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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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You never know what you might find and where you might find it. That’s why you always look both ways before crossing the street. And if the streets happen to be the intersection of Chicago and Miami Streets in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, you just might spot this 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250 sedan, strapped down to what looks like a portable loading dock in front of the old Buffalo Courier-Express sign shop. Back in the early 1970s I almost bought a car exactly like this. It was in great shape and the price was right, but then I started thinking about why this car was traded in at Hal Casey Volkswagen in Hamburg, and what would I do for money when it started needing repairs. I passed. Please don’t ask what I bought instead.

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • MaxPlanck

    Jim, your repair concern about the MB wasn’t unwarranted. I had a 72 250 sedan I’d bought used and when it was running, all was well; it was a solid and comfortable ride. When it broke, it was an arm and a leg, as parts and repairs always were attained at a premium, acquired from the guys in the white coats from the Black Forest. I couldn’t afford that and traded the Benz on a sturdy and low-cost Datsun 510. It didn’t have the road manners or the prestige of the Benz, but was a very good car for the money.

    • jim corbran

      I wouldn’t mind having that 510 right now.