|In between friends visiting and other stuff to do at home, there was not much time to work on the Gazelles. It turned out that the Gray Gazelle did not need a hell of a lot of work to get it in a presentable shape! It was just stored in a barn and was not driven for a long time. It needed some tender loving care such as: 1. A good clean up job, 2. Five new tires. 3. A completely new exhaust system [except the cat converter], 4. Rear break jobs, and 5. A good refurbishing and cleaning of the carburetor. 6. Some discoloration of the black leather interior was fixed with either of the following: a. Leather Magic Kit, Kiwi Leather Cuir, or Dupli-Color Flat Black Vinyl & Fabric Spray Coating. Also decorative badges were attached. See the pictures of the refurbished Gray Gazelle below. Check out "Gazelle Standard Striping." Some more clean-up work will be done in 2008.|
|When I started work on the Old
Gazelle, this year, I remembered what Judge Sam Adkins told me when
I bought the Old
Gazelle. Before I tell you what Sam told me, I need to tell you
who Sam was. Sam was a judge some where in Virginia, who engaged in the
business of supplying fully crated refurbished donor Chevette parts necessary
to build a Gazelle kit sold by CMC. Well, being totally automotively
challenged, the sales pitch of CMC that "You can build it with a spanner
and a screwdriver," made me, who never changed oil in his cars, feel totally
invincible! However, the CMC sales person told me that I would do well
if I bought the donor parts from Sam. So, I called up Sam and ordered
a package of all Chevette donor parts needed to build the car. I thought
that Sam offered a very nice price of about $1,800 for all the parts and
shipping the crate. But, talking to me he soon realized how good I would
be in building the car, told me that most working professionals in the
long run do not find enough time to build the Gazelle and for $5000 I cold
have the Gazelle parts shipped to him by CMC to build the car for me. To
make a very long story short, Judge Adkins gave me a very good advise that
I did not take. I have, over the years, found out that CMC realized that
they could make a better profit by selling the kits than selling the so
called factory built Gazelles! That's when they started strongly marketing
the kits and introduce the buyers to professional builders like Judge Adkins
to get the cars built. One original employee of CMC couple of years ago
told me that 95% of the Gazelle kits are still in the garage of the original
buyers! Over the years I realized that, though the Gazelle kits and the
manuals are very well put together compared to other kit cars, most Gazelle
kits purchased by the general public never got built. People are still
trying to sell their complete unbuilt kits in ebay for about $3,500! Old
Gazelle was sold on ebay. It
was sold to a gent from Punxsutawney,
PA. Needless to mention, he got a very nice deal!
Getting the "Gray Gazelle" in presentable condition this summer, I came to realize that It is a very time saving idea to buy a well built or a factory built used Gazelle and work on it to get it to a good working and presentable condition than building one from scratch, unless one is knowledgeable and has access to most of the necessary tools needed to do the work efficiently! I found another Gazelle on and was able to pick it up at a reasonable price. It is in very good condition and was hardly used. This one is very similar to the the Old Gazelle, I was building from scratch! So, I am going to fix the "the new Gazelle" now and sell the half built Old Gazelle kit! It has virtually all the parts. Below are some pictures and description of the new Gazelle! It was shipped in covered trailer by National Transport LLC from Oroville, CA. Their charges were reasonable. It fit very well in my garage and was stored fror the winter.
1929 Replica/Kit Makes : Gazelle convertible
1929 MERCEDES-BENZ GAZELLE CONVERTIBLE KIT CAR
Exterior: Tan Warrenty: No Exterior: White Engine: 4 - Cyl. Ford Pinto Year: 1979 VIN Number: CA967260
Title: Clear Condition: Used Inspection: CA Plates Fuel Type: Gasoline
Options: Leather Seats, Convertible, Cassette Player, Air Conditioning
SSK's: A Red
1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK, most xxpensive cars ever auctioned!
1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Murphy Roadster: Lots of nice pictures to get ideas about your kit.
1929 Mercedes-Benz Type 38/250 Model SSK: The dominant race car of its era, the “Roaring Twenties.”
1929 Mercedes Benz At WikipidiA: Just magnificient!
1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Roadster: A Rembrandt of iron and rubber.
1929 Mercedes SSK Murphy-Bodied Speedster: This fine example of motoring history is currently owned by Arturo Keller.
1929 Mercedes SSK Murphey Roadster: At Webshots.
Electric Gazelle: Guess what there is now a 1929
Mercedes Gazelle Electric Kit Car! Just for $24,500.00. Not bad.
1929 Mercedes SSK: A determined buyer paying a stonking pounds 4.2 million for an ultra-rare 1929 Mercedes SSK! $10,000,000 - $12,000,000!, £4.18 million, Top 10.
1929 Mercedes Benz SSKL: Check them out!
1929 Mercedes-Benz Gazelle: Buy one here!
Stars & Cars 2007 Mercedes Benz SL SLR SSK 1929 Kompressor: See it on YouTube!
Mercedes-Benz Club of America: 28th Annual Meadowbrook Concours d'Elegance.
1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - £4.17m: Sold in September 2004.
Classic Motor Carriages 500K - Bales' Benz: A Norcal 500k.