an old Mercedes

The Genuine Article: an old Mercedes. Like good content, it will always get you to the top in the end.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As technology changes at the speed of light, authentic content remains the only constant. Well… that and change.

At the gas station this morning, a guy said to me “Wow, what an amazing body!” Damn, he was talking about my car, a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D. The guy said he’d had one years ago and it was his very favorite car. His had the wonderful incongruity of a pressure treated wood rear bumper. He regaled me with stories of his old car’s amazing hill climbing prowess.

When this Mercedes was first introduced in Europe in 1973, it was priced at four times the cost of the average car. And don’t you wish you’d bought one then? More than 30 years later, the 240D is still considered one of Mercedes-Benz’s most reliable models. Why? This car is the real thing. It was built well in the first place; it’s low-tech and easy to maintain.

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