Sunday, May 18, 2008

"Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz"

Every time I leave The Other Room, a cute little bar on Perry Street, I pass by Cooper Classics Collection and drool at the classic cars inside. I finally remembered to Google them this weekend and found out that they have a lot of great classic cars for sale. I dream of driving out to The Hamptons in a cute little Mercedes convertible and Cooper has many to choose from including the very expensive 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE pictured above. Good thing I'm not a fan of the olive green color since it's 170,000!

This fabulous plum colored 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL above is a little more reasonably priced at $52,000 and would look very chic driving around Southampton.

The baby blue 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster is the most to die for convertible on the site but it's unfortunately a manual. I can barely drive an automatic so manual is definitely out of the question which is a shame since it looks like something Grace Kelly would drive around in with Cary Grant.

Of course, Ms. Kelly was driving her convertible on a sound stage which accounts for the perfect hair. I'm sure I would have to securely wrap a scarf around my head or risk ending up looking like Bridget Jones after her ride! Maybe, I should buy the scarf now since that I can afford and start saving up for the car or I could always start praying like Janis Joplin!

24 comments:

Suzy said...

The baby blue roadster is so amazing...worth learning to drive a manual for, no?

DJ said...

A post after my own heart--I'm so happy. See isn't it good to know the model numbers!! =)

Habitually Chic said...

Suzy, If I could afford the car, I would definitely learn how to drive it!

Habitually Chic said...

David, I specifically added the model numbers just for you! Glad you liked it!

In(side) the Loop said...

I wrote a post about owning a vintage MB a few months back:
http://www.insidetheloopblog.com/2007/12/me-my-girl.html

I fully support your need for one of these beauties. But I'm warning you, they are totally addictive!

Habitually Chic said...

OMG Courtney, I'm soooo jealous!!! You are one lucky girl and if you can learn to drive it, then I will just have to as well. But first I have to start working harder to afford the car! Then we can be two chic girls discussing cars! I can't wait!

Kwana said...

Lovely dream. Start with the scarf, the car is sure to follow!

Louisa said...

The 280SE is one of my favorite cars! A dealership in my hometown had one that was a gorgeous light blue color. I adored it! Sigh.

morrismore said...

Great post--the 280SE is my all time favorite car. Unfortunately I'm too tall for it--I could only drive with the top down.

maison21 said...

a vintage benz convertible is my dream car too- i'd love to own one, but unlike you, i couldn't even afford to start with the scarf!

but how glamorous would it be to pull into palm springs in one of those babies?

thanks for sharing the daydream!

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW! Dream cars for sure! Need my boys to being driving before I can get one of those... guess, I'll have to wait a few years for that dream comes true... sigh!

Jen said...

I love them all! I think the 1971 Olive Green one is even incredible. That might be my favorite.

morrismore said...

A chic convertible makes even the most mundane errands seem fun. One of my friends maintains that having one (a convertible)is economical: "with a nice convertible, you only need to spend money on sunglasses and scarves!"

Habitually Chic said...

I can imagine that driving around town doing anything in a convertible would make you feel like you were a movie star everyday! I must have one soon!!!

Anonymous said...

That's a Sunbeam Alpine Grace is driving. But MB's from the era are perennial classics.

http://img345.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sunbeamalpine47fm.jpg

Habitually Chic said...

Thanks Anonymous! I knew it wasn't a Mercedes but I thought she would look right at home behind the wheel of the baby blue one.

morrismore said...

It's better than any kind of therapy (including massage, physical, psychological or retail)!
It also makes the front of one's house look instantly more glamorous....

stacy said...

Yes, Yes, Lord, please buy me one too.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

wow.... both Mrs. E. and I drive nothing but stick. Hmmm, how to convince her that the kids only get to ride in her car...?

Seriously, if I had it to do all over again, I would never settle for a newer, more reliable "car" and buy vintage and stylish. Either way you will end up spending money on your automobile, so you might as well turn heads towing it into the shop. There are a couple of collectors in my neighborhood and unlike the rest of the world, never look rushed on their way somewhere. There must be a zen-like serenity to driving a beautiful car.

Habitually Chic said...

Morrismore, I'm definitely going to have to work on this dream! But it now also involves a cute house in the Hamptons in which to park it in front of since I wouldn't dare park it on the street outside my apartment building!

Habitually Chic said...

Stacy, we need to pray harder!!!

Habitually Chic said...

Easy and Elegant, I bet it is more relaxing and enjoyable to drive a vintage car. And since everyone who passes a vintage car gets excited and smiles and waves, I think that would add to the good mood.

...love Maegan said...

inLOVE with the 69Benz. LOVE.

60's Jags are pretty delish too.

Dave said...

Yep, that is a sweet car!

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