Classic pt 1

I was talking with a friend the other day. He is a personal trainer, actor, model, interior designer. Right now he is between cars, so I asked him about what he was thinking about. He said he was undecided, that nothing was really speaking to him, but if he could have anything, he wanted something classical – ┬ávintage. “Like an old Benz sedan.” And it is funny, he can’t be alone. Maybe it is just me, but I have seen a lot of classic Benzes rolling around town. Most are in terrific shape, while a few could use a restorative touch, but are still pretty cool. Ironically, just a week or so ago, seeing a friend for dinner at his new house in the hills of Brentwood, he gave a tour which concluded in the garage. Parked at the far end behind his everyday car, a beautiful fully restored ’72 BMW. What was this? How come I never knew about this??? He’d always like them since he was a kid, so when he could, he bought one and restored it. It is beautiful… ┬áHe uses it on the weekend to drive down to his house in Laguna Beach. So it got me thinking, did it really make sense to have a vintage as a toy, and if so what would mine be? I don’t think I could have one as my primary car – I am too addicted to the creature comforts ( not to mention safety features) a modern everyday cruiser provides. Besides, classic cars are a real temptation to thieves in LA, where there are rings specially dedicated to the sport. But, a second, beloved car, for weekend use would be a lot of fun. While I figure out mine, tell me yours…

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pickles - October 27, 2011 - 4:31 am

The 250c is one of my all time faves. Coupe- as in ‘elegant’ but boxy as in ‘purpouseful’. Rare yet not uncommon. The foxy pagoda roof from the hard-top of the smaller 2 seater series.. but that enduring shape of the other mid-level MBs. I look for them often. Growing up in Marin County (but on the wrong side of the tracks) I used to see a grand dame of Belvedere, tooling into town all the time in her non-metallic (HOT!!) foggy blue 250c. Her name was Hazel. Who knows what her story was, but she was a young Iris Apfel in a Marin kinda way. She drove it slowly but when she parked, she’d arrived.

admin - October 27, 2011 - 2:38 pm

LOVE it Pickles! As aways, you have a gift for observation and a way with words! Thank you….

Thomas Henry Egan III - November 30, 2011 - 2:58 am

My dream vintage car is a 1972 also. 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Tourquoise Green, with a black vinyl top.
I grew up in Massachusetts…in the early ’70′s…surrounded by Mercedes, Volvos, VWs, Peugeots…East Coast elite cars. :) So, American luxury cars of that era were a unrestrained relevation to me. I loved the early 70′s Caddies. Hope to have one soon. Not an easy second car in the Back Bay of Boston…but worth it.

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