Recently, Drew made some excellent comparisons and pointed out many of the flaws in design and safety of the cars known today as classics. Perhaps not every single one of them was a death trap, but judging by the wrecks I had posted, the cars seemed to fall apart like they were made of glass.
I wonder if that was more the case with American cars as opposed say to German ones. Or the Brits and Italians. I really haven’t a clue not having read up on it.
I just like the way many of them looked, and would not mind having Jay Leno’s money so I could own a collection like his. And I would LOVE to own a Cord like the red model that sits on top of my pc. That’s about as close as I will ever get to a classic beauty.
Anyway, I ran across this and thought it would make a nice contrast with Drew’s super car he posted yesterday. Nice cars no doubt but I’d still rather have a Cord.
Here. Take a look at this old Mercedes. Someone will have fun restoring this one, but it may take buckets of cash.
Can anyone tell me what that black knob thing in the middle of the steering wheel is?
The supercar of its generation: 100mph 1928 Mercedes unearthed after 60 years of rusting away in a garage is worth £1.5million
Car runs ‘perfectly’ despite not having been driven since the early 1950s
By DANIEL MILLER
This rare 1928 Mercedes, unearthed after 60 years sitting in a garage without seeing the light of day, is expected to sell for a staggering £1.5million at auction.
Described as the supercar of its generation, the ‘S’ Type model was one of the world’s fastest vehicles when it rolled off the production line in 1928, easily reaching speeds in excess of 100mph.
It’s Ferdinand Porsche designed engine and hand crafted chassis made it one of the earliest luxury sports cars ever mass produced. Incredibly despite having been locked away since the 1950s, it still runs perfectly.
The cobweb clad car - first registered on the roads in May 1928 - is set to go under the hammer at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale on September 15.
Automotive expert, Rupert Banner, said: ‘At a time when motor cars in original condition and with impeccable provenance are appreciated more than ever, this one-owner car offers an unrepeatable opportunity for collectors.
If you are talking about the 2 levers, one is a hand brake, the other is the shift lever. Note the lack of floor shifter on the car :D
Thanks. Never would have known about a hand brake in that position. Interesting. Seems odd place for shift too. Do you think? I guess that’s why things moved in later models.
It was odd, and probably the reason for relocation. Unlike a lot of manual shifters, instead of a pattern, it worked more like an automatic with a clutch, sans the ‘park’ position. It is a very interesting car and a joy to drive. I wish I owned one, but putting it on the truck after a 6 mile ‘shakedown’ for the gentleman who didn’t want to sell it was still fun.
By the way, in case you should have the thrill of getting behind the (HUGE) steering wheel of one of these beasts, to start the supercharger, you put your foot to the floor, let out a smidge, then floor it again. Instant whiplash!
I got $5 bucks that says Leno bids this bad boy into his garage.
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