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W116 Crayford estates

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CraigS

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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #15 on: 25 November 2007, 01:44 AM »
OBH. Assume you have been in touch with this guy

http://www.caudlemotorcars.com/

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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #16 on: 25 November 2007, 01:58 AM »

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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #17 on: 25 November 2007, 03:44 AM »
OBH. Assume you have been in touch with this guy

http://www.caudlemotorcars.com/

About 24 hours ago only!   I sent him a heap of stuff.  Here's hoping to establish a worthwhile info exchange with him.

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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #18 on: 25 November 2007, 05:02 AM »
This one s supposed to be a Crayford but has a different rear treatment. This is based on a 500 SLC dated 1980



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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #19 on: 25 November 2007, 07:16 AM »
« Last Edit: 25 November 2007, 07:44 AM by 116Benz »
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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #20 on: 25 November 2007, 01:13 PM »
That's certainly the one I had in mind.

I read somewhere (in my Crayford literature? - shall check when it returns) that that Condor was originally a "square-back" but after it had a major rear-ender - and parts were no longer readily available - it was remodeled to the "fast-back" style in the pics above, again using some other manufacturer's parts.

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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #21 on: 25 November 2007, 08:09 PM »
Yes, the real thing. I've a brochure from the UK Auto Show one year which has the Condor with price etc, but I'd love to know what happened to the car...
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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #22 on: 25 November 2007, 08:26 PM »
I'll take the silver audi-style 4door fastback...  but in a wagon - let me show you what REAL men with REAL seasons in REAL style drive:  (my last wagon)




Oddly, they made me take down both these ads from my office wall - said it was "sexual harassment"!  I was working for Mercury at the time in Parts and Service engineering!



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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #23 on: 25 November 2007, 08:27 PM »
Caroline:  Wouldn't surprise me one whit if it was sitting in the middle of a desert, sandblasted to buggery, because some rich arab ran it out of fuel.   My brother, who does a lot of work in Saudi Arabia, reckons old (and not so old) Benzes litter the desert like McDonald's wrappers litter our streets.

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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #24 on: 25 November 2007, 08:33 PM »
Hey, John H:  "Man's car", huh?

I recall reading a road test of a model Studebaker I once owned (former Victorian State Police highway pursuit job) - a 1964 Cruiser.   It had a V8, exceptionally indirect power steering (like 50 turns lock to lock - almost), and unassisted DRUM brakes all round (and those about the size of a one-serve can of cat food).

The road test described it as a "man's car" because you needed to be 120 kg and stand with both feet on the brake pedal to slow the thing down!   ;D   Allegedly, stilleto heels were no good in that driver's seat.

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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #25 on: 25 November 2007, 08:51 PM »
How about:

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Power steering and power brakes so the little lady can park at the market with ease.  Mahogany trim with the manly strength of steel underneath, and optional engines include an all-male 428 marauder engine.


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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #26 on: 25 November 2007, 09:00 PM »
Caroline:  Wouldn't surprise me one whit if it was sitting in the middle of a desert, sandblasted to buggery, because some rich arab ran it out of fuel.   My brother, who does a lot of work in Saudi Arabia, reckons old (and not so old) Benzes litter the desert like McDonald's wrappers litter our streets.

I've heard the same thing. I live my life searching for 114/115 limousines (I know, I know, John Green has one  :P), and have heard most of them are in the Middle East. Somewhere. The Condor that was appearing at the 1980 Motor Show was a square back, but not like that ugly bugger of a 500SLC. It's priced in the 1980 Autocar Show Guide at 32,000 pounds. No small potatoes...
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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #27 on: 26 November 2007, 03:03 AM »
[...] No small potatoes...

Perhaps we could all chip in ...

Sorry - can't resist a punning opportunity.   ::)

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Re: W116 Crayford estates
« Reply #28 on: 26 November 2007, 03:08 AM »
There is quite a lot in Cyprus.


I've heard the same thing. I live my life searching for 114/115 limousines (I know, I know, John Green has one  :P), and have heard most of them are in the Middle East. Somewhere.