|I'd gotten the bug for a
Mercedes SL way back in about 1972. At that time they were
going for almost $20,000. Unfortunately, on a policeman's salary, with a
new mortgage, and an infant daughter, there was no way that was going to
happen. As Hil and I were building our lives and our family, my little dream
retreated to the recesses of my mind, resurfacing periodically for short periods
of time, then disappearing again.
I retired from the military in
2006 and took a civilian job with the US Government so we had both my retirement
check and my civilian paycheck coming in. Also, Hil got a promotion at
work and is now a Nursing Administrator. The little bit of extra money
coming in got me on the classic car bug and while searching the Internet for
classics, I was initially looking for something around 1959-62 vintage but in
the process, came across it in came across a couple 450 and 560SLs for sale and the
old dream resurfaced.
I began seriously searching
the Internet for a nice 560SL in early May of 2009. I found a low mileage
car in North Carolina and on 29 June I drove down to look at it. I liked
it and on 3 July, I drove back down, bought it, and drove it home.
My grandson (almost 11 at the time) went with me to pick it up and drove home in
it with me. He must have
liked it as well; at one point when we were about half way home he turned
to me and said: "Grandpa, when you get too old to drive, would you sell this car
to me?" I told him I'd think about it.
Anyway, below are some
pictures my new "baby' taken on 4 and 5 July 2009. It also has the
removable hard top but I'd already popped it off when these were taken.