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Calling all W11X owners
« on: January 04, 2011, 04:46:44 »
Now that there is a section specifically for these cars here, I thought it would be great to start a registry of sorts and see how many people own these cars on this site. Post a picture of your W11X car if you have one and what you like the most about your car.

Attached is a picture of my '68 W111 coupe with Dark Olive green paint and cognac leather interior. Hard thing to narrow down what one thing I like the best. I guess it would surprisingly be the glove box. Normally, this feature is treated as an after thought. My 111's is leather lined and the glove box door is solid wood (veneered on BOTH sides with burled walnut) with a chrome bar as the handle. WOW! It is as nice as the rest of the interior. The earlier cars had even more incredible features such as wood veneered gauge pods and solid chromed seat hinges. Cars will never be made like that again.   
Wallace
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'60 220SE W128 coupe
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 06:59:28 »
I sold this 1961 220Sb in 2009 since I bought my 230 SL.  I had the car since 1987.  I miss it.  It needed the most work to complete.
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011, 14:17:25 »
This is my 71 250C (W114) in light ivory which I purchased last year.  I had intended to use it as a daily driver but it was in such great shape I am reluctant to drive it in the snow or rain.  While my 230SL came with virtually no options, I like that this one came with a lot of them, electric windows and sunroof, heated rear window, tinted windows, air, auto, and PS.  The interior is still original as the PO covered the seats with sheep skin.  It had a Blaupunk radio which was removed and replaced in the past some time.  The PO doesn't remember which one it was so if anyone knows what radio would have been installed in 71 please let me know.  Thanks

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011, 16:06:59 »
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The PO doesn't remember which one it was so if anyone knows what radio would have been installed in 71 please let me know.  Thanks


Hello Jordan,

See what the datacard says :o if there was a Becker Europa (very common) or something else. Have a look in our Wiki  for the explanation of the codes.
If your car "came" with a Blaupunkt radio there will be the option code marked off that only the "interference suppression kit (less radio)", option codes 53/3 - 53/6, was ordered - very common, at least in Europe.
Becker units were just too expensive and Blaupunkt radios were only about a third of the price of the cheapest Becker.
As you certainly know, only Beckers were factory installed, all others (Blaupunkt, Telefunken, Grundig) were dealer installed on special request of the new owner.

The most common period Blaupunkt radios were Blaupunkt Köln (Cologne) with automatic station seeker, Blaupunkt Frankfurt (only push buttons, Blaupunkt's equivalent to the Becker Europa) ... and other cheaper units.
At the beginning of the 70ies there were no Blaupunkt tape player radios and no Stereo units. Don't know for sure when they started to sell those... and probably hard(er) to come by today.
If I were you ... swap in a good Becker (Europa) and fine.  ;)

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While my 230SL came with virtually no options,
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No problem at all; you can all retrofit these: tinted glass, power steering, Becker Grand Prix, seat belts, etc. :D
Not cheap but possible. ;)

Good luck & best,

Achim


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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2011, 22:11:42 »
I have a 1963 220SEb coupe. A truly elegant car.

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011, 01:27:08 »
Hope you all don't mind if I share a couple of pictures of my lowly W108 on your W11X thread.





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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011, 01:33:23 »
to 280SE Guy - hardly lowly. My first benz was a 108 body 280SEL.  They are aging very gracefully!!  And nice pictures on all the previous posts. My 220Seb cabriolet is under a cover right now - will post some pics when weather cooperates.
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2011, 02:14:52 »
Certainly all the 108, 109, etc.... are welcome! Hopefully we will get more of those also. You guys that are owners of both SLs and SEs are a lucky bunch. Great to have a collection of these cars on one thread.
Wallace
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2011, 02:21:49 »
OK here is the 4.5
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2011, 03:22:19 »
Beautiful cars.  Great for cruising.  Wow, look at those bumper guards.  They are huge.  Where can I get some?
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2011, 07:16:22 »
Hope you all don't mind if I share a couple of pictures of my lowly W108 on your W11X thread.





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280SE Guy


I know that car! That's Anthracite featured in the Star. A truly wonderful example of a w108.

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2011, 12:58:02 »
Here is my W116 - 1980 300SD.  Was not shopping for one, but came across this "time capsule" quite by accident.  I was doing some other business with the 88 year old original owner about 4 months ago and mentioned that the '91 Honda Accord he was driving looked like a showroom car. (I used to have one just like it) We started talking cars and he mentioned that his wife is now blind, he had 3 cars and needed to sell one - the 1980.  I looked, and was stunned.  It is fabulous.  It had 169k on the clock, though I have put about 7K on it since the purchase. The original paint is fabulous, and EVERYTHING is original, including the spare (never touched the ground), the first aid kit etc. Everything works great (including the air) with the exception of an erratic Cruise Control, which is a future project. (I fixed an inoperable tach with a piece of packing popcorn foam based on a post from the Benzworld forum) I know these cars are not the most collectible, but boy does it ever run and drive great.  AND they are only original ONCE.  I love it.

I do need to take some better pictures, this one was when I first saw the car.

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2011, 13:46:25 »
Here is my W116 - 1980 300SD.  Was not shopping for one, but came across this "time capsule" quite by accident.  I was doing some other business with the 88 year old original owner about 4 months ago and mentioned that the '91 Honda Accord he was driving looked like a showroom car. (I used to have one just like it) We started talking cars and he mentioned that his wife is now blind, he had 3 cars and needed to sell one - the 1980.  I looked, and was stunned.  It is fabulous.  It had 169k on the clock, though I have put about 7K on it since the purchase. The original paint is fabulous, and EVERYTHING is original, including the spare (never touched the ground), the first aid kit etc. Everything works great (including the air) with the exception of an erratic Cruise Control, which is a future project. (I fixed an inoperable tach with a piece of packing popcorn foam based on a post from the Benzworld forum) I know these cars are not the most collectible, but boy does it ever run and drive great.  AND they are only original ONCE.  I love it.

I do need to take some better pictures, this one was when I first saw the car.

Those cars are unfortunately under-appreciated.  I had a 450SEL and feel that the W116 chassis is one of the most elegant around especially with the euro bumpers.

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2011, 01:08:59 »
I have a 1969 280 SE coupe that I have owned since 1989. It was used in the TV film " The Natalie Cole story" Her father Nat had a similar car.
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2011, 03:59:33 »
I have a 1969 280 SE coupe that I have owned since 1989. It was used in the TV film " The Natalie Cole story" Her father Nat had a similar car.
Doug Dees
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Doug ,
That interior look's beautiful !   :o   I also own a 69 280 se coupe .   Cheers !!  Lou

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2011, 16:41:28 »
Hi Group,

I have a  280se w111 cabriolet Horizon Blue interior and blue exterior here in the Philippines. It won 2nd place 3 years ago in a concur de elegance.

The video of me drivbing the car is current, shot just last week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-W4f-TSBpk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D27xQcVkPU8

cheers

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2011, 22:10:00 »
are 112's included?
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2011, 02:19:23 »

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2011, 04:41:09 »
Thanks to everyone who has posted so far. It is great to see all of the pictures of these great cars. The 300 cab is now on my desktop!

Doug, I have never seen a black interior in one of these cars. It looks very nice. Was the ivory wheel from the factory as an option? Looks great!
Wallace
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2011, 12:10:00 »
Here's a my 1969 W111. 906 Blue-grey with parchment interior. Had it since 1985.
Hans K, Cuenca, Spain
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1971 280 SL 462 Beige met, Brown leather
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2011, 21:40:12 »
Thats a beautiful looking car Hans, I could have one of those in the shed for a sunny day to take friends for a ride.
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2011, 22:23:11 »
choosing to drive the SL or the finny is a difficult decsion.
my favorite part about the 220sb is (A.) the speedometer  and (B.) how good it handles for such a massive car.  oh and cant forget that luxiourious interior
least favorite part.....setting up a freshly rebuilt set of zeniths 35/40's >:(

almost got her finished. mechanically she's perfect. just needs paint, and the dash recovered
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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2011, 19:40:15 »
Thanks to everyone who has posted so far. It is great to see all of the pictures of these great cars. The 300 cab is now on my desktop!

Doug, I have never seen a black interior in one of these cars. It looks very nice. Was the ivory wheel from the factory as an option? Looks great!

The leather is a dark brown and is mostly original except for the bolsters that were replaced. The white steering wheel was a factory option as well as the white Hella driving lights,power sunroof  and heated rear window. It now has the European lights but was delivered with 4 over and under headlights in Halogens for Europe.
It is a German version so no A/C or PW. It was delivered to Wurtzburg in Germany and it was brought back from the Canadian air force base in Baden Baden where I acquired the car in 1989. I had it restored in Montreal and changed the colour from Whiskey metallic to a MB cream with a chocolate top.
cheers
Doug

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Re: Calling all W11X owners
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2011, 20:32:15 »
Hans -

Your '69 W111 is awesome!!!  If I ever get to spain, I'm going to look you up, and we can go cruising around with the top down!! 8)

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« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2011, 07:20:42 »
Thanks for the kind words Garry. And Doug you are more than welcome come by for a ride.

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