Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - dan86

Some back roomers might remember last year my mum inherented her late uncle's cherished 1962 Mercedes 300sl roadster. It had been sat undriven since the early 80s (befor I was born). After getting it recoverd to storage on my mum's property I with the help if a a friend got it looking like new and driving. I had IT MOTd and it's been sitting up waiting for some nice weather.

I've decided that today is the day I'm going to take it out on the road for th first time. Road tax done last night (free) insurance sorted £150. My mum can't drive so she's promised it to me in her will and has agreed I can use it.

Any advice from back roomers on a nice drive in the South East to take it on?

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - RaineMan

Whereabouts, north or south of Thames? Don't want to send you into Bluewater area or similar! I like early starts on a Sunday and then stopping off for breakfast/brunch before 'shopping' lemmings head out! :)

Edited by RaineMan on 18/03/2017 at 08:05

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - dan86

I'm in Bromley the car us in Keston so just up the road.

My wifes already choosing the right outfit including the correct sunglass. I think she fancies herself as Audrey Hepburn.

Edited by dan86 on 18/03/2017 at 08:11

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - RobJP

Though you can't post pictures on here, you could always put some up on photobucket and then post the link up. Would love to see it, I remember the thread when you were talking about it.

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - Stanb Sevento

Ah the joys. It does not matter where you go just drive it. I've just turned a light shade of green.

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - RaineMan

I am not overly familiar with the area but if it is not to far Box Hill is quite a pleasant place to visit. There are some nice walks and an NT cafe. At the bottom of the hill is Ryka's. It is more a bikers' cafe but I have always found that more bikers seem interested in classics than your average car driver. Hope the Mercedes goes well and yes some pictures would be great! I need to get a classic back on the road as looking out at the sunshine is giving me withdrawal symptoms...

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - dan86

Box hill isn't to far about 45 minutes drive sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the suggestion.

Edited by dan86 on 18/03/2017 at 09:27

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - SLO76
Book yourself a few days in sunny Scotland during our 2 week long summer, we've some of the best driving roads in the world. Scenery is much more accessible in a convertible too.
Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - dan86

Sounds like a good idea SLO76.

Had a fantastic day drove down to box hill taking a gental drive to warm the car up (10 liter oil capacity) then after a nice stop off at the cafe there for a cup off coffee. Car was admired by many people got asked lots of questions and a few offers to buy it. Then drive cross country to visit some friends in Eynsford for a spot of lunch. Then home via the M25 and A21. The car drove fantastic all day even kept up with modern motorway traffic without any problems. I haven't stopped smiling all day.

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - RaineMan

Glad to hear you had a pleasant day. Most post 1960 cars of 2 litres and above can keeep up with modern traffic apart from standing starts.

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - Avant

Great to hear this. Congratulations on getting it running and ready for the road. It's good to know about a classic Mercedes being driven and enjoyed as it's meant to be.. No doubt your mum will enjoy being taken out for a spin in it.

Mercedes Benz 300sl - The Sun's out the tops going down - dan86

That's going to be her mothers day treat Avant. A nice drive in the Kent countryside the stop off for afternoon tea at the Rowhill grange hotel.

 

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