What draws an enthusiast to a certain model or body style? Usually the answer to that question is fairly simple: personal preference. It’s more of a selfish desire, for lack of a better description. It’s the mind saying, “I like this or that.” When an enthusiast acquires a car, it’s because they like it.
This, however, was not the case for Bob. When he set out in search for that special vehicle, he was not thinking only of himself. As a matter of fact, he was thinking about his girlfriend. He wanted to find the perfect car, which he could use as an accessory to propose to his other half. “I started looking for something old and classy when I proposed to my lady,” he explained. His first lead, a rough around the edges, 1972 Mercedes Benz barnyard find, was close to what he was looking for, but not exactly the image of regality that he had in mind. Regardless of the fact that the car was a bust, he knew from that moment that he had to find another of that exact body style. Luckily, not long after, he spotted another one parked in the driveway of a nearby house. With determination, he approached the owner, and before he knew it, the 1967 250S was his to own.
It’s easy to see why Bob had fallen in love with the W108 body. His personal favorite features were “the huge grill and the double stacked headlights.” In my opinion, classic Mercedes cars seem more appealing than new age ones, but that may be because I am a sucker for the iconic “governor” style vehicle. In addition, the fact that such an official looking car has been given a twist of stance earns it an A+ mark. I have only been to one or two meets with this car present, but the most popular question I hear about it is, “That’s on bags, right?”
No, folks. Bob’s Merc is static, which seems to baffle some people. He basically has the best of both worlds, because as low as it is, he still claims that it floats like a Cadillac. Outside of the suspension adjustment, nothing incredibly major has been done to the car. However, all of the work was done here at CAtuned. A full tune up, new motor mounts and tires, as well as a completely redone exhaust and full body detail account for most of this 108’s records. However, Bob does have some ideas for its future. “The next step for this car has always been to transplant a new drivetrain,” he said. “Once that’s underway, airride suspension will be a must.”
So, there you have it. What started as a proposal accessory will carry on as part of the now married couple’s journey together, and will eventually have some major changes for its image. Bob’s Benz ultimately served its purpose. After all, she did say yes!
Words and photos by: Courtney Cutchen