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Tom Heath
Tom Heath Marketing / Club Coordinator
11/3/09 4:14 p.m.

Maybe it's the steady diet of V8s I was raised on, but I'm having trouble calling our new car a Merc. To me, a Merc is like a Ford, but nicer. In the UK, however, a Merc is this. It's a lot nicer than the P71s I was shopping for, but even slower. I guess that makes it a good option for handing down to my #1 son in a few years.

I wasn't sure about getting a fancy euro-car for family duties, but after watching this video I feel a bit better. Super durable and comfy to boot? Yes please. Can't bust 'em.

mtn
mtn SuperDork
11/3/09 4:21 p.m.

Awesome! What year is it (read, what engine?) My dad had a 93 sedan with the 3.2. Best car and engine he's ever owned, he said. My mom agrees. They still kick themselves for ever selling it.

ronbros
ronbros Reader
11/3/09 5:34 p.m.

to me a Merc. is a Mercury car made by ford. Why! i owned a 1940 Mercury Conv. and never got beat by any damn Porsche, but only raced one ,once. 1955.

Yeah!Yeah!Yeah! i know ,times change.

friedgreencorrado
friedgreencorrado Dork
11/3/09 5:49 p.m.

Heh, heh...I grew up the only import lovin' boy in my small Southern town. I've been calling them Mercs on purpose since I was 8 years old. Ain't Mercury a planet?

RexSeven
RexSeven Dork
11/3/09 5:55 p.m.

I'm not a M-B fan but I like that body style. Nice score on the Panzerwagen!

Appleseed
Appleseed Dork
11/3/09 5:56 p.m.

These are the only things I dare call Mercs.

benzbaron
benzbaron Reader
11/3/09 6:40 p.m.

Those ones are starting to find themselves into the junkyard so parts shouldn't be too hard to find.

In the UK they probably have never seen a ford mercury so a merc for mercedes makes sense. The only issue about calling the car a merc is the car was made by daimler-benz and the name "mercedes" was only used to make the car sound less teutonic for the masses.

JThw8
JThw8 SuperDork
11/3/09 6:54 p.m.

yeah, I have trouble with the Merc designation on anything but a tarted up ford.

friedgreencorrado
friedgreencorrado Dork
11/3/09 7:03 p.m.
benzbaron wrote: Those ones are starting to find themselves into the junkyard so parts shouldn't be too hard to find. In the UK they probably have never seen a ford mercury so a merc for mercedes makes sense. The only issue about calling the car a merc is the car was made by daimler-benz and the name "mercedes" was only used to make the car sound less teutonic for the masses.

I did some research. "Mercedes" was the daughter of one Emil Jellinek, an Austrian buisnessman who popularized Daimler's cars throughout European high society before the merger with Benz.

http://tinyurl.com/y9xhdcc

From the article:

"Jellinek demanded ever faster and more powerful vehicles from DMG. From 1899, he entered these in race meetings – first and foremost of which was the Nice Week – where he would race under his pseudonym Mercédès - the name of his daughter, ten years old at the time, and a name that was well known in motoring circles. In the early days, the name referred to the team and driver – not to an automotive brand."

I like this guy. He was one of us!

benzbaron
benzbaron Reader
11/3/09 7:08 p.m.

Neat history lesson.

ignorant
ignorant SuperDork
11/3/09 7:20 p.m.

this is a merc. All other vehicles are driven by little girls.

friedgreencorrado
friedgreencorrado Dork
11/3/09 7:42 p.m.
benzbaron wrote: Neat history lesson.

That's your heritage, bro! (you've still got the SL, right? Be loud, be proud. Your team invented the automobile.

amg_rx7
amg_rx7 Reader
11/3/09 7:58 p.m.

I always called em Benzes

Careful with giving cars that can't handle to sporting lads. I wrecked my parent's 77 Olds a few times b/c I was trying to drive it sportingly. I stopped wrecking once I got my 77 Scirocco. At least it could handle a turn.

NYG95GA
NYG95GA SuperDork
11/3/09 8:07 p.m.

One is pronounced "MURK", the other, "MURSE", even though they're spelled the same.

Or at least in my head, European pronunciations make it easier.

zoomx2
zoomx2 Reader
11/3/09 8:15 p.m.

14 posts and not one comment about the cute girl?!? There might be hope for this board yet

Cool ride, cool chick, now get some 28"s and DONK it up!!!

Run_Away
Run_Away New Reader
11/3/09 8:45 p.m.
friedgreencorrado wrote: I did some research. "Mercedes" was the daughter of one Emil Jellinek, an Austrian buisnessman who popularized Daimler's cars throughout European high society before the merger with Benz.

Ironic, given the stereotype nowadays of a girl named "Mercedes"

JetMech
JetMech New Reader
11/3/09 8:50 p.m.
ignorant wrote:

Friggin' awesome! I've thought about getting one for a long time, but any Unimog purchase will probably have to wait until I relocate.

Duke
Duke SuperDork
11/3/09 8:54 p.m.
friedgreencorrado wrote: I've been calling them Mercs on purpose since I was 8 years old.

But calling it a "Merc" implies that the full name is pronounced like "Merkedes Benz". Nobody but Clarkson is that stupid.

DoctorBlade
DoctorBlade New Reader
11/3/09 9:02 p.m.

Merc is Mercury. MB is Benz. People who can afford a Mercedes Benz don't call it a Merc, at least here in the US.

Tom Heath
Tom Heath Marketing / Club Coordinator
11/3/09 9:33 p.m.
DoctorBlade wrote: Merc is Mercury. MB is Benz. People who can afford a Mercedes Benz don't call it a Merc, at least here in the US.

No longer true, although the only M-Bs in my budget are pushing 20 years old.

Tom Heath
Tom Heath Marketing / Club Coordinator
11/3/09 10:06 p.m.
mtn wrote: Awesome! What year is it (read, what engine?) My dad had a 93 sedan with the 3.2. Best car and engine he's ever owned, he said. My mom agrees. They still kick themselves for ever selling it.

It's a 91 300TE, with a 3.0 liter inline 6. It isn't fast, but it has no trouble keeping up with traffic. Plus, as demonstrated in the video, it's impervious to canons and monster trucks.

I'm told these engines respond well to turbocharging, too.

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 Dork
11/3/09 10:28 p.m.

These are Mercs

These I call Silver Arrows.......

mtn
mtn SuperDork
11/3/09 10:32 p.m.

WANT

neon4891
neon4891 SuperDork
11/3/09 10:55 p.m.
ignorant wrote:

That is the ONLY M-B I have any interest in. Besides that, if I want german I will take a BMW

JeepinMatt
JeepinMatt Reader
11/3/09 11:00 p.m.

I also call Mercurys Mercs. Why? Because it's how you pronounce it. It's a hard sound, like a K. If anything, I would shorten Mercedes to sounding like "Merce"

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