Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Post War Classic - Cars

I was walking around Seng Poh Lane last Saturday and I spotted this beauty.

I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures.

I think the owner had come all the way to Tiong Bahru to get the car seats restored.

If you are unaware, there is a shop at block 60 Seng Poh Lane that can restore all type of cushion seats.

If you have some antique looking chairs that needed restoration, this shop can be a great help to you.

I've never used the services of this shop as I'm a "buy and throw" away kinda person.

The only encounter I had here was back in the eighties when my 3rd uncle bought a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer.

He decided that his car seats was just too plain looking to impress and so he had his car seat re-done up here.

I couldn't understand why he chose to cover his seats with the "furry furry" type of materials.

The loose "furs" kept getting into my mouth whenever I sat in his car.

Back then I haven't been introduced to the word "kinky".

Today, my 3rd uncle drives a Toyota Corolla with factory fitted leather seats.....kinda safe and boring hor?

(By the way, I had to ride in my uncle's car every morning from Monday to Friday to help him avoid paying a levy when entering the CBD. To make up 4 people, my brother and I had to accompany him and his girlfriend into the CBD every working day. And when passing by the gantry, we have to make sure our heads are high enough to be seen!)

Those were the days where we will do anything the adults tells us to do.

Okay, back to this Merc. I was curious enough to search the Internet for some info on this car and this this what I found out :

This Merc is a Mercedes-Benz 300 and was produced from 1951 through 1958.

It is one of the most graceful and classic creations of the post-World War II era.

The style was both classic and modern and built to high standards.

They were constructed from fine materials using the latest in technology and achieving minimal weight with a high degree of strength.

For those who are interested to find out more about this rare car, you can check out CONCEPTCARZ.

6 comments:

Tiong Bahru Gal said...

I live in the area and would like to say how wonderful it is to find someone to love the estate as much as I do. My husband and I bought a unit and moved in earlier this year by a stroke of luck. Great job on the blog and thank you for all the information. Keep it up!

SGalf said...

Hi Tiong Bahru Gal,

Thanks!

Alf

logam said...

Wow. The Merc is certainly a beauty.

I used to live in Tiong Bahru, and I miss the place so much.

peter said...

The car chusion-maker is Mr. Tay. Our family knew him since the 1970s when he first set-up shop

peter said...

My family lived there from 1937 until recently.

When the Seng Poh Road hawker center opened in 1971, I patrinised this stall selling pig spart parts soup.

There were plenty of hair saloons and record shops, one of them was Kamay if I got the name correct on Seng Poh Road.

Hock Lee Bus #6 used to ply this route.

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