I'm out in Los Angeles for a few days of shooting for Hagerty Classic Car TV, and I've got Mercedes on the brain since we're heading to Irvine today to visit the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. It's been a while since I've spent a whole lot of time here and one thing I've noticed is that strict emission laws and Cash for Clunkers seem to have significantly thinned the herd of interesting older cars on the road. It's now really uncommon to see blue California license plates from the 1970s, with one possible exception: old Mercedes-Benzes. Their mechanical longevity combined with peerless build quality and the lack of road salt seem to guarantee that they'll be fixtures on the automotive scene here nearly indefinitely.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2011/12/16/benz-on-the-brain