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1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9: No Replacement for Displacement, German Style

I came very, very close to buying this car. In fact, the only reason I didn’t buy it is that by the time my offer was accepted, I’d moved on to something else. That was only a couple of weeks ago, and I still think that this car will make someone a happy owner. I’ve been a member of the International M-100 Group since 2003 when I first attended one of their annual meets and found that most M-100 (the designation for Mercedes’ 6.3 and 6.9 motors) owners were certifiable Car Geeks like me. I also love the cars – the Grosser 600, the original “Banker’s Hotrod” 300SEL 6.3, and the car you see here: the 450SEL 6.9. Find this clean example here on Craigslist near Sacramento, California with an asking price of $9,500.
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1972 Citroen DS21: Brilliant Bar of Used Soap

Before the 1980s disco-inspired obsession with all things automotively aerodynamic, the French were playing with smooth shapes and innovative technologies. The DS-series cars were smooth on the outside and even smoother to drive, thanks to their hydraulic suspension which could turn any road imperfection into barely a blip on the radar screen. These days Citroens of this vintage seem to be commanding big bucks on eBay and live auctions, so this car on Craigslist in Turlock, CA for $4900 seems like a real steal for someone. Although you may want to paint it a color.

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