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2017 CLASSIC MERCEDES BACK ISSUES

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Classic Mercedes Issue 22

News: ‘Barn finds’ are now all the rage, and MOT test rules change.
Event: Pebble Beach, California: Reports on top classic auctions and the famous Concours d’Elegance.
Event: Schöne Sterne, Germany: Mercedes classics amassed at this fascinating, former Rhur steel factory.
My Classic Drive: 450SEL: We make the most of a 116-series on the Peak District’s beautiful roads.
Talking Shop: Mark Plant: this Benz specialist explains what to do when you can’t find parts you need.
Icons: 190SL Roadster: A page highlighting a wonderful photograph from the Daimler archive.
Cover Story: W114 250: The ‘Stroke 8’ was the basic Merc from 1968 to 1976 – we drive a survivor and find the design has aged very well.
Rock star car: 500SEL AMG: Ex-Beatle George Harrison liked his cars special – his 126 didn’t disappoint.
Rock star car: Diary: Our man has driven George’s 500SEL for months, and reports on it!
Obituary: Erich Waxenberger: Sadness at reporting his passing, but joy in recalling the engineer’s life.
Classic roadster: 190SL: Not the quickest 50s droptop, but few rivals matched its comfort and style.
Timewatch: 1977 – C123 launch: Looking back four decades to the unveiling of the smart 123-series coupe.
My Classic: 300SEL 6.3: Michael Morris tells us how he’s owned his W109 not once, but twice.
Profile: Galo Maldonado Fuchs: No one in in Quito, Ecuador knows more about old Mercs than this man.
Auction Stars: 300SL, 220SE, 280SL: Details on a selection of classics at RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams sales.
Mercedes Practical Restoration: Fourteen months in five pages: How a W113 went from poor to pristine.
Mercedes Practical Buyer’s Guide: The 126-series is a great bargain, but heed this advice before purchase.
NEW! Classics’ values, specs: We list every Mercedes road car since 1945, with data and buying tips.
Lifestyle: Classic driving shoes: The adapted moccasin began as an upmarket driving aid in the 1960s.

Classic Mercedes Issue 21

Event: San Marino Motor Classic: Top Benz collectables by the dozen were at this southern California meeting.
Event: SEC day: 126s once owned by music and F1 stars gathered at Mercedes-Benz World.
My Classic Drive: SL60 AMG: A 300-mile dash in Affalterbach’s hot R129 provided a memorable day.
Talking Shop: Rob Johnson: Find out from our finance expert the best way to pay for your Mercedes.
COVER STORY: Fintail 190: We drive Mercedes’ ordinary, yet extraordinary 1960s saloon which symbolised Germany’s car industry.
Classic limousine 300: Eyes were out on stalks as we drove a 1952 Adenauer in Palm Beach.
ESTATE SPECIAL: Bespoke Crayford Dachshund: Only one long-wheelbase W114 estate was made and we’ve driven it!
ESTATE SPECIAL: Coachbuilt Binz 190c: We tracked down an extremely rare RHD example owned in San Diego.
ESTATE SPECIAL: 52123 v 124 230TEs head to head: Two model series share the same engine – we drive both and compare.
Timewatch: 1967, new test track: Fifty years ago Daimler-Benz cut the ribbon on its world class test centre.
My Classic: 240D: James Bryant on how in 1981 he bought a new 240D and still drives it.
Super coupe: Uhlenhaut 300SLR: The road-going 1950s 300SLR isn’t allowed out much – but we got a drive.
Auction Stars: 300SLs, 280SL, 600: Details on these and other star classics at recent Bonhams auctions.
Mercedes Practical Buyer’s Guide: Most 190SLs are restored, but still need checking – here’s what to look for.
Modified classic: bb 500SEC: We drive the droptop 126-series that Mercedes-Benz refused to build.
Accessories: car covers: From the vast choice offered, we give a few pointers on what ones to buy.

Classic Mercedes Issue 20

My Classic Drive: 280SL: A Pagoda and a gastronomique tour of Provence go very well together.
Talking Shop: Gerry Bucke: An insurance expert tells us how to keep your classic car properly covered.
Coupe Special: 300CE: Driving the modern classic coupe that's a blast to own but still affordable!
Coupe Special: 280SE 3.5: The W111 stunned the world in 1961 – we look at the fi nal, V8 version.
Coupe Special: 230CE: Even in modest four-cylinder form the C123 is a great all round Mercedes.
Life at the top: 500SEC: The amazing C126 re-established Mercedes as the premium coupe king.
Timewatch: 1951, 300 launch: How Mercedes’ limo became the German Chancellor's favoured wheels.
Collectors: Norwegian Mercs: Inside the garage of a father and son who now own more than 50 Benzes.
Adventure: Rally of the Incas: Garry Boyce drove his 220SEb 6,000 gruelling miles in South America.
My Classic: 190SL Roadster: Bill Ainsworth from Orange County loves his classic – and drives it hard, too.
Auction Stars: 300SL, 300S, 220S: Details on these and other star classics changing hands at auctions.
Mercedes Practical: Buyer’s Guide: Our buying tips on the 500E/E500, the 124-series wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Classic pick-up: Bakkie: We tell the fascinating story of the Ponton commercial built in South Africa.
Collectables: Brochures: You've got the classic Mercedes – now find its original sales brochure.

Classic Mercedes Issue 19

My Classic Drive 280SE 3.5: Cruising the quiet, scenic lanes of East Sussex in a classic W111 cabriolet.
Talking Shop Peter Haynes: A fascinating, inside look at how auctioneers handle telephone bidders.
450SEL: Driving one of the best 116s in the world, rebuilt by Mercedes-Benz Classic.
Flagship Fintail: 300SE: Fintail lover Bob Gunthorp owns this rare example with a divider screen.
Shoot-out: 300SEL 6.3 v 450SEL 6.9: Our back-to-back comparison of two iconic M100 V8 Benz 'super saloons'.
1980s domination: 500SEL: Behind the wheel of a 126-series, the top boardroom express in its day.
Timewatch: 1957, 300SLS: The fascinating story and images of Mercedes' winning 300SL race car.
Super Club: Gull Wing Group: We were there at this exclusive club's meeting in music city, Nashville.
Heroes: Men of Mercedes: Profiling 10 stars who have made M-B such an outstanding car maker.
My Classic: 300SL Roadster: Don Murray in California has had an eight-year love affair with this classic.
Auction Stars: 300SL, 280SE 3.5: Details on these and other star classics changing hands at auctions.
Mercedes Practical Buyer’s Guide: Early SLKs are now considered as classics, and we bring you buying tips.
Classic roadster: 280SL: Most R107s are automatic but we tracked a low-mileage, manual version.
Lifestyle Classic Mercedes hire: Fancy trying before you buy? Hire the Mercedes of your dreams for a test.