Thirteen years have passed since I
bought my first 300E – the red one. A lot has gone on in my
life since 1981 – some good and some bad. Overall, I’m
certainly wiser and better off in most respects.
Look what has happened in the world
since then. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall! The collapse of the
Soviet Union! Just think, that big old Russian bear that so many of
us grew up fearing and distrusting doesn’t even exist anymore.
It positively boggles the mind.
The American auto industry has seen
some monumental changes during the last 13 years. Imported autos
came into the market place and stole a major piece of the pie. The
“Big Three”, (especially Mother Mopar) have completely
changed the way they look at and build cars. They are now winning
back some of that share (YEAH).
Between 1981 and 1985, I purchased
five 300E coupes (one red, two white, one black and one turquoise
grey metallic). It had become my goal to own 300E coupe in each of
the six regularly offered colors.
Well here it is – 1994. What
is the state of affairs today? Somewhere along the way, reality set
in. I abandoned the quest for a 300E in each color. I sold two 300E
coupes to ultimately make room in my collection for two more of my
favorite Mopars (one from the forties and one from the sixties).
Now let me tell you about the 300Es
that I kept.
My red 300E coupe is my first, best
and favorite. I pamper it too much. I drive it very little
– generally for short distances, only on the nicest of days. I
take it to shows very rarely anymore, because I find myself hanging
around the car to make sure that infidels and little children don’t
scratch it or put their feet on the bumpers. Once I took it on an
overnight show. I found myself, waking up every hour to look out the
window to check on it. I won’t do that again! I am sorry
everyone, but that is the way it is with this car.
My white 300E coupe is a whole
different story. I drive it a lot more – 1,000 to 2,000 miles
every year. I drive it to shows and functions, even if rain
threatens later in the day. I feel comfortable taking it to
overnight or multi-day meets.
A few years back, a fellow worker
bestowed a great honor on the white coupe, he and his fiancé
had decided to forgo the traditional limousine or using “Uncle
Fred’s 4 door Cadillac”. They asked if I would drive the
white coupe as the bridal car in their wedding. The future groom had
seen a picture of it in my office and asked if he could show it to
his fiancé. I gladly agreed, after fully advising them how
clumsy it would be for the bride to get in and out of the back seat.
They could not be swayed. In any case, the weather was beautiful and
the car looked great, decorated in crepe paper, wedding bells and
foil balloons with a “Just Married” sign on the back.
The car caused quite a stir. I spent the whole day answering
questions about the 300E and Letter Cars in general. I was very
My 300E turquoise grey metallic coupe
is an unusual animal. The car is all stock, except for the engine.
It is highly modified in that it is bored out, has extensive
cylinder head work and a radical solid lifter camshaft. Though the
engine appears to be stock on the outside, it causes quite a
commotion when it is running. The fast bubbling idle with solid
lifters clicking away, tells you that his is not your average 300E.
I usually take it to events where the people might appreciate a
little twist to an otherwise stock vehicle. It is a fun car!
There they are – my little
trio of 300Es. I use and care for each one in a different manner. I
respect and cherish then equally. I feel very privileged to be the
owner of three such elegant and awesome automobiles.
Yes, I am still very much EEE-Lated!
Thanks to Bill Elder (Wild Man of the North) for preparing this article