Question of the Day: What Out of Production Car Would You Buy New Now?

question of the day what out of production car would you buy new now

There are some cars that just haven’t been properly replaced. It might be because of safety and emissions laws; in other cases its because the manufacturer changed their focus (or went out of business). Me though, I would buy a brand new Mercedes W123 if they still made ’em. I just love the bulletproof build and the dictatorial image. What car would you get, price not being an object, right now if you could get your hands on a new one? (And no, picking random exotic cars from the past so that you can resell them at auction is not part of the game).

Click through for my favorite Nigerian scam.

DEAR SIR.

I am HAJIYA MARYAM ABACHA, I am managing director of the modern Nigeria


MERCEDES-BENZ OF NIGERIA, LTD. l am contacting you in view of the fact


that we will be of great assistance to each other likeness developing a


cordial relationship.

I am very proud to inform you that the MERCEDES-BENZ OF NIGERIA, LTD. is


now re-entering production of W123 MERCEDES-BENZ series. W123


MERCEDES-BENZ is very reliable, proven sedan design that offers a lot of


advantages to the newer designs on African roads. W123 is the old body


style that predates the V-boot Mercedes of Europe that were made from


late 1980s.

We currently have within our reach the sum of THIRTY FIVE MILLION US


Dollars (US$35,000,000.00) which we intend to use for late investment,


and to set up import/export business specifically in your country.


Production of W123 MERCEDES-BENZ is already been planned starting in


2004 and apart from the sum mentioned above we have done a lot of


research and also receive help from MERCEDES-BENZ, STUTTGART (GERMANY)


which was given to us in a bit low-key approach as the number of W123


MERCEDES-BENZ car finished in Nigeria will certainly be low and not


satisfy every customer’s needs.

However, we also stay in contact to a Russian Firm on behalf of our


countries multi-billion dollars Ajaokuta Steel Plant Project which will


help the production of the Proud Nigerian MERCEDES-BENZ W123.

The Russian Partners returned my husband’s share of USD$35,000,000.00


after the death of my husband and lodged in my husband’s car supplier


company of which l am director right now, the new Civilian Government


have intensified their probe on my husband’s other financial and oil


company. In view of these, we are now finally able to start production


of W123 series MERCEDES-BENZ as follows, and would like to invite you


for asking more information material, or place your order now to be one


of the first to enjoy this Proud new Automobile.

W123-SERIES PRODUCTION PLAN

W123-MODEL: 240 SEDAN


this is base model with 4-cylinder 8-valve 2.4 litre Engine. The engine


is very reliable design from Toyota/Hindustan which will be of perfect


power for the W123-series MERCEDES-BENZ. Power output is 94HP-DIN and


car will be equipped with 6-speed gear box of W210 which we were able to


source in big number from MERCEDES-BENZ STUTTGART. This exiting project


of cooperation between TOYOTA and MERCEDES-BENZ and gives you the very


best in quality from JAPAN AND GERMANY THE TWO LEADING CAR MANUFACTURERS


IN THE WORLD!!

THIS ALL IS NOW PRODUCED IN NIGERIA – ORDER NOW !!

choose model 240-SEDAN:


base


USD 8.490,–


w/bi-fuel installation gas/petrol


USD 9.232,–


w/aircondition system TOYOTA


USD 8.832,–


w/aircondition system TOYOTA and bi-fuel installation gas/petrol


USW 9.522,–

Due to the current situation in the country concerning government


attitude towards my family, and production facilities in LAGOS/NIGERIA,


we encourage you to place order NOW to be able to get one of these


fascinating classic MERCEDES-BENZ cars brought to you with NIGERIAN


CRAFTSMANSHIP. If you order now I can assure you to receive 30% low


price. In order to do this please send ORDER NOW ON TELEPHONE, the


number given below in this letter.

We propose you to pay in advance as follows: a percentage of 30% of the


total sum to you for the expected service and assistance, 10% for


offsetting minor expenses incurred in the course of this transaction.


Your urgent response is highly needed as to be on the top line to get


first production cars MERCEDES-BENZ OF NIGERIA.

All correspondence must be by the email address and / or phone number


below.

l have decided that this transaction be kept in utmost secrecy, remember


to include your private Telephone or fax number for easy communication.

TO PLACE ORDER NOW FOR BRAND-NEW W123 MERCEDES-BENZ CAR PLEASE CONTACT

MERCEDES-BENZ OF NIGERIA LTD.

Addo Kaloma


HELP STUFF SENIOR MANAGER FOR SALE AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

on his telephone number:


+234-8033-053799.


email:[EMAIL PROTECTED]

Best Regards.

DR. (HAJIYA) MARYAM ABACHA.


MERCEDES-BENZ OF NIGERIA LTD. (c) 2002 NOVEMBER

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  • Lou_BC Stupid to kill the 6ft box in the crewcab. That's the most common Canyon/Colorado trim I see. That kills the utility of a small truck. The extended cab was a poor seller so that makes sense. GM should have kept the diesel. It's a decent engine that mates well with the 6 speed. Fuel economy is impressive.
  • Lou_BC High end EV's are selling well. Car companies are taking advantage of that fact. I see quite a few $100k pickups in my travels so why is that ok but $100k EV's are bad? The cynical side of me sees car companies tack on 8k premiums to EV's around the time we see governments up EV credits. Coincidence? No fooking way.
  • EBFlex "I'd add to that right now, demand is higher than supply, so basic business rules say to raise the price."Demand is very low. Supply is even lower. Saying that demand is outstripping supply without providing context is dishonest at best.
  • IBx1 Took them long enough to make the dashboard look halfway decent in one of their small trucks.
  • Mcs You're right. I'd add to that right now, demand is higher than supply, so basic business rules say to raise the price. The battery tech is rapidly changing too. A battery tech in production today probably won't be what you're using in 2 years. In 4 years, something different. Lithium, cobalt, and nickel. Now cobalt and in some cases nickel isn't needed. New materials like prussian blue might need to be sourced. New sources might mean investing in mines. LMFP batteries from CATL are entering production this year and are a 15% to 20% improvement in density over current LFP closing the density gap with NCA and NCM batteries. So, more cars should be able to use LMFP than were able to use LFP. That will lower costs to automakers, but I doubt they'll pass it on. I think when the order backlogs are gone we'll stop seeing the increases. Especially once Tesla's backlog goes away. They have room to cut prices on the Model Y and once they start accumulating unsold vehicles at the factory lot, that price will come tumbling down.
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