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The Car of a Lifetime

While living during the 1970s in the city of Ulm, Germany – perhaps 50 miles east of Stuttgart and about 40 miles north of the Alps – I embraced the local culture. I had already visited the country after minoring in German at Vanderbilt University,…

Matched Set - 300SL and 190SL

As you walk through Palm Beach’s famous and opulent Worth Avenue shopping district, you will notice a few themes; the first of which is luxury. This famous boulevard is home to some of the finest brands and boutiques in the world. If luxury window…

Champion for the Ages

Mercedes racing manager Alfred Neubauer was in a quandary. “My problem was to decide which drivers to engage for 1934. My head was in a whirl. What was I to do? Caracciola was a friend. Reports from his home in Arosa, where he had moved from the…

Editor's Column: What Defines a Classic?

Some say that the cars you aspire to drive as a teenager tend to stick with you for your whole life. That has certainly been true for me, and in my case that means the cars of the 1970s. I inherited an enduring fascination with the Corvette Stingray…

President's Column: Staying on the Right Road

The Strategic Planning Committee is working hard to finalize the plan to present to the board for approval.  One thing the committee has included is creating a communication plan.  Comments in the member survey were very clear about sections needing…

Buyer's Guide - R107 Roadster & C107 Coupe • U.S. Models 1972-1989

About 800 pounds heavier than the preceding W113 Pagoda, the R107 body shell was also much stronger. Both the weight and strength came from altering structural members, resulting in a defined crumple zone. For example, the A-pillar served as both…

Taming the Beast - Rudi Carraciola's Rise to Fame

According to Mercedes-Benz racing team manager Alfred Neubauer, “By September 1926, Rudi Caracciola – famous throughout Germany since his sensational Avus victory – had invested in a Daimler-Benz showroom in the Bond Street of Berlin, the…

As Good As It Gets

Travel is one of our great pleasures and passions in life. After more than six months of being cooped up by the new reality of coronavirus restrictions and having two international trips cancelled, we just had to get out and go somewhere. With…

The Car that Became a Star

In fact, the R107 has made so many appearances on the big screen and on air, it should have been nominated for an Oscar in its supporting role. The limelight does not end there, as the R107 has been a picture car of choice for dozens of editorial…

50 Years of the R107

Now is the time to celebrate an important fiftieth anniversary – the introduction of the original R107 SL two-seater to the North American market. Not only that, it is surely the right time to remember that this model range – with all its…