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Where are they now? (Yellow SLK, Yellow 406, and I know what happened to the yellow Smart :( )


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Having a quick catch up and it's interesting to see how many things are nice and familiar after a couple of years... But I'm curious about the fate of a few of my old cars, since I had to get rid of everything.

Did the yellow SLK change hands from Flat4Alfa?

Did the super-rare manual V6 406 Coupe survive (last I heard it was being fixed up - I'd only given up because I broke a welded stud for the rear ARB mount and my usual 'run away and get something different' kicked in).

I think the really-early TCC chassis number Smart got vinyl-wrapped and is probably dead now.

Not owning a car is incredibly strange and I intend to sort that out as soon as I can. There's a dream outcome here, of course, assuming it's survived the past couple of years...

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1 hour ago, flat4alfa said:

Banana Benz is in daily school run use

Here it is, as of five minutes ago, complete with half finished Sunday hedge strim for decoration.

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Did you want it back?

I would love to have it back. It would reset a lot of stuff - and I am looking for a car. But it’s also good to see it still going and looking awesome :)

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On 9/27/2020 at 2:21 PM, flat4alfa said:

Banana Benz is in daily school run use

Here it is, as of five minutes ago, complete with half finished Sunday hedge strim for decoration.

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Did you want it back?

Seriously though, I did message - if there's a chance, do let me know before I buy something stupid because I'm an impulsive idiot :D There are many temptations in the world of MX-5s, Z3s and mystery cheap things on eBay/Facebook, but they all come second to this.

To recap:

180ish cars in however many years
Most around 3-6 months

Most disposed of in terror when rust or something shows up.

This one:

Bought unseen after life-changing accident from a foreign country hospital bed
Maintained as best I ever could - and given genuine parts unless there was no choice
Kept from 2012 to 2018 and only sold under duress
Would still want it back even though it's had two owners in between!

If it's not a possibility, then I can go back to browsing PT Cruiser Convertibles and wondering how many limbs I'd need to sell for an American car :D

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  • 2 weeks later...

I think the Autoshite love story isn't to be - purely because I'm still putting the wheels back on my mental health etc. and with the demands of work, can't really do anything quickly! So if anyone else takes the SLK on I'm sticking around, but I think in my head it was going to be something 'in a couple of months, or if when it came up for sale', rather than it being for sale immediately - which exciting as it is, really needs me to have recovered from a shitload of stress first! Acting too impulsively without the resources I need is what got me into this situation in the first place!

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Just now, HMC said:

@RichardK has the s class coupe (CL rather)  been covered? Loved reading all the work you did on that.

S-Class is right, it was a 500 SEC. I don't know what became of it after, because I was so frustrated with the state of the car I'd swapped it for and (it turns out) having a bit of a mental breakdown that screwed up my perspective and responses, though I stand by how different the description of the car, and the reality, were.

 Apart from a bit of rust on the door and haunted lighting module/wiring it wasn't a bad bus though, so I am sure it will either be going about somewhere or will have been restored and made a decent profit. If I'd had any sense I would not have sold the XJS to buy the SEC, though, I'd have just sent the XJS off to a specialist, coped with the bill for the rust repairs/respray and hung onto it for longer (like, a decade)! No faith/trust though...

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Just now, RichardK said:

Yes. I have enough regrets without being reminded of it.

Sorry it was rather nice. 

Just console yourself at how expensive it was to run, apart from the insurance and fuel I changed the plugs, HT leads and distributor caps and that was £550.

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