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« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2003, 15:36:49 »
Hello everyone.  Apparently I'm the newest member to this fine group.  My name is John, married, one child (who is 30 years old) and planning for the next one with my beautiful new wife of five years (who has the patience of an angel).  I'm in the real estate development business in Los Cabos, Mexico where I'm in charge of building up scale resort destinations for your wonderful use and enjoyment. (Sorry, couldn't help putting in the commercial).  I'm in the process of purchasing the car that I fell in love with as a kid and can finally afford.  I look forward to being a part of what is obviously a fine group of people from around the world.  Thank you for the welcome!

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« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2003, 07:33:36 »
Hi all,
Let me introduce myself. I'm a 36 yo I.T. professional based in Melbourne Australia and the proud owner of a silver '68 280SL Auto. I also have a Porsche 911 and a 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV (my first car..which I just can't seem to part with despite serious rust). I must say I was a little concerned about swapping the 280 for the 911 as my regular transport but now I've no regrets. The 280 is more comfortable and relaxing around town despite being 12 years older.

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« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2003, 16:52:41 »
Hello everybody !
Sorry this message is a little too long, but...well:

I’m Pierre ,47, married with a finnish woman, and we are parents of 2 nice girls. I teach german, which is connected to the fact I love german cars and especially mercedes.  If you’ve got the patience to read, you’ll understand better…
We are living in the south of France, in a ski resort, Font-Romeu,  20 kilometers away from the spanish border,50 kms from Andorra, in the Pyrenees between Toulouse and Barcelona.

I brought up in a mercedes surrounding as my father loved these cars: 1957 he imported himself  his 1st DB,(Mercedes-France did not exist yet) It was a brand new 180 Diesel. He drove it fast through the chaotic spanish roads (no highways at the time) and through France. He was a mercedes fan, and drove only mercedes from 1957 till 1991 when he died!
Later, in 1963, he bought a used 220 S ponton (modell 1955, I think).
At that time, the Pagoda appeared, but it was a dream car we couln’t afford, and as I had 3 sisters and a brother; the big 220 sedan was a much better family car!
I was about 7 or 8 and I told myself that I would possibly buy a pagoda someday, when they will be cheaper…. I knew by instinct that this car was a born as a classic, like any other SL.
All my childhood was bound to mercedes :  trips to Germany and to spain, from 1965, in a 190 DC, then in a 220 D.
1971, my family was invited to test the new 350 sl and I remember how the mercedes seller drove us, my sister, my brother and I,  at 170 km:h on a little french road near Perpignan. It was fantastic, but I couldn’t forget the Pagoda which looked so good, a little more elegant than the new 350 sl.
Some years after getting my driving-licence, my father wanted to buy me a car, but instead of a new Citroen 2 cv ,one like my brother had got, I said I would prefer an old mercedes benz; and I imported an old 200 diesel from Germany which I drove 6 years, then I changed for… another 200 Diesel!..
Later I had moved to the moutains and mercedes cars were really bad on the snow. That’s why we bought after 1988 several VW and 3 years ago an Audi a6 avant -97.
I own also a –54 renault 4 cv since 1985 and a 74 citroen 2 cv4.
My dream of a Pagoda stayed alive and got finally true last february:
an older man had restored a brown 230 sl 1964, interior: cognac, goodlooking (at first sight!), He had done a lot of work on the car body , brakes, etc…
 Only the front grill was wrongly installed and made the car front look rather ugly. The motor sounded bad… But I had loved all mercedes for such a long time, no pagoda could be ugly to my eyes, I was blind , I bought a car which did not run well and which stopped 50 kilometers later: No fuel …! …but I didn’t know,  as the dash tank meter  showed half full (stuck  up, of course!)…
The Mercedes garage in Perpignan took the car, kept it a month, tuned it, then the engine ran much better. At the end of june only, I had a new garage at home for the pagoda and I brought it home to the mountains, the first long trip though I had owned that pagoda for several months already.
Then came 45 beautiful summer days  finally with that car.
On a sunny day, the engine couldn’t start anymore and now the Pagoda is in the hands of a local mechanic who works very slowly….  I must wait again for that car!

Pierre
Brown metallic 230 sl 1964   man 4 spd  250 motor

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« Reply #28 on: September 27, 2003, 16:47:20 »
Welcome Pierre! A very nice story indeed. My first Mercedes was a 1982 300D. I got it in 1990 and to this day it is still one of my most favorite cars. Then came a 1990 2.6 190, then finally the 280 SL in 1999. That same year I got my current C180 to move the family around.

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« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2003, 07:12:15 »
Hi,
Names Malcolm, I live near Aberdeen in Scotland. I have been given a 1965 230SL by my sister in law, slight problem, the car is in New Jersey 3500miles away!! Car is left hand drive, but the speedo is in Kilometers we think that the car was probably brought into the US years ago as a personal import
Car is a bit of a wreck but is 99% all there, lots of rust especially in the box sections just infront of the rear suspension and the interior is pretty badly damaged by the elements. Nearly all of the chrome is there except for some side strips on the RHS door.
However the boot (trunk) is dry and the car has not sagged in the middle suggesting that the structure is still sound (ish). Hard top appears ok except for alittle rust at the bottom of the rear frame.

Any help or pointers to how to get it over to my neck of the woods appreciated, and to suppliers of parts etc especially in the UK unless there are suppliers who will ship from overseas.
I restore cars as a hobby, my missus is glad I am in my shed, not down the pub, so any tips on how to restore the car would be appreciated.
Cheers
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« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2003, 09:28:30 »
Live in London

Always loved SLs and this summer my wife saw a red 230SL with the top down and she fell in love

Since then she's been on a mission - and I like keeping her happy. She was after a '67 as it's her birth year but....

Today's (18th Oct 2003) "impulse" purchase was a metallic light blue 280SL first registered on 1st January 1970

Auto, power Steering, Hard and soft tops, nice exterior, re-done interior, rear jump seat. Right hand Drive, of course. And as a "mod con", a new radio, with a 10cd changer and amp in the boot (trunk). It won't win any concours events but that's not why we bought it. Not that we have yet, technically!



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« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2003, 09:38:50 »
Hi,
   My name is Larry Evans and I live in the small town of Comox on vancouver Island,B.C. Canada. I was browsing the net the other day looking for a source for a 280SL owners manual when I came upon this website and forum. I signed up immediately.
    My story goes as follows: In 1969 I accepted a teaching assignment with the Canadian Forces in Germany and shortly after arriving there I went looking for a car. I was single, had money in my jeans and a Canadian dollar that bought almost 4 DM. I entered a Mercedes showroom where a 1968 280SL was displayed. I DID NOT BUY THIS CAR but opted for some 'practical' nondescript Opel.
   I returned to Canada 3 years later and vowed I would one day own a 280 and I made this clear to family and friends. Twenty years ago I was transferred from a school and a staff member,whose husband was a Mercedes mechanic, gave me the 280SL name plate as a 'first start' on my dream car. It has been displayed in my shop ever since. Each year the Victoria Opera Society has a lottery where the prize is a 230SL or a 280SL.I always buy $100 worth-the only lottery tickets I ever buy.
   There is ONE 280SL in our town and I got word to the owner that, should he wish to sell, I was interested. In May of this year I bought it!!! An immaculate 1969 German(Euro) model, standard trans, white/ Pearl with red upholstery. It has been a long wait but I finally got my car. I'm looking forward to communicating with like-minded enthusiasts on this forum.


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« Reply #32 on: October 20, 2003, 22:52:16 »
Hello from Los Angeles, Ca.  8)
I've owned my 1968 280SL for about 1 1/2 years. I regularly take it out for weekend drives and it alternates with my 68 Camaro convertible as my daily driver. The beauty of L.A. is the weather. Perfect convertible weather almost year-round. One of the things I love about the car is the handling. When I don't have enough time for Pacific Coast Highway or Angeles Crest Mountains or the Ojai dessert roads, Mulholland Drive is just minutes away. I take it to the top and just "spank it". Amazing road holding ability!!!And I know a little about cars, for the last 4+ years I was the sales manager for Beverly Hills BMW. I would MUCH rather own a well sorted out classic 280SL than a new Z4. And I'm not kidding! I had the good fortune of meeting a few restorers and they introduced me to this great mechanic. He was the service shop forman at Beverly Hills Mercedes for many years and now he has his own little place. He knows these cars inside and out. He keeps the car ready to rock! And, at 6'5" tall, I find the 280sl amazingly roomy!!! I've had many, many cars in the past 30 years or so...some hot-rods, some new, some classics, and this car is amongst the best I have ever owned. Do I sound like a fan??? :D  I was lucky to find this car in such great condition. Thats another benefit of southern California cars, no rust and people from this area tend to take pretty good care of their high-line and classic cars. I've done a few things to spruce it up a bit here and there, and I make sure its maintained. You can view my cars on my webpage if you like.
Wow...that's a long introduction! Sorry about that! I just get carried away sometimes! :oops:




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« Reply #33 on: October 20, 2003, 22:59:21 »
Howdy All
My name is Tony and I purchased a 1965 230SL (automatic) today.  A friend of mine brought this forum to my attention and I have been reading it all evening.  What a tremendous resource you have here.  Hopefully as I gain knowledge and experience, I too can contribute.  Cheers!

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« Reply #34 on: October 25, 2003, 20:34:22 »
Just joined the forum and am having my 71 silver/burgandy restored by Bud's Benz in Atlanta. Mechanicals should be finished in the Spring of 04 then back for paint and interior in the Winter of 04. I've loved the car for years and found the color combintion I had been looking for.

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« Reply #35 on: October 27, 2003, 14:28:12 »
From New User "Jans"

My name is Jan and I am living in the Netherlands.
I own a sl113 pagode from 1970. The colour is grey.
We restore the pagode completely
The engine, interior, painting,etc etc etc.
We think we finish the car this spring.
We are already almost 2,5 year working on it, but he is NEW when the job is done.
I send some pictures on the forum.

Hope to have a lot of fun on this nice club.

many greetings from Jan

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« Reply #36 on: October 31, 2003, 09:48:05 »
Hello everyone, I am an owner of a 1967 250 SL.  The car was restored in Stuttgart by my father (I just handed him tools and "sponged" knowledge as he gave it).  I was too young to truely appreciate the mechanics and beauty of this car.  The red rocket is now under my wing; I have an uphill battle since the car sat for over 4 years with fuel in it !!! I am sure I will be asking for advice and info along the way.  So far I have replaced the tank and fuel pump (plus battery , plugs etc.), it still will not start.  I am moving up the fuel delivery system now...Cheers !!!

I spend half my day in the Salt and the other half trying to get rid of it.

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« Reply #37 on: November 11, 2003, 12:16:31 »
hi all,

my name is alan and i just purchased a 70 280sl automatic.  Silver w/ red interior.  the car has been cosmetically redone exterior & interior. the engine is okay and transmission and power steering needs some work.  

as a teen, i told myself i only wanted 2 dream cars.  i bought my first one last year, a porsche 996 carrera, and 2 weeks ago, bought my second dream car.  

i live in southern california, 10 miles east of Los Angeles.  i hope to give this to my 2 year old boy when he turns 18.  my mrs. does not care much for my car passions.  she thinks my porsche is too rough to drive and my pagoda is too old.  hopefully she will get around that soon.

anywho, i like this club and the information on this board is very useful.  i would like to meet members in the Pasedena area to compare and share car stories and resources.  

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« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2003, 11:39:31 »
Hi all!
My name is Lennart Johansson, and I live in Gothenburg, Sweden working in the IT business. When I was 40 in 1992 I was able to realize a long time dream. There was a aconomic recession in the country and more Pagodas than ever were for sale at down to half the previous year's (inflated) prices. I checked out 10 cars and ended up with the second best (the best was still too expensive for me) a 1968 280SL Silver metallic (180) with black leather and 4-speed manual, and most options (thankfully no AC or anti-smog equipment many Americans have to struggle with).
It was brought to Gothenburg by a German in 1973, and I have met the first Swedish owner who recognized his old car at a classic car meeting som years after I had bought it. Unfortunately there has been other owners in between, and the front fenders have been replaced by someone who could done better work and resprayed it in the original colour with a bit too much clear lacquer than it should be, but the shine is still magnificent 20 years after! Some chrome is replaced, and the rest is pretty ok. The interior is completely original with some wear, but I feel a restoration is completely unnecessary, and would kill the soul of the car.
Mechanically it is near perfect, I leave almost all work to a pair of ex-Mercedes mechanics running their own. A stainless steel exhaust system that is somewhat louder than the original adds to the driving pleasure.

/Lennart

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« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2004, 00:45:56 »
Hi:

My name is Howard Kramer and I recently join the group.  I live in Bronxville, NY which is a couple of miles north of NYC. I have a 71 280SL which I purchase in 1990. I bought the car from the original owner in Southern California (Newport Beach) which is where I am origninally from. I have been in NY for 12 years and had the car sent out 2 years ago. My car is metallic Blue with Parchment leather interior, automatic, power steering, a/c etc.. The car is completely original. In the past I owned a 68 9llT (targa) with zip out window and a 73 911s Targa.  I currently have a Range Rover 4.6 and a Lexus LX470.

I have decided to dedicate the next year to doing some cosmetic upgrades to the (Interior) and am most interested in refinishing the engine with a complete paint and polish detail. (I am not sure what I will be getting myself into or how I am going to get their but I am sure the forum will help me) I would like to thank Doug Kim even though we have't as yet met for his indirect introduction to Wolfgang in NJ.  My car will be delivered to Wolfgang on the 23rd for a complete inspection and to have any work that it may require done as I haven't driven the car in a year.

So for me this is the beginning of a new era of enjoyment from the 280SL.

I look forward over the year participating in the forum and sharing my findings and meeting other members in the area.

Douglas give me a shout some time, I would love to get together.

Howard Kramer
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« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2004, 21:47:58 »
Howard,

Welcome! Your car sounds like a wonderful example. I'm sure I speak for many owners reading this when I say I'd love to see it. Care to share some digital pix with the group?

It would also be terrific to get more NYC-area Pagoda owners together once the weather warms up a bit. (Not exactly Newport Beach weather here in the Empire State right now.)

And just ot give credit where it's due, I should add that one of the first people who recommended Wolfgang's shop to me was Klaus Drexl, an active participant in this group and a former M-B employee.

Another excellent resource not too far from the City is Hans of H&R Fuel Injection in Bohemia, NY. He's an extremely knowledgeable fuel injection specialist and a real pleasure to deal with. (And as luck would have it, Hans knows Wolfgang quite well.)

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« Reply #41 on: January 15, 2004, 00:40:49 »
Hello everyone,

My name is Jim Cox.  I live in San Diego CA and joined the group a couple of months ago shortly after I purchased a '64 230sl.  The site has been very helpful as I endeavor to learn all a can about these beautiful cars.  My previous experiences owning collector cars were exclusively British, MGs to be precise.  At various times I owned a 67 MGB, 59 MGA, 61 MGA and even a 54 MG TF.  I always admired the Pagodas and I finally decided to jump in feet first.  The 64 is a RHD european version (first US registration in 67) pale ivory with leather bamboo interior.  She is by no means a show car but she's still a beautiful lady with a nice patina.  I'm in the process of going though the various mechnical systems and cosmetics , which for me is half the fun of owning a collector car.  Just last night I managed to repair my VDO clock and was rewarded with a great deal of satisfaction in the process.  It is a pleasure reading your posts and I look forward to sharing our challenges and victories in the future.  Respectfully,  Jim Cox
Dooh! I meant to say LHD (my military right), 4-speed manual with no air conditioning (hey, it's San Diego).

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« Reply #42 on: January 29, 2004, 18:48:31 »
Ok, It's my turn. Many of you in the USA already know me. I've been with the MB dealer organization for 31 years. My family has been in the automotive business since 1904. I hear so many horror stories about "dealers" ripping people off all the time, and just wanted to do something to preserve the integrity of this industry. I have a passion for Mercedes Benz automobiles. I believe them to be the finest mass-produced car ever. I judge them at many local shows. I also offer legitimate deals on parts because, let's face it, these cars are expensive. If I can help out my fellow enthusiasts keep their cost of ownwership down, then we both benefit. I can also offer some technical advice too, but many others on this site are better at that than I am. Collectively, we can all benefit by one another, and that's what life should be all about. Thanks to all of those who have contacted me, and I look forward to corresponding with all of you.

tom hanson in CA

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« Reply #43 on: February 20, 2004, 07:56:17 »
Everyone,

Please welcome Wayne, the 500th person to subscribe to our Group's discussion forum!  Wayne's ID = wayneg2 and he is from Raleigh, NC, USA.

Welcome!!!


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« Reply #44 on: March 18, 2004, 15:08:19 »
It's time for me to introduce myself and my recently acquired 230SL to the group.  As it happens, the Washington Times did an article last Friday featuring my car and how it came into my life:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/autoweekend/20040310-115646-6782r.htm

The car is Havana Brown (408) with Light Beige (181) hard top, Brown (437) soft top, and Cream (121) MB Tex, p/steering & automatic, WSW tires and Blaupunkt AM/FM mono.  Except for tires, paint, carpet and convertible top, all of which were redone about 14 years ago more for appearance sake than because there was any real wear and tear, it is a remarkably untouched original car.

I am no stranger to Marque Clubs, having owned a string of M.G.s since I was in high school.  This is my first Mercedes (unless you count my mom's '73 280 sedan), and shares garage space with 7 M.G.s ranging from 1934 to 1967, an XJ6 Jaguar and a Merkur.  I've been dabbling with M.G.s for over 30 years and am a past president and longest continuously active member of the M.G. Car Club Washington DC Centre, as well as being a member of the New England M.G."T" Register, the North American MMM Register, North American MGB Register, International Merkur Owner's Network, and a founding member of the North American MGA Register. Somehow I never got around to joining the Jaguar Club!

Home base for the Hughes automotive museum is a house and two garages in Alexandria, Virginia.  My wife, Lucia, and I also keep a couple of cars garaged up at our log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, rotating them around as the seasons and maintenance schedules dictate.  I look forward to taking the Pagoda up to the mountains this summer.

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« Reply #45 on: March 18, 2004, 22:42:29 »
That is a great story Mike - congratulations with you getting this car after all of these years. By the way, Tom Sargeant, one of the founding members of this site and of the Group, I believe lives close-by. He is organizing a get-together this summer.
I owned two Triumph Spitfires when I was 20 years old (now 23 years ago!) and that got me onto the classic car track for life...

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« Reply #46 on: March 19, 2004, 16:50:34 »
Hi Mike..
It was a wonderful piece in the Washington Times.  It seems to be a common story with Pagoda owners.  I first saw the Pagoda in 1965 and lusted after it from that time on. For almost 40 years I would tell my wife that the only car I ever realy wanted was the Pagoda... now I have mine and love it too.
Last week we drove through the Napa Valley wine country in spectacular Calif. weather.... even my wife agees the Pagoda made it special.
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« Reply #47 on: March 19, 2004, 19:41:55 »
Hi everyone,
My name is Christoph Brockschmidt. I live in Thousand Oaks CA, work as a car designer for Volkswagen and joined this group a couple of weeks ago after being back from a pretty extended business trip and an as long break from working on my car.

I got my 1969 280Sl about two years and a half ago. It is black on black with California black plates and if the guy who sold it to me didn’t lie, it’s been owned by one family for it’s entire life. It was just the color combo I was looking for and I got too exited to see the little flaws the car had.

There was this wailing sound from the driveshaft and the speedometer’s hand was bouncing up and down and there was that cute little tick tick tick from the engine – I bought it anyway. I drove it in this condition for some time until the mechanical noise annoyed me so much that I first pulled the 4-speed manual tranny and replaced every bearing and syncro. I also put in a new driveshaft bearing. This way I got rid of some of the noise and bouncing but I still wasn’t really happy.

So I pulled the engine and had that rebuilt by Metric Motors. They have done a great job. It looked like new and it still does: I could not put it back in yet because of the earlier mentioned business trip. Now I would like to paint the engine bay and get all bits and pieces cad plated or powder coated and if, after this six month break, I will be able to find out what goes where is still up in the air. But I am optimistic to have her back on the road for summer. This was my little Pagoda story and I hope I can share some of my experiences with others in this group in the future.

Thanks a lot to Cees Klumper, to Tom Hanson and all the others for their helpfulness.

Christoph

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« Reply #48 on: March 20, 2004, 09:12:08 »
HI, Christoph,
You'll learn a lot from the group here.
Several years ago, I read a magazine article about the man who designed the new Beetle. Forget his name, but when asked what cars he owns personally, one he mentioned was a 230 SL. He said it has a timeless design, or something like that.
Welcome.
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« Reply #49 on: March 31, 2004, 08:07:46 »
WOW!! I'm sure glad I found this site. Hello Everyone, my name is  Vince Guinta from Hoboken NJ, across the river from New York. I am a professional firefighter. Enough of the boring stuff.

You can find me in my real home (my garage) most of the time I am not on duty.I started this love affair with autos about 33 yrs ago. Been through all phases of it. Restored a 73 450SL from a burn out, & a whole bunch of other cars, including kit cars (don't spread it around)

Loving every second of it but now I have my dream car. 1969 280SL w/air. Acquired it while lost in Pennsylvania on a back road. Saw it sticking out of a used car lot way in the back.

Needless to say I did a 360 & went in. Of course the place was closed, so I put a note on the car with my info on it.Put it on the office door, the post outside the place, then went back & put it on all the cars out front.  & Guess what!!! They Called!! 2 weeks later I had it.

Started to get into it when Sept 11 came about. Kept pretty busy, but things have settled down now.

So here I am with a million questions to ask & knowing I'll find the right answers from you guys. Glad to be a part of it. Oh!! Not too good with this computer stuff, hate sitting on my butt, I'll get better.