Episode 230. Mercedes 500SEC. F335 MRT. (Part 4).

 What you should be reading right now, is how the Mecedes sold, and how the new owner drove of into the the distance a happy man. But of course you're not going to be...

I know what you're thinking, what the heck happened? Well, to be honest, I don't know. Over the weekend I got this text which said "Hi, I am the highest bidder on your car at the moment, can I pop up and see your car?" I thought that sounded fair enough, and so I said ok, but as I was out at the time, and wouldn't be home until later the evening, it might be better if he came on another day, during the light. But he wanted to come anyway, and so I went home a bit early, and he came, he had a good long look at the car, took it for possibly the longest test drive ever, I mean, he even stopped and put fuel in it! Took photos of it, then we had a chat about it and he asked what he could buy it for. I said £3000, because frankly I believe in starting the price high and working towards a point where we're both happy. He said that he would've been happier at £2500. I know, I should've taken his arm off for it, but instead I said £2700, and it's yours! So he replied that he would think about it, however the following day he said that he would just see how the auction played out, and for the condition of the car, he was happy at where the bidding stood at that moment. I figured he would be happy if it went to £2500 as that's what he offered me. So I said that that's fair enough, good luck with it. 

Anyway the bidding ended, and as there were no more bids placed he won it. Good I thought, there will be no worries here, he's seen the car, he knows what hes getting, this is in the bag, right?.. WRONG! I send him the email saying well played fella, when would you like to come and collect the Mercedes? He said that he would like to come and collect it the following day, between 17:00hrs, and 18:00hrs. I thought that went very well, and told him that I'd be home from work by then, so jobs a good 'un. Around about 19:00hrs, and with no sign of him I text him and asked if he was still coming to collect it? Nothing... Then at 20:24hrs I get a reply, he says that he can't afford to insure it, so he won't be coming for it, and I should offer it to the next person down the bidding list! What the heck? He got it for £350 less than he offered me a couple of nights earlier, he got it for the price it was at when he came to give it a good looking over... What changed? I'll bet on a classic car policy you would probably get it insured for less than £350! I was pretty ticked off, and just replied, FINE, whatever! 

So I've offered it to the next guy down the list. The thing is, and I don't know about you fellas, but whenever I get a second chance offer I feel that this is because the seller has used someone to artificially raise the bidding, and they accidentally raised it to much. Therefore, as a rule, I don't accept the second chance offer, and my feeling is, that niether will this guy, and frankly, I don't blame him if he doesn't, and so, once again it looks like...

Still, perhaps this is a bit of a blessing in disguise. I really do believe that this is one of the prettiest coupés I've ever owned. I must admit that I have been thinking to myself that if I sell it, will I ever be able to get myself another one? However, as much as I love it I really need to set it free in order to move on with the story! Plus, I had the same feeling when I sold my last Mercedes 500SEC, and obviously I did manage to get another one after that, this one, although it has to be said that my first one really was far better than this one. But with any luck if and when the need to own a big eighties V8 Mercedes does rear its ugly head again, I'll still be able to get one. Hopefully!

So with the non sale of the Mercedes, I decided that the best thing I could do, as I was feeling a bit angry about being let down by the so called buyer, was to go out and take it for a bit of a spin, and remind myself just how wonderful this thing is to drive. 

I grabbed the keys and headed out to the Mercedes, ok, where shall I go? Where? Quick, make a decision! I know, I'll just do the same drive as I did earlier when I was collecting parts and tools for work in my pick up. But this time it'll be different, this time it'll be dark, and the roads will be quiet, and this time I'll be wafting along in V8 luxuriouosness. 

So out on the wiley, windy moors we'd roll and fall in green... No, it wasn't green, there are no street lights on the country roads... Ooh, it gets dark! It gets lonely, on the other side from you... Hmm, it was dark, and lonely on the country roads, and with the fog rolling it it was kinda freaking me out a little, it's Hallowe'en month, Mrs Clint has already started to decorate the house, and I'm feeling a bit spOOked... Pulling over and digging through the glovebox, I'm thinking tonights not the night for Kate Bush' greatest hits, where's that Elvis CD? 

Now, I don't know about you, but I was brought up on a steady diet of Elvis records, and Films. My Mum was a big fan, I've heard them all, seen them all, I've even been to Elvis' house... TWICE. But unfortunately he was dead at the time, so I never did get to meet him. I can even actually remember where I was, and what I was doing when I heard that he had died, and I was only eight years old at the time! However, despite my Mums love of Elvis it's pretty safe to say that I was not a big fan of Elvis at the time. 

However as time has gone on, I have appreciated him more and more, which is why I bought the CD. So, this CD (please bear with me, I know I've gone way off topic but normal service will be resumed as soon as possible) called "If I Can Dream" is a reworking of 14 of Elvis' songs where they have removed the original instruments (presumably by witchcraft) and replaced them with Royal Phil and his Harmonica. (the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for those of you who are either not old enough, or have forgotton the eighties Fosters ad featuring Paul Hogan.) For the most part this album is pretty good, except for track number 4. Track number 4 is Fever. Now, Fever was written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell has been covered by numerous artists from various musical genres, most notably by Peggy Lee whose rendition is by far my favourite, and is also probably the most widely known version of Fever and Peggy Lee's signature song. Although it has to be said that the original Elvis version was quite good too, a good second if you like. So, why do I not like this version on this album? Simple, some foolish person decided it would be better if they made it a duet with Michael Bublé! Michael freakin' Bublé... Are you kidding me? RUINED IT! Dear oh dear oh dear! Anyway, by the end of the album I had almost got over the shock of Elvis duetting with Michael Bublé! 

With two laps of Elvis' CD done, except for the Michael Bublé bit, that only got played once and that was more than enough, but it was starting to get late and I new I needed to head for home as I was thinking that I was going to SORN it. For those of you outside the UK, SORN or Statutory Off Road Notification is done in order to claim my Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) back, if you don’t use or keep your vehicle on a public road, eg you keep it in a garage, on a drive or on private land. As the tax is no longer transferable between owners I tend to SORN the car at the end of the month in order to avoid paying for a whole months tax when the car will be in someone elses name (hopefully) by a coulpe of days into the following month. Does this make sense, I'm never much good at explaining stuff like this... But personally I think it's all a big rip off!

Anyway, pulling up outside BelongaClint it appeared to look as if everything was normal... Well, as normal as it can be at my house anyway! As I sat their listening to Elvis telling me Wise men say only fools rush in but I can't help falling in love with you... I thought to myself, yep, sadly I have fallen in love with the big Merc... Does it really have to go, should I just SORN it, and tuck it away in the garage, that would probably be the best idea, then I could keep it for a while longer and drag it out again next Summer to enjoy, and just sell it then? No, no it must go, I can't keep them all, it doesn't even fit in my garage, the front pokes out, I can't close the door, and I can't get out of the car without climbing through the windows, and sadly I've no room anywhere else! Besides, I don't have the time to drive and enjoy them all, the last time I drove my so called daily driver was ages ago, and I can't even remember the last time I took Mustang for a spin, it must be getting on for a year ago! So sadly the big wonderful Merc must go, if the guy who I sent a second chance offer to goes for it I'll not make a loss, and I will atleast break even on this one, but I can't help feeling that from time to time a profit on a car that I sell would be fabulous.