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Mercedes-Benz 230S Rally Tribute

PostTue May 28, 2013 7:32 am

We found our Mercedes after months of looking for a suitable candidate for a road rally/event car project. Finally, a column shift manual cropped up in Seattle and although a floor shift was our first choice, this one had everything else in spades. Purchased new in Brussels by a US Army Colonel, it remained in his family until 2010. He shipped it wherever he was stationed next including a stint in Puerto Rico. The 2nd owner had plans of making it a daily driver for his wife but shelved that when he got sent overseas for almost a year. The Mercedes sat, unloved with fuel purifying in the gas tank.

It took about 3 months before we felt "The Colonel" was a reliable driver. Then we started in on suspension upgrades, designed an new electrical panel and harness for all the hi-powered lights and equipment. We tried to emulate the factory's successful rally cars of the 60s as best we could. There were no interior shots so we took liberty of designing our own. This season we plan on doing some easy road rallies in the area but our plans are for more lengthy events.

We submitted photos to the Greenwich Concours and they liked it enough to allow us to participate. We know it is not concours quality because the paint is a little on the cheap side, but it is so freaking cool. Greenwich is June 2nd in Greenwich Connecticut.

http://wp.me/p38sgA-1mh
Michael Maddalena
Warren, CT 06777
Writer, http://mint2me.com
'67 Mercedes-Benz 230S Rally Tribute
'93 Toyota Land Cruiser
'08 VW GTI
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Re: Mercedes-Benz 230S Rally Tribute

PostMon Jun 03, 2013 6:44 am

Again, I wish I had something to say aside from how awesome this is.
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Re: End of Year Update! Mercedes-Benz 230S Rally Tribute

PostSat Dec 21, 2013 1:08 pm

What a great first year we had with the 230S. It's put away for the season unless that long rumoured winter night rally is scheduled...finally. We'll take it out a few times a month because we miss driving it more than it needing exercise.

We wrote a short story about our first year on our website, Mint2Me.com. Here is a link for you. While you are there, you should sign up for our daily digest of great cars. It's not the first site that provides that unique form of hoonie entertainment, but we have a knack for finding interesting cars.

http://mint2me.com/2013/11/08/as-the-season-ends-we-recap-the-story-of-our-rally-car-experience/

BTW, BUY the Hooniverse Calendar. We made it! The Mercedes is Mr. June.

Happy Holidays

Michael Maddalena
Mint2Me, Founder & Publisher
Michael Maddalena
Warren, CT 06777
Writer, http://mint2me.com
'67 Mercedes-Benz 230S Rally Tribute
'93 Toyota Land Cruiser
'08 VW GTI

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