New Zealand Classic Car - - READERS’ WRITES -

The March is­sue [No. 327] as usual was great. The ar­ti­cle about the fab­u­lous ‘Su­per­star’ Mas­ters Class–win­ning Mercedes-benz 190 SL re­minded me of one in par­tic­u­lar [that] I saw in an over­grown gar­den that was quite lit­er­ally slowly de­cay­ing in Kent, Eng­land. I wanted to

res­cue it, but was in the process of restor­ing a vin­tage Rover at the time. For­tu­nately the Mercedes was sold and re­stored along with a rare Bent­ley that was in the same place, for­tu­nately in a shed, which had pro­vided more pro­tec­tion.

I have al­ways ad­mired very much all Mercedes cars. They rep­re­sent good-qual­ity en­gi­neer­ing with out­stand­ing lev­els of per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity.

I trav­elled in an un­cle’s 190 sa­loon for many years — it was a great car and al­ways re­li­able. He was sorry when he sold the Mercedes, as the Daim­ler re­place­ment, al­though a very nice car, was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story, but not per­haps typ­i­cal of the mar­que.

Then when I read about Cass Shavez’s FX4 Taxi, it also brought back mem­o­ries I had of these very ver­sa­tile ve­hi­cles. Work­ing and liv­ing in Lon­don, I must have trav­elled in hun­dreds of them.

The pho­to­copy en­closed is [of] a car that be­longed to a friend who can’t iden­tify it; nei­ther can I. My guess is [that] it’s a Mazda — maybe some­one will know what it is. I have been an avid reader of

New Zea­land Clas­sic Car mag­a­zine even be­fore Al­lan Wal­ton’s pub­lished let­ter about my many mem­o­ries I had of var­i­ous MGS, which are all great in­fec­tious clas­sic cars.

As usual it’s con­sis­tently a greatqual­ity mag­a­zine. I some­times won­der how you do it, but I’m for­ever glad that you do. Ken Brad­don, Block­house Bay, Auck­land Hope­fully one of our read­ers can iden­tify the car and let us know. I’m with you on it be­ing a Mazda; my guess is that it’s a mid ’60s 1500 sa­loon. We some­times won­der our­selves how we do it as well, Ken. AFW

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