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Following on from @GUT 's thread I could not help but to have a look at some AMG's..... Cannot go past a CLK 55 for less than $20k... bloody nice car!! Wishing I had some spare space and coin!!

http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Mercedes-Benz-CLK55-2000/SSE-AD-4156090/?Cr=1

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Or about $10k if the 4.3 litre V8 and non AMG is enough for you. In the same vein as the 928, a lot of car (and performance) for your $$$ (A CLK 430 was seriously considered when buying my 928....)

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Following on from @GUT 's thread I could not help but to have a look at some AMG's..... Cannot go past a CLK 55 for less than $20k... bloody nice car!! Wishing I had some spare space and coin!!

http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Mercedes-Benz-CLK55-2000/SSE-AD-4156090/?Cr=1

cp55428207961067241881_zpsy5xkeu6d.jpg

Or about $10k if the 4.3 litre V8 and non AMG is enough for you. In the same vein as the 928, a lot of car (and performance) for your $$$ (A CLK 430 was seriously considered when buying my 928....)

I do believe it was the fastest coupe in the world when released. Give it some kleemann boost and away you go :) 

Before I bought a c32 my heart was set on a w210 e55. There was a black one for sale in TAS that was apparently owned previously by Mick Doohan. It was beautiful - designo interior and just perfect. It was too much for me to buy (it think it was $36k) in 2010. That was the fish that got away from me. I modded the hell out of the 32 but I would not have touched that 55 if I got it. 

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I had a w210 E320 (m104) for about 7 years, best car I have had, miss it...

E55 is always a fav, as is its lesser known sibling the E36, almost as quick but lighter :)

I may still get an E55, although the CLK 55 looks stunning!

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Even CLK63's are coming into the right price point ? Only issue with AMG is the rip off at the dealership for consumable parts  like brake rotors etc a big hike up on the same model in non AMG.

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Every part is a rip-off at an MB dealer.... Yes the brakes are known for being expensive, but then again they are dammed good :)

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I just saw this - don't start! I'm confused enough as it is!

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I just saw this - don't start! I'm confused enough as it is!

You opened the can by asking for suggestions...... :)

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Could someone please recommend a specialist Mercedes workshop in Sydney (preferably in the eastern suburbs) to do a PPI on 1960/1970s car? 

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Could someone please recommend a specialist Mercedes workshop in Sydney (preferably in the eastern suburbs) to do a PPI on 1960/1970s car? 

Not me,  but arm yourself with this guide http://mercedesw108w109.com/buyers-guide

Walk away from more than superficial rust is my advice , unless you know a great cheap welder/bodyshop.

 

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Could someone please recommend a specialist Mercedes workshop in Sydney (preferably in the eastern suburbs) to do a PPI on 1960/1970s car? 

http://www.sydneyprestige.com.au/ based in East Redfern.  Ask for Jimmy the proprietor, I have used him for years been to a tech day at his shop, and he owns a couple of older MB's himself and will give you honest feedback on a car and pricing of repairs.

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WTF? Looks l;ike they started with 2 good cars and chopped them up! Obviously too much $$$$$

I do like their cover page, similar, but a bit worse than mine

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This afternoon I returned from a quick visit to Melbourne, to attend a motorshow and a real show (We Will Rock You, the Queen musical).

Both were superb and the motorshow gave me chance to chat to several owners about their passion. For example Murray , a fitter and turner/toolmaker who has spent decades restoring his car , requiring skills such as sculpting & casting unobtainable pieces from brass and having them chrome plated. And Juan , a fellow quietly going about his business with needle , thread and thimble - real running repairs. And talk about the guy who bought his 1922 machine in 1976 and finished restoration this year - 40 years!

Here is a summary of the event , for now just the Mercedes-Benz section.

https://sites.google.com/site/classicamotor/home

And Chad McQueen (Steve's son) spoke as part of a Q&A session.. Plenty of ripe Hollywood anecdotes - Charles Bronson, James Garner , Ringo Starr , Bruce Lee all popped around for dinner when he was a kid. Bruce taught him some martial arts , before he became a legend.

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Nice one.  I'll be interested in your long term report.

Here it is :)

With over a year behind me now in the big ML I can report that it has exceeded most of what I thought it could do. Of late it's handling has been put into question basically because I have been driving the 928 while my wife drives the ML while her car is being fixed. But for an SUV it handles very well. It carries a lot, my wife loves it, as do my son and the dog loves being in the back instead of sliding around on leather rear seats. Handles the rough/ dirt roads very well and it's size shrinks on you the more you drive it. I hope I get it back after the wife's car is fixed, can't wear out my 928 ;)

On the maintenance front (and I hope I do not jinx myself now!) all that it has needed is a regular service (oil and filters) plus new tyres.

So a big thumbs up for the ML :)

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Get on the tools in style. Amaroks are so common, and probably dirty as well.

http://www.caradvice.com.au/344850/mercedes-benz-ute-german-hilux-rival-to-launch-in-australia-around-2018/

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/mercedes/90977/new-mercedes-x-class-signals-birth-of-the-premium-pick-up

 

Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles has been working on the project for several years, and calls the forthcoming ute the “first pick-up from a premium manufacturer”.

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Can anyone provide some assistance on how can one determine if an older 70's merc was Aussie delivered?

On my 60s mercs , there is a number on the paint code plate next to the radiator

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The "9" on the second line is the code for Australia. Other countries - see https://www.sl113.org/wiki/DataCard/DealerandCountryCodes#Australia

If you are the owner , MB dealers provide the original datacard for free. Much more info on that of course.

 

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