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Old 15th September 2018, 06:03 AM
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I’m not sure what differences I can attribute to the 18” AMG wheels and low profile tyres on the 560, but hopefully we’ll find out soon!
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Old 17th September 2018, 10:24 PM
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Hi Mark,

Thank you for organising a fantastic day. Everything went perfectly including the weather.

Great to catch up again and meet a few new people too.

Good turn out of 6.9s.

Looking forward to the next day out.

Cheers Bram
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Old 18th September 2018, 04:42 PM
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No problem! It was great to have a event that isnít just about looking and talking! Itís possible the next one could be a tag-along with an AMG track day at Phillip Island....
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01 Ford AU 5L (Deep Blue)
88 420L Euro#-P
88 420L#-P
88 420L#2477-P
87 560L#2020 (Dora 2)
87 560L #9987
87 420L#4309-P
87 420L#-P
86 560L#5896-P
79 6.9#5541 (Red Bull)
78 6.9#4248 (Skye)
79 6.9#3686 (Moby Dick)
78 6.9#1776 (Dora 1)
77 450L#7010-P
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Old 18th September 2018, 06:04 PM
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Oh wow that would be awesome, emphasis on tag along for me!

Please do let me know how or if I could be of assistance with any organising or preparations.

Yup love drive events enjoying W116s as they were intended to be used!!!

By the way, I really need to sign up to MBCVic W116 section!
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Old 27th September 2018, 06:21 PM
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Made the front cover but no article within (yet)! Looks like Iíll have to write my own....
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01 Ford AU 5L (Deep Blue)
88 420L Euro#-P
88 420L#-P
88 420L#2477-P
87 560L#2020 (Dora 2)
87 560L #9987
87 420L#4309-P
87 420L#-P
86 560L#5896-P
79 6.9#5541 (Red Bull)
78 6.9#4248 (Skye)
79 6.9#3686 (Moby Dick)
78 6.9#1776 (Dora 1)
77 450L#7010-P
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Old 27th September 2018, 06:50 PM
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Made the front cover but no article within (yet)! Looks like Iíll have to write my own....
Congratulations!!! Now you've another piece of history making the front cover. Something to treasure.
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Old 27th September 2018, 11:13 PM
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Are 6.9's now the most common W116's that now survive?

It wouldn't be much of a surprise to me, because they were so special in the first place, and have always well worth preserving and to be looked after well, to defend yourself against high restoration costs.

According to Mercedes-Benz information that I remember, about 260 of them were sold in Australia, (mostly 1978 and 1979 build), and I guess that perhaps 100 or so are still in road going condition.
That would be a reasonably high survival rate.

Special cars deserve special attention.
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Well said! Couldnít agree more. Road going Iíd guess only about 50.
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01 Ford AU 5L (Deep Blue)
88 420L Euro#-P
88 420L#-P
88 420L#2477-P
87 560L#2020 (Dora 2)
87 560L #9987
87 420L#4309-P
87 420L#-P
86 560L#5896-P
79 6.9#5541 (Red Bull)
78 6.9#4248 (Skye)
79 6.9#3686 (Moby Dick)
78 6.9#1776 (Dora 1)
77 450L#7010-P
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Old 1st October 2018, 06:30 AM
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Came across this Shannons, Jeff Kennett, Fangio, Emu Bottom Homestead article whilst reading some other very interesting information about Fangio that being his sons were proven paternity that Fangio was their father when they were in their 70s, one in his 60s although his relationships with their mothers were well known. Oversize is the information in this article the same as is already known??? 21 February 2008 https://www.shannons.com.au/club/new...at-jeffs-shed/
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I'm interested in the quoted figure of 55 x 6.9s in the first 1978 shipment to Australia. Did MB provide this data?
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I'm interested in the quoted figure of 55 x 6.9s in the first 1978 shipment to Australia. Did MB provide this data?
Hello David, I posted the stats from Mercedes years ago in different places. My apologies as every time I tried to post the tables they kept coming out wonky for some reason leaving me to sentence form. Not having my research stats readily available, the quickest quotes I found today were per Wiki:

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Year 1975, World 474, North America 0, Year 1976, World 1475, North America 0, Year 1977, World 1798, North America 462, Year 1978, World 1665, North America 437, Year 1979, World 1839, North America 576, Year 1980, World 129, North America 317, Year 1981, World 4, North America 0. World Total 7380. North America Total 1816.

Quoting Mathew, "These figures are provided courtesy of the MB Classic center in Germany a very helpful bunch of people. Australian deleveries are as follows:" Michel took part in this Thread as well from 2007.

Year 1973, 450 SEL 98, Year 1974, 450 SEL 311, Year 1975, 450 SEL 0, Year 1976, 450 SEL 305, 450 SEL 6.9 0, Year 1977, 450 SEL 271, 450 SEL 6.9 0, Year 1978, 450 SEL 237, 450 SEL 6.9 87, Year 1979, 450 SEL 277, 450 SEL 6.9 140, Year 1980, 450 SEL 40, 450 SEL 6.9 1. 450 SEL Total 1539. 450 SEL 6.9 Total 228.

According to Mathew's quote via MB Classic center in Germany there were 87 6.9s shipped in 1978. Hope this helps.
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I'm interested in the quoted figure of 55 x 6.9s in the first 1978 shipment to Australia. Did MB provide this data?
I think that related to pre orders in an article I read recently. Currently trying to find it!!
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88 420L Euro#-P
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88 420L#2477-P
87 560L#2020 (Dora 2)
87 560L #9987
87 420L#4309-P
87 420L#-P
86 560L#5896-P
79 6.9#5541 (Red Bull)
78 6.9#4248 (Skye)
79 6.9#3686 (Moby Dick)
78 6.9#1776 (Dora 1)
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I think that related to pre orders in an article I read recently. Currently trying to find it!!
This website article speaks to, "Maybe just over 100 'six-point-nines' (as it has been known) came to Australia." and mentions Fangio. Not sure without my research from back when. That's why I quoted Mathew. Mathew quotes as gaining that information from MB Germany.

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Sent two emails to Mercedes-Benz Germany. Will keep you posted. May get the same answers that Mathew got
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Update: I received two emails back early this morning from Mercedes-Benz Classic Archives and Collection, Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive & Sammlung, Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany and I quote from the gentleman, "in the export statistics and can inform you that the total number of 228 vehicles of the type Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 to Australia is correct." This is straight from Mercedes-Benz Germany. Let's put this matter to rest. Mathew was correct in his posting and if I went back to my research as I did via Mercedes-Benz I might have the exact same figures.

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