Other Mercedes I Have Owned
Mercedes 500SEC AMG
This was my first really nice exotic vehicle. I had a Pantera before it, but this car was pristine and quite special. I bought it from Olivia Newton John (no, I didn't get to meet her), who had gotten it new and had Bruce Canepa put a full AMG kit on it. The car had the most killer stereo system I've ever heard in a car, as you would expect of a recording star. It was a wonderful cruising automobile, and I literally just wore it out. My friend Song Huang bought it (hey, he bought that Pantera from me too!) and gave it a little TLC, and it remains on the road to this day, driven by a guy who flew out to Alabama to buy it from Song.
Since owning the car, and seeing just how durable it was (it passed to Song with 140K miles, ran good, and was still cosmetically pretty good too!), I have come to appreciate that Mercedes has the best built cars on the planet. That McClaren SLR is bound to be one heck of a ride!
These are Song's pictures of the car.
This car is really low...
The SEC was top-of-line, with every imaginable gadget...
Interior was plush, sporty, and very comfortable...
That Momo wheel I added is a beauty. Don't seem 'em any more since airbags...
Check the radical stereo Olivia had put in! More than one installer salivated after this baby...
Kind of a mosaic shot. The subs are M&K that Song had to get rebuilt at a Home Theater store. They had no idea someone would put them in a car!
A funny thing happened on the way to the casino one day...
Some buddies and I decided to go to Comdex (big computer show) in Las Vegas one year. Since we weren't working, we decided to drive out, and I volunteered the Benz. We got some cheap rooms at the Mirage (like $50 at Comdex!) due to another friend who has a poker-player uncle.
Anyway, it was a fun road trip. We were traveling at over 100 mph in many places, and just having a grand old time. This car is such a great cruiser, and was surprisingly comfortable even in the back seat. Up ahead, there was this little dust cloud obscuring the road. Before we knew it, we had entered the cloud at well over 100 mph and could no longer even see the hood of the car. Oh, oh. What do we do now? If we slow down, we could get rear ended. If we don't slow down, we can't even see whether we're on the road, let alone whether someone else ahead of us has slowed or stopped. About 4 seconds passed and suddenly we were back out of the cloud. Clear skies, smooth sailing. This was the creepiest thing I've ever had happen in a car.
Months later, I got to looking at the car, and noticed something unusual. The whole front end, windshield, and even the headlight glass looked pitted, as though it had been sandblasted. Whoa! It was ugly. Song spent a lot of time fixing that problem I can tell you!
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