Sunday, October 7, 2007

Should you buy a car to match your clothes?



I think the answer is yes.

In this case, I've wanted a vintage Mercedes (or similar) for some time. After getting the vintage fur stole, I realized you can't really wear it in a VW bug (green.... my current car). I think a 1973 Mercedes Benz 280 SEL 4.5 is more appropriate.

I need this.

My fiance says he supports my desire to have a classic car, but he thinks I will only be able to handle having it for one year with all the service it will require.

Nevertheless, I am considering.

I am not even a car person, but I think I might HAVE to have this.

Any car people out their? What's your ride?

29 comments:

Mr. Useless said...

I think your fiance is right. old car problems suck. Once your over the fact your benzo matches your shoes, you're going to hate life.

New car problems suck, too.

VW beetle, blue.

Cote de Texas said...

Oh god, my boy friend in college used to drive this car exactly. It was probably 75 or 76 and the car was a few years old, but it looked just like this! so cute.

drwende said...

Your car is your most expensive accessory (unless you're positively dripping with diamonds), so it most definitely should match your shoes.

However, having your car in the shop all the time is like realizing your best outfits are at the drycleaners just when you need to wear them! All the time!

With a car that old, you get the added bonus of being unable to replace the zipper and buttons without reconstructing the entire garment -- which, if you're lucky, one mechanic in the entire state can actually do. Inevitably, his name is Maurice, and he chain smokes, and he is okay with a car that runs on one fewer cylinder than seems optimal.

Buying a car without some due diligence on maintenance is like buying a dress without reference to size, fit, or cleaning needs. You needn't be grimly sensible and wear a one-size-fits-all cotton/poly no-iron jumper, but it'd be good to make sure you're not trying to squeeze a size 8 body into a size 2 garment that can only be handwashed, inside-out, in a special cleaner sold only in France.

Serena said...

You know what? That is a cool, lovely car.

I used to be teased endlessly by pals because I drive a rusty, scratched 1992 Honda that i bought new oh-so-many-years ago. But, even the most fashionable has come to appreciate that when I get a dent or another patch of rust, I don't need to pour the money into it that I would pour into a vehicle that I considered an extension of my wardrobe...an accessory.

If one can accept a car as a means of travelling from A to B, then one will save much money, heartache and time haggling with Tony about how long it should take to replace the exhaust system.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

You need a great, not merely good, but great mechanic. Do it, the buzz (style quotient) out weighs any draw backs.
My first car was a 64 T-Bird just like Perry Mason's, it was the coolest car. Amongst a sea of VWs and Beamers baby stood out! If I lived in the states I'd have another one in a heart beat.
My Gran's old 58 jag is still going strong with only 3 rebuilds.

Pieter said...

A guy in my hometown drives the old Mercedes Benz of an old President of South Africa (it's a Mercedes Benz limousine from the 60's/70's, and despite the president being the figurehead of the apartheid regime the car is FABULOUS!!) It has quite an African dictator, "my lover is the baron of a non-existent Eastern block country that has now been over thrown by communist Russia, so we're living the high-life in a dillapidated mansion in Havana" vibe to it! LOVE IT! Buy it! And if it gives you hassles you can be bourgeois, buy a station wagon and sell the Merc to the next fabulous diva who wants her car to be an accessory , but life's too short to not look good and have a car to match! Here's to not living sensibly!!

franki durbin said...

We live in an area populated by Mercedes and BMW. But it wasn't until our first jaunt to Europe that I saw the cars 'in context'. Let's suffice ti to say I was hooked. Rather than our flashy red, white or green cars, theirs were nearly all black. And it somehow made so much sense to see the Mercedes in all its black glory.

I've been on a Benz hunt myself ever since. And I know that its glossy black finish will go perfectly with my handbags and shoes. What more could a girl ask for?

Do it. You only live once, and even if you sell it in a year it will be the year of the Mercedes. How grand is that?

Richie Designs said...

yes, it will be a challenge but find a good garage prior to buying and you'll be ok.

All I can say is the woman driving down Park Ave this spring in her vintage Mercedes wagon with her strand of pearls and sweater will forever be in my mind.

must buy car. now.

Habitually Chic said...

I am dying for a vintage car! I say go for it!

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Your Fiance is a smart man. The fantasy is usually not the reality! Why not find someone in your area that rents classic cars and just pick one up when the mood strikes you. It will be a lot cheaper for you

JJ said...

Do it. I have owned a vintage Mercedes in the past and the glamour seriously outweighed the costs or repetition of repair.

Fairfax said...

I have my eye on a vintage mercedes wagon. A friend just converted his diesel wagon to run on veg oil. I currently drive a vintage volvo 240 wagon.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Having a vintage car is like having a cool haircut. It takes a lot of maintenance, but you will look great for it. That said, I recently traded my old green Saab for a Jeep under warranty. I seriously could not handle another $1500 trip to the mechanic. Is this Mercedes a diesel?

beachbungalow8 said...

no, no, i've wanted this exact one in dove grey, for, well ever. it's always been btwn this one and the classic wagoneer from the 80s

Suzy said...

Me too, I've been dying for a vintage Volvo or Astin Martin for years, but old Merc's just never go out of style. Do it!

Mélanie said...

I say YES YES YES !
Great to buy a car that matches with our clothes . I have to think about that

Mrs. Blandings said...

Mr. Blandings and I went round and round over my need - there is nothing else to call it - for a 70's VW bus. He has won the battle but not the war; someday when I don't have so many young ones...

That said, I second the good mechanic notion. My folks had Mercedes in the 70s - constant tweaking.

Laura said...
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Laura said...

PS: My car has not been in the shop...

Laura said...

I just bought a 1982 Mercedes Benz Turbo Diesel- which was refurbished with a new paint job and now also takes any kind of filtered veggie oil as fuel, or biodiesel...or regular diesel, which I never put in it. My car is stylish, safe, and GREEN!!!
I love it!
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Meander said...

Girl, seriously - buy the fucking car! If it doesn't work out, sell it and buy something else fabulous, you only live once-know what you're getting yourself into but what's the point in doing anything if you don't do it big and do it right?

Having that said, I drive a 2007 Silver Toyota Yaris: cute, dependable and green.

www.projectblancoyd.typepad.com said...

Man that car is sweet!

Anonymous said...

OK I realize I am finding this post late, but I HAD to comment. Last year I purchased a 65 Mercedes 230SL. I love it. I love it so so much! We don't drive it like an everyday car because we live in Houston and the car would be attacked by soccer moms on the Interstate within 3 minutes (Also people do a LOT of swerving to look at your car and I've almost been hit numerous times). The car really doesn't need anything at all as long as you buy one that has been cared for properly. Really. I spend less on that car than my Jeep Grand Cherokee. Also, MB opened a dealership in Irvine, CA that is strictly for vintage models...so should you need a part, no problemo! I say buy one. It is so much more enjoyable to drive than a regular old car!!

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Anonymous said...

okay, i know that this post is really, really late but i gotta say, i hope you bought the car. about 2 years ago i was online on craigslist at 4 in the morning when i saw my car. i didn't even know that it was a car that i had ever wanted until i saw the posted pictures and they took my breath away. it was a 1965 silver metallic blue mustang convertible with a tan top and interior that i could actually afford! turns out there is also a vintage mustang mechanic 5 minutes away from where i live. i would rather pour money into a car that i absolutely love (not that i have, she's treated me pretty well) than continue to shovel cash into the p.o.s that i used to drive!

Anonymous said...

However, having your car in the shop all the time is like realizing your best outfits are at the drycleaners just when you need to wear them! All the time!

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Morne Coetzee said...

I have a 1973 Mercedes 220 - the best buy ever - these cars are made to go forever - funny enough I bought a fur to wear with her. Go for it!!!

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