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Old 2nd July 2011, 06:00 AM
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Road Test, guided tour - call it what you like. This is a magnificent achievement in many areas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr2pYHDfiRA

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Old 2nd July 2011, 02:36 PM
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I saw a picture in a car magazine many years ago of a two door GT car, with a 6.9 engine. Again, I think this car was built in Switzweland. You would have to be a real detective to find THOSE pictures! I dont I have the keyboard skill to do that!

Here's an easier one:

Not long after joining the Topklasse Website, I posted two pictures of a two door 6.3 coupe. For those that do not remember, I took the pictures myself at the Earl's Court Motorshow in 1970 onto colour slides, and had then scanned into digital format, and posted them onto this site.

Don't know how to find them now, but I think they are interesting. Perhaps someone else may wish to revisit them with a link.
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This one?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skitmeister/5358259085/
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Old 2nd July 2011, 04:28 PM
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Now that is a very neat design. At one time Sig. Farina argued that a well-designed car would allow the driver to see a point on each of the four courners while seated in the driver's position. This design bears out that philosophy - one I applaud.
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Old 2nd July 2011, 06:10 PM
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Now that is a very neat design. At one time Sig. Farina argued that a well-designed car would allow the driver to see a point on each of the four courners while seated in the driver's position. This design bears out that philosophy - one I applaud.
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Granted, but would you describe it as pretty, or even attractive?
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Granted, but would you describe it as pretty, or even attractive?
Yes.
Indeed I would.
I like straight lines - none of this L'art nouveau organic smultch for me.
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Old 2nd July 2011, 10:07 PM
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Pininfarina should know better than to mix straight & curved lines together; not a bad effort though. I don't like the lines of the Sbarro, but it is clean & very unique. And it has what was missing on the 6.9 ..... electric supportive seats!

What I'd like to see would be something that looks like a Gullwing / GT40 with a mid-mounted 6.9. Now that would be a sight to see & something I'd sell body parts to drive!!!
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abl567: That is indeed the very car, but I didn't take that picture!

I notice a Maybach in the background. There was no Maybach that appeared in the 1970 Earl's Court Motorshow!

Apparently, the car has survived until this very day to be pictured again. I believe that it is a 'one off'.

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Well here I am fulfiling my own dreams!! I remembered I have a copy of Road & Track Special Series, Exotic Cars:5, which contains some very special cars from the 80s. After searching the bookcase I found it along with #7. May I present to you all my new wet dream: the Isdera Imperator 108i (you'll need to turn up the volume 'cause the sound isn't very good ):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IELHeVXm0cg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_05-uiRylsY

And I didn't even have to sell a body part!!!! Good thing I'm a horder with a good memory (yes I nearly threw out the magazines during a spring cleanup)......
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Well after reading the article I can tell you that the Imperator had a 5.6L V8 (560SEL) & could be optioned with the AMG Hammer powerplant (DOHC) which produced 390hp & it would do 0-100kmh in 4.9 seconds. That's what I'm talking about!!!! Unbelieveable for a car that was available way back on 30/04/87 (which was when the magazine was printed). BTW the car was based on the b+b Cw311 which was originally built back in 1979. Now I'm off to E-bay to find me one......

Does anyone have a copy of Road & Track, January 1979?? They did a road test of the Cw311 way back then & it'd make for interesting reading!
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Old 3rd July 2011, 05:29 AM
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Yes.
Indeed I would.
I like straight lines - none of this L'art nouveau organic smultch for me.
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Hi BenzBoy - what's this - new word or expression to describe certain whatever ? Should it be organic 'mulch' or perhaps even 'Schmalz' ? Whichever, very 'classy' and 'with it' description ! I am glad that this thread has blossomed, as it has provided us with an interesting group of pictures of a very unusual Mercedes Benz exhibition or gathering. I like the Pininfarina 6.3 as with so many other of his designs - they were just timeless. All we need now is for someone to find "the" four door 6.9 convertible - not the one that's been doing the rounds, but another that was exhibited, I think, at a New York show. Regards Styria
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OK - so you want "pretty"? Here is "pretty" as far as cars go - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HcCrEliXHU
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Styria I could do this all day (it's raining outside)!! The Imperator had a top speed of 186mph, had Porsche brakes & suspension & cost $141K. Here's the C111 that was built even earlier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-9Wd...eature=related

Unfortunately in German, so I don't know what they're saying:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3jII...eature=related
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A Carlsson W123 CE?????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMA5cQwn3nI

I can see I'll have to learn German.......
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Proof MB tried a rotary & diesel in the C111:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXES_...eature=related
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