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T-500
08-18-2011, 09:14 AM
I saw a Smoke 560SL this morning. Pristine-it was absolutely gorgeous.

Now that the BC government has passed legislation to confiscate your car for excessive speed, I think I need a convertible for comfortable cruising.
I had my 500E up to 230kph on the eve of the law change, but it may be time to sell now.

What do I look for in a 560?

I'm thinking of doing this by next summer.

Did I mention that I feel very old now??

fudgitive
08-18-2011, 09:36 AM
I would love an old 560 SEL, black with curtains in the windows please :witless:

What happens to the confiscated cars?

T-500
08-18-2011, 10:10 AM
For "Racing", ie, more than one car at the same time, the gov sells them at auction. For Excessive Speed, they might do the same, or hold them for a long time, then release them after a very high fine of several thousand dollars. I believe it depends on how fast and how dangerous, and of course accidents or bystander deaths.

Recently seized aLambo and Ferrari racing on a deserted road

gerryvz
08-18-2011, 10:17 AM
Are you talking about an R107 (1972-1989) convertible, 560SL which was made from model year 1986-1989?

Or perhaps an R129 SL (which was made in 500SL/SL500 and 600SL/SL600 models)?

Yes R107s were available in several different shades of silver during their model run, including both Smoke Silver and Brilliant Silver (the two silver shades that 036s were sold with).

If you're looking for a nice 560, here's some information that may be of assistance in terms of what to look for:

http://www.mercedesheritage.com/2009/560sl-bootcamp/

I've had a 1987 560SL for just over 5 years now; I gave it to my wife as a 10th wedding anniversary present (our 15th anniversary is in about 3 weeks). The car currently has 50,800 original miles on it, and it runs and drives like a new car. There are important things to check with these cars -- most important is getting a good maintenance history.

Cheers,
Gerry

gsxr
08-18-2011, 10:17 AM
Sheesh. Talk about your nanny state. Time to move south of the border, Sean...!

:5150:

gerryvz
08-18-2011, 10:22 AM
I would love an old 560 SEL, black with curtains in the windows please :witless:

What happens to the confiscated cars?Fudge, this might be an interesting car for you, then. Currently for sale in the Netherlands: http://www.autoscout24.nl/Details.aspx?id=vjpe3fhiqdfk

You don't see them this nice, this often. In the US, the price for this nice of a car would be around USD $12-15,000.

Cheers,
Gerry

P.S. Someday we will convert GSXR into a lover of the C/W126 and the R107. Perhaps even the W123 :cheers1:

gsxr
08-18-2011, 10:31 AM
Nope. But an R129 SL740 (http://www.w124performance.com/images/cars/shopping/Non-124/1997_SL740_RENNtech/) is on the bucket list.

:3gears:

195910
08-18-2011, 10:36 AM
Now that the BC government has passed legislation to confiscate your car for excessive speed,


What !! thats pure dictatorship. When is operation "Canadian Bacon" starting ??

fudgitive
08-18-2011, 10:38 AM
Fudge, this might be an interesting car for you, then. Currently for sale in the Netherlands: http://www.autoscout24.nl/Details.aspx?id=vjpe3fhiqdfk

You don't see them this nice, this often. In the US, the price for this nice of a car would be around USD $12-15,000.

Cheers,
Gerry

P.S. Someday we will convert GSXR into a lover of the C/W126 and the R107. Perhaps even the W123 :cheers1:


Oh that's lovely... Mary Poppins was in the trunk too.

T-500
08-18-2011, 01:51 PM
Yes indeed, I'm talking about the R107. Chrome, leather, Pagoda-style top, V8!!!
I saw one in Smoke Silver, a Champagne Gold colour with dark brown leather. Very period, but also very elegant. A nice change from the Red on Black examples. Sorry, tired of #744 Silver. Dark blue with cream interior would be nice. Euro headlights of course!


Are you talking about an R107 (1972-1989) convertible, 560SL which was made from model year 1986-1989?

Or perhaps an R129 SL (which was made in 500SL/SL500 and 600SL/SL600 models)?

Yes R107s were available in several different shades of silver during their model run, including both Smoke Silver and Brilliant Silver (the two silver shades that 036s were sold with).

If you're looking for a nice 560, here's some information that may be of assistance in terms of what to look for:

http://www.mercedesheritage.com/2009/560sl-bootcamp/

I've had a 1987 560SL for just over 5 years now; I gave it to my wife as a 10th wedding anniversary present (our 15th anniversary is in about 3 weeks). The car currently has 50,800 original miles on it, and it runs and drives like a new car. There are important things to check with these cars -- most important is getting a good maintenance history.

Cheers,
Gerry

T-500
08-18-2011, 02:03 PM
Gerry wrote:

If you're looking for a nice 560, here's some information that may be of assistance in terms of what to look for:

http://www.mercedesheritage.com/2009/560sl-bootcamp/

Thanks for the link, too.


We're a little "house poor" right now, but I want to do this by next summer. It means selling my .036, though.
I need my 4Runner for the "real world" and I have no room for 2 toys. Besides, this effectively "governs" my speed.

I estimate that I'm into my 500E for nearly $35K incl. original purchase price. Don't know what I'll get with a salvage
title, but front bodywork is redone and correct now, along with new rad timing chain, timing guides, and upper harness.

We'll see...

T-500
08-18-2011, 02:06 PM
Nope. But an R129 SL740 (http://www.w124performance.com/images/cars/shopping/Non-124/1997_SL740_RENNtech/) is on the bucket list.

:3gears:

Looking forward to seeing THAT at Mission Raceway! :)

gerryvz
08-18-2011, 02:23 PM
We're a little "house poor" right now, but I want to do this by next summer. It means selling my .036, though.
I need my 4Runner for the "real world" and I have no room for 2 toys. Besides, this effectively "governs" my speed.

I estimate that I'm into my 500E for nearly $35K incl. original purchase price. Don't know what I'll get with a salvage
title, but front bodywork is redone and correct now, along with new rad timing chain, timing guides, and upper harness.

We'll see...

Duuuuuude ...... You're talking some serious heresy here. Almost treasonous. You'll be very sorry if you sell your 500 and get a 560SL.

First of all (and I speak from experience) -- roadsters/convertibles really aren't the best vehicles to have if you live in the northwestern part of the US/BC area. Seriously. You can use them about 3 months out of the year, that's all.

Second of all, the 560SL only has 227 HP -- that's a full 100HP less than the 500 (less torque too) and yet the car is roughly as heavy as an 036.

Third of all, they are not all that easy to get into and out of -- comfortable enough when you're seated, but the steering wheel, windshield and instrument cluster is REALLY in your face in an SL. There's not much room to stretch/spread out.

Also: fuel economy is worse -- you'll get 14-15 MPG average with a 560SL. They don't handle in the same universe as a stock 036. The manual top is easy to use, but many women don't like putting it up and down. And if you live in the NW, you know how often that thing will be going up and down. Hardtop is a 2-person job to take off and put on.

I'd really think three times and carefully about what you're proposing here. Spend some time in and around a 560SL and you'll either go for an R129 (which combines the 500's power with handling and refinement that's light-years better than a 107) or stick with your 036.

I'm just trying to hit you with a dose of reality here. Trust me I love my R107, but never as a replacement for my 036. An R107 ragtop is only good as a third car, not as a first or second car.

Cheers,
Gerry

gsxr
08-18-2011, 02:47 PM
+1 with Gerry... if you need to slow down, stick a rock behind the gas pedal, or disconnect a couple plug wires, or drop in a 4.2L motor! But don't ditch the .036, please. You'd likely take over a 50% hit compared to what you have in it... not worth it. Or, like I said previously, move a few miles south where they won't steal your car and hide behind a judge!

:stickpoke:

T-500
08-18-2011, 03:14 PM
However, I do love my .036. I really do and I take my stewardship of this fabulous car very seriously.

IF it were to go, I would pass it on to a responsible enthusiast.