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cawimmer430
09-07-2007, 06:46 AM
This happened a few weeks ago but I am only getting around to posting it now. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

My father and I visited a friend of his who is a local doctor and passionate car enthusiast. He especially has a soft sport for BMWs and Mercedes', especially of older vintage.

In his garage was a beautiful blue 1952 Mercedes 300 (W186 II) "Adenauer" that even in that dark environment looked stunning. This 300a is special. The regular 300a had a 115-horsepower inline-6, but his car has the engine of a 300S Coupe with 150-horsepower. I found that pretty interesting. He found the car in poor condition and restored it himself. Sadly he couldn't find a M186I (300) engine so he had to settle for the M188 engine of the 300S Coupe.

So I photograph the hell out of it with my Olympus FE-200 digital camera and then I asked him if I could sit in it. He was pretty cool about, even wanted me to drive it but I declined that offer since I didn't want to be blamed if something happened. Plus, I felt tired that day and driving something like this, without power-steering, wasn't something I wanted to do!

Also on his land are two Mercedes 319 buses, one of them is being restored and the other is a donor for spare parts. He's also got a genuine 1939 Opel Blitz, 1979 BMW 2800CS and various BMWs and a Glas GT.

Here she is, the 300a with the 300S engine. A beauty.
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/5166/1952300a1xf6.jpg
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8929/1952300atj6.jpg
http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7937/1952300a2xe6.jpg

150-horsepower engine from the 300S...
http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/1125/1952300a3id5.jpg

Rear aspect...
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/1317/1952300a6mv5.jpg
http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/2952/1952300a7na7.jpg

Classic whitewall tires...
http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/7782/1952300a8lx1.jpg

The interior. I've never sat in anything more comfortable than this. The seats were so soft and comfortable I can't really describe it. You need to sit in this car to believe it.
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/2369/1952300a9we2.jpg
http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/7876/1952300a10pg9.jpg
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/2376/1952300a11dw1.jpg
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/6962/1952300a13wf2.jpg

Close-ups of the instruments.
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/8258/1952300a14mj4.jpg
http://img485.imageshack.us/img485/282/1952300a15yd6.jpg

Oil pressure and engine temperature....
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/4965/1952300a16bj4.jpg

km/h speedometer...
http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/3986/1952300a17ut4.jpg

Fuel tank clock and battery voltage indicator...
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/1594/1952300a18jg4.jpg

Clock and radio...
http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/9639/1952300a20ra8.jpg

These various switches below are used to control the engine. You can control an oil pump and fuel pump among others.
http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/9320/1952300a21ox4.jpg
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/8193/1952300a22wb0.jpg

Clutch, brake and gas pedal...
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/6001/1952300a23gz9.jpg

Glovebox and the back seats...
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/6566/1952300a24gi3.jpg
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/2681/1952300a25cv9.jpg

Front door from the inside, simple yet classy...
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/8461/1952300a26wr7.jpg

Other cars from his classic garage.

An old BMW 3-Series sedan...
http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/3894/bmw3er01ll2.jpg
http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/9726/bmw3er02wm4.jpg
http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/7639/bmw3er03xl1.jpg

BMW 1502 I think...
http://img458.imageshack.us/img458/4601/bmw150201qc2.jpg
http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/2699/bmw150203cz4.jpg

An old Mercedes 319 series bus, looking good...
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/9663/mercedes319busb01tl6.jpg
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/7991/mercedes319busb02bb0.jpg
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/7195/mercedes319busb03ee4.jpg
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/2478/mercedes319busb04kz3.jpg
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/8933/mercedes319busb05sp7.jpg

1979 BMW 2800CS, beauty!
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/9162/bmw2800cs197901tu3.jpg
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/8775/bmw2800cs197902qq4.jpg
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/3581/bmw2800cs197904qk8.jpg
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/3451/bmw2800cs197905hj4.jpg
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/8665/bmw2800cs197906jz7.jpg
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5343/bmw2800cs197907di4.jpg
http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/6348/bmw2800cs197908nq7.jpg
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/1826/bmw2800cs197903jv8.jpg

The body of a Glas 1600 or 1800 GT...
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/2908/glas16001800gtgv7.jpg

1939 Opel Blitz Firetruck
http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/4788/opelblitz193901qi6.jpg
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/7753/opelblitz193902nj6.jpg
http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/3796/opelblitz193903fh8.jpg
http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/6148/opelblitz193904mz5.jpg
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5858/opelblitz193905pa3.jpg
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/8674/opelblitz193906nz4.jpg
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/7546/opelblitz193907ye3.jpg

Some old motorcycles from his collection...
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/16/motorcycles01ft2.jpg
http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/2296/motorcycles02rw5.jpg
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/7339/motorcycles03zj3.jpg
http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/2641/motorcycles04ap3.jpg

And lastly his second Mercedes 319 bus, the one he uses for spares...
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/5553/mercedes319bus01bk0.jpg
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/7449/mercedes319bus02ya4.jpg
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/8084/mercedes319bus03ha7.jpg
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Engadin
09-07-2007, 02:09 PM
Thanks, thanks a lot for such a collection of nice photos of so lovely aged cars and motos!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Jasko76
09-07-2007, 02:36 PM
Can I have the green BMW 2800 CS coupe, please? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Thanks for the images, what a great collection, and what a fortunate man he is.

J_A_M_F_
09-07-2007, 05:22 PM
Yep, that 2800 CS looks nice...



...but a 3.0 CS would look better. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Bakelit
09-08-2007, 03:15 AM
Thanks cawimmer 430. Lovely pictures. I love old cars, even "bread and butter" ones and small busses and lorries.

I collect Matchbox vintage toy cars from 1953-1969.

That chubby Mercedes bus brings back childhood memories. Yes I've seen those on the streets as a child http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Jasko76
09-08-2007, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by J_A_M_F_:
Yep, that 2800 CS looks nice...



...but a 3.0 CS would look better. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Not to mention 3.0 CSL....

J_A_M_F_
09-08-2007, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by Jasko76:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by J_A_M_F_:
Yep, that 2800 CS looks nice...



...but a 3.0 CS would look better. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Not to mention 3.0 CSL.... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Only if it's the road version without the front skirt from the "batmobile". Of course, tastes differ. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

flakwagen
09-08-2007, 08:47 PM
My mother's first car was a Mercedes from the 1950s, though I'm not sure of the exact year or model. From her description I think it was a 1953 300 series sedan. Hers was dark gray and she specifically remembers that it had turn signals that were mechanical- they popped out from the sides of the roof frame.

My grandfather bought it for her from a neighbor who was a retired Army general. The general bought it while he was posted in Europe and imported it after his tour was over.

It was an unusual car, as it had armor plating underneath and a compartment in the dashboard for a firearm. Supposedly it was custom ordered by an oil-rich Arab who never went through with the purchase.

I wish she still had it. I'm sure Mercedes with factory installed armor and gun compartments are rather rare- particularly in North America.

Flak

Vipez-
09-09-2007, 02:52 AM
Nice pics http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Humm, but something is missing here..

Ah yes, where is your sister ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

msalama
09-09-2007, 03:27 AM
Thank you Sir for these photos! What a beatiful collection http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Jasko76
09-09-2007, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by J_A_M_F_:

Only if it's the road version without the front skirt from the "batmobile". Of course, tastes differ. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Indeed, they do differ! If I could choose, I'd go for the full bodykit. Preferably in Alpine white, with M-stripes. And tuned by Alpina, or maybe Schnitzer... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

Dagnabit
09-09-2007, 10:20 PM
Once again nice pics.
Thanks for sharing

cawimmer430
09-11-2007, 04:42 AM
Glad you guys like the pictures. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

cawimmer430
09-11-2007, 04:44 AM
Originally posted by Bakelit:
Thanks cawimmer 430. Lovely pictures. I love old cars, even "bread and butter" ones and small busses and lorries.

I collect Matchbox vintage toy cars from 1953-1969.

That chubby Mercedes bus brings back childhood memories. Yes I've seen those on the streets as a child http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Anytime. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

300s are very rare today - but when you see one on the street, it's just amazing. They're quite popular here only at Oldtimer Rally's. Owners tend to keep them locked up in a garage until the weather is nice and there's an oldtimer show. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

cawimmer430
09-11-2007, 04:47 AM
Originally posted by flakwagen:
My mother's first car was a Mercedes from the 1950s, though I'm not sure of the exact year or model. From her description I think it was a 1953 300 series sedan. Hers was dark gray and she specifically remembers that it had turn signals that were mechanical- they popped out from the sides of the roof frame.

My grandfather bought it for her from a neighbor who was a retired Army general. The general bought it while he was posted in Europe and imported it after his tour was over.

It was an unusual car, as it had armor plating underneath and a compartment in the dashboard for a firearm. Supposedly it was custom ordered by an oil-rich Arab who never went through with the purchase.

I wish she still had it. I'm sure Mercedes with factory installed armor and gun compartments are rather rare- particularly in North America.

Flak

Thanks for sharing that. At first I thought your family might have had this one:

The Ponton Series

http://photo.netcarshow.com/Mercedes-Benz-220_a_1954_photo_01.jpg

But when you mentioned armor, I am pretty sure this wasn't available on the Ponton series so most likely, your family indeed had a '300! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

cawimmer430
09-11-2007, 04:48 AM
Originally posted by Vipez-:

Ah yes, where is your sister ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif


She was in Stuttgart on that day. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Job interview, not at Porsche or Mercedes though... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif