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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5814 times:

Finally, I decided to go balls out and get one of the cars that I have always wanted.

1991 Mercedes 420SEL Grey. ( sorry for bad photo, there was little light)

Big version: Width: 720 Height: 431 File size: 78kb



I am so happy. Even after all these years, this car has not lost its charm and functionality. Gas could be an issue, but I would rather spend some extra money into something I enjoy, than to save some money with something I cant stand. The engine puuuuurrsssss, and after 20 years it still has pretty decent pickup!!

I have always wanted a 1985 300TD as well.

This is a weird transition, I have always been/am an Audi guy. Most of my friends don't understand the "value" that i see in this car.

I still have memories of presidential and mafia convoys of SELs back in Bulgaria a long time ago .. this car is seriously awesome.


Who else has some cool cars?

[Edited 2010-10-26 16:44:41]


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User currently offlinecharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5760 times:

Quoting flanker (Thread starter):
1991 Mercedes 420SEL

Congratulations! I have always been a Mercedes-Benz fan and this generation S-Class is still such an elegant car with so much class and presence. I still see them around here in DC in very decent shape...I may bite and get one, or go for the first car that I truly lusted after, the 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL.

Enjoy!


User currently onlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5539 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5756 times:

Classic and timeless. Good call, I hope she serves you well!


...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15749 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5749 times:

Quoting flanker (Thread starter):
I still have memories of presidential and mafia convoys of SELs back in Bulgaria a long time ago

They say that 90% of the world's governments own at least one S-Class.



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User currently onlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5722 times:
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Quoting flanker (Thread starter):
Even after all these years, this car has not lost its charm and functionality.

Agreed. This is one of my favourite S-class. This, along with its immediate predecessor, and its immediate successor, are in my view the best looking S-class Mercedes-Benz have made. After that it starts to get a bit generic. When I can afford to, I want to get one of these as well.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5717 times:

Quoting flanker (Thread starter):




Dude that looks just like the high school in the move The Breakfast Club.
That was shot at a suburban Chicago high school too.
Same one?



Congrats on the Mercedes 420SEL.
That was the last of the distinctly styled Mercedes before they went to the blob that all other manufactures copied.



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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

Quoting flanker (Thread starter):
This is a weird transition, I have always been/am an Audi guy. Most of my friends don't understand the "value" that i see in this car.

That S-Class is one of the most distinctive and influential models outside the older 450SEL 6.9 - which was probably the most famous S-Class (for all the right reasons) alongside the obese, slab-sided W140/C140 (for all the wrong reasons).

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
That was the last of the distinctly styled Mercedes before they went to the blob that all other manufactures copied.

The original LS400 was a bit of a copy of the 420SEL, and then the later LS430 was a bit of a copy of the W140 S-Class with its ultra conservative, matronly style.

[Edited 2010-10-26 20:23:45]

User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5690 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Dude that looks just like the high school in the move The Breakfast Club.
That was shot at a suburban Chicago high school too.
Same one?

Well this is a grade school, but I dunno my friend. Maybe? I have to ask, I remember someone saying that about one of the schools around here. I live in Downers Grove at the moment.

And the car has 203,000 miles. Engine starts like its brand new.

[Edited 2010-10-26 20:50:25]

[Edited 2010-10-26 20:50:47]


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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5681 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 7):

And the car has 203,000 miles. Engine starts like its brand new.

If you take care of it, it'll continue to do that.  


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5669 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 7):
I live in Downers Grove at the moment.

That sounds about right.



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5669 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Dude that looks just like the high school in the move The Breakfast Club.
That was shot at a suburban Chicago high school too.
Same one?
Quoting flanker (Reply 7):

Well this is a grade school, but I dunno my friend. Maybe? I have to ask, I remember someone saying that about one of the schools around here. I live in Downers Grove at the moment.

And the car has 203,000 miles. Engine starts like its brand new.

Listen here you amateurs cuz the Polak now has to teach you about Chicagoland history.

The high school in the breakfast club is now an Illinois State Police station (used to be Maine North HS) and is located in Des Plaines by the "Heritage Point" apartment complex and I-294 toll/Golf Mill mall. How do I know this? I lived about 300ft from this cop station in "Heritage Point" and you can see my old building in one part of the movie.

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl...ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDAQnQIwAw

BTW, It was also used for Ferris Buellers Day off in some parts.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5662 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
Polak

That is not a politically correct term.  
Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
Listen here you amateurs cuz the Polak now has to teach you about Chicagoland history.

I'll be impressed if you can pick out all of the Chicagoland points of interest in these two amazing videos. 
In fact, Flankers Mercedes shows up a few times in these videos.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE2l6CPna4M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uOwVg2B79E



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5660 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
Polak

That is not a politically correct term.

My lawn guy got upset at me because I didnt call him a Lawn Technician...go figure.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
I'll be impressed if you can pick out all of the Chicagoland points of interest in these two amazing videos.
In fact, Flankers Mercedes shows up a few times in these videos.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE2l6CPna4M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uOwV...2B79E

HAHAHHAH Im dying!

2:18 first video, is that Brunas on Oakley Ave?!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5655 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 12):
2:18 first video, is that Brunas on Oakley Ave?!

I think so.  
Quoting flanker (Thread starter):
1991 Mercedes 420SEL

Was there a 5.0 or 5.5 liter option that year?



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5655 times:

Hahaha I just saw the other one! I cant believe someone filmed a music video in the ORD ATS!               

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5648 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 14):
I cant believe someone filmed a music video in the ORD ATS!

Apparently you can take the ATS to Mars.  Wow!
It even showed up at Yelp.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ohare-airport-transit-system-chicago

Quoting flanker (Thread starter):

Please tell us that you will keep the original stereo system that came with the car!
I hate to see nice older cars like this with tacky aftermarket stereos in the dash.

Quoting flanker (Thread starter):
Who else has some cool cars?

I like my car but its' back in the United States.
1977 Lincoln Town Car.

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/_DSC0045.jpg

Currently looking for an early 1990s Toyota Crown.



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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5641 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 13):
Was there a 5.0 or 5.5 liter option that year?

There was a 560SEL, and a 560SEC, along with a 500SEL and 500SEC.

There was also a 560SEL AMG too.  http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w126...g-tv-entertainment-consoles-7.html

TV's front and rear! A shame the exterior was a blacked out horror. Black out wheels, blacked out grills, blacked out badges, blacked out windows... It had some firepower though - a 6.0L V8 if I remember right. If that doesn't motivate it, then nothing will.  Winkhttp://enthu-kinki.com/enthucar/benz/20081023amg/index.htm

[Edited 2010-10-26 21:53:28]

User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5638 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
Please tell us that you will keep the original stereo system that came with the car!
I hate to see nice older cars like this with tacky aftermarket stereos in the dash.

I am sorry to say that someone already did this horrific act. The only thing that sets me back about the car.  



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2053 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5631 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 16):
560SEC

THAT is an awesome car!

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5632 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 17):
I am sorry to say that someone already did this horrific act.

This lot should be able to assist if you want to get it back to completely original:

http://www.mercedes-benz-classic.com...me/classic/classic_center_usa.html

Bring your money along with you though.  


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5620 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 16):
There was a 560SEL, and a 560SEC, along with a 500SEL and 500SEC.

I see.

Quoting cpd (Reply 16):
TV's front and rear! A shame the exterior was a blacked out horror. Black out wheels, blacked out grills, blacked out badges, blacked out windows.

Was that sanctioned by Mercedes Benz?
It looks so tacky and aftermarket.

Quoting flanker (Reply 17):
I am sorry to say that someone already did this horrific act. The only thing that sets me back about the car.

I hope you were able to use that to negotiate a lower price for the car.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
I hope you were able to use that to negotiate a lower price for the car.

Actually I got it from my Greek friend who owns a used car dealership. He is an older gentleman who knows his cars and he let me have this one for 1500$, which he dropped quite a bit just because its me. I called him as soon as i saw the car pop up online for sale. He had a 300 CDT and the SEL for sale, but man.. I just couldn't pass it up.

So I have no complaints. Just smiles.

[Edited 2010-10-26 22:08:37]


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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5614 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
Was that sanctioned by Mercedes Benz?
It looks so tacky and aftermarket.

Well, you have to remember, AMG back then wasn't actually a part of Benz, it was a separate company, much like HWA Gmbh is these days. It was indeed sanctioned. I only knew about it because I saw one on the streets here in Sydney - and I was equally shocked as you were. Then I went and looked it up and sure enough, there it was in all of its 1980s horrifying glory.

AMG had some other unsubtle creations too - based on machines like the classic 300SEL 6.3 and the 450SEL 6.9:

http://gallery.w116.org/v/show_room/classic_centre/3

The 450 SEL 6.9 AMG was quite eye-catching, with its wildly flaired wheelarches.

[Edited 2010-10-26 22:12:06]

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5615 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 21):
1500$,

Damn good price!

Does it have the Rusty Jones or Zebart treatment?  



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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5606 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
Does it have the Rusty Jones or Zebart treatment?  

Haha, so far I have not fallen through the floors. The car is actually in spectacular cosmetic condition for its age. It has a few dings here and there, and the paint on the roof and trunk is a bit faded but that is not a biggie for me, plus I can get those resprayed.

What do you guys think about 35% tints? Its almost nothing, would it damage the look? I am torn. I really like it how it is, but because of the grey color, it might not be bad with 35%

I just dont want to ruin the classic look.



Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist
25 BMI727 : Actually I think that is a really sharp looking car. It stands out by not standing out, if that makes any sense. Not a beer can exhaust or vinyl deca
26 Superfly : I don't mind the styling of 1980s interiors. It's just that model looks to be very aftermarket & tacky.
27 KevinL1011 : I was working for MB No. America when this car was built. Honestly, the OE Becker radio was a POS anyway and having it replaced is actually a good th
28 Superfly : When did Mercedes start putting in high-end stereos. I never understood why Mercedes, Jaguar and even Rolls Royce had cheap stereo systems 20+ years
29 KevinL1011 : I left the company in mid '91 when the W140 came out. They started to use a better Alpine system but it didn't have a CD changer standard. Buyers had
30 Superfly : That's what those idiots get for not buying American. In 1991, a Lincoln Town Car and Cadillac Brougham had stock CD changers and cassette deck. The
31 KevinL1011 : Well, the Flanker got a sweet ride and I hope the timing chains have been replaced so he doesn't have to spend mega bucks on that. Man, I remember tak
32 Post contains links and images Superfly : A friend of mine in Duarte years ago had a 1969 Mercedes S-class and he went flying over a few dips in the road (you know those deep rain water trenc
33 tristarenvy : 'Fly, that's one smooooooooooooth Lincoln. Speaking of Toyota Crowns...my high school girlfriend had a 1971 sedan. One of the very few in the USA. It
34 ScarletHarlot : Flanker, that's a great car! I am partial to Mercedes myself. Larry, your car always brings back memories of Daddy Harlot's 1979 Lincoln Continental f
35 LOT767-300ER : Isnt 35% illegal in IL? They just passed a law that made front tint legal at 50% (before all front tint was illegal). I still keep getting stopped in
36 flanker : 35% is barely any tint. The new law allows tint in the front.
37 LOT767-300ER : Front 35%/Rear 35% or Front 50%/Rear 30% is the max allowably by Illinois law. 35% BTW is alot more tint than 50% (so I think youve got that assumpti
38 BMI727 : Yeah, that's what would keep me away. No reason to attract extra attention. And where I grew up, pulling over kids with beads, etc. hanging from the
39 cpd : Did you ever come across any 600s? Those are probably my favourite, but not the stretched (too long and large) or landaulet (awkward looking) models.
40 Post contains links and images Superfly : Thanks! You missed out on the restoration thread and the Faboulous Fords thread earlier this year. Fabulous Fords Forever - A.net Car Show Meet. (by
41 Post contains links and images KevinL1011 : Rarely. I worked @ the factory owned dealership in Hollywood from time to time and that's the only place I had contact with them. I do remember some
42 Post contains images cpd : Yes, it's a favourite of mine. Few cars of the 1970s still command such awe and respect - people see that big "6.9" badge, and they ask - is it reall
43 Post contains images Superfly : So that's why that car never sold well in the US. I do like the Mercedes 6.9. That engine was also available in the 280SE convertible I posted above.
44 cpd : Not among those who don't care about "cars", those for whom they are a method to get from one place to another, in the most inoffensive manner. Those
45 Post contains images KevinL1011 : OMG...that's an awesome car. Very much a kin to my '70 Torino but more all out performance. Here in the US, mfgrs. typically under rated HP figures b
46 MD-90 : What do parts & mx cost for a Benz that old? That would be my worry about owning one from that era.
47 flanker : I had 35% on my A4. Its not dark, it was just perfect. I don't have it backwards. I am just saying, at 50% its like nothing is there. Any who, I was
48 Superfly : You can say that again. I looked at a right-side drive model for sale here in Bangkok last month and they're asking $58,000 (USD). In California they
49 melpax : Toyota Crowns used to be popular here as a 'last car', i.e. someone would usually buy one when they retired to 'see them out'. Not withstanding the '
50 Post contains images cpd : Heh - fuel consumption on both is outrageous! No surprise the Ford needed an outrageous 164L fuel tank (36 gallons I think). The Benz was equally thi
51 Post contains links and images Superfly : A Lincoln and just about every American and British luxury sedan pre-1989. When it comes to "elegant" and "style", German cars just doesn't register
52 Post contains links melpax : Case in point..... GTHO phase2, AUD$350K..... http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/..._Nne=15&__Qpb=true&seot=1&__N=1216 1246 1247 1252 128
53 Superfly : I have a 7.5 liter. I tend to like the old fogey cars. Glad to know they have good reliability and older people tend to take very good care of their
54 sccutler : Bah. My Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Cabriolet has 8.2 Litres of displacement, and it's fuel-injected, to boot.
55 Post contains images Superfly : True, but mines is rear-wheel drive and has a 4 barrel carburetor.
56 TSS : I remember hearing the same thing when those cars were new. From what I recall, the OE Becker radios had just as many tiny and incomprehensibly label
57 Post contains links and images MD-90 : Our 1986 motorhome also had the 460 with 4-barrel carb. It had plenty of grunt but sucked gas enough to make Al Gore swear off Twinkies. And I think
58 Superfly : 1986 the 460 went to fuel injection. Sure it wasn't a 1985? 1997 was the last year. Nice motorhome by the way.
59 MD-90 : Maybe it was, I remember dad saying it had a 4-barrel carb. I also remember it wanting to die at stoplights when we were in Florida in the summer of 1
60 Superfly : That sounds like a carb but I think fuel injection can do the same. Did they ever consider the Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon?
61 MD-90 : No, they didn't, but they did consider the Chevy Astro (yuck) for its towing capabilities. Mom really liked the interior volume of the Grand Caravan,
62 Post contains links and images KiwiRob : Are you sure about that, that Convertible is a W111 model, the largest engine offered in it was a 3.5 litre V8. The M100 V8 was only ever offered in
63 Post contains links and images KiwiRob : And this is what one looks like but far cooler IMO is the Holden Torana A9X And the Chrysler Charger E49 R/T, it was the fastest acclerating Aussie b
64 MD-90 : I love those Mercs with vertically stacked headlights.
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