Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mercedes W116 450SEL for sale

One owner; 55,000 miles; always garage stored in dry California climate.

What caught my eye with this one is that it is exactly like the car my step-dad had when I was growing up. Milan brown exterior, bamboo leather, zebrano wood, even the Becker Mexico head unit.

My step-dad bought his used from a Chinese businessman in the early 1980s. He kept it as a daily driver into the late 90s. Over the years, he had it repainted, and the interior redone at a Mexican upholstery shop in Santa Ana. For some reason, he switched out the original rims for black steelies and cheap plastic wheel covers. Mechanically, it died a slow death. The A/C never worked and towards the end, the gas pedal came off (we just stepped on the rod that protruded from under the dash). He ended up donating it to the local NPR station for a small write-off.

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