My current Classic & Youngtimer Car Collection

James Dean: “Dream as if I were to live forever. Live as if I were to die today”

2009 Mercedes GLK 300-X204 | IKI-7700 | look here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/beracuda/Kf4Wk2

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 997.1 | IHM-4341 1 VIN : WP0ZZZ99Z7S700868 | ‘FOR SALE’ | https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMHx8Sm

2004 Mercedes-Benz E240 4Matic [WDB2110801X175907 | 211.080.1X] IBN-2570 look here : https://www.flickr.com/gp/beracuda/os15Y2

1995 Mercedes-Benz E200 CA | W124.060 | YXT-1313 |‘FOR SALE’ look here: trader.com/uk/cars/listing/mercedes-benz/e-class/e-200/1997/266965
1973 M-B 350SE W116.060 | Elpa-I.O. 1654| ‘FOR SALE’ look here : https://www.flickr.com/gp/beracuda/116qqL

1960 20-07-1960 Merecedes-Benz 190 SL | IYZ-6776 [R121.040] for more info click here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/beracuda/7o3bqs

1956 Citroën Traction Avant | EO Filpa-3016 & HE-2452 | ‘FOR SALE’ : https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/listing/citroen/traction-avant/traction-avant-11-bl/1956/267489
1953 Jaguar Mk VII | EO Filpa-1082 | ‘FOR SALE’ : https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/listing/jaguar/mk-vii/mk-vii/1953/152386

Suzy Love ❤️ is running nicely and conquers 3+1 Greek islands👌🏁

Part III. Since I became the next keeper of this lovely 1960 Mercedes-Benz R121.020 |190SL [a.k.a. Suzy Love ❤️], during November of 2018, I have gradually embarked on a multi step restoration process. For my Car Guys & Gals friends 👫 I post here the stories as they unfold in her current timeline. For the introductory post of this historic vehicle click here: https://byronriginos.com/2018/12/06/my-dancing-with-the-best-or-nothing , plus for the follow up post on the restoration project click here: https://byronriginos.com/2019/06/30/the-restoration-project-of-suzy-love/

The #190SL is ready to depart the workshop of #MercedesBenzClassic of Papapanagiotou Bros.

So from here on, we commence the story of Part III.

The Wolf Intake Whistle, has been acquired from the Hellenic Motor Museum, and wanted to install it in the 1290SL since many months!

After several telephone calls with my chief mechanic Nikos, to ensure that the car would be ready, being already in Kea island at our summer home, I asked my pal Spilios to accompany me in the early ferry to Lavrion and then via taxi to Athens to pick up the R121, on the Thursday of 8th August 2019. We would drive the car back to Lavrion in time to catch the afternoon ferry back to Kea. Well as all good plans get a little sidetracked, upon our early morning arrival [ca. 08:30] at the shop, there were as anticipated a number of details to take care of before declaring the car fit for the road, especially with her planned venture to many islands, I had to be extra careful in my scrutinizing process, among them to ensure the safety of the car and that the new accessory of the vacuum operated Wolf horn was working properly. Time became our enemy that hot Agust morning in Athens, but we managed to push off in the early afternoon. 112

With the top down we had to venture to Kifissia, at our son Dimitris OK Market in view of a longish restocking list issued by my beloved spouse Ivi. The highlight of the photo being the Wow 🤩 expression on the face of the passerby ‼️
Clip departing from the OK Maket!

See also here about Classic Mercedes-Benz cars : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_Classic_Center

The restoration project of “Suzy Love ❤️”

Since I became the next keeper of this 1960 Mercedes-Benz R121.020 |190SL [a.k.a. Suzy Love ❤️], during November of 2018, I have gradually embarked on a multi step restoration process. For my Car Guys & Gals friends 👫 I post here the story as it unfolds in her timeline. For the introductory post of this historic vehicle click here: https://byronriginos.com/2018/12/06/my-dancing-with-the-best-or-nothing

I. Selecting the right partner for the mechanical jobs at hand

As an appetizer enjoy this short video 👏👌😍

Most of the suspension and engine mount rubbers needed replacement 😮

There was a positive talk within our www.3cg.gr ecosystem about the PAPAPANAGIOTOU Brothers, as being the good experts in all things Mercedes-Benz and classics in particular. Hence a visit to their establishment in Neos Kosmos was appropriate. Below some photos of our early encounters and getting to know each other (i.e. master mechanic and older brother Nikos, plus Vagias and Costas).

My SL during an early visit to PAPAPANAGIOTOU Brothers workshop
Another visiting time
Master mechanic Nikos PAPAPANAGIOTOU @work ✅🏁

II. Getting the jobs done

After a thorough inspection of the car, a list of spare parts was made. Flash back: Since my other “ground up” restoration project several years back, involving a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Coupè [W111.020] , I had established a good relationship with one of Germany’s well known Mercedes spare parts supplier, the firm Niemöller . Hence sourcing spares for the R121.020 was not like rediscovering a wheel. To make a long story short, up to this writing ✍️, four Purchase Orders have been placed approximately for €4,500, not to mention about another €1,000 invested for spares and services from the local Greek market. Lest I forget, the €83 for the RetroSound accessories.

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My “Dancing with the Best or Nothing” – a new chapter opens: meet the 58 year old Ms. Suzy Love ❤️

Don’t you think that the old slogan launched in the 1910’s by the founder himself, a certain Mr. Daimler, which remains alive and well through the centuries, is spot-on?

Readers of my Blog car stories may recall past years posts about the encounters with the W111 [a ground-up restoration project of lovely 1967 M-B 250 SE Coupé] or the R107 [a low mileage 1987 M-B 560 SL|R107.048 in mint condition].

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The first time I ever saw her, being pampered by the magic hands of the Swell.gr guys

Well, once a car guy, always a car guy [see here my page: Cars & More], and to paraphrase: once a Star man, always a Star man! Hence when a pre-proposal to look in advance at the possibility of acquiring a 1960 M-B 190 SL| W121.040, came by the end of October 2018 from my good friend Alex Vazeos, I was immediately tempted. Firstly by looking at some pictures from its previous custodian and secondly at the time of  actually meeting her while being detailed at Mike’s SWELL shop, not far from my Classic Car Center of Greece [www.3cg.gr] base.

Continue reading “My “Dancing with the Best or Nothing” – a new chapter opens: meet the 58 year old Ms. Suzy Love ❤️”

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