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#26789 of 30871 Re: London Brighton Veteran Car run tomorrow [uplanderguy]
Nov 06, 2012 (12:45 pm)
A Park Avenue with the supercharged 3800 and th optional touring/rallye (or whatever they called it) suspension option would be a nice luxury cruiser. Roomy, comfortable, with decent performance and road manners, plus acceptable fuel economy.
The '97-'05 generation is an improvement over the '91-'96, which borrows heavily from the squared off body '85-'90 platform.
Nov 06, 2012 (6:23 pm)
I saw what I believe was a Saab 900 series station wagon today. Said Saab on it, so it wasn't a Volvo. I don't think I've seen that before, even on the east coast.
Nov 06, 2012 (6:45 pm)
Probably a 9-5 wagon?
#26792 of 30871 Re: Saab [kyfdx]
Nov 06, 2012 (7:00 pm)
May well have been and the funny part of it is that I actually saw it in the Midwest of all places!
Nov 06, 2012 (8:18 pm)
the rebirth series. not sure if it was a '77 8 or 9. Yellow, along rt 13 somewhere in Maryland or Delaware. Looked real nice, and for sale!
I actually really liked them when it returned for 1977. Nicely done package, for the time.
Nov 07, 2012 (11:22 am)
I visited the MB Museum today, it is an amazing facility and worthy of the time. I last visited 3 years ago, and was still able to spend several hours there seeing it all again. Something obscure and unusual were some W116 based safety cars from about 1973, not in the museum but sitting at the adjacent dealer. These cars were test units for the original MB airbag and ABS units. And endless dozens of other priceless amazing cars to be seen, too.
And a snapshot from the competition cars area, with a nice fintail rally car in the foreground.
Nov 08, 2012 (10:50 am)
A few of the "Young Classics" for sale at the MB Classic Center:
They used to put window stickers in their cars - no more, probably got tired of people reacting to the high prices. But you are paying for quality - their cars are the best of the best. There's a beautiful 560SEC and an amazing W108 280SE for sale I might show later.
Not much odd here - the vehicle fleet in Germany seems to be getting younger, not much under 10 years old on the road. I think they had a "clunkers" program like the US. I did see an 80s style "white out" Porsche 928 and an old Starlet with pre-Euro plates, which are usually seen, when seen at all, on old MB. Also saw a Rover 75 wagon, which has to be rare even in England, not to mention on the continent.
Nov 08, 2012 (4:32 pm)
Some Euro zone countries had multiple clunker programs. France and Italy come to mind. Maybe Germany has had more than one too.
#26797 of 30871 Re: . [hpmctorque]
Nov 09, 2012 (6:32 am)
There are a few clunkers on the road here, but not like at home. Got behind a mid 00s Opel tall wagon/small van thing that was smoking like a chimney. Going to be a problem come the next inspection.
Saw a Daewoo Leganza today, can't be many of those on the road here. There's a MB C126 in the hotel parking lot, I saw a pristine W123 wagon, 2x (!) Sebring convertibles, 80s Scirocco, a couple of older 911a (seem to be like ordinary used cars here) and a 190E of all things shot past on the autobahn earlier.
Nov 09, 2012 (9:03 am)
It would be interesting to know whether most of those older cars, some of which were probably still decent or better, were shipped out of the country or scrapped. I'd feel better if if it were the former, assuming they weren't stolen. Yeah, I know, many of them were stolen and shipped East, and elsewhere. The consequences should be harsher for these crimes.