By on May 19, 2009

After all the interest in identifying the old Mazda junkyard pickup last week, we’re going to start a regular contest, called Curbside Classic Preview Contest. You’ll get a snippet of the upcoming CC feature. No prizes yet, but we’re working on that. On your mark . . .

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11 Comments on “Curbside Classics Preview Contest...”


  • avatar
    sportsuburbangt

    looks like and old Benz SL

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    Vordhosbn

    It looks like a Mercedes-Benz W108/W109 to me.

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    fiasco

    I’m going to go with early ’70s 240D for $500, Alex.

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    Paul Niedermeyer

    Well, that was way too fast. Vordhosbn got it, W108 Benz. I originally had a smaller snippet, but got anxious. The painted dog-dish hubcaps give this one away; distinctively Benz.

    This was a test; next time it’s going to be a lot smaller.

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    SunnyvaleCA

    I grew up in a 1972 W104 250, so I had an almost-right guess in about 1 second. Anyone see anything in this picture that would differentiate the W108 from the W104? Come to think of it, both thw W104 and W108 had (at least in the USA) the “vents” around the hubcap; this picture doesn’t show that. Perhaps it is a down-market W105 (240D, for example).

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    findude

    The center wheel cover is a Mercedes-Benz hubcap. The horizontal trim line just above this left-front wheel suggests a W108 or W114 series sedan or coupe (1966-1973 if memory serves). The simple trim ring (which does not have the vent trim of the more elaborate “glory rim” suggests a car from early in the series and/or a down-market model–i.e., not an “S” series car.

    Then again, the horizontal trim line might be an aftermarket add-on to minimize risk of door dings. In that case, the car could be a W110/W111/W112 series sedan (fintail or heckflosse of 1959-1968) or one of the related coupes of that era.

    Great concept, folks. Let’s keep running with this one.

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    superbadd75

    ’69 300 SEL. That’s my guess and I’m sticking to it. Maybe.

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    Vordhosbn

    Hooray, I got it!

    It looks exactly the same as the one I own.

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    TZ

    Vordhosbn :
    May 19th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Hooray, I got it!

    It looks exactly the same as the one I own.

    Hey, that’s cheating! :)

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    Now Paul, don’t be stealing my “name that car” thunder!

    –chuck

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    MagMax

    This is my first Mercedes, even the same colour: a 1968 250SE sedan, and what a car it was too. I don’t think I’ve ever sat in a more comfortable driver’s seat and the performance was phenomenal especially considering the engine size.

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