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December 2004 Issue
 
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German Luxury: Two Thoroughbreds & Their Lifestyle
By Sharon McLellan
 

Does the idea of vacationing in Germany sound like a dream come true? Perhaps you've always wanted to visit Stuttgardt and tour one of many German automobile manufacturing or conversion facilities. While you're there you take day trips to Berlin, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Bonn, Hamburg, Munich, and more. And best of all, you're getting there behind the wheel of your own luxury Mercedes or BMW!

Enjoy testing your car's limits on high speed autobahns. Then perhaps you'll spend a leisurely evening walking in the quaint town of Otterberg and enjoying the hospitality at Otterberg Hof. Enjoy the sauerbraten, sauerkraut, wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, Kartoffelsalat, Nüürnberger Lebkuchen and, of course, dark German beer.

Using BMW's "European Delivery Plan" or Mercedes-Benz' "European Delivery Program" you could order any model, such as the cars shown below, that was being produced the year of your trip.

 
       


Paperwork would be mailed to you to assist in setting up your purchase. These packets included all the information you needed for purchasing a Mercedes in Europe and shipping it to the U.S. or Canada. The packet shown at the left consisted of a brochure detailing information on placing the order, registering your car, taxes you would have to pay, vacationing in Europe — where to go and what to see, including the Mercedes-Benz factory and museum — a sheet listing "Ocean Freight Rates from Northsea Port"; a sheet stating that 230SL model has been replaced by 250SL model; a "Preisliste fur Touristen", dated 13 Feb. 1967 (in German); a "Passenger Car Price List", dated 10.2.1967 (in English); and a seven page "List of Extra Equipment" prices, dated 26.5.1967.

Literature on these delivery programs, as well as literature on most BMW and Mercedes-Benz automobiles, is available at McLellan's Automotive History. For complete listings click on the following links:

BMW
Mercedes-Benz

 

 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, December 2004
 
 
 
 
 
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