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ChrisInNashville

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Reunion with Original Owner
« on: May 08, 2021, 19:17:34 »
This is Calla.  She bought “our girl” new from the dealer in 1968 (‘69 model year) and kept meticulous records and every receipt and document from the sticker forward for the 36 years that it was her daily driver.  She painted it red, in the 80’s.   When I bought the car in ‘04, we became pen pals and have corresponded ever since. 



Now, the 4year restoration is complete and after a year of waiting for vaccines, I sent her a ticket this morning to fly from Long Beach CA to Nashville to see “our girl” in her original form in early June.   We are both excited to have this to look forward to! 



More of this story as it rolls out.  She’s now in her 80’s and is a bundle of energy driving her Mini Cooper in SoCal.  Note that I’ve kept her license plate as part of the provenance.

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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2021, 21:09:54 »
Great story!
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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2021, 21:28:37 »
What a great story
Looking forward to seeing the same photos of the meet up again after so many years.
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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2021, 06:13:11 »
That’s awesome. Look forwards to seeing more pictures and hearing more

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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2021, 07:07:31 »
Fantastic, bet she will be thrilled to be with her car again.

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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2021, 12:50:35 »
Absolutely fantastic, Chris.

This is going to be a story for PagodaWorld ....! ;D 8)





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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2021, 15:23:29 »
Already in progress!
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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2021, 07:43:26 »
How fantastic Chris,

look forward to seeing more  of the reunion.

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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2021, 08:16:46 »
Hello,
when I bought my Pagoda 12 years ago, I also followed up on its history.
For a few days, the first owner was a former MB subsidiary that had lost its status. The actual customer was an entrepreneur who nevertheless ordered his vehicles there. They were always new sports cars from MB, which he always ordered in the basic configuration with automatic transmission and radio without any other extras.
I was able to phone the son of this entrepreneur who had succeeded his father. His father had already passed away, but his mother continued to follow his tradition and was still owner of a Mercedes SL.
The son told me that his father drove the pagoda every day and everywhere, preferably for fishing.
The next owners were father and daughter and one brought it to Spain where he needed a confirmation from Mercedes that this car was shipped without seat belds and can be used without it. It then came back to Düsseldorf, where it was repainted and many parts were replaced. The last previous owner then had a lot of sheet metal work done, with stainless steel exhaust and electronic ignition at a well known Pagoda workshop.
Now I've been driving the car for 12 years without any major problems, except for replacing the automatic transmission with a used one and I'm very satisfied with it.
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Re: Reunion with Original Owner
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2021, 09:54:47 »
Calla has arrived from Long Beach.  She brought this picture of the day she was packed and moving from Houston to LA in 1987 before she painted the car red.  Seeing the trunk decal, I’m suddenly inspired to place those reproduction decals I purchased 15 years ago....hmmm, I need to go find them  :)

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