32 am

Hmmm going back to 91 (license attained)
91 Corolla (bought new) lemon, sowed the seed for never owning another toyota again
91 KF Laser GL (what I should have bought in the 1st place)
80 SAAB 900 Turbo, Black, Maroon velour, taught me about turbo lag!
82 230E (Thistle Green, cream tex) loved that car!
86 190E, another Thistle Green, odd spec, aus delivered car, rear headrests, velour upholst. elec windows (survived an 80kmh rear end smash, should have been written off, wasnt)
80 280SL R107 (Inca Red, Henna Leather) 4sp manual box, rusty, tried to kill me twice!
89 Mazda MX-5 (impulse buy that I will never regret at all)
90 Mazda MX-6 Coupe, bought from the car yard I was working in at the time, another brilliant car, although menton torque steer and I nod with agreement.
90 300TE had some bling-ing done to it (wheels, exhaust, sound system, dark tinted windows) wasnt the most reliable car
73 450SEL bought for the sum of $2500, sold it 4 wks later for 5k. 1 owner car in really great condition Silver Green with Green velour.
02 C200k sedan, luckily it was a lease car, 1st Benz that I had to use the warranty on, parents took that one over.
95 Mazda MX-5 (missed having one, got another)
75 280SE would have been great if I was told before I bought it that the head was gone on it (bought sight unseen)
78 280SEL my 1st ebay purchase, white with moss green interior, had infamous racing stripe painted on the bonnet and boot by the drunken previous owner. It'll be restored when I get time.
90 300SE, I was told by my gran before she passed away "get yourself a big merc that you can enjoy" So I did. Amazing car for the money.
2013 E220 CDI (Obsidian Black/Black Leather) Comfort Package & 17's
Seems to be the recuring theme of E-Class.
2014 C250 AMG (Brilliant Blue/Grey Leather) Full House with 19's
2003 ML270 CDi (Alabaster White/Grey Leather) Lux pack
3 works well enough......Untill a Thistle W126 SEL comes along.

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by brycedunn » Mon 13 Apr, 2009 3:45 am

Mine is a bit more boring compared to the rest:

1997-2002 - 1985 230E W123. Great car, only sold it because I went to live in the USA for two years
2002-2003 - 1986 300E W124. Sold it when I left the USA to come back to Sydney
2003 - 1977 450SLC W107. Even though I'm now in the USA, can't bear to sell it.
2007 - 1989 560SEC W126. This car is a bit of a jalopy. Rusty and been hit a few times. Using it in the snow in winter (USA)
2008 - 1967 250SE Coupe. Project, just got it running, brakes next
2009 - 1988 560SEC W126. This was to replace the jalopy.
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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by will230 » Mon 13 Apr, 2009 9:41 am

My list definately won't be as long as other's here...

1964 EJ Holden - was supposed to fix up, but didn't have time with all my school work etc.

1974 TA22 Toyota Celica - Interior bits a tad shoddy, mechanically good, except for needing a new thrust bearing, cv joints, suspension bushings, respray, rust cut out...... Moved to QLD from VIC, so it got left behind. Paid 600, sold for 1000.

1979 Mercedes 230 - Perhaps not the best entry into the Mercedes ownership world. Drank like my wallet was 10x fatter than it is. Slow, agricultural sounding engine. Carby troubles led to it being sold for a little less than i'd spent on it. Still, it's the car I miss the most.

1993 Audi 80 - Engine was reliable, rocket compared to the 230, but..... yawn. Looked boring, drove boring. Computer controlled gearox playing up/rego due. Just sold it the other day and now holding off for the perfect little British oil leak or Mercedes to buy.

Not the biggest list, but considering I have been licenced for just over 12 months, driving for about 24, it's not a bad start.


In 10 years time it better be full of Mercs!
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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Carl » Wed 22 Apr, 2009 2:40 pm

In no particular order...
Renault - 5TS, 5 Gordini
Fiat - 131 1600TC, 131 2000TC, 132 Bellini, 128 Sedan, 128 3p, Strada Abarth
Alfa - Alfasud Sprint, Alfetta 1750 sedan
Vauxhall - Cavalier SRi
VW - Golf (current drive)
Holden - Commodore VH
Chrysler - Charger
Ford - Foulcan (current drive - refuses to die)
Mercedes - '83 280TE (blue, with fuel injection cold running issues to fix) '81 280TE (yellow - with petrol smell to fix) both current
'81yellow 280TE

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by 4heckssake » Thu 23 Apr, 2009 3:56 pm

In chronological order

Datsun 200B
Subaru Touring Wagon
Saab 900i
HT Holden Ute
Peugeot 504 Ti
EJ Holden Ute
Mercedes W108 250S
Rover P6B
Volvo 240 Wagon
Volvo 360GLT
VW Golf GL
Rover SD1
Subaru Liberty Wagon
Mercedes W114 280e
Subaru Liberty Wagon
Mercedes W123 280CE
Mercedes W114 280e
Mercedes W123 230TE

The above were interspersed with a series of boring work cars in the 90’s, (commodores, falcons, magnas and camries)
Current fleet: W202 C240 wagon and Nissan ute.

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Tony T » Thu 23 Apr, 2009 4:37 pm

Hah! This is too easy............. :wink:
1977 Holden Kingswood Wagon
1991 Ford Falcon
1990 Ford Falcon (got it when my Mum died)
1974 W114 280E
1978 W123 280E (Still own)
1979 W123 280E (Still own)
1974 W107 450SLC (Still Own)
1988 W124 300E (Still Own)

Listing the motorcycles I've owned may not be so easy.......... :lol:
Tony

450SLC, 280SE, 280TE, 300E

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by SimonE200 » Tue 05 May, 2009 10:17 pm

Not a long list, but...

2CV
Mini-Metro
Ford Fiesta XR2
Vauxhall GTE
Renault 5 GT Turbo
Peugeot 405 Turbo Diesel
Vauxhall Cavalier
BMW 316i SE
Ford Fairmont EF Ghia
Ford Territory Ghia
Mercedes-Benz E200K
Mercedes-Benz 300SE

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by bahnstormer109 » Wed 06 May, 2009 9:55 pm

in order of purchase-
cars i regoed and drove/drive:
1972 280CE
1972 300SEL 3.5
1978 280SEL
1981 300TD
1972 250
1981 280TE
1979 450SEL
1986 560SEL

cars i bought and sold but never regoed or drove:
1980 300D
1980 280S

cars i bought/ was given for parts:
1970 250CE
1977 300D
1969 280SE
u/k 230.6
u/k 280 (114)
1980 280TE
Paolo
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72 300SEL 3.5
82 380SEL
84 280CE
86 560SEL
86 230TE
A good Benz these days is hard to find, so please be gentle with this Benz of mine.

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by dagget » Thu 11 Jun, 2009 10:22 am

Ahh thats easy..from first to most recent, thought I had more in 20 years :(

1967 Ford Cortina Mk2 JWW-161 (1989-92)
1968 Triumph 2000 KBL-109 (1992-3)
1977 Triumph 2500S IZL - ??? (1993)
1977 Leyland Mini MINI-77 (1993-5)
1973 Series 1 Jaguar XJ6 CJB805 (1995-1998)
1978 Mercedes 300D OTY675 (and if it is still around I don't want it back!) (1998)
1975 Mercedes 280 OJR065 (1998 -2004)
1971 Mercedes 280SE (no rego) (1999)
1972 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 KED506 (1999 - 2005)
1963 Mercedes 190 (very long term project) (2000)
1967 Volkswagen Beetle (no reg parted out) (2003)
1965 Volkswagen Beetle LAK 204 (2003 -2009)
1969 Triumph 2000 TCE574 (now KED506) (2004 -current)
1977 Triumph 2500S (2004 - 5)
1977 Triumph 2500TC (IXV556) 2004 - parts
1972 Triumph 2000 (bought and sold withing 2 hours)
1965 Triumph Spitfire IOD222 (2004 - current)
1963 Volkswagen Beetle HWY728 (2007- current)

Next - Another Mercedes 300D....
Current Benz
1978 W123 300D 251,000kms

Past Benzes
1978 W123 300D
1975 W115 280
1972 W108 280SE 3.5

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by CraigB » Thu 11 Jun, 2009 3:10 pm

This is a funny thread isn't it. Good to get it off your chest!! And who would have guessed that the common non-benz thread between Gordon and me would be a Series V Morris Oxford!

Presented largely chronologically on purchase/accumulation. I am a bit hazy on some of the precise years (and forgetting bikes)

1954? Austin A30
1960 Morris Oxford
1959 Austin A55 x 2
1962 Wolsely 24/80
1964 Mini 850 sedan and van
1923 and 1924 Hupmobiles
1959 and 1960 MG Magnette
1977 Mazda RX5 (modded engine – loved that car)
1964 Triumph Spitfire
1969 XT Falcon a 6 and then a V8
1954 Riley Pathfinder x 2
197? Ford Escort
1977 ford Escort fully prepared rally car
1987 Toyota Seca (4age) – surprisingly capable car with that engine
1998? Ford Mondeo (surprisingly good as a new car – only had for a year or so as co. car)
1993 Holden Rodeo diesel dual cab
1998 Peugeot 406 wagon stdt (written off)
1969 W108 – the first and sold mainly due to marriage settlement (easier to sell than argue value and sold much more than I dreamed of -$7k for a 6– made me look like I was trying to rip her off!)
But more embarrasing is the size of the current list!
1968 Alfa 1750 GTV
1924 Amilcar
1927 Whippet
1976 S3 Land Rover
2004 Peugeot 406 wagon HDI
1971 Datsun 1600 (Wifes really)
and the Benzes
1950 170s
1968 250s
1971 280s
1969 280s x2 one man one auto
1968 280s
1972 280se 3.5
1969 280SL
1980 280s W116
1982 500SEC
Also through work spent a lot of time with a whole series of Nissan Patrols.
I don't think I have forgotten anything but with so many it is possible! It doesn't include those intended for wrecking, but there are a few of the present fleet that were bought on the basis of being great donor cars if ever I do need to.

That's only 40 at 45 yo, so I still need to do a bit of work to catch Gordon!
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280s's
280SE3.5
280SL
350SL
500SEC's
560SEL's

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Greg in Oz » Fri 12 Jun, 2009 1:47 am

Craig,

I can't believe how many cars you and some of the others have owned and still own! I have been meaning to reply to this thread for a while as my list is really easy. You see, I don't come anywhere near you guys for the number of cars owned, but I suspect I would do well on a list of who has owned theirs the longest. To put you in the picture I got my license on my 17th birthday almost 33 years ago (now you all know how old I am and yes, I have a big one coming up later this year).

1977 until present day:
My first car which I still own is a 1972 Mini Clubman GT. Many have not heard of these as they were a limited production model manufactured only in Australia and sold only in Australia and New Zealand (see http://www.clubmangt.com.au/ for more info). They are essentially a Morris Cooper S MkII in a Mini Clubman body. Despite being much rarer than the Cooper S, they are not yet quite as valuable (probably due to not being well known). My GT has been in my family since new, has been in continuous registration (still wears its original number plates) and is a "matching numbers" car with its original engine and gearbox. Probably the most valuable of all my cars despite only costing about $2800 new.

Late 1970s or early 1980s for a couple of years:
My second car was also a 1972 Mini Clubman GT. This was an impulse buy from a mate who'd just bought it. I bought it from him simply because it was the same colour as my first GT. My mates used to call my two GTs a pair of bookends. Unfortunately this one was nowhere near as good as my first GT.

1983 until present day:
My 1973 C107 350SLC. I had been looking for a W114 280CE when someone told me about a "Mercedes sports" that they knew of that the owner was considering selling. The suggested price sounded too good to be true but further enquiries indeed revealed the car to be an SLC (OK, not a true "sports" but close). Whilst it meant spending over my budget it was very cheap for a 107 in those days (back then SLCs ranged from $30k to $60k and I paid well below that price range). Despite being only 10 years old the 350SLC was somewhat neglected and already had rust in the footwells and sills and needed some mechanical work and TLC. Fortunately I was able to do all this myself and the old girl has turned out to be an extremely reliable car that I have thoroughly enjoyed. She's looking a bit sad again now and it's a bit hard to justify throwing lots of money at her.

1989 until about 1993:
A 1983 Ford Laser KB (rebadged Mazda 323). This was my wife's car when we married. An "appliance" that was relatively cheap A to B transport for her. Was starting to rust and show its age when we sold it.

About 1993 until 1998:
A 1980 S123 300TD. This was the replacement for my wife's Laser. I convinced her that if we were going to have a family we needed a larger and safer family wagon. At first she thought it was too big but she soon got used to it and grew to love her diesel wagon. It was relativley reliable and economical transport but rather basic and boring and oh so slow. A good car around town with its low gearing but hard work on long interstate drives. Driven hard on those drives its fuel economy also suffered. Being a very tidy example and regular concours class winner we sold it for top dollar.

1998 for just 3 months:
A W201 180E. The 350SLC was getting too thirsty in heavy suburban traffic and I was also keen to get back into a manual (I wasn't using my Mini much as a daily driver at this stage). I spotted this very low kilometre 180E that had been owned by an elderly couple from new. He had suffered a stroke and she didn't drive so the car had to go. They just about cried to see it go but figured going to an enthusiast it would be in good hands. Strangely, whilst a nimble car to drive I never particularly warmed to this one and my family was also pressuring me about having too many cars. Dad was looking at another car so he ended up buying the 180E from me and after owning it for several years my brother purchased it from him. He owned it until recently when sadly vandals set it alight in his driveway late one night.

1998 to present day:
Our 1990 S124 300TE. Having sold the 180E I decided we needed something newer so we set about finding a replacement for my wife's 300TD. The logical choice was a 124 series 300TE but good ones were still expensive at up to $60k. One Saturday morning I spotted one at a good price, surprisingly at an MB dealer all the way across the other side of the Sydney metro area. A phone call told us that it had just been traded on a new S210 wagon and they assured us it would be worth our while travelling across town to inspect it. It was worth our while and we purchased it there and then that morning. The trade in offered on the 300TD was rubbish so we subsequently sold it privately for double what was offered as a trade in. The 300TE has turned out to be a fantastic family wagon. It is just the best all round car and is streets ahead of the 123 wagon in just about every regard. On the interstate drives the TE doesn't use any more fuel than the old TD. I hope the 300TE lasts forever as I have no desire to ever replace it. Like our 300TD, the 300TE cleaned up very nicely to also be a regular concours class winner.

2003 to present day:
My 1990 W201 190E 2.3 Sportline 5 speed manual. It was the unique specification of this car that attracted me to it. My wife and I would almost fight over who would get to drive the 300TE and since selling the 180E I was back to using the thirsty 350SLC as my daily driver. Whilst I hadn't warmed to the 180E, this 190E was at the other end of the scale for options and specification. It apparently had been brought to Oz by Mercedes-Benz (who owned it for at least the first year of its life) as a show car to test the market for something more sporty to compete with the 3 series BMW. I have been told it was the only 5 speed manual 2.3 Sportline sold here. The four leather sports bucket seats hug you so tightly and the sports suspension gives this car brilliant road holding without appreciably compromising ride comfort. The smaller leather steering wheel with a faster ratio steering and 5 speed manual transmission give this car a totally different character to a regular 190E. The useful torque from the big four pulling the light 201 body make for an effortless drive and surprisingly spirited performance. As you can tell, I love this car and probably spend 90% of my driving time in it. Whilst a 16 valve "Cosworth" is probably the pick of the W201s for performance and handling, my manual 2.3 Sportline is a great combination of practicality with driver involvement. It is has even proven big enough to take the family away for a week's holiday even though the 300TE is normally used for this. On twisty country roads it brings a smile to my face and on the freeway it cruises as effortlessly as any big Benz. Being an overdrive 5 speed it surprisingly is the tallest geared of all our cars, even more so than the big boy I mention next.

2006 to present day:
My C107 500SLC. The rare 5 litre SLC designed to homologate the 107 coupe for rallies back in the late 1970s had alway been a dream car that I admired but considered would always remain a dream given that they were never sold here and were produced in limited numbers. It was late in 2006 when I read here on OzBenz about this car being listed in an auction catalogue here in Sydney. I just had to have a look just to say I had seen one of these high performance lightweight SLCs in real life even if not to buy it. So on the Saturday morning prior to the auction some friends and I went to inspect it. Whilst it hadn't been detailed and had obviously been stored for some time, I could see a very original unmolested car in surprisingly good condition considering it had spent its life on roads in Europe (it is a Swiss delivery). On the Sunday morning we returned for the auction and my bid was the highest. A dream come true and on the few occasions I have had it out on an unregistered vehicle permit I have loved every minute of it. I can't wait to get it onto historic club plates to enjoy driving it more often. Despite its deceptively fast performance it is a supremely comfortable car. In fact, having now got used to sitting in the front right seat as a passenger, my wife claims this one to be the most comfortable of all our cars to ride in.

Since my list is so short I should probably mention a couple of others. In 2006 I purchased a second 190E 2.3 Sportline. This one was however an insurance write off at a salvage auction. Given the rarity of W201 Sportlines (I have been told that just 15 were officially sold in Oz) and of 2.3 litre versions I considered it worth buying. I have certainly got my money's worth from parts i have used and sold. My wife does however often ask how long before I will finish stripping it and remove the remains. The last one on my list is our Mini motorkhana special. It is essentially a 1970s Mini with all the body work cut away leaving just the running gear, firewall and floor pan. Rigidity is restored by way of tubular bracing and a roll cage. I purchased this complete with trailer from another club member a couple of years ago so my boys and I could enjoy motorkhana competition without killing any of the road cars.

So that's my list. Short on cars but some of the longest in terms of years of ownership and all much loved cars.

Greg
107023 - 350SLC: 1973, 3sp auto, icon gold, parchment MBtex (sold July 2012 after 29 years ownership)
107026 - 500SLC: 1981, 4sp auto, thistle green, green velour
124090 - 300TE: 1990, 4sp auto, arctic white, cream-beige MBtex
124090 - 300TE: 1992, 4sp auto, malachite (spruce green), black MBtex
201024 - 190E-2.0: 1985, 5sp manual, black, black MBtex
201028 - 190E-2.3 Sportline: 1990, 5sp manual, arctic white, blue leather
201028 - 190E-2.3: 1992, 4sp auto, blueblack, grey MBtex
201028 - 190E-2.3 Sportline: 1990, 4sp auto, signal red, black cloth (parts car)
201034 - 190E-2.3-16 Cosworth: 1985, 5sp manual, blueblack, black leather
YG2S8 - Mini Clubman GT: 1972, 4sp manual, blue, parchment vinyl (my first car which I still own)

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by GreaseMonkey » Sun 14 Jun, 2009 9:55 am

CraigB wrote:This is a funny thread isn't it. Good to get it off your chest!! And who would have guessed that the common non-benz thread between Gordon and me would be a Series V Morris Oxford!

Presented largely chronologically on purchase/accumulation. I am a bit hazy on some of the precise years (and forgetting bikes)

1954? Austin A30
1960 Morris Oxford
1959 Austin A55 x 2
1962 Wolsely 24/80
1964 Mini 850 sedan and van
1923 and 1924 Hupmobiles
1959 and 1960 MG Magnette
1977 Mazda RX5 (modded engine – loved that car)
1964 Triumph Spitfire
1969 XT Falcon a 6 and then a V8
1954 Riley Pathfinder x 2
197? Ford Escort
1977 ford Escort fully prepared rally car
1987 Toyota Seca (4age) – surprisingly capable car with that engine
1998? Ford Mondeo (surprisingly good as a new car – only had for a year or so as co. car)
1993 Holden Rodeo diesel dual cab
1998 Peugeot 406 wagon stdt (written off)
1969 W108 – the first and sold mainly due to marriage settlement (easier to sell than argue value and sold much more than I dreamed of -$7k for a 6– made me look like I was trying to rip her off!)
But more embarrasing is the size of the current list!
1968 Alfa 1750 GTV
1924 Amilcar
1927 Whippet
1976 S3 Land Rover
2004 Peugeot 406 wagon HDI
1971 Datsun 1600 (Wifes really)
and the Benzes
1950 170s
1968 250s
1971 280s
1969 280s x2 one man one auto
1968 280s
1972 280se 3.5
1969 280SL
1980 280s W116
1982 500SEC
Also through work spent a lot of time with a whole series of Nissan Patrols.
I don't think I have forgotten anything but with so many it is possible! It doesn't include those intended for wrecking, but there are a few of the present fleet that were bought on the basis of being great donor cars if ever I do need to.

That's only 40 at 45 yo, so I still need to do a bit of work to catch Gordon!
That's more like it!
Forget the obvious stuff, we need more Hupmobiles and Amilcars!
Chris M.

1976 450SLC (Sunny Sundays only)
1985 280E
1984 190E
1927 Model T Ford 'Woody' Depot Hack (work in progress)
1923 Model T Ford Racer project.

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Post by AMG » Sun 14 Jun, 2009 11:52 am

1979 Mazda 323 5-door station wagon 1.4 4spd (lasted 3 weeks)
197? Nissan G60 P-troll swb 4x4 (clunker with front drum brakes. huge fun though)
1985 Honda Civic 4 dr sed 12valve 1.5 with (heaps of mods - right lil ripper that- could regularly eat SS dunnydoors to 130 which is another story)
1982 mazda 626 sedan (lots of mods) rear wheel drive 5 spd which used to tow my go-kart trailer everywhere. most reliable car. still regard it as one of the best cars owned or driven
1984 VH SS Grp3 Commodore (money pit) Still love it to bits. one of the very last to roll off the production line
1999 Holden Astra CD fully optioned with the lotus suspension, abs manual cruise etc. pre GST car, cost a bucketload, but it was a proper belgian opel, not a cheapass one made in spain. Everything in that car was spot on.
2000 nissan pathfinder 4x4 bought new, became rustbucket. sold back to dealer in 2002
2002 Saab 9/3 Aero convertible (anniversary model) Modded with Saab factory racing ECU - which got me free factory servicing and lots of cool stuff. fantastic car. would never have gotten rid of that except for the now EX.
2002 Mazda 323 protege (optioned) Nats' car (now gone)
Still own:
1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL (stella)
1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL (Schultz - rear-ended by a p-plater idiot)
1972 Mercedes-Benz 350 SLC (Lurch)
1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE-24 (Gretel)

This is the car only list. I won't list the bikes, as it's only about the cars. But I can see the bikes outnumber cars by 2:1. I didn't list work cars.
I really didn't think it was many cars for a 35 year old bloke to have owned, but then I realized I spent much more on bikes until I bought the first Mercedes-Benz.

Ooh, and it makes me wonder (how I spent (willingly wasted?) all that money)...

EDIT: 17/05/2017

1987 201.034 (Hermann) purchased some time in 2010. Still have it
1987 201.029 (sabine) purchased from a forum member, sold to a mate (also a forum member - I rank this as almost the biggest car sale mistake I've made)

Sent Schultz to the crusher after pulling the engine & other bits, which found their way into my other cars or on shelves as spare parts.

bought a 2013 RS8:08 megane Still have it
Sold Lurch to Craig
wrote off my S4 Monster april 2013
Parked Gretel in JG's workshop late 2013 with a busted auto trans
Bought a 10/91 Range Rover in late 2015.
2016 was scarce in activity, I Finally got hoist time in JG's workshop, did the 6 speed manual swap, drove gretel back home, late 2016.

2017 - slowly returning things to normal - Hermann's on axle stands in my garage while I mess with the rear subframe / driveline, Stella is parked under the mezzanine gathering dust, Gretel shares duties with the range rover as a 'driver' and the renault has become a recluse - Nat drives it rarely so it's up to me to give it the necessary italian tune up every once in a while.

I have almost become a recycling yard. I have rover axle assemblies, gearboxes, transfer cases and M104 bits and M117 bits and spare 722 transmissions, wheels coming out of every orofice for all the cars except the renault, and a lack of enthusiasm to do much in this freezing cold garage.
Current:
1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Jader1973 » Sat 04 Jul, 2009 4:04 pm

I passed my test in the UK in 1990 and have been here for exactly 2 years today. In order as best as I can remember.

In the UK
1982 Mini - great first car - I broke the gearbox though
1974 SWB Landrover
1989 Peugeot 309
1986 Volvo 240 estate - bought to take to Germany for 3 months while I was at Uni
1993 Honda Civic 3 Door.
1998 A Class Avantgarde- bought brand new, traded in at a horrible loss because MB UK cut the prices just before I got rid of it.
1997 C200 Sport Estate - replaced the A Class in 2000, and kept it until I left the UK in 2007 - sold it to my father.
1982 W123 240D - got it from my father who'd bought it from my wee brother. It was extra rusty and eventually failed an MOT for terminal rust on the inner wings and rear floor - MOT tester's comment was "the headlights are okay". Sold on E-Bay and it then reappeared several times on there over the next couple of years.
Honda Civic 5 door, 3 door, Jazz and CRV - at various times since about 2004 - they were all company cars, and were used by my wife. I may have worked for them, but I wasn't going to drive one every day.

In Aus
2006 BF Mk2 Falcon XT - basically a taxi without LPG. For some reason I use it every day.
2007 Holden Commodore SS - purple, absolutely awesome. company car which they took back early :cry:
2008 Holden Astra CDX - company car.
1980 W123 280TE - used when it isn't raining.
2008 Holden Sportwagon SV6 - bright green, seems to have been adopted by my wife so I use the Ford every day. Also a company car.

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Post by EdCox » Sun 05 Jul, 2009 1:35 am

I'm new around here so i thought this would be a good way of introducing myself.

I'm 18, and have already owned a few cars.

First car was a 1989 BMW 525i.
Bought it for $2300, went bush, sold for $2300. These cars can take an absolute thrashing. pretty happy with that outcome. So was mum. Feel a bit sorry for the poor fellow that bought it without even looking under the bonnet or starting it. i swear he was stoned.
Strangely, it was better optioned than dads 2003 3 series. which he hated.

Next up was a 1976 280se
In superb condition. Interior was perfect. paint was good. Bit of a surprise buy, mum not happy. Found out the rear hydraulic suspension was gone so i decided to get out before going broke. Sold it for slightly more than what i bought it for, after 4 days. Didn't spend a cent on it, not even petrol. Again, Mum was happy to see it go.

Finally, although i am still to pick it up, a 1984 w126 280SE sold with 1 year warranty.
not much of a story here, but am planning to put the warranty to good use and go outback sometime soon.

Also, i ride a bike (2008 CBR125) in and out every day so i guess that counts too.

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'73 280SE Crayford
'81(?) 240TD
'86 SIII XJ6

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Post by suitcaseau » Wed 29 Jul, 2009 11:31 pm

Hi

First car an Austin A40. Dreadful contraption
Then Austin Mini. Another rust bucket but had a lot of fun in it - looking back I am lucky to have survived the experience.
Then VW Beetle. Comfortable seats but the headlights were about as bright as a penny candle. Caught fire one day when I turned the ignition on.

The went to England and was earning decent money so bought a 71 Hillman Avenger - nice car but a biker totally misjudged a roundabout one night and totalled it and almost totalled himself.
A 76 Opel Ascona - my only brand new car ever, cost me over two thousand quid when most of my mates weren't earning that in a year. A brilliant car which outhandled all its peers such as the dreadful Morris Marina and the MK 3 cortina and even more expensive cars such as the BMW 316. I put a kenlowe fan on it which made it a genuine 100 mph car. I did Leeds to London (198 miles) one Sunday in 2 hours 10 minutes (Work it out Ken Layabout). Loved the car so much I kept it until I moved to OZ in 83.

Didn't own a car in OZ for two years but had a GSX 250 Suzuki, lovely little bike,
The a CB750 Honda ex police. A bit top heavy and undergeared; kept looking for a sixth gear whch wasn't there. But that big fairing kept me dry.

First car in Oz an XW falcon. Nice enough but past its use by date really when I first got it
Then - dont laugh - a Volvo 164 wagon. Actually a nice car to drive and very comfortable but much too slow, a small engine carting around a lot of metal.

Then a sigma (stigma). Bloody awful car and when it died I was glad. Even the breakers yard wouldn't take it.

The my very first Benz, 108 250E. Loved it but it had some poorly repaired accident damage and when the engine went it really wasn't worth fixing. 108's are still among my favourites but finding a nice one is hard and I cannot afford two cars.

The a nice 84 230E 123. It too had some poorly finished accident repairs and over 300k on it. But I got the engine done by a place in Huntingdale and with some guidance from Mercbits (Rob Southouse) I did the other work myself . When it finally went last year it had over 360k on it and was still watertight and oiltight. Was sorry to let it go but it was out in the open and it was upsettting me to see it going to waste. My mechanic ( Greg from Gullwing motors in Blackburn) bought it from me to use as a customer lend car.

Then perhaps my favourite; a beautiful 95 124 E280. Bought it in 2005 from a yard in Sydney. Was a doctor's car and was dealer serviced from new with books and only 93k on it. Hope he looked after his patients as well as he looked after this car. Since done another 30k and love it. Absolutely bulletproof. The only big ticklet item so far was the water pump earlier this year ($250 plus 4 hrs labour). Other than that totally reliable but seems to need the Aircon regassed every year (apparently a common fault).

My wife also had a Holden Barina. We bought this because it was made by OPEL and I had very fond memories of my Ascona. But it was a heap of crap and we had nothing but trouble with it. People think Benzes are expensive to maintain but I spent more on maintainence on this Barina than on my 124. People may not believe this but I have the invoices to prove it. My wife now has a Mazda 3 bought new. It is a lovely reliable car but not all that cheap to service. The seats are more comfortable than my 124 but I generally don't like front wheel drive. And Mazda build quality these days is very good. My daughter has a Honda Jazz. Again a very nice well made car with very comfortable seats; but I am now very much a 124 man.

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Post by Mercmad » Sun 27 Sep, 2009 8:57 am

I stopped counting at 200 and that was a long time ago.
Memorable ones include a near mint (almost new ) 1956 Chev belair ,the US version not the stipper OZ version,repowered with 365 HP 327 V8
1936 Riley 15/6 .
Anglia van... :wink:
1939 Ford V8 Coupe ( full house 48 Mercury engine,triple carbs etc etc )
Lots of rusty finny's and various mercs.
My 27 Chev roadster ( still mouldering away in the shed) .
195? Packard Carribean, being an apprentice at the time i couldn't to fuel it so i gave it away... :) .
Renualt Duaphine with buggered battery,another Aprentice special, sold it for $40 :)
A few Hillmans as stop gap transport.
A few Morris eights including the only 1935 Coupe ever built. ( My first resto and still in NZ) .
1963 Plymouth Fury hardtop with an insane 360 small block . That car would accelerate FROM 120 MPH and go right off the speedo. It's in Northern Brisbane I think.
I Have 6 mercs at the moment,my favorite being the 6.3 but the list changes monthly.
my coupe in a hill climb competion at Drury,South Auckland in the 1960's.
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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Giles » Fri 07 Apr, 2017 10:56 pm

Giles wrote:Can anyone list their cars from first to current.
Here's mine:
1969 Valiant VE 225 CID slant 6, inbuilt speed limiter as would boil at 62 mph
1974 Datsun 1200 Coupe with webber down draft carbs and extractors.
1976 XB Fairmont Wagon 250 CID ex Brighton Vic. CIB, complete with spent shells. Had some strange police options.
1962 VW sedan (two door) 1600 CC with dual solex carbs, extractors and converted to 12 volt (said I'd never own a Euro car ever again after having this.)
1978 XC Fairmont Wagon 302 CID, close to GXL specs but with vinyl seats and no sunroof. Drove half way around Australia in this, was home away from home.
1988 Camry CS 5 speed manual wagon 2 litre, company car (no more Jap. cars please)
1977 Ford Fairmont 302 CID, so you think by know I had something about Ford wagons, Ground Hog Day.
1976 Toyota Celica Coupe 2 litre (not liftback) Japanese Mustangish look. Twin carbs no extractors.I know I said no more Jap cars but I sold for a profit.
1991 Ford Falcon 5 speed manual S Pac Wagon. Purchased new to order. Had to wait two months, no more Fords I thought after owning this one.
1974 Ford XB 351 CID Ute. Built up to GT look and had it for years, loved it. Was a real handful to drive and sucked the juice but had character.
1994 Ford Fairlane 5 Litre. My hair turned a shade of grey so I did the suspension and headers but it made no difference.
1977 Ford Ute 3.3 Litre, 3 on the tree. Garbage bin.No more Fords, ever I said !!!
1978 Ford P6 LTD 351 CID Poor mans limo, RR type grille. Never got to full restoration before having to sell.
1990 Toyota Lite Ace. Bought for work van, absolute death trap. Quickly on sold before loosing life.
1994 Nissan Patrol with 6.5 litre Chevy diesel. Hard riding unstopable monster.
1999 E430 Avantegarde. Still own. Nice car to drive. Wife's daily drive.
1988 300SEL (3rd. car) Still own. Have beed advised to sell by financial advisor, my wife. Priced accordingly to sell, slowly. "I am making an effort honey."
2001 Volvo V-XC-70 2.4 Litre turbo AWL wagon (shame on me, but it was the best suited unit for my needs). Nice unit, awaiting pricing of ECU software program for more herbs and spices.
Anyone got a "Bloody Volvo Driver" bumper sticker? Or "My other cars are a Mercedes".
Would enjoy reading others journey. Mr Green 's may take some time to compile no doubt.
Regards,
Giles
Figured this was due for an update

Still got the E430, now mine Mrs A. has a 2017 Mazda CX-9

Have had the follow since last post
1988 Range Rover 4.3
1973 W114 280E sedan
1974 C107 350SLC
1975 C114 280CE coupes x 3 * x 1
1978 W116 450SEL
1991 W140 500SE
1999 W210 E55
2009 Ford Territory Turbo
1981 500SLC *
1980 450SLC *
1999 W163 ML430 *
Parts cars x 12 * x 1

* denotes still own

That covers it, I think.
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1981 500SLC (Colour Black) Keeper car Lola
1975 280CE Signal Red Long term Project Ginger
1999 W163 ML430 MB Search & Rescue Vehicle Mary-Lou
1987 W126 420SEL Melb based long hauler Erwin

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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by OzBenzHead » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 10:28 am

Giles: Your update prompted me to update my list – my original post was eight years ago (my, how time flies!). I've done it on the original post, previous page.
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Currently owned:
1965 W112 300 SE/C
1983 C126 380 SEC

and formerly:
1955 W180 220a
1965 W111 220 S
1970 W108 280 SE (my first Benz)
1973 W116 280 SE Crayford Estate (previously owned by Rolf Harris)
1980 W116 280 SE
1989 W124 300 E
1992 W201 180 E
1992 W201 190 E 2.0
+ numerous W108 and W116 rolling spares

and prior to my M-B enlightenment:
53 other cars of many nations, but mostly British oil-leakers (including 14 Rovers of the 50s and 60s) cursed by Lucas the Prince of Darkness. First car owned (at age 13): 1953 Fiat. Learned to drive in: 1927 Nash utility paddock-basher & Grey Fergie tractor. Driven distance (logged as at 30 June 2016): 4.6 million km.

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Post by Starman » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 10:48 am

My list is pretty embarrassing before going German, but here's a few;
1988 Ford XF Ute 5sp manual, great bachelor car when the car is not broken
1972 Ford XA GT Sedan 4sp manual, brilliant car, easy to fix. Tended to jam in 2nd gear, ok so go everywhere in 2nd gear no problems!!
1990 Barina manual (Opel car) - most reliable car I ever had.
Cheers
W212 E400 Avantgarde
W211 E500 Elegance sold
W202 C200 "the Tank" sold

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Post by brycedunn » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 6:23 pm

brycedunn wrote:Mine is a bit more boring compared to the rest:

1997-2002 - 1985 230E W123. Great car, only sold it because I went to live in the USA for two years
2002-2003 - 1986 300E W124. Sold it when I left the USA to come back to Sydney
2003 - 1977 450SLC W107. Even though I'm now in the USA, can't bear to sell it.
2007 - 1989 560SEC W126. This car is a bit of a jalopy. Rusty and been hit a few times. Using it in the snow in winter (USA)
2008 - 1967 250SE Coupe. Project, just got it running, brakes next
2009 - 1988 560SEC W126. This was to replace the jalopy.
Wow 2009, has changed a bit:

1997-2002 1985 230E W123. Great car, only sold it because I went to live in the USA for two years
2002-2003 1986 300E W124. Sold it when I left the USA to come back to Sydney
2003 - current 1977 450SLC W107. Still have this one, just had it repainted.
2007 - 2011 1989 560SEC W126. This car is a bit of a jalopy. Rusty and been hit a few times. Using it in the snow in winter (USA)
2008 - 2010 1967 250SE Coupe. LHD in the USA. Was a bit of a project, but solid. Got it running properly, fixed brakes and sold
2009 - 2011 1988 560SEC W126. This was a really nice car. Was a shame to sell it when I left the USA
2010 - Current 1965 Jaguar E-Type. Series 1 4.2. Bought in the USA and shipped out here.
2011 - Current 1965 250SE Cabriolet
2011-2016 2000 Lexus GS300 - Wife's car
2012 - Current 1970 Citroen DS21 BVH
2013 - 2015 1982 280CE. Rescued and then eventually sold to my brother.
2015 - Current 1954 Citroen Traction Avant
2016 - 2017 1965 Rover P5 MKIIc Coupe. Bought as a lark and driven back from canberra. only paid $230.
2016 - Current 2007 E350 Wagon - Wifes car.
2017 - Current 1986 300SE - new daily drive to replace the 450SLC which is too small to fit the whole family
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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by T-Modell » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 7:23 pm

OMG, you're changing your cars like other people their shirts :laughing6: ... well my list is pretty short:

1984-88: 120,000kms VW Polo Coupé ... 75hp and 740kgs ... not bad for those days
1988-89: 40,000kms VW Polo G40 ... one of 1,500, 115hp and 805kgs ... that was fun on the Autobahn :laughing6:
1989-93: 120,000kms W201 190 (Carb) ... first child born, so Polo was a bit small
1993-96: 125,000kms S124 E220T, first station wagon (T-Modell), first one after facelift, 150hp
1999-02: 150,000kms S210 E320T, 224hp, good car
2002-08: 200,000kms S210 E430T, 279hp, one of the last ones built in Austria, special colour off factory
2008-present: 200,000kms S211, E63T ... well you know the story :laughing6:
2004-present: 40,000kms R107 500SL
2012-present: 20,000kms W111 250SE/C

Here's the 200km/h Polo ...
1989-08- Polo G40.jpg
Regards
Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Bartman4800
300 SLR
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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 10 Apr, 2017 2:11 pm

Ok, here is my Dutch/Australian list of cars in chronological order:

-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV. I bought this one in 1987 when I was 17. I almost restored it fully and it spent all that time in my dad's garage. In 1996 I went backpacking to Oz and my dad sold it (in my knowledge). Never got to drive the car..
-1974 Opel Kadett Coupe C 1.2. I bought this car for 150 AUD in 1988 on the way back from the pub. My mate hit a curb and then a tree. He did not want to take his 2nd crash home (he crashed his BMW 323I a month before that), so left it at my place. With 250 bucks worth of panels and a driveshaft from the wreckers I was sorted! Extremely cheap and reliable transport, but a tad slow. Fond memories. Later on I found out the wheelbase was 15 mm shorter on the right. Did not pass APK (MOT) so flogged it for a pittance to a friend who killed it in a demolition derby...
-1976 Opel Kadett C Coupe 1.2. Bought in 1989. Another one yes. Needed a new engine but at 300 aud a pop no problem! Engine bay could take an engine twice the size....
-1980 Golf I Diesel 1.6 5-speed. Great car, GTI suspension. Reliable, cheap and fast enough for our slow standards.
-1986 Daihatsu Charade 1.0 Diesel. A 3 cylinder diesel. :dontknow: Bought it with a broken engine as a poor student. Had it bored and put new pistons and rings in. Still did not run properly and occasionally ran away on its own lubricant. Slow, unreliable, and not frugal at all. Dumb dumb dumb... I learned a helluva lot about spannering though.
-1980 Opel Kadett D 1.2. they could rust a bit, but were very reliable and cheap to run. Extremely easy to maintain
-1982 Opel Kadett D 1.2 station car, more of the same, but slightly bigger and now front wheel drive.
-2001 VW Caddy TDI. My first new car (well it was a demo) It was a rocket on wheels, based on the Polo platform. I sold it when I needed the money for a house. It started rusting badly underneath the paint. VW coughed up half of the respray cost...
-1999 VW Polo 1.4 Company car, small but nice (and for free :) )
-2004 Seat Ibiza 1.6 Company car
-1997 Renault 5 Express 1.9 Diesel, a bit agricultural
-1997 Citroen Berlingo HDi, my own car again after changing jobs. Frugal and fast, with a few niggling electronic problems
-1985 Renault 5 Express 1.1 petrol. A cheap runabout for the time between when I sold everything and my move to Oz

Australia

-1997 Camry 2.2I Stationwagon. Drove it around Adelaide for half a year, then drove to Darwin. Flogged it off there after a year, before I flew to Melbourne. cheap reliable transport
-1960 Mercedes 220. Sb My first Merc! I needed a project because I felt very lonely in Darwin. Made it roadworthy in 4 months, using the facilities of MVEC in the QANTAS shed.
-2009 Citroen Berlingo 1.4 Petrol: Practical, but way too underpowered
-1999 Toyota Vienta V6 Station Wagon, very practical, cheap but uninspired transport
-2006 Ford Focus 2.0 Duratec, my daily commuter
-1991 Subaru Brumby, a project car. Put a 5-speed box in, power steering, a Weber DCV carburator and bucket seats. Great runabout, never offroaded it...
-2001 VW Passat Station 2.8 V6 30V: should have bought something with less kays. So far replaced 4 shock absorbers, 5 link front suspension arms, power steering pump, aircon pump, engine mounts, and fixed some oil leaks. Gave it a timing belt change myself, after getting quotes around 1500 aud...
1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "daily driver"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
2011 Kia Sportage "Missus commuter Bus"
2002 Mitsubishi Rosa Bus (converting it to a motor home)

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maddin
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Location: Geelong VIC Australia

Re: Previously owned cars

Post by maddin » Sun 14 May, 2017 9:09 pm

some interesting cars in some of the lists.
my first car was an opel c kadett station wagon, a few years later i had another one.
2x opel b manta ( one yellow,one bright pink...)
citroen gs
citroen gsa
citroen gsx
citroen 2cv
citroen 2cv panel van
citroen acadiane
citroen ds21
citroes ds23
citroen zx
renault 4
renault r14
mb w116
nissan laurel
audi 5s
holden vc commodore
ef falcon fairmont ghia
xd falcon panelvan
vw t4 tdi (present drive)
porsche 914( present garage ornament)

i forgot half of the cars i owned...
1970 280 SE W108
1972 Porsche 914/6 3.0l Carrera

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Bartman4800
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Location: Perth WA

Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Bartman4800 » Wed 17 May, 2017 11:58 am

What's a citroen GSX?
I heard of the other 2 before. Did they sell these in Oz?

Bart
1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "daily driver"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
2011 Kia Sportage "Missus commuter Bus"
2002 Mitsubishi Rosa Bus (converting it to a motor home)

New123
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Location: SA

Re: Previously owned cars

Post by New123 » Wed 17 May, 2017 3:55 pm

What the heck. Here's my list, starting around 1975...(in chronological order - best I can remember)
While living in the US:
1950 Chevy 2-dr sedan straight 6
1964 Fairlane 500 4-dr 289 auto
1965 Fairland 500 2-dr hdtp 289 auto
1966 Fairlane 500XL 2-dr hdtp 390 auto
1965 Mustang fastback 289 4-spd
1963 Fairlane Sport Coupe 260 auto
1964 Plymouth Savoy 4dr 318 3-spd
1970 F-100 390ci big block 4-spd
1972 Jeep J-4000 pickup truck 360 4-spd
1981 Jeep CJ-7 258 6-cyl 4-spd
1989 Ford Bronco II v6
1990 F-150 302 4-spd o/d
1992 Dodge Dakota 4x4 318Magnum
1968 F-100 240 6-cyl 3-spd
1962 F-100 Unibody 6-cyl 3-spd
1993 F-150 4x4 swb 300 6-cyl 4-spd o/d
1959 Impala 2-dr hdtp 348 4bbl auto
1993 Ford Windstar van
1995 Ford Windstar van
1965 Mustang fastback 302 auto
Moved to Australia:
1981 VC Commodore v6
1992 Mitsubishi Lancer GL
1981 Land Rover series III (109)
1981 Mercedes 230E (w123)
1971 Mercedes 250CE
1998 Toyota Prado
Toby

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Sulzberg
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Model you own: w126
Location: Perth

Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Sulzberg » Wed 17 May, 2017 4:37 pm

Here's my list starting in 1993 to present;

1975 Mitsubishi Celeste x 2
1987 Mitsubishi Sigma v3000
1992 Subaru Legacy RS
1990 Nissan Skyline GTS R32
1994 Nissan Skyline GTR
1998 Mitsubishi challenger x 2
2004 BMW X5
1982 MB 380SEC
1986 MB 420SEC
1988 MB 190E 2.3-16V (current)
2006 MB CLS500 (current)

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1988 W201 190E 2.3-16v
2006 W219 CLS500

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maddin
E Class
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Model you own: w108
Location: Geelong VIC Australia

Re: Previously owned cars

Post by maddin » Thu 18 May, 2017 11:14 am

Bartman4800 wrote:What's a citroen GSX?
I heard of the other 2 before. Did they sell these in Oz?

Bart
Sorry...i should have said GSA X3...still a GSA but with extra features,different rims etc....
I'll have to have a look,i'm sure i still have all the brochures that came with the car...
1970 280 SE W108
1972 Porsche 914/6 3.0l Carrera

Ludwig
Pagoda
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Model you own: I own multiple different models
Location: Westdale WA

Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Ludwig » Wed 24 May, 2017 1:02 am

let me think
Hillman Minx 1950 purch 1967 $190
EJ Holden 1963 purch 1968 $1150
XW Falcon 1969 purch 1969 $2660
ZC Fairlane 1969 purch 1973 $5500
EH Holden 1964 purch 1973 $1050
Renault 12 1977 purch 1977 $3200
Renault 12 1976 purch 1978 $2300
Ford Marquis 1969 purch 1979 $5500
Ford Fairlane 1981 purch 1982 $14500
HQ Holden Van purch 1983 $1500
Holden Rodeo '82 purch 1985 $7500
Holden Rodeo '00 purch 2000 $16,000
Holden Rodeo '04 purch 2004 $21000
Isuzu Dmax '10 purch 2010 $42000
Colorado '10 purch 2014 $32000
Mercedes W112 '64 purch 2014 $2200 (plus further $30,000)
Mercedes W123 (2) W124 W109 W190 W114
Subaru Brumby (from Bartman)
Pretty boring (compared to others but...........enough already!
1954 W180
1971 W109 300SEL 3.5Litre
1981 W123 280e (2)
1982 W124 230e

Ludwig
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Re: Previously owned cars

Post by Ludwig » Wed 24 May, 2017 1:19 am

looked through all of the lists and envy most CraigB (Morris, Austin, Wolsley, Spitfire)etc
and...............
Grease Monkey, Don't remember a Ford 103e but do remember the 100e which was as I recall sold in Australia as the Ford Prefect (as in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy)Was the 103e the one with "suicide" doors? If so a guy in Perth (back in the 60's) fitted a V8 motor to one of those and drove it from the back seat. Highly illegal now but back then things were much more relaxed about such matters.
1954 W180
1971 W109 300SEL 3.5Litre
1981 W123 280e (2)
1982 W124 230e

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