Mystery Box 2018 - DAS BOOT

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Dktaylor9
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Mystery Box 2018 - DAS BOOT

Post by Dktaylor9 » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 3:00 pm

My 78' W123 300D (DAS BOOT) just completed its second Mystery Box rally in aid of the Cancer Council and once again proved all the disbelievers wrong by completing it once again un-broken! Cant count the 16yr old AC compressor which ceased on the way to the start......how hard are they to find when your desperate! Fortunately the weather was kind and we only had 2 days above 30!

The rally started in Mildura with our first stop being Milparinka via Broken Hill, 60% bitumen and then some very smooth-ish gravel....the day after was a leisurely drive to Innaminka....some nice but also some very average gravel tracks, broke some soft French, Japanese and Australian cars but once again the Merc keep powering on! The next day proved to be a challenge for most but again the diesel keep chugging along on our way to Arkaroola in the southern Flinders Rangers. The forth day was a mix of gravel and bitumen as we made our way to Silverton via Broken Hill.....un-eventful except for one of the Fords in our group having 3 flat tires in 10km's!

The last day was back to Mildura via Menindee & Pooncarie - mix of hard-top and gravel and averaged 110kph on the dirt...the Merc handled herself well and was a very comfortable place to be over the 2500+k's on the rally.

Its very hard sometimes to get people to understand the quality and reliability of the W123 and how it has been lost due to all the electronics and computer managed systems in todays cars. DAS BOOT passed the 500,000 mark on its way back to Sydney and after another 5 days on average roads there are still no rattles and the powerful 59kw heart is still beating strong and will go back to being my dail;y until next years Sh*t-Box Rally.

By far one of the best cars I've owned...just need to convince my better half that another one is required to keep the current one company!
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mathuisella
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Re: Mystery Box 2018 - DAS BOOT

Post by mathuisella » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 5:04 pm

That is awesome :)

I agree that some people just cannot fathom about quality not being a bunch of electronic gizmos...

Edit:

AC ?

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KimB
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Re: Mystery Box 2018 - DAS BOOT

Post by KimB » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 5:15 pm

Well done Mr DK!

The W123 Mercedes is certainly worthy of the title "legendary"! :wav:
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Dktaylor9
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Re: Mystery Box 2018 - DAS BOOT

Post by Dktaylor9 » Wed 31 Oct, 2018 2:59 pm

One of the photographers on the trip caught us in action....
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Re: Mystery Box 2018 - DAS BOOT

Post by 300TDT » Thu 01 Nov, 2018 9:28 am

Ha! Great shot.
Hope you gave as good as you got
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Re: Mystery Box 2018 - DAS BOOT

Post by 3DB » Wed 14 Nov, 2018 9:26 pm

Very cool. Are you in the Autumn, Spring or Mystery Box for 2019?
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