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  1. Then try the 300 SLR where the engine was canted over at a 33 degree angle toward the right side of the vehicle. Unfortunately for this discussion it was a straight 8, but it did lean in the correct direction.
  2. Is the 300 SL eligible for membership in the Slant Six Club?
  3. Here's a Spohn customization of a 300 SL from the mid-1950s:
  4. Silver lining: Perspiration can make for wet t-shirts.
  5. Quite repairable. Considering the strength built into cars of that era, I'd like to see a picture of the vehicle that ran into it. Was it a total loss?
  6. It might have been a good idea to have checked the markings on the bottom of the ash tray and to have determined its value before it was torn apart.
  7. There is so much idle speculation in some of these responses that providing sound counsel is difficult. Prior to our current VIN system many cars were registered/titled with many different combinations of numbers including engine number(very popular), body number, construed combinations (such as offered by the OP) or even the full chassis number. To be considerate of your heirs, or even of yourself if you think you might sell the car during your lifetime, it would behoove you to contact your state's DMV (or equivalent) and inquire about what is necessary to correct an identification number. This will usually require a personal inspection by a DMV inspector or member of the state police, but if your documents are in order a new registration/title sporting the proper numbers will be quickly issued. Since you, not your wife, girlfriend, or children, know more about your car's history than anyone else, I urge you confront this task immediately. If you don't, at the time of sale either the lawyer's fees will be huge to correct the title or the proceeds will be greatly reduced due to the numeric inconsistency.
  8. I'm always suspicious of any post that inquires for "a friend." Trolls and pot stirrers abound.
  9. Big mistake. Do not trust anyone. When the project is completed and things do not work out it will be your problem and the builder will be nowhere to be found. If necessary, delay the start of the project until the details are set to your satisfaction. This entire thread would be much easier to work with if pictures or a sketch would be provided.
  10. Do not accept a parade position behind the horses or the elephants.
  11. During the 1950s Mercedes-Benz used a series of 5-digit numeric codes to describe specific factory options that were to be added to a basic vehicle. Usually, but not always, these five numbers were preceded by the letters "SA" on the vehicle's Lieferschein (delivery note / build sheet). I am attempting to compile a full list of these codes as used during the 1950s and so far have accounted for approximately 200 examples. Other codes used during the 1960s and up to and including the present day are relatively easy to find, but, unfortunately, are not what I'm seeking.If anyone has a complete list of the 1950s codes from M-B or has access to a Lieferschein with legible SA codes, I would appreciate receipt of same as an addition to the ever growing data base. Feel free to post a response here or directly to ejb@elilaw.netThank you, E.J. Boyd
  12. Let's not forget the short period in the life of Bibendum when he went from white to black so as to better represent the change in tire color. Thankfully more mature heads prevailed and he was returned to the white image of which we are all so fond.