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Old 16th September 2008, 07:44   #1666
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Default Poor Man's Mercedes

Until 1968 Mercedes only made luxury cars for the cream of society.

Then in 1968, Mercedes made a family of cheap family cars for the common man.

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The ones with 4-cylinder petrol engines and 5-cylinder diesel engines were called W115/8. And the 6-cylinder cars were called W114/8.

Still, being a Mercedes, this car had full independent suspension (the rear had a diagonal swing-axle rear suspension) and disc brakes on all four wheels and debuted proper 3-point seat-belt harnesses on all seats.

They were the first Mercedes cars to have a center console. This center console held the radio, ashtray, cigarette lighter and gear lever.

The whole family came to be known as the "Strich Acht" which means "slash Eight".

Common man's Mercedes
These cheap family cars were much smaller than a Mercedes had ever been in the past. And they were mass produced in huge numbers from 1968 to 1976.

Almost 20 lakh of them were made.
To understand that number, All Mercedes cars of all models and types from the beginning of time until 1967 did not exceed 20 lakh cars!

They were made to compete not with luxury cars, but with the cheap Fords, Vauxhalls, Triumphs, Morrises etc.

Many were parked outdoors in the snow and sun and rain as the owners were below no longer of the class that could afford covered parking or proper garages. Rusting hulks of /8s dotted the European landscape at one time. Now you don't even see those.

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Old 19th September 2008, 10:26   #1667
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Hey ram real good information.

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These photo's were sent by my friend, vehicles are tucked in some where near Mangalore....no more details yet
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Strange. Why has Mr.Hegde of Dharmastala left this out? He gobbles up any car that is found in the Mangalore area.
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hmmmmm....not sure of that Mr. Ananth....
there are few more resting in Mangalore area, the owners do not want to part it.

We as a group, we try to convince the owner, at least to make it running.
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Hi Girish,
The first car is a Ford Anglia. Ford Prefects are common but not Anglias. Some people are strange. They would rather allow a car to disintegrate than selling it to a car collector & lover
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fiat topolino and hillman 1952 up for sale in chandigarh. refer the sunday tribune for details.
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Hi Girish,
The first car is a Ford Anglia. Ford Prefects are common but not Anglias. Some people are strange. They would rather allow a car to disintegrate than selling it to a car collector & lover
More likely that this is a Ford Popular.
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Came across two interesting vehicles waiting to be scrapped at the Shivajinagar gujiri. One is classic American iron, the other seems to be a Japanese compact-type car. Being a Sunday, there was not much info, so I don't know anything much the cars. The guy whom I asked for permission to take the photos said that the big beast is a 62/63 Dodge, and the small one is an Isuzu. The "Dodge" is in very bad condition, badly rusted, holes in the floor, no engine, looks like no transmission as well. I don't know if they've already removed the interiors and engine. The "Japanese" car looks complete, probably restorable, but I don't know if anyone would be interested in it. One reason I could not identify the cars is because all badges, monograms, etc have been removed. The guy who I spoke to asked me if I'm interested in the monograms (I'm not, better if it goes to someone who's really into these vehicles), which leads me to believe that they have removed the "easy to pry off" parts. He then showed me his scooter on which he's fitted an AA (Automobile Association?) badge which he got off the "Japanese" car. Photos below:
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The Japanese car is an Isuzu, going by the monogram on the steering wheel (now you know where Maruti got that from! )

The Dodge is a 56/57 model. 'wish it were complete atleast! Could you find out if the original engine is with them?
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The Japanaese car is a 1985 Isuzu Gemini.
Most of these cars which came to India had a diesel heart. The Diesels were commonly 1.5 or 1.7/8 litre engines (turbo and non turb) and the petrols were if im not wrong a sohc 1.6 engine (not to sure about that)

The diesels were very very economical and the TD cars ran particularly well. They were fully loaded and commanded a high price at the time. Sad to see one in such a bad shape.
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The dodge is an early kingsway, the one without the fins. I think this is the same one that a member from bangalore had posted in this thread, which was lying in a garage i think. I think it would be a great car for a hot-rod project as i see no scope for restoration on it.
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The dodge is an early kingsway, the one without the fins.
Oi, the car has huge fins! Or am I missing something?
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The dodge is an early kingsway, the one without the fins. I think this is the same one that a member from bangalore had posted in this thread, which was lying in a garage i think. I think it would be a great car for a hot-rod project as i see no scope for restoration on it.
ChettAn, have you been working in a night shift or something?

The fins on this car just cannot be missed in a hurry!And this is the later model Kingsway, 56 or 57. Yes it would be great for doing a Chip Foose.
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Oi, the car has huge fins! Or am I missing something?
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ChettAn, have you been working in a night shift or something?

OOps!!!! I saw the pic while browsing from my cell, and it appeared to be the earlier model without fins!!! Obviously it has fins!!

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