Sunday, September 10, 2017
My New Classic
Last week, driving down Lake Road, we passed a Mercedes wagon on the side of the road with a "For Sale" sign on it. My heart did flip-flops as we drove by. On the way back to camp we pulled over to look. The last week has been spent researching how we'd insure it and who'd be our mechanic. We have both lined up and went to meet the owners on Saturday.
This 300 Turbo Diesel wagon is in prime condition on the exterior and not bad for the interior given it's age. We drove it and it started on the first try. This car has to take around 2.5 minutes to go from 0 - 60, but once is there, it runs like an Amtrak train. It loves to go fast -- and so do I.
Here's the kicker -- it's a 1984. Yes, I bought a 33 year old car. It has had two owners and every piece of maintenance paperwork was included. It has had regular oil changes and valve maintenance, nothing was "fixed" -- just things like brake pads, new tires (four very good condition Michellins). The AC was fixed this summer too. When the last owner bought it in 2008, she had it painted. There is no rust as it came from South Carolina and once up at Lake Ontario, it was kept in a barn during the winter. It has 220K miles on it and we'll be able to easily get 100K more.
The sellers are friends of the couple that own our RV park. They let me put a check down for one third of it, take the car, gave me the title, and I'm mailing the remainder tonight. TBG will be alarmed that I will now be better able to curb shop. But that's the life this car is accustomed to. The two prior ladies who drove it trafficked antiques. It's hauled a lot of old stuff.
We will be deciding which car we won't hold on to as I plan to drive this beast every day. I have a car restoration guy in mind to do some work on the interior and we have nothing to worry about with the engine. I know most people (except for Vic) will think I'm crazy -- but I couldn't let this car pass me by. It didn't hurt that it came with a groovy pair of vintage French binoculars. Methinks I need some steam-punk fashions to wear while driving it. Luckily, all I have to do is go over to CLAMCO for inspiration there!