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  1. PreWar Mercedes Benz

    Alsancle knows a heck of a lot more than I do about 290's and 320's. Looks like there may be an original engine buried under a bunch of nonoriginal components; can't see enough detail of the radiator; top and wheels are definitely wrong. I really don't see mucn on the exterior that looks good. Didn't the 2 and 3 series cars only have 3 major gauges (not 7)? Did DBAG really cut holes in a frame like that other than the SSKL's? I thought most of those cars had suicide doors. Looks like a hatchet job to me - almost like a kit.
  2. PreWar Mercedes Benz

    1937 Cab A going to auction at Coys next month. They have been asking 2.5M Euros.
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    540K Cab B not sold. 380 roadster sold 560,240 Euro.
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    540K Cab A won Best of Show, European, in Atlanta. Owned and restored by Evergreen Co.
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    540K Cab B and 380 roadster coming up at Artcurial's M-B sale.
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    This description from a Bentley FB page: "Outside the Rembrandt Hotel Kensington, December 2, 1945. The Bentley behind the Mercedes 540K looks like Woolf Barnato's Speed Six Coupe CJ3811. The Mercedes was also owned by Barnato apparently." vintageracecar.com July 1, 2015 has an article about this. I don't have a subscription to see what it says. If anyone knows who the photographer was, where this was originally published or knows where a high resolution image can be found, please let me know.
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    One more shot of the Pebble Beach BoS car. The trunk is a nice item, but ruins the look of the car. Also the "refreshing" shot of the 380, the Mayfair roadster that was red is now green, and the '29 SS by Castagna.
  8. Thanks again to everyone. I've just about decided on the Direct Lift Pro-Park 9 Plus. I might have gone with the Pro-Park 8 Plus Long, but the 9 isn't that much more $ and I can probably put the pickup on it when I need to (would have been handy when I was putting those running boards on). Haven't found anything negative about it from actual users. $3500 including lift, casters, drip trays, jack tray, delivery and installed with oil. Dealer only 30 miles away. I can't see $1800 more value in the Rotary for my puny needs. To the extent anyone cares, I ruled out: Bendpak - requires air compressor, a little more expensive, but the best warranty. Advantage - more expensive, less warranty, not certified. Rotary - less clearance, lots more money, less warranty Backyard Buddy - important specs not on their website, lots more expensive, not certified. I did not look at Challenger, Revolution, etc., but would have if I had any qualms about Direct Lift. Could have researched more companies for weeks, but have found enough forums with comments on Bendpak, Direct Lift, Rotary, BYB to draw the line. For the most part, people like what they bought, whatever the brand, and if they have experience with more than one brand, both were okay. At some point it comes down to dimensions and cost rather than brand.
  9. I noticed that noise on the video of the Direct Lift, but I figured a nice ca-chunk isn't a bad thing to know the safeties are engaged. Thanks for the lever tip. I'm still leaning towards Direct Lift, though I have moved up in size in case I ever want to put my truck on it. Maybe I shouldn't say "leaning" when talking about lifts!
  10. I've been told I can squeeze six pennies out of a nickel, but, as you know, I'll pay up when it's important - particularly for safety. So far I have compared the specs on Rotary, Bendpak, Advantage, Backyard Buddy and Direct Lift. I have some questions to ask when businesses open on Monday, but at the moment I'm leaning towards Direct Lift. Partly because there's a dealer/installer within 30 miles. The Rotary is the second choice but it just seems like overkill for a 14K# lift, which is apparently their lowest rated lift now. One thing I've noticed so far is a lack of any significant negative reports on any brand. I'm not sure I can go too far wrong given my needs. Thanks for all the responses and advice! I'll keep digging. Anyone with Direct Lift experience, let me know.
  11. PreWar Mercedes Benz

    I have no doubt the Soviets and Americans took whatever was convenient, but I haven't seen any evidence such a huge percentage (70-78% according to Buickliner) was in the Soviet Union by 1947. Without some evidence to prove those statistics, it is all just speculation that cannot be relied upon.
  12. I am searching online for comparisons and experience with the various car lifts available. I would appreciate any advice on particular brands and models. I will be raising a classic weighing over 5,000 lbs, maybe once a month to clean the underside and routine maintenance. Definitely 4-post with a caster option since I'm not going to be using it on a daily basis. One friend commented he liked Rotary better than Bendpak because the Bendpak he has requires a compressed air line. I'm going to research that more. I searched this forum and only found one thread from 15 years ago (thanks for your post, Ed!) If you know of any comparison websites other than those created by a manufacturer for marketing purposes, please let me know. I'm more interested in your personal experience and recommendations. Thanks car guys! If you aren't comfortable mentioning brands publicly, feel free to message me.
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    Buickliner -- Since you are not interested in sharing the information you allegedly have, I don't think you are going to find what you are looking for here. I may not be the only one thinking that you could be trying to find information to help create fake cars on reproduction chassis and engines that we know are being made in Russia and Eastern Europe. That is my opinion because you have posted several things that are wrong and have provided nothing to support your contentions and statistics. I hope you will prove me wrong. Most of the forum contributors have a passion for these cars and a desire to protect the hobby. You have been politely invited to share so that the history of these cars can be more accurately preserved. My apologies to the rest of the forum readers, but diplomatic inquiries to Buickliner have not produced any responses that engender trust or the free exchange of useful information. In fact, Buickliner's presence has chilled my willingness to post detailed information. As long as the information allegedly held by persons like Buickliner stays secret, the greater is the possibility of fraud. I realize the "Catch-22" aspect of my position, but I do not think he actually has a list of cars in the Soviet Union in 1947. In America, we use the expression, "Put up or shut up."
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    Body and commission numbers are important, but these cars are known and tracked primarily by chassis number. From your posts it does not appear your list has chassis numbers. I am still confused about what your list is. You mention a 1947 list of 596 (or 528 depending which of your posts one reads) of the 761 500K and 540K cars in possession of the Soviet government, and 689 cars in your own list when auction information is added (since 1991 or 2000, again depending which of your posts one reads). I find it difficult to believe that 70-78% of all 500K and 540K cars were in USSR in 1947. Perhaps you would like to share your list. It would be a big help to the community if there is reliable information about 500K and 540K cars in USSR and former Soviet countries. The list above does not add up to either 528 or 596. This information did not come from auction catalogs or a 1947 list. What is the source of these numbers? We would love for you to share the information.