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Off Topic (300SL Roadster Sighting)

4174 Views 31 Replies 17 Participants Last post by  Pete Thornton
I suspect I'm not the only one here with a passion for cars - together with trains (and planes, and boats, and anything that has a motor and moves) - so I thought I'd share an interesting sighting I had this morning in Marblehead.

The weather is just awful here today - temp is about 38 degrees with light to moderate rain. When I was driving my son to school this morning, he and I pulled up behind, of all things, a bronze Mercedes 300SL Roadster.

I've always preferred the gullwing version of the 300SL, but it was still a thrill to see a 300SL roadster stuck in traffic at 0730 in the morning on a crappy New England day. Here's a pic of the prototype (albeit not the car we say today).

Hope people don't mind the quick automotive diversion! Jon Linde

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Ah, it looks like they got the gear ratio right to get that kind of tork, eh?

Gull-Wings are especially fun watching someone with a mini-skirt get in or out.

I won't tell you how I know that.

I remember when it was somewhat commonplace to see those and Gull-Wings on the highway (have some photos from that era).
And XK-120's, 140's, 150's, MK1 and MK2's......

I do create a bit of a stir when I pull into Starbux in my Jag.
Last week the spouse wanted me to do some banking for her at the drive-up window.

I had been threatening to do this for some time.........
I backed through.

The look of confusion and lack of understanding on the teller's face was priceless!

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Twin Solex downdrafts!
Original engine!
Passes all the gas stations!
Singapore plates!
I have quite a story written up on this Jag.
This was one of those "gifts" from on high.
There really wasn't much either of us could say about it.

Just turned over 93K.

Used about a quart in 2,000 miles.
Seattle was 20F on the deck when I went out this morning.
Only 2" of white stuff on the ground, more coming Wenesday.
That's why I got a Mark Two.
I DRIVE these things.
Ah, zora ARkus-DUNtov........

Neat thing about 'vettes is when they burn, the only thing left is the rusty frame.

Really bio-degradable!

P-cars, nah.

Driven them, worked on them, was not impressed with an expensive VW when they were first gaining popularity.
356's, 912's, I was and am used to the motor up front where it belongs.

I'll just keep on driving flatmotors and old Limey Limos.

Now all I gotta do is get me a 1950 Ute, and I'm all set......a RHD flathead Ford with a pickup box.
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