CCs From My Summer Trips To Berlin-Dahlem

Over the course of the coming summer  I’m going to Berlin-Dahlem once a month for a job-related training program and that of course means riding my bicycle down those paths less traveled – and new CCs on my way!

The most spectacular find, also in terms of sheer physical dimension, was this Mercedes 1113. I learned they were built between 1959 and 1984, while for the first 4 years of their lives, until 1963, they were called L322. The switch in naming might have been the start of the Mercedes Benz commercial vehicle nomenclature which lasts until now: The first two digits stand for the maximum weight of the vehicle in metric tons while the other numbers stand for one tenth of the engine’s power output, making this an 11 metric ton truck with 130 hp.

A beautiful Land Rover! I’m no expert on these, so any help identifying the model year in the comments is welcome!

A beautiful Alfa 155.

And its little brother 33.

In a parking area by the Freie Universität I found a Mini from a model year I had never seen before.

And a 2CV which was in hiding. Look what’s lurking in the background!

And a rare half-panel van version!

We never trully appreciate these compact wagons until they have all but disappeared. This Ford Escort Turnier (“tournament”) is on Spanish plates, giving a hint for the cause of its survival.

A great-uncle of the Escort stood close by.

The Audi A2 is one of those few vehicles that I feel went from new car to instant classic, maybe like a Dodge Viper or Honda S2000.

My sister still regrets selling hers. I remember the little sign on the inside of the doors warning to do any DIY repairs on the aluminium body.

The 190 is still fairly  common on the streets of Berlin, but I had never seen those wheels before. They may have been part of the later year Sportline package which also featured a slightly smaller steering wheel and a lowered suspension.

And while we are at it, a lowly 1.8E which was introduced to boost sales later in the 190s long life as its competition began to offer a lot of value for a lot less money.

One of those competitors: The B3 Audi 80. They are still plentiful on the streets of Berlin – yet rarely ever in such good condition. This was the very popular 1.8S version – 90 carburated horses and good aerodynamics made for a farily spirited vehicle  – by late 80s central European standards.

T3s are by no means seldom found in Berlin- most of them are van versions though, making this a rather rare find.

The jump from T3 to T4 feels like the biggest one in the history of the VW transporter. Barely a surprise, given the change in engine layout and wheels driven. This being a rather rare VR6 version that is still really expensive to buy, and to run, given the gas mileage (15ish mpg). Much more common around here is the TDi which gets around 30 mpg.

How to camouflage when on a Zebra safari?

I don’t know if it’s the real thing. The E38 Alpina B12  5.7 E-Kat (for electrically pre-heated catalysts) was the first car on the german market to feature 20-inch wheels. Somehow, those seem even larger, and as I shot it in passing, I couldn’t indulge in my tire sidewall reading passion… Something is definitely out of place with the suspension, though. If it’s the real thing, which I am not saying it is, it would be quite something, as only 202 were made.

As a very intersting side-note: Actively naming the presence of a catalyst not just through a decal on the car (as it was common in the 1980s in Germany, as cats came in fashion) but including it in the model designation and on the trunk lid (though here it was not ordered) seems one of the lovelier quirks from Alpina’s history.

Yes. You can actually do that. And why wouldn’t you?!

As I get older, and inspired from the colleagues at gcfsb, I pay more attention to things that previously didn’t seem so important to me, and in that case it is color. One of the stranger, and therefore more desirable, shades that W123 came in. To match the strange color, this should be the 250, but it’s a lowly 240D.

A little something for our editor-in-chief,a lovely Yaris Verso which I have considered to buy more than once.

And a little open-air farewell from Morris, found under the same Autobahn A100 underpass as the Honda Prelude Tropic from last week’s post!

Maybe when I am done with all the parking garages in Berlin I will scour those underpasses which are – come to think of it – the poor man’s parking garage….

Beer and Currywurst again for those who can ID the model year and spicy onions ( a popular extra with the Currywurst in Berlin) for those who know the CC in the upper left that is showing but one headlight!