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Mercedes-Benz 260D W138

“When everything is art, gotta take it in”…

On November 3,  those of us here in California experienced another of extended summer like As a result, those in attendance at were treated to a truly gathering of automobiles.

With a diverse cross-section of vehicles I really felt as if I were through an outdoor art gallery, row after row of 4 wheeled art and sculpture. And each new row, the experience that of entering a new and different within a museum, and discovering the within. And that was exactly the of experience that would before me that morning.

My stop of the morning, with courtesy of the rising sun, was these two examples of classic, WWII automotive art; in case a pair of 1930′s American bred hot rods…

The 5 coupe’s motor (as seen

The pickup truck even what appeared to be a flying hood ornament, perhaps by the famous flying eyeball /graphic created by California pin legend Von Dutch (below)…

at the featured lot, I encountered beautiful British Racing Jaguar, with its sculpted being accentuated by some reflections, courtesy of the early light.

There was no mistaking the origins of particular model due to its unique and the badge on the front hood reinforced the fact that before me was one of the very rare,1957 D-type XKSS roadsters.

the sunrise and reflections both their magic, the shapes and of the front hood and fenders beautifully displayed, and further the sculptural impact to the styling of car.

Even when from behind, the subtle of the body along with the almost pinched profile of the windows were further and accentuated by the early morning

Seeing this car in person to mind a magazine article I reading years ago about McQueen, in which the author his ownership of a 1957 Jaguar The article had mentioned several modifications that McQueen had to his car. The first was to repaint the car a British Racing Green. The was to add a locking door to the glove box in the dashboard ( the cars were without glove box doors). turned to one of his friends (Pin Von Dutch) for the fabrication of a locking box door, to correct the oversight by The third modification made was to the original interior kept but to have the upholstery  redone in leather, by none other the Southern California-based drag turned custom car upholsterer Nancy.  This particular car in front of me possessed all of the aforementioned so the question remained; could car be the ex-Steve McQueen Jaguar

( Postscript: After publishing post, I received an email the owner of the XKSS one week wanting to clarify the origins of his I learned that it is in fact an re-creation, and not an original model. The fiberglass body was created by Engineering, located in the U.K. and is to a Reynard Racing chassis, with Jaguar running Power is produced by a 4.2 liter motor, pumping out 300 horsepower, and is to the rear wheels via a Tremec 5 transmission. Seeing this car in puts the automotive re-creation in a whole new light).


My next would be to Porsche row, for my visit.

A trio of early 911s, with the outer two the optional Lietz roof

Caught in the middle; the white, 911 RGruppe GT 2.7 coupe, complete its unique, rear quarter graphic.

The early 911 triplets as seen (foreground to background)- 1969 1972 911 GT, and 1973 911E.

several rows over to the and down the aisle from the Mercedes-Benz 190SL enclave, I this trio of classic vehicles. The first example (as below), in red and black, turned out to be a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 230 W-143 B; a spectacular and beautifully restored, touring

Sandwiched in-between the other two vehicles, was this Ivory 1930s vintage two-seat with red interior, also to have been restored.

immediately to the right was what to be a model 260D, W-138 sedan, also sporting a two paint finish, in green black fenders.

What the 260 D model unique was that the D represented a diesel engined and made this particular the first diesel engined, produced passenger car. And to the Mercedes-Benz records, only of these vehicles were between 1936 and 1940, at time their production was due to the war. All three of these literally looked like had just rolled off of a Mercedes-Benz floor.

As I continued my trek the “gallery”, a white, early Porsche 911 caught my eye, so I over to get a closer look ( see I had seen this car arrive that morning, and remembered a made by a friend standing on Porsche Row regarding its exhaust He stated that this car sounded exactly how a Porsche 911 should sound; Tight and with a smooth idle, and any extraneous noise or valve And anyone who has been around or is with Porsche 911s, know the specific sound described.

I soon realized that was something familiar about car; I had seen it before, but not remember where. It was then the owner came over and himself, as I was photographing the motor. I learned that this car had previously owned by one of the two founding of the Porsche car club “RGruppe”, and being shown an article years ago in Excellence magazine this very car and two other it hit me. That was where I has seen car before, having read the article, and obviously it had made an

As a result of this cars ownership, this car was equipted many of the cool, go fast purposed, Porsche factory This car would become a blueprint used by many a owner who aspired to building own unique version of an RGruppe pre 1974 Porsche 911.

Mercedes-Benz 260D W138

Up front, an example of the custom Porsche factory, 911R “Deep 6″ Fuchs alloy

Race inspired, door Talbot mirror…

Shown is the performance inspired interior; the 911R styled, light door panels and pulls, to the sports seats for the driver and a Prototipo racing steering (complete with the proper and the removal of the radio, with a panel added and the void over. Even the speedometer and have been rotated to the to allow for the monitoring of critical speed and engine RPM at a glance; gauge had been set in order to peg its needle at the twelve o’clock

A 1969 Porsche 911S, 2.2 motor with mechanical injection (as seen below)…

the rear deck lid was given the treatment. The stock, factory rear badging was removed, and by adhesive backed vinyl once again taking from the early Porsche 911 cars…

My last stop of the was to check out this stunning 2007 Porsche GT3RS. the crowds and cars having I was able to move around and the GT3RS without interference.

The by mid morning created some highlights, reflections and shadows, and the visual impression of an airbrushed

A study of light; Ground shadows, highlights to define and contour, and an ultra reflective fiber rear wing…

follows function; the GT3RS wing.  Purpose built for generating downforce and capturing reflections (see below)…

My shot of the morning and one of my favorite the November 3rd event. The sunlight brought this color to and showcased the collective styling unique to the GT3RS, re-stating the There is no substitute.

So should you yourself in need of some inspiration on a Saturday morning, take a stroll through the galley known locally as You won’t be disappointed…

(All by the author)

Mercedes-Benz 260D W138
Mercedes-Benz 260D W138
Mercedes-Benz 260D W138
Mercedes-Benz 260D W138
Mercedes-Benz 260D W138

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