Author Topic: How often do you see another W116 driving by?  (Read 1132 times)

BCDC

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How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« on: 28 December 2020, 08:10 PM »
I’m lucky. In my small town there are 3 other W116 cars and a diesel 124 which almost qualifies and a 1980 450SL. I’ve talked with both the W116 owners and the diesel guy but not the 450SL owner who I’ve been wanting to meet but he seems elusive for now.
Today I was driving my W116 to meet my son for a coffee and on the way back I passed a lovely dark blue W116 coming the other way, we both waved. It got me thinking how often do other owners see similar cars on the road these days? I for one love to see these cars driven and at least in my small area of the globe they seem to be. Let us know.


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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #1 on: 28 December 2020, 09:05 PM »
It's extremely rare, as in practically never. But, the few times I do, I can't believe my eyes; mostly because I know how difficult and expensive the power windows and automatic climate control are to get operational; without which the vehicles aren't really usable. I almost see them exclusively on Craigslist by sellers who are exasperated and wanting to unload them, or in the wrecking yard. Any time you see one that's actually fit to use daily, you know the owner is extremely dedicated.
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #2 on: 28 December 2020, 11:05 PM »
Once or twice a year at best here.  Usually too it's a beat to hell 300SD, never another 6.9 that's for sure.
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #3 on: 28 December 2020, 11:11 PM »
What area of Tassie are you in?

I've seen quite a few 126s out and about lately but very rarely 116.

I drive past a dark blue 280sel parked on the side of the road Alot but that's about it

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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #4 on: 28 December 2020, 11:25 PM »
I’ve seen a few in the last year here in Perth. Just a fortnight ago I saw one, I was at a job site where the road is quite steep with a stop sign at the bottom. I heard a familiar sound roaring up the hill and it was a white 280, making much more noise than the speed would suggest! haha !!!
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #5 on: 29 December 2020, 04:46 AM »
Hi Nab, we may cross paths one day!  seeing 116s here in perth is not so common.  in fact, I had one of the 6.9s out a few weeks ago and someone took a pic of it and put its on the Facebook 'interesting cars of perth' which was pretty cool. its amazing how quickly you show your age.  it used to be 124s and 126 every day, you dont even see these. I did see a ratty 123 today and ive seen a wagen a couple of times in the last year. good question BC
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #6 on: 29 December 2020, 07:23 AM »
W116 almost never. W126 there are about 5-6 or so around here. R107's I see some.
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #7 on: 29 December 2020, 02:10 PM »
Relying to Flogrates, I'm based near Cygnet in the south of the state. The two white W116's I see a lot are daily drivers and so is the diesel. The guy's just use them all the time which I think is great. Mine I take out around weekly for a spin as I use my ute most of the time for carrying things. One of the things about our dry cool climate and no salt on the roads is these cars seem to last a long time so maybe that is why I see them often. Even though mine is low milage, there are always things to work on as we all know. These are great classics and need the love but it fills me with joy when I see others out on the road being driven. Hopefully I'll see the "dark blue" guy again one day and have a chat. It may even be that 280SEL that you know of?

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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #8 on: 29 December 2020, 02:43 PM »
It possibly is, I haven't seen it move since it appeared there. It sits in Waverly in the side of the road.

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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #9 on: 30 December 2020, 01:06 AM »
Hi Nab, we may cross paths one day!  seeing 116s here in perth is not so common.  in fact, I had one of the 6.9s out a few weeks ago and someone took a pic of it and put its on the Facebook 'interesting cars of perth' which was pretty cool. its amazing how quickly you show your age.  it used to be 124s and 126 every day, you dont even see these. I did see a ratty 123 today and ive seen a wagen a couple of times in the last year. good question BC

I’ve seen a w116 cruise on YouTube that happened a few years ago, I would be keen for a run if one was organised...
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #10 on: 30 December 2020, 04:09 PM »
Hi Nab,

yeah, I organised those ones. its time for another as I haven't done one in 3 years or so. the 2016 was the biggest yet when we had 18 116s. I would like to crack 20 and think we could get 25 or so with cars I know. problem this time of year is heat. too hot for my liking to drag out the old ones! maybe I set one for march?
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #11 on: 31 December 2020, 11:21 PM »
Nathan.   just how many of these 6.9's are running AND how do you keep them all "flight line"ready. ?
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #12 on: 01 January 2021, 06:32 AM »
Randy,
you should know I am descended from one of the last true lunatics of Benz maintenance.  Until recently, most of the cars were kept at dads with a no expense spared approach.  the cars were always kept in good shape. having retired, dad would charge them every few days, or turn them over and so on.  Now in my own place with living quarters attached to the garage, its actually pretty hard doing as you say when you have a busy job.  I do have a battery charger and recently bought one of those jumper packs (dman things are small, the size of a ladies purse!).  The gwagen, 6.9 and current 280te project are not as nasty to maintain as earlier (ie 114s) cars we have had.  you just make sure you have enough juice, turn them over and they go after a few minutes warm up.  the worst bit about dads (real first world problems!), was if you wanted the furtherest back car, it was like a game of tetris which required removal of three cars lined in front of it, then return them all. it would take 30 minutes! now i have 3x3 space so its more like a rubics cube and much easier to get out!
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #13 on: 01 January 2021, 07:59 AM »
I like how your lift is set into the floor.  How did you do that and what brand lift is that?
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Re: How often do you see another W116 driving by?
« Reply #14 on: 01 January 2021, 02:54 PM »
Saw a lovely green one the other day on the highway, looked nearly showroom condition. Very jealous of the owner