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Old 06-17-2009, 08:16 AM
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Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL Caruna (W126) 1984

The W126 was first commissioned in 1984 from Swiss coachbuilder Caruna and proved a favorite with Princess Juliana (our Queen from 1948 -1980), so much so that she'd nearly worn out the interior, necessitating the restoration.

Caruna based the vehicle on the stock Mercedes 380 SEL, adding the quilted leather interior and replacing the steel roof with an electrically folding one that can open or close in just 25 seconds. Complementing the roof, the windows in all four doors fully retract, lending the car very clean lines.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:18 AM
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Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL Caruna #2
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:20 AM
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Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL Caruna #3
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:25 AM
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thats a nice Benz there. nice pics as well!
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:52 AM
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Neat conversion indeed.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:01 PM
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i bet there is no chassis flex...
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:30 PM
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That is a very clean-looking machine.
The only awkward bit of styling is the abrupt coke-bottle kick up on the rear doors.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:23 PM
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very royal
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:26 PM
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i bet there is no chassis flex...
And I bet there is no sarcasm in this statement... lol

But seriously, it looks like a pretty fun car for cruising around town with three ladies on a sunny day, even if it's not exactly a "driver's car" you'd want to tour through the Alps in.
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:54 AM
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Clearly then, the '84 Mercedes 380 is a motor car for those of exemplary taste and refinement. Forsooth, a design so perfect, so timeless, that it continues to be coveted by the cream of society, as illustrated by this continued Royal patronage.

Which UCP member among us, I wonder, exhibits such superlative class and discernment through personal 380 ownership?
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:56 AM
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Clearly then, the '84 Mercedes 380 is a motor car for those of exemplary taste and refinement. Forsooth, a design so perfect, so timeless, that it continues to be coveted by the cream of society, as illustrated by this continued Royal patronage.

Which UCP member among us, I wonder, exhibits such superlative class and discernment through personal 380 ownership?
You.

Altough to be honest most old Mercs exude elegance and class. Or most old german premium cars for that matter
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:08 AM
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The kink along the window line sits uneasily. but other than that, yeah, well proportioned & very elegant.

I think I want a similar vintage Merc for my next car...depends on where I'm living....
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i have seen a Cadillac version as well, either a Deville or something. their usually older Caddy's that are like sedan convertibles. i hope thats the right name.
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A lovely car with a lovely and clean conversion, but tell me: During the course of deconstructing this car, didn't anything think to repaint the bumpers and rocker panels to match the rest of the car?
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A lovely car with a lovely and clean conversion, but tell me: During the course of deconstructing this car, didn't anything think to repaint the bumpers and rocker panels to match the rest of the car?
it was a pretty common feature on a lot of cars at the time, and this is a good example too.
My father owned an Alfa Romeo 164 in Rosso Alfa with the lower part of the body in a similar shade of gray as the Mercedes here featured, and I always preferred the 164 in that way than with a single color color scheme.
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