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1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE long wheelbase sedan
One of the great things about being an automotive journalist is the opportunity to photograph some very interesting cars as well as getting to know their owners. And few are as interesting as Mercedes-Benz enthusiast Bob Gunthorp.
Bob owns a vintage Mercedes-Benz parts company Onager based in Chula Vista, California. And Bob owns a number of special body Mercedes-Benzes that include funeral cars and several station wagons that predate factory-offered versions such as his Binz-bodied 1963 190.
What makes Bob so special is that he restores his cars to a high level yet not so high that they can't be driven. In fact, Bob drove this car, a long wheelbase 1965 300SE from Chula Vista, near the US-Mexican border to Monterey last August where it finished second-in-class at Legends of the Autobahn, losing first place only by virtue that his clock ran fast. It didn't phase Bob in the least. "Trailer Queen" is not a word in Bob's vocabulary, something that I think should be celebrated.
These photos are not from a formal, magazine photo shoot as they lack the car-to-car tracking shots that I usually take. They were taken right after a seeing Bob at a Secret Car Show on a Saturday morning. I'm looking forward to shooting the car under better conditions, as I did with his ex-Somoza 1965 220SEb, a very similar Fintail. Here's the photos of that car, taken in San Diego's Balboa Park.
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