March 2, 2007

Isn't this a snazzy car!
I won't for a moment pretend that I know anything about cars, or this one in particular. In fact I have never gotten turned on by cars. My choice in cars is one that is comfortable and reliable. Anyways with my stiff joints I would have one hard time getting in or out of this machine, but it did catch my eye. Not to mention the amount of cash you would need to drive this one around the block, and where do you stash your Home Depots purchases? I found this article and the picture at RETRO THING. I post the narrative for those who might know what they're talking about. I don't.

A Japanese "Mercedes"
This one seems really strange: Japanese company Duesen Bayern will take a perfectly respectable BMW Z3 roadster and mod it to look like a vintage Mercedes Benz 190 SL. They only select donor cars with under 30,000 km on the odometer and no accident history.
This is a limited production of 100 vehicles, so they're using fiber reinforced plastic rather than steel for the body, although "to pursue genuine favoritism," the bumpers are chrome-plated steel. The Dusen Bayern Mystar is certainly an attractive car, but at the end of the day it's merely a modified BMW roadster. And an original Z3 isn't a bad little car to own, after all.
The original 190 SL was envisioned as the little brother to the Mercedes 300 SL. It proved quite popular, selling over 25,000 units during its 8 year production run (1955-1963). Power came from an inline 4-cylinder engine that put out a respectable 105 HP. A removable hardtop Coupe was available, along with a softtop Roadster. Mercedes was even willing to apply custom paint colors. If you'd like so see more of this wonderful vintage M-B roadster, Best Classics has some fantastic 190 SL images in their gallery. Alas, the 190 SL was not considered a collectible car, in part because many regarded it as the inferior little brother of the 300 SL. As a result, many of these vehicles were neglected and have only become popular among collectors in recent years.

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