NEW ZEALAND CLAS­SIC CAR READ­ERS’ WRITES Merc Mem­o­ries RARE BIRD ELLER­SLIE MASTERS’ CLASS–WIN­NING AL­LOY-BODY MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ‘GULL­WING’

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New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers' Writes -

Ihave to start off by say­ing that I’m re­ally not much of a clas­sic-car per­son — I run a pretty bor­ing Mazda sa­loon as my ev­ery­day car, although I do ad­mire the sports car cars I used to see quite reg­u­larly when, as a young lad, I lived in Lon­don dur­ing the Swing­ing Six­ties.

I also have to ad­mit that I’d never pur­chased a copy of Nzclassiccar mag­a­zine un­til I spot­ted your April 2015 edi­tion on the shelf at my lo­cal Count­down su­per­mar­ket.

The draw­card for me was the cover pic­ture of that sim­ply gor­geous 300SL Mercedes. Once at home, read­ing through the ar­ti­cle, happy mem­o­ries of a time long past came flood­ing back.

Let me ex­plain. Back in the ’60s, my fa­ther briefly worked as an ac­coun­tant for a Lon­don-based au­to­mo­tive parts dis­trib­u­tor, and he struck up a friend­ship with one of the com­pany’s own­ers, who also hap­pened to own a hand­ful of in­ter­est­ing cars. He lived out of Lon­don, just out­side Bas­ingstoke, and on sev­eral oc­ca­sions I ac­com­pa­nied my fa­ther on vis­its to his em­ployer’s coun­try house.

You’ve prob­a­bly guessed by now that one of the cars this gen­tle­man owned was a 300SL Gull­wing — a truly sen­sa­tional-look­ing car, re­splen­dent in sil­ver with a black in­te­rior. Hav­ing ad­mired it along with my fa­ther dur­ing

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