Sunday, February 21, 2010

Weekend Quickies - Sunday, February 21, 2010

On Friday I wrote about a Mercedes 300TE. The common assumption about these cars is that they are damn near indestructible. The British TV show, 5th Gear, put that assumption to the test...

Part 1

Part 2

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A big thanks to JaCG reader, Richard, for pointing me in the direction of those videos!

1996 DeTomaso Guara - This blog is dedicated to affordable "classics", older cars of interest, and oddballs. Sometimes, though, something comes along that doesn't fit that mold and I have to point it out. This is one of those times.

I have never seen a DeTomaso Guara in person. Chances are I never will. Roughly 65 Guaras were built over a 10 year period. 10 Barchettas, 5 Spiders and about 50 Coupes. According to the seller, only two found their way into the US.

This was Alejandro de Tomaso's last car. He suffered a stroke in 1993 and died in 2003. De Tomaso didn't build perfect cars, but who cares? He built cars you craved. Even though I know all their flaws now, the Mangusta and Pantera are two of only a handful of cars that excite me as much now as they did when I was a kid. The Guara continues that tradition. I'm not a kid anymore, but I'm pretty certain that in 30 or 40 years I'll still be craving a Guara.

The seller writes a good, brief description and history of the car, so I won't repeat it here. Just check out the eBay listing. You can find it here.

1973 Mercedes Benz 280 SEL - How could I not write about a car that has "HELP ME" written on the windshield?

The 280 SEL was a pretty spectacular car in its day. They came standard with just about every luxury feature you could think of in 1973. Like all Mercedes of the day, it was built like a tank.

This car is a barn find. It appears to still be in the barn. It probably has Mercedes' 4.5 liter V8 in it. With the thick layer of dust on it, it's tough to tell what condition the body is in, but other than a slightly bent front bumper, I can't see any glaring faults. (There are no pictures of the rear or right side of that car and there may be a reason for that...) The interior appears to be in spectacular condition.

These cars aren't worth a whole lot and Mercedes parts are extremely expensive. Restoring this one will most likely cost more than its worth, but when you're done you'll have a classy old car that will command attention on the road and at any car show. Plus, you'll have "helped" an old car. That's cool.

Located in Elgin, IL, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

1 comment:

Quantum Joe said...

Why destroy a perfectly good Mercedes? What a shame.